Arguably one of the biggest festivals in North America, Coachella boasts hundreds of musical acts over three days across two weekends in April. It’s an entire experience unto itself.
In this new series, I’ll take you through some things you first-timers will want to know about preparing for the big weekend! And even if you’re a festival veteran, you might pick up some new tips so read on.
~It’s the FINAL COUNTDOWWWWWN!~
Coachella begins this weekend! Are you guys going Weekend 1 or Weekend 2?? I have some last minute tips for you to help make your desert adventure the best it can be!
HAVE A PLAN
If you have people you really want to see, then make sure you know what times they will be on and on what stage they will be playing on.
BUT BE FLEXIBLE
Things don’t always work out the way you plan them, but you just have to float with the sandstorm. Two artists that you want to see are playing at the same time? Running from one stage to another might not be the best idea and might ruin your experience. Just remember that you might not see EVERYONE that you wanted to, but seeing certain artists in full is better than only seeing bits and pieces of sets. Unless you like the thrill of the chase then…RUN LIKE THE WIND MY FRIEND!
TIMESTAMP YOUR MESSAGES
Though Coachella reception isn’t as bad as some other festivals (*ahem* EDC *ahem*), it still gets pretty difficult to send and receive messages later on in the night as the festival starts to get more and more crowded. When sending texts, mark the end or the beginning of your message with the time that you sent it so that when the other person receives it they will know if that information might be a little outdated. And on that note…
SEND SPECIFIC MESSAGES
If you are trying to meet people up, you must be very detailed in your meeting spot and time. It’s not plausible to just say “Meet me by the giant flower structure in 20 minutes.” OMG WHY?! First of all, they might not get it when you intend them to get it, and the giant flower structure might be extremely crowded. ‘By’ the structure might mean 20 feet away, touching it, the north corner of it? SPECIFICS PEOPLE. You need a specific time and a super specific place AWAY from the depths of the stages i.e. “Meet me near the Ferris Wheel to the right of the entrance to the Beer Garden against the fence at 8:20pm.” That’s a little better. And if you know you’re going to meet someone, text them BEFORE entering the festival so that they might have a better chance of receiving it.
SET SOME GROUND RULES
…for meeting people up. Don’t spend the entire time in the festival JUST trying to wait for people to show up so you can see them. Meeting up is more difficult than it sounds so try to set some ground rules beforehand. If a person is waiting at the meeting spot for more than 10 minutes (you can choose your own time limit of course) and the other person is a no show, then the obligation is off and you are free to prance. This works out so it’s not a constant game of cat and mouse, running around trying to catch each other at each stage just to be sorely disappointed when you miss someone you wanted to see.
REFILL WATER DURING SET CHANGES
Especially at night, the stages get really packed. And I mean packed like sardines. Take advantage of those set changes or better yet, before you ever even enter the area of the stage you’re headed towards, refill water and go to the bathroom. Refill multiple water bottles at that! It is really difficult to maneuver your way out of the crowd when everyone is already riled up and dancing about. And it’s even more difficult to get back in and find your group once you’ve been ejected from the crowd…or as I call it, the black hole (Sahara Tent…I’m looking at you).
GET MERCHANDISE EARLY
If you want some Coachella merch, DO IT ON THE FIRST DAY. They will sell out and they will run out of sizes…of everything! So just do it. Don’t be lazy, just get it out of the way.
One of the best things about the festival is that there’s always something going on and you can choose when and where and how you want to go about your day. Sometimes it’s just fun to see all the structures. Or just chill on the grass and discover that you really like the vibe coming from the Outdoor Stage or the Main Stage. Just being open to new sounds, new experiences, and new things is always a good option!
And that’s all I’ve got. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series! Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!