Coachella's Six-Day Sellout: Blame the Mexis?

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Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
Coachella 2010
After the three-day Coachella music festival finally revealed its official lineup, tickets were snatched up in a record six days! Rolling Stone looked to the headiners--Kanye West, Arcade Fire and Kings of Leon--for possible explanation, noting the established reputation for the massive gathering at the Empire Polo Field as a draw onto itself. For one of the more popular threads on the Coachella message board's "rumor/gossip/wish list" discussion sections, the answer was much more simple and somehow predictable: Mexicans!

An Internet moron named "seasponge" laid out the theory as a failed, self-proclaimed attempt at humor:
Yes, Coachella is popular, but I find it hard to believe it has reached "sell 75,000+ tickets in 6 days" status. So, why? What did it this year? More importantly, who can we blame? That's right. You guessed it. Mexico. As we all know, one of the most prominent performers this year is popular Mexican Rock band Caifanes. I honestly have no idea who they are, but apparently they're REALLY popular in Mexico. Like, OBAMA popular. Like, FRENCH FRIES POPULAR. In fact, Coachella is one of two AND ONLY TWO reunion shows that Caifanes will be playing. It's plain to see that the reason Coachella has sold out is because a wave of Mexican Caifanes fans (because let's be honest, who else has really even heard of, or can pronounce properly, "Caifanes?") have JUMPED on the chance to see their favorite band.
Most of my rockero friends were as split on the enticement of the Caifanes reunion to get them to Coachella as they were on the festival itself. Sure, more than a few are really excited and are definitely going. Others, however, are a tad underwhelmed. The return of estranged guitarist Alejandro Marcovich is definitely big news, but Saúl Hernández has carried on singing Caifanes classics with authenticity with his current band Jaguares. It's not as if the songs have been absent from the stage for 15 years.

None of this nuanced context mattered, as the message board commenter identified the "problem" and rallied for an exaggerated plan of action:
There can be only one solution: We must infiltrate the personal lives of the band members of Caifanes and, using subtle persuasion (read: INCEPTION), we must convince them NOT to reunite and to decide NEVER TO SPEAK TO EACHOTHER AGAIN. I will leave the "how" up to you. Make those calls, build old bridges, sleep with whomever you need to. Just break this damn band up, for the good of the people. For America.
What followed? Unfortunately, more than a few comments that would feel right at home on Navel Gazing's "Racist OC Register Fustercluck" series:

Monko760: Sorry to say but they are clogging up the freeways.They are not paying a fair share of the tax burden, while using our public health and education systems. If people want to bitch they have the right. I don't hate mexicans, I love em, good food and they know how to party, pretty much makes a culture right there. They just piss me off. As well as being a demographic which GV now has to appease in order to make righteous bux, so we get the Caifines WHO THE FUCK IS THIS?

Mjfritts: but I thought mexicans had no money... this is a conspiracy for sure...

The Clares: They're already digging the tunnel to the main stage from Calexico/Mexicali.

Menikmati: well maybe all the mexicans will leave Friday night then

Whew! What's funny is that while these babosos blabbered on, a Los Angeles-based production company called The Mexican House The Mexico House put out a satirical Chicochella lineup! Had headliners such as Chico Che y la Crisis, Bronco, and Sonora Dinamita taken the bold type on the official Coachella flier . . . then maybe it would be more than spot-on to "blame Mexicans" for the rapid sellout of festival passes.

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yeah
yeah

SPEAK ENGLISH OR DIE :D I'm Mexican, it's America speak English please. I don't understand any of the comments posted in Spanish. I'm proud to be an American.

minstrelcalendar
minstrelcalendar

typical OC BS!

Arcade Fire, Kanye West & Kings of Leon pale in comparison to the musical talent of Caifanes (and just for the record, i am not of Latin descent)

Mvnxt
Mvnxt

We should take over Coachella every year. We are also going to take over all Lakers Games and most LA sporting events and concerts. Cabo San Lucas we will continue to share! You are welcome to join us but bring a good atttitude or just stay home. ..

DubV
DubV

Quier0 B0letos.. Por Fas!!!haha..Los Gabacho Americanos son Changos.. por eso no van a las PACHANGAS!!! WOoooo HOooo!! Gabacho gabacho no Mames como Mierda y no me des!!!

Erik
Erik

Obviously those comments just show the ignorance of its authors, but anyway I'd prefer to pay for real bands over the mediocrity of Indie Rock that is just the closest to Bubble Music!! I understand that Indie Rock industry has been developed for kids but I'm glad I didn't have to digest that crap when I was that age!!

el efra
el efra

Caifanes won't move the Mexican crowd to buy Coachella tickets racist motherfucker! but we Mexicans do love Rock, i'm pretty sure no Mexicans are interested in Kanye West lol, but anyway, if that gossip about Mexicans taking over the event, lucky for the gringos that attend because it will be party, as for the redneck racists, go fuck your mother, and your slutty sisters too!

skull
skull

I don't know why this post has turned in such a big thing, involving racist comments and 'fuck you pinches gringos' shit, I am mexican and was not offended at all, I was amused by it, actually. Let's take it for what it is: a fuckin joke!

