Blade, the Lyft-like helicopter company, will once again be providing its shuttle service to both the Coachella festival and the Republic Records private party at a nearby site, which is turning into an annual event at the festival.
This year, the label’s party on Sunday April 14 will feature a slate of artists from the Republic Records Class of 2019 at Coachella, including performances from SG Lewis, Blueface (Cash Money), Jacquees (Cash Money), Kiana Lede and Jeremy Zucker. Other artists expected to drop by include Liam Payne, Ski Mask The Slump God, Alex Da Kid, Harry Hudson, Nav, 88Glam and Phantoms.
In addition to Blade, other sponsors/partners for the party include Lyft, CÎROC, Marriot Bonvoy and Cash Money Records. It will be held at a private estate in Coachella Valley, with Blade flying in artists to the party from near the festival and back.
Meanwhile, for the price of $845 (one-way), festival attendees and industry executives living in Los Angeles can avoid the 5-hour drive to Coachella and instead fly from the Blade Lounge in Downtown L.A. across from the Staple Center or from the Blade location outside Santa Monica Airport. The trip ends at the Blade Desert Lounge at Thermal Airport, a few minutes away from the festival by SUVs, provided by Blade.
This year, Coachella will feature artists like Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Janelle Monae, The 1975, Solange, Kid Cudi, Khalid and Zedd among many others, performing during the weekends of April 12-14 and April 19-21. In addition to its regular offering, Blade will offer same-day roundtrip flights from L.A. for Kanye West’s Easter Sunday service.
This marks the fourth year Blade has been ferrying festivalgoers close to Coachella; Blade was founded by former music industry exec Rob Wiesenthal and is backed by such entrepreneurs as Barry Diller, David Zaslav, Bob Pittman and Eric Schmidt.