ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

Ellen DeGeneres compares Desert Trip and Coachella

Ellen DeGeneres compares Desert Trip and Coachella

In case you've missed it, the first weekend of the Desert Trip festival is kicking off tonight with performances by Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.

The festival is taking place in the Empire Polo Club in Indio, the same venue as Coachella which has led to some calling it "Old-chella." The historic concert caught the eye of TV personality Ellen DeGeneres and she compared the two festivals.

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Desert Trip 2017: Who would you want to see perform?

Desert Trip 2017: Who would you want to see perform?

Viewpoint: Colombia’s future rests in citizens’ hands

Viewpoint: Colombia’s future rests in citizens’ hands