A weekend spent in California experienced in tank tops with thousands of hipster girls in flower headbands and fringe, shirtless guys in Indian headdresses, tie-dye from head to toe, and shorts that one could hardly call clothing because they’re so small. It’s all in the environment of a modern day Woodstock; sounds like a pretty well spent weekend. And let’s not forget the killer lineup of artists and bands.
If you’re in the loop of festivals and concerts, you probably know what I’m talking about. If you don’t know, let me introduce you to the world of Coachella.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a two-weekend annual event held at The Empire Polo Club fields in Indio, California. This year, weekend one takes place April 11-13 and weekend two Apri 18-20.
Headliners include OutKast, Muse and Arcade Fire. And yes, you heard correctly… I said OutKast. Andre 3000 and Big Boiare making their highly anticipated (and way overdue) comeback at Coachella. If that doesn’t get you pumped, I don’t know what will.
Even if you won’t be attending, you can still watch online and ‘shake it like a polaroid picture’ from home, and sadly that’s what I’ll be doing, along with many others.
If OutKast isn’t your thing — I don’t know why they wouldn’t be, but if they aren’t– there is plenty to satisfy your taste and make your experience personal.
Hip-Hop, Rap, R&B, Pop, EDM, Rock– Coachella offers any and everything.
The first day of each weekend pops off with OutKast, along with The Knife, A$AP Ferg, Carnage, Zedd, Girl Talk, AFI and the list goes on and on.
The second day includes Muse, Pharrell Williams, Skrillex, Nas, Kid Cudi, Lorde, Fatboy Slim and many more. Is it even legal to have Pharrell, Nas and Cudi all play on the same day?
Anyway, the third and final day of the festival finishes off with many artists such as Arcade Fire, Chance The Rapper, Calvin Harris, Flosstradamus, Motörhead, Even the queen herself will be performing at the festival, no not Beyoncé unfortunately, but Lana Del Rey.
If you aren’t sure who the fascinating, ingenious Lana Del Rey is, YouTube her and thank me later. Yeah, you’re welcome.
Coachella isn’t only about the music; the art is equally as important. The fields of the festival become art in itself as it is covered with avant-garde sculptures, paintings and light shows, making it a mystical community. The festival has its very own Coachella Boutique, which allows for local and worldwide artists to display and sell their artwork. Even the attendees are works of art in their choice of apparel.
As you can see, Coachella is a phenomenal celebration of the arts; not that I’ve been, but I can imagine the experience and hope that one day I get to see first hand which I encourage everyone to try as well. Although it isn’t cheap, and students would probably have to skip buying their books just for the ticket, it wouldn’t hurt throwing change and left over cash from your Chick-Fil-A run in a jar and someday use that saved up money to have your very own Coachella experience.
One general admission pass costs $375, which includes entrance into the venue, day-parking lots, and all three days along with the access to visit camping areas. For one general admission pass plus the shuttle pass, the price is $435. If you want to think you’re a very important person for the weekend, you’re going to pay at an extravagant price. VIP tickets are $799, and of course, parking isn’t included, which is $150.
A VIP Coachella pass allows access into the venue, day-parking lots and the two-venue VIP areas all three days along with entree to camping areas. The main VIP area is located alongside the main stage and includes shaded areas, picnic tables, couches, extra restrooms, food & beverage vendors and a full cash bar.
To get more insight on pricing and travel packages you can visit the website. I don’t want to fully crush your Coachella dreams, but even with the lavish prices the festival is sold out.
But who knows, maybe someday we will all have our very own opportunity to attend and have as many special brownies as we want with our faces painted, vibin’ under neon lasers with flowers in our hair. But until then, start saving up in that little jar now.