What you should beg your friends to buy you at Desert Trip
Dena Kelly, of San Clemente, shows off some of the merchandise she purchased on day one of The Desert Trip at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.
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Mega-concert Desert Trip kicked off Friday with an epic set by The Rolling Stones–who repeatedly thanked Bob Dylan for opening for them–at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. On Saturday, Neil Young and the Promise of the Real kick off the night before Paul McCartney returns to the Empire Polo Club, where he was a spectator during the Stones’ set Friday night, and Sunday wraps everything with sets from The Who and Roger Waters.
Well, that’s until next weekend at least, when the same artists play for even more fans.
And where there are fans, there is plenty of merchandise to take home as a momento.
While Desert Trip doesn’t have the pop-up boutique of high-end items like Coachella does, or the rows of vendors selling everything from cowboy boots to belt buckles like Stagecoach, there is a sizable merchandise booth.
Dena Kelly, of San Clemente, walked away from it Friday afternoon with an armload of goodies for her and friends after spending $330, “almost as much as the hotel room.”
The haul included a baseball cap, a trucker hat, tote bag, three Desert Trip bandanas, a tote bag, two tank tops and three Rolling Stones Desert Trip T-shirts.
Here are things worth begging friends and family members to bring back for you.
The Desert Trip concert poster with the logo and the sunset and the palm trees and the bands come in two sizes and are priced at $40 and $75.
Beware, if you buy a post, do it immediately because tubes ran out early on Friday. Another option is to buy it late on your way out of the venue to minimize damage.
2. Desert Trip T-shirts and sweatshirts
Much like Coachella and Stagecoach, the designs from the festival itself are very cool and offer a lot of variety, from hippie font to more with the logo to things you’re likely to see on a Coachella shirt.
The T-shirts were going for $40 and the sweatshirts $70.
3. The Rolling Stones Desert Trip shirts
I’m just going to come right out and say it. Of the six artists, The Rolling Stones seem to be the only band that tried to create cool Desert Trip merch. The Stones had a number of T-shirts ($40) that not only had the Desert Trip dates, but evoked the feel of the venue.
McCartney is offering a plain blue hooded sweatshirt that says “Macca” on the front and has the Desert Trip dates on the back, but I am pretty sure I could make the same thing with some iron on transfers and not drop $70 on it.
4. Desert Trip bandana
Broke, but want something from the festival? The bandana with the Desert Trip logo is the best deal. It’s $10 and you can use it to keep dust away, frame it, dunk it in water to cool you down and more.
5. Desert Trip tote bag