November 5, 1993: Empire Polo Club grounds lose their music virginity to Pearl Jam, who play to almost 25,000 fans. The band chose the site-not developed for music-because they were boycotting Ticketmaster over ticket fees, thus establishing it as a feasible music venue.
No matter how much you hate the crowds, desert heat and the portapotties, there's a reason you look forward to going to Coachella each April. We explore the festival's history to see how it evolved from a never-before used venue to stage a battle over Ticketmaster fees to an event that's on top of every Southern California music lover's radar. Click here to read our 2011 Coachella coverage. Compiled by Lilledshan Bose.