Lilia :D
Lilia :D

KE RISA EL GRINGO NEURAS Y ARDIDOO!!! AAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!

Jcharls
Jcharls

chingen a se madre!!!!! no idea what are you talking about!!! idiots...fku

Sniper Lv
Sniper Lv

Hahahaha! Im mexican and i really dont get offended, in fact, this amuses me so baaaad!!

Cheers people, and peace!

Pablofs5
Pablofs5

For all those who complain tickets are sold out:We, as proud mexicans, are real fans, and if we want something we get it. So sorry if we are faster, maybe it´s because we are not FAT and can move easily.PS You should hear Caifanes, it´s probable one of the three best bands in the festival, not as those comercial bands that last one year. Don´t be angry and accept reality.

Pablofs5
Pablofs5

For all those who complain tickets are sold out:We, as proud mexicans, are real fans, and if we want something we get it. So sorry if we are faster, maybe it´s because we are not FAT and can move easily.PS You should hear Caifanes, it´s probable one of the three best bands in the festival, not as those comercial bands that last one year. Don´t be angry and accept reality.

Sara González
Sara González

BIG SURPRISE!, mexicans actually like the Arcade Fire and The Kings of Leon, and no, they won't be coming by donkey or by a fucking tunnel.It's way better to have Coachella filled with fun mexicans than racist rednecks like the asshole who started all of this

MK7
MK7

all of you white OC kids are going to get your asses kicked by the Mex-Gang members who will be in the house. You pussy white boys will be running

ActaNonVerba
ActaNonVerba

Seems like good liberal stuff to me. From my observation, liberals from the northwest, midwest, northeast are all holier-than-thou toward southerners, etc... about race relations matters. That's easy to do when you live in almost all-white states. But, when northern liberals have to actually share space with non-whites on fairly equal terms they get uncomfortable and the little redneck starts coming out. Don't get me wrong. I don't like bigots whether they be conservatives, white, black, hispanic, whatever. Just pointing out the self-righteousness and hypocrisy.

Roberto
Roberto

ah as always an expected answer of all of the ignorant american dushes, that as usual cause they dont know something they just go a head and muck it...... ignorant muppets, Caifanes is rock band that has been 2gether from the 80so they are somebody in mexico. So pleeease save up your anal comments about he mexicans cause you could have or do a lot in the US without mexican workers who by the way do all the work you lazy-ignorant-anal americans dont wanna do so pleeeease stop bitching, FYI if you all were so eager to go you would've bought the tickets already putos. VIVA MEXICO CABRONES

Ilene P.
Ilene P.

The consensus that there is somehow a mass of Mexicans flooding a concert is amazing considering there aren't any numbers to back it up, at least as far as I can tell. Seems like a bunch of people just didn't get their tickets soon enough so now they're whining about it -- and blaming Mexicans for their alleged economic and cultural activity as far as an ignorant mass of Americans seem to view those things seems to be in mode. Mexico's just close enough to the U.S. that people feel like they know not only its people there, but anyone culturally/racially linked to it. At least when Americans blamed the Irish and Italians for everything they didn't also go to Ireland and Italy to go drink shitty margaritas and fuck frat boys in hotel resorts.

liz
liz

another mexican writer for oc weekly trying to purposely incite angry anti-white rhetoric... great title, dude. glad you wrote an article that was so stunningly insightful that mexicans reading it felt they had to comment on these "pinche gringos." i personally thought coachella sold out because kanye's huge right now....but thanks for turning it into a race issue.

Lol
Lol

What a stupid article. YOU DO REALIZE THAT WAS A JOKE POST, RIGHT?!?!

Mexifan
Mexifan

It is funny how in Mexico WE DO KNOW "american" bands and music but "americans" can't see more than his nose. They don't even know how to speak spanish. And in Mexico, we certainly know how to speak/understand english (speaking about those fans who go to Coachella's Festival). Gringos ignorantes.

Dolamike101
Dolamike101

Everyone getting offended by this needs to stop being such pussies. Who gives a shit if it sold out so quick because of mexicans. Or if they are talking shit on mexicans. It's the internet. Quit taking it so seriously. I'm mexican myself and see those comments as either ignorant internet babble, or quite possibly a reason why it did sell out so quickly. Another reason could be scalpers really took a large chunk of the tickets off the market. I've seen Coachella tix for sale all over the place for 3x-4x the original price. Either way you all need to stop being so sensitive. I know I'll be sitting in the nice warm Coachella sun, frying my face off listening to some damn good music. For all the others who couldn't make it, get your tix early next year. GOOD DAY SIR!!

Seasponge
Seasponge

Hey, yeah. I was trolling. Cool article though bro.

