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Prepping for Coachella 2017

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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.

What you should know about Coachella

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.

Prep time!

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.

Coachella is a chance for you to express your personal style. Coachella is a chance for you to express your personal style.

What to bring

  • Your festival clothes, obviously. This is open to interpretation, but judging by the Instagram snaps and Buzzfeed articles, usually attire involves cowboy boots, denim shorts, a variety of hats and flower crowns, tank tops, temporary tattoos and feathers.
  • Water and sunscreen. Indio isn’t playing around – the average high temperature in April hovers around 30 degrees Celsius, and with all the dancing and revelry Coachella involves, you’re going to work up a thirst in addition to getting slow-baked by the desert sun.
  • Earplugs. Hear us out while your ears are still in tact, because the music is loud, and we mean it. Hearing protection is vital if you don’t want to spend your weekend saying “what?” to your friends because your ears are still ringing after the first song.
Get to the stage well ahead of time to secure a good spot for your favourite acts. Get to the stage well ahead of time to secure a good spot for your favourite acts.

What to expect

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.

Take care of yourself in the desert heat of Coachella. Take care of yourself in the desert heat of Coachella.

 

Expect to have a LOT of fun – it’s Coachella, after all!


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