There are a lot of reasons to go to the headliner-heavy Coachella Music and Arts Festival, and also a lot of hindrances to going to Coachella. It’s far away. It’s expensive. You’d maybe have to take time off work. It sells out super fast. It’s in the middle of a rather large desert region. Camping isn’t your bag. Today, Coachella organizers Goldenvoice announced the inaugural voyage of the S.S. Coachella, a cruise ship festival holiday for fans who want to see some Coachella-grade acts without the camping or desert parts. The lineup includes Britpop legends Pulp, a DJ set from James Murphy, Sleigh Bells, Girl Talk, Yeasayer, Killer Mike, El-P, Grimes and Father John Misty.
The ship capable of carrying about 2,800 fans is the Celebrity Silhouette, which promoters say features a concert venue they describe as a "mini Royal Albert Hall." The cruises, which both leave from Fort Lauderdale, Florida will head to the Bahamas December 16th-19th, 2012 and Jamaica on December 19th 23rd, 2012. Tickets go on sale Saturday and range between the basic package at around $500 to the $9,000 "sky suite." For something of a preview of what cruise-goers can expect, here’s headliners Pulp performing at the Coachella festival earlier this year.