Coachella 2015 | Indio, CA
“From the outside looking in you can't understand it, and from the inside looking out you can't explain it”
If you haven’t experienced Coachella, you haven’t experienced a music festival yet as it is considered one of the largest, most famous, and most profitable music festivals in the United States. Last year, approximately 579,000 people attended, hailing in about $78.3 million. For those of us who secretly live for EDM Festivals, the A-List celebrity social media feeds and XM Radio’s live streaming from the main stage are enough to cause a mild depression from a syndrome known as FOMO (“Fear of missing out”) if you don’t happen to be physically present at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: An annual music and arts festival held that features EDM, rock, indie, hip hop, etc
Where: Empire Polo Club in Indio, California
Background: Paul Tollett (the president and CEO of Goldenvoice) founded it in 1999
When (2015): April 10-12 (Weekend 1) | April 17-19 (Weekend 2)
Stages: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, and the Sahara Tent; Yuma
Who (our pick): AC/DC, Drake, Hozier, the Weekend, Alesso, Nero, DJ Snake, Porter Robinson, Kiesza, R3hab, Axwell Ingrosso, David Guetta, Florence + the Machine, Kaskade, ODESZA, Flosstradamus, Martin Solveig, Seth Troxler, Kygo, Stromae, Gesaffelstein, Pete Tong.
We avoided the terrible FOMO by braving the desert heat and attending weekend 1 with our VIP passes at hand, eyes peeled for celebs, notepad at hand for tidbits. Before we talk about the obvious – the sick line-up, unbelievable venue surrounded by palm trees, the sets that “killed it” and which celebs looked “hot af” – there are some crucial fundamentals that you need to know about attending this music festival because your basic survival skills are about to be tested -- think Discovery Channel’s "Naked and Afraid" type atmosphere.
Here is some practical advice to avoid #whitegirlproblems & have a #winning time @ Coachella:
1. MASK. Bring a face mask or a bandana. There are a species of coccidioides fungi that grow in Indio desert that cause valley fever. There are tons of dust and if you breathe that in, you can get seriously sick.
2. SHOES. Wear closed toed comfortable shoes. Prepare to walk a lot on gravel and dirt.
3. TICKETS. Coachella passes. Don't worry - you can scalp them easily, prices drop after the 1st day.
4. ACCESS. VIP > GA. That's where you'll spot all the celebs.
5. TRAFFIC. Don't wait till the last set. Trust me. Only one über/can pickup spot and if you wait till the end, you're going to wait 4 hours.
6. ALCOHOL. Not to sound like a buzzkill but don't plan on drinking alcohol – at least during the day. Just don't. Its desert and you forget the heat will fatigue you very fast. You don’t want to drop out after Day 1 like a rookie – that’s just embarrassing.
7. ATTIRE. Bring a sweater to tie around your waist. After the frying 90 degree sun goes down, it gets real chilly real quick. Like, teeth-chattering cold.
8. SUNSCREEN. I can’t even emphasize this enough because I saw everyone sunburnt after Day 1. That’s not a hot look, if you ask me.
9. PLANNING. Gather your #squad and rent a villa in Palm Springs. Arrange a sprinter to take the group back/forth from the festival grounds. Pre-arranged transportation is a must to avoid the inevitable cluster…
10. CONNECTION. There are none. Also, bring a phone charger. We suggest establishing a “buddy” system before entering the premises.