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Home arrow Roger Waters 2016 arrow October 9th - EMPIRE POLO FIELD, INDIO, CA, USA (DESERT TRIP FESTIVAL)
Desert Trip concert - October 2016

Capacity: 50,000 (TBC)

Concert starts: TBC - gates open 2pm

Address of venue: Empire Polo Field, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA 92201, USA. MAP



Due to exceptional demand, for what is looking like an exception concert, a second weekend has been added for the Desert Trip festival being held in October at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California (the site of the annual Coachella Festival).

The Desert Trip event features a stellar line-up over three days:

  • Friday: The Rolling Stones - Bob Dylan and his Band
  • Saturday: Paul McCartney - Neil Young and Promise of the Real
  • Sunday: Roger Waters - The Who

Listed above are what are now confirmed as the headliners, followed by the "support act" - so, in Roger's case, The Who will be performing earlier in the evening to get the crowd going.

Tickets went on sale Monday, May 9th for the initially announced weekend of October 7th, 8th and 9th, 2016, but due to exceptional demand - with all types of tickets, from general admission, standing at the rear of the venue, through to various VIP/grandstand tickets/pit tickets, sold out - the following weekend, October 14th, 15th and 16th, 2016, has been added, with the same performers appearing on the same days of the week.

Roger Waters et al - Desert Trip concert October 2016
Roger Waters et al - Desert Trip concert October 2016

Unfortunately, for any of you keen to make these new dates, those also have sold out pretty much instantly. There are a number of tickets to be found on secondary ticketing markets which is a real shame, as clearly these have been bought up by scalpers/touts purely to make a profit, rather than allow the fans to get tickets for the advertised prices.

We hope that there will be filming of these shows to make them available at some point for all of us who will be missing out on a great event, but as yet, have no information on anything like this happening. Should this change, we will let you all know via these pages (we've already had a number of people ask if there will be a DVD/Blu-ray release, or a TV broadcast).

Our thanks to Gilles Jalbert, who has bought tickets to the event (the second weekend); those who bought tickets will be receiving them in August, but in the meantime, they've sent a postcard to purchasers which is a really nice touch. Gilles has very kindly shared scans of his postcard which you can see here.

Following the postcard, the organisers have also sent out an incredible box of goodies to help get impending attendees even more fired up for the event, and Gilles has also very kindly shared the contents with you all... Over to Gilles:

"I have scanned the passes, which are not actually admittance tickets. The back of the passes have 2 images on them which can be seen when tipping them from side to side. There are wristbands that need to be worn and not removed for the entirety of the weekend. These are the actual (electronic) passes that need to be activated.

"I have also included photos of the package that came. There is a plethora of items. Neck straps for the afore mentioned 'Passes', wristbands, instructions, a 34 page 'Desert Trip 2016 Welcome Guide', and a 3D Viewfinder and 2 viewfinder reels. Reel one is of all the artists, and reel 2 is of the venue and surrounding area."

Desert Trip 2016 festival, ticket box Desert Trip 2016 festival, ticket box
Desert Trip 2016 festival, ticket box Desert Trip 2016 festival, ticket box


SET LIST - highlight the following with your mouse to read...
Speak to Me, Breathe, Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, One of These Days, Time, Breathe (Reprise), The Great Gig in the Sky, Money, Us and Them, Fearless, Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V), Welcome to the Machine, Have a Cigar, Wish You Were Here
Interlude (Sirens intro - Battersea Power Station chimneys rise up on stage)
Pigs on the Wing (Part 1), Pigs on the Wing (Part 2), Dogs, Pigs (Three Different Ones), The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2), Mother, Run Like Hell, Brain Damage, Eclipse.
Encore: Why Cannot the Good Prevail?, Vera, Bring the Boys Back Home, Comfortably Numb.


Do not read on if you don't want surprises to be spoilt, regarding what the band played.

The first of two appearances at the Desert Trip long weekend, featuring a stellar cast and support, for Roger, of The Who (not a bad act to open for you!). The set list above is as shown on the website. Doing a comparison to the three shows held a week or so earlier, Run Like Hell was dropped from the set that was presented in Mexico City (the song came after Mother), but the Desert Trip performance included a poem written by Roger, called Why Cannot the Good Prevail? If you went, please let us know what you thought of the show.

YOUR HELP NEEDED! We want to cover Roger's concerts the best we can, to share the experience with everyone, especially those who won't be able to attend the shows. We'd love to see ANY pictures, tickets scans, reviews, newspaper reports, and anything else you come across for this show - we look forward to hearing from you!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 October 2016 )
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