If you can’t get enough of today’s biggest music artists, April is a perfect time to celebrate music with one of the most popular music festivals in the country, Coachella. Whether you realize it or not—natural gas and oil play an important role in this event for both the artists and spectators.
Every April since 1999, music fans from all over the world have packed up and headed to the Southern California desert for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Since its humble beginnings, the festival has grown exponentially, and now, crowds of over 100,000 people get to experience unforgettable performances from their favorite bands and singers.
When it comes to the musical performances, products created from natural gas and oil production can be found all over the stage. From the plastic casing around microphones, speakers and lights to the video monitors filled with plastic parts and rubber coated cords, synthetic materials help ensure that the show goes on. Musical instruments like guitars feature nylon and fiberglass parts, while keyboards ave plastic keys.
Vendors at the festival also sell merchandise like t-shirts and sweatshirts made from synthetic fibers, and artists exhibit their work, including paintings on synthetic canvases using acrylic . Food trucks are also popular at Coachella, and without natural gas and oil, it would be impossible to drive these trucks to the festival and cook the food they serve to attendees. The grills, stoves and convection ovens all rely on natural gas and oil.