A first-timers guide to Queenstown
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In the music festival scene, there are a few names that are legend. Coachella, hosted in the Californian desert each April is one of these events, drawing just under 200,000 people over two weekends.
However, this is not your ordinary music festival. Here are a few ways you can prepare.
The Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, home to Coachella, was first pioneered by punk rockers Pearl Jam in the 1990s. The inaugural Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival took place over two days in 1999, with the event returning on an annual basis from the year 2000.
Now Coachella has grown to become the ‘it’ event on the west coast, a beacon that draws music lovers, hippies and partygoers like moths to the campfire flame. Held over two weekends from April 14-23, then followed by country music epilogue, the Stagecoach Festival on April 28-30, Coachella is one wild, sandy desert romp.
Always buy your ticket direct from the official website to avoid being scammed – counterfeit tickets are rife on the internet, so it always pays to go through Coachella.com. You have a range of options (and price bracket) when it comes to transport – there are shuttle services, buses, trains and bike rental services on offer, as well as taxis and ride sharing services such as Lyft and Uber – the latter is also offering helicopter flights to the festival, if you have a couple of grand to spare.
Headlining this year are Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar, as well as countless other amazing acts. If you have an artist you really want to see, start making your way to the venue well ahead of time – not only to get a good spot, but also to account for the fact it can take quite a while to walk between each stage.
It’s fairly easy to lose track of your group out here. We recommend arranging a clear meeting spot where you can find each other again – cell phone coverage is patchy at best out here, so texts aren’t always a reliable option.
Expect to have a LOT of fun – it’s Coachella, after all!