by Emily Green · May 31, 2011

HUGE. NEWS. Next year, our annual retreat to the desert won't be one, but TWO WEEKENDS of fake hippies, music, and parties as Coachella 2012 will be held over two consecutive weekends: Weekend 1 scheduled for April 13-15, 2012, and Weekend 2 scheduled for April 20-22, 2012.

Why, you ask? From the official Coachella website:

"In an effort to try and accommodate everyone who wants to experience the festival, COACHELLA 2012 will be two separate events, held over two consecutive weekends. We will attempt to produce two identical festival weekends. That means same lineup, same art, same place, different people. We know many of you were unable to attend this year's festival because passes sold out much sooner than anticipated. We were truly surprised by the overwhelming response and remain honored by your passion and enthusiasm."

Stay with me because you're going to want to pay attention to this next bomb I'm about to drop: instead of making tickets available for purchase roughly four months before the festival as was previously the case, passes will be going on sale June 3rd, 2011, as in THIS FRIDAY at 10am PST until June 10th, 2011, as in NEXT FRIDAY, at 10pm PST. Got that? No "WTF, I didn't know they'd sell out in six days" excuses this year, you've been warned in advance, so mark your calendars, set your alarms, leave Post-Its everywhere, tattoo it on your flesh, whatever you have to do to remember to get those goddamn three-day passes for $269 instead of $500-$800 like last-minute Charlies coughed up this year.  So, which weekend will you be there??