Hollywood
Hollywood

Maybe they should've convince (The Smiths) to play this years Coachella Festival so that we could've blame the Freaking Britt's. Or are you just Bitching cause you had no money when the tickets went on sale and now the show is SOLD-OUT!!!! and this Power House Band so called Caifanes spoil your chances on landing some tickets. Look U DUMB ASS, Every show in America is on a first come first serve basis, and if you're pissed cause you were left out on this years festival, then have your money ready next year....PENDEJO...Go Back to Europe where you white people REALLY BELONG!!!!

Bagt
Bagt

United States of America is not the same as America, AMERICA is the continent. Please read a book.

Emicuen
Emicuen

we dont give a flying $%@ about caifanes

Stopwatchstatic
Stopwatchstatic

The guy who posted that thread on the Coachella board was trolling. You are an idiot for citing it.

W_esme5
W_esme5

Listen to the music and then you will know what your talking about.

Edsen276
Edsen276

I'm not Mexican but i like then band, great band much better than some who are lined up to play, like Kayne West what does he have to do with Indie Rock. Caifanes are a great Spanish Rock Band. Who ever wrote this, "you're an ignorant fuck!"

Beto
Beto

Kanye West??.. Kings of Leon??.. Arcade Fire??... They are pissed because Caifanes fans didn't allow them to go watch these bands?? C'mon.. It's not like they will miss something fantastic, just a bunch of fags playing shit music. Caifanes is a fucking legend of mexican music, it's natural to see this happening. Besides there will be more Coachellas in the next years with some popular in fashion bands playing and Caifanes concerts there just will be two...

Ryan Williamson
Ryan Williamson

Lets just make sure to give everyone mentioned equal amounts of attention so as to ensure proper equitable payments in earned media.

Andre
Andre

Blame Perry Farrel, he's the one who select the bands and he hve to go for Caifanes 'cause in the past years the festival lost power against great ones as Download. If you hate mexicans just don't go or better, stay on the stage with the boring kings of leon or the tacky kanye west. Also, this chicochella demostrates how stupids are the americans, they put bands from other parts of the world, remember COUNTRIES exists, is not like outside the US is just Mexico.

Trifulca81
Trifulca81

Todos aquí son una bola dé pendejos...este puto gabacho hizo esto pa que todos nosotros (los mexicanos ) se emputaran..y véanse ...encabronadisimos! Cada Quien que haga dé Su culo un papalote. No le hagan caso. Y viva México hijos dé Su puta madre !

Yisus Love
Yisus Love

My "webos" are blue says papa pitufo eseeee......don´t blame all the mexicans to this shit, only that fuckin` hypsters went to this type of festivals only to fancy about it, yes caifanes was one of the most famous groups in mexico, like a legends, but don`t blame us for that..........

liz
liz

gabriel, no response? gustavo...? anyone? the comments have only gotten more racist (& violent) since i last posted

gabriel san roman
gabriel san roman

A failed one -- just as I described it. Too bad the "jokester" took to personal detractors rather than rebuke the straight up racist comments from people who took it all the way seriously.

Lyon666
Lyon666

I totally agree with you Mexifan... Fuking "gringos" think the world spins around them... And you americans should be thankful with inmigrants because they do all kind of jobs that even a lower class american wouldn't.

Guestymcguesterson
Guestymcguesterson

Right, your generalizations don't sound nearly as ignorant as Whities ... I wish people would agree, stupidity is well dispersed amongst all races, as evident in the blog's comment section.

Guestymcguesterson
Guestymcguesterson

Sea Sponge= invertebratemeaningYou= Spineless troll?... Thats what I'm getting from this, good job on wasting stupid peoples time though... like thats hard to do.

Guestymcguesterson
Guestymcguesterson

Well, for the uninformed, Morrissey a.k.a. the lead man for The Smiths, has a giant... yes huge, Mexican-American following. Don't generalize like Mr. Troll.. you sound like an ass.

Seasponge
Seasponge

YOU'RE RIGHT DUDE BECAUSE PEOPLE IN MEXICO ARE LIKE "YAAA WAYYYY WE ARE SO AMERICAN!"

Please experience the real world, and for christ's sake, stop reading books. They make you think it's okay to sound like a douchebag.

Also, I've never heard a continent called "America." I've heard of "North America" and "South America."

See how douchey that sounds?

Seasponge
Seasponge

I totally was. But being able to penetrate the soft, sweet, wet lips of the interweb with my penis of trollation was probably the highlight of the next four hours of my day. Mind, only four hours, because in I'm going to go fuck my bitch, who is a Latina. JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA

nevilleross
nevilleross

My guess is that Kanye West was hired because the festival wants musical diversity, which would help them to survive a lot better than the Lilith Fair, which had few people of colour play at it.

Seasponge
Seasponge

nice use of the transitive property

JC
JC

My God, who is this morron??? FYI The continent is America, period.... North and South has been mainstream accepted mainly for reference ... maybe reading a bit wouldn't be such a bad idea for ya' .... and within that refernce Mexico is part of NORTH America you idgit...

Hues
Hues

Maybe that's because you went to school...but so few times... haha you ignorant douchebag!!!

Leticiacis
Leticiacis

hey douchebag, Mexico is part of North America...Asshole!!!!

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