On leap year day (Feb. 29), the Glass House announced via Facebook that they were hosting six secret shows, with most onsales set for March 9 and 16. Well, now we know what they are! Here's the list of not-secret-anymore shows:
April 11 Arctic Monkeys (on sale Mar. 16)
April 12 Refused and Death Grips (no on sale date announced to avoid scalpers)
April 16 The Hives, The Rapture and Housse de Racket (on sale Mar. 9)
April 17 A$ap Rocky (on sale Mar. 16)
April 18 Explosions in the Sky with We Were Promised Jetpacks (on sale Mar. 16)
April 19 tUnE-yArDs, St. Vincent, Keep Shelly in Athens (on sale Mar. 9)
[Insert freak out here.]
While the Glass House isn't a Goldenvoice venue, it is owned by Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett (and the owner of Coachella). "So historically at the Glass House--more so than any other venue in LA--we've had the opportunity to do secret Coachella shows to give bands an opportunity to warm up for the festival," says Jon Halperin, who books the Glass House. "Especially this year, with the two weekends selling out, it was an opportunity to keep the bands busy in between the days and give them extra shows and a couple of extra dollars," he adds.
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Although Coachella shows almost always sell out, the Refused show is pretty special for the Glass House. "Refused has only played California once, and that was at the Showcase Theater in Corona as an opening band," Halperin explains. "They were booked at Chain Reaction in Anaheim once, and the band broke up halfway through the tour and never made it out."