Stones, Macca, Who and Dylan team up for festival

Roger Waters and Neil Young also star at Desert Trip.

The poster for Desert Trip festival
Now, that's a line-up New festival Desert Trip gets off to a good start.

A new festival has bagged the ultimate in heritage artists line-up by getting The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who on its bill.

The six acts will play across the weekend of October 7-9 at Desert Trip festival in Indio, California – home of Coachella festival.

Performances at the Empire Polo Club in Indio will start after sunset, with each act playing a full show. The Stones and Dylan play on the opening night, followed by Macca and Young on the Saturday and Waters and The Who rounding off the festival on October 9.

Tickets are inevitably not cheap, with weekend passes starting at $399 (£274) for general admission, rising to $1599 (£1099) for reserved grandstand seats or the standing area at the front of the stage.

The festival is promoted by Coachella organisers Goldenvoice, and tickets go on sale at 6pm UK time (10am local time) on Monday May 9.

The atmosphere between Friday night’s acts could be tense. In a rare 2009 interview, Dylan – who last played with the Stones in South America in 1998 –  said of Mick Jagger and co: “They’re pretty much finished, aren’t they?” Referring to former bassist Bill Wyman, Dylan added: “They need Bill. Without him, they’re a funk band. They’ll be the real Rolling Stones when they get Bill back.” In the intervening seven years, Wyman has not rejoined.

Most of the acts on the bill all have new material to promote. The Stones have hinted they have a new album due this year, while Dylan releases new album Fallen Angels on May 20. Young releases 98-minute double album Earth on June 17, the week after McCartney’s first solo-years compilation Pure McCartney is out.

The Who announced a five-date arena tour starting in August earlier today, and they also headline Isle Of Wight Festival in June.

Waters is also due to release a new album this year, his first studio album since Amused To Death in 1992.

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Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn

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