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snowgirl_69
01-27-2007, 10:57 AM
Am I missing something?? seems like a lot of people are getting hotels etc and not camping...this is our first year at the festival, coming from the UK....most people camp at festivals over here and just wondering if there is anything that I would need to be aware of that maybe I'm missing....

Cheers guys.x

JCLimited
01-27-2007, 11:00 AM
My first year as well...

From what I've read, camping is an outright blast. However, if you want all the comforts of home and are expecting to get your full 8 hours sleep every night, then it probably isn't the place for you.

snowgirl_69
01-27-2007, 11:06 AM
camping it is for us ...I love the whole camping/festival experience!! Bring it on :)

summerkid
01-27-2007, 11:42 AM
don't worry plenty of people will camp. Camping tix always sell out.

shotglass75
01-27-2007, 01:03 PM
Camping is cool and all, did it at Bonnaroo and we had fun but there is something about being able to go swimming or sit in a jacuzzi after being on your feet all day that makes staying at a house or hotel so much better. Plus waking up to the 90 degree heat at 6 in the morning is not my idea of a good time. I like beds too.

prettydirtything
01-27-2007, 01:20 PM
Camping is cool and all, did it at Bonnaroo and we had fun but there is something about being able to go swimming or sit in a jacuzzi after being on your feet all day that makes staying at a house or hotel so much better. Plus waking up to the 90 degree heat at 6 in the morning is not my idea of a good time. I like beds too.

Coachella camping is made as comfortable as possible with food, hot showers, a bar, and soft level ground with no chance of Glasto style monsoons.

Many people, especially LA people, insist on air conditioning and having a chance to sit a parking lot traffic jam.

oh, and like shotglass said, waking up is the problem. It gets REALLY hot in your tent very early in the am, a hour or two after sunrise.

beerbyatch
01-27-2007, 02:11 PM
We camped first time (2004) and it was a VERY mixed experience! Being very close to the special separate entrance, meeting people was all good. The 2 hour lines for showers, the security mayhem, the 100degrees in tent as soon as sun comes up, and the annoyingly loud partiers near us that were going LOUDLY non-stop till about 4am (meaning about 2 hours of sleep before the oven begins) every night but Sunday SUCKED...

Last couple years, staying at hotels included meeting people, pools/spas and a bar. ANd not too bad getting out at night but I heard horror stories from others who waited stuck in parking lot for hours before getting out...

I have friends camping this year and if it's gotten better as GV insists it has (more showers etc), I'll consider it for next year.

loveandtears
01-27-2007, 02:38 PM
This will be my first yeat at Coachella (coming from Texas) and we have decided to camp. I have mixed feelings about it but since we are flying to CA, this is the best choice. How fast do the camping tix sell out? Is there anything important that we should know??? Thanks!

snugglebeats
01-27-2007, 02:49 PM
I heard you have to be quite at night and ou can't even smoke.

scoop49er
01-27-2007, 02:58 PM
bottom line 3 days of camping is not my thing. need a bed and my own shower and bed to chill out after hrs and hrs in the sun. especially in the heat.. its all good. have fun and well drink some beer my friend! :)

Barbara, the ninja
01-27-2007, 03:04 PM
I can't wait to camp! I'm ready to party! It seems so fun :) I hope everybody's nice and stuff. I plan to bring earplugs though, lol. I thought we SoCal people should be used to the heat.

I'm going to set up some solar cookers in the tent :)

Yipee! All my friends got their 3 day passes and camping tickets already! I love life!

apachedino
01-27-2007, 05:30 PM
I think I would be cheating myself if I didn't go camping again this year. The experience would not be the same. Anybody who can imagine not sleeping on a bed for three days confuses me. From what I have heard from people who have done both camping is the way to go. Plus it's infinitely cheaper and less of a hassle.

joebizz
01-29-2007, 07:53 PM
I have been to every coachella since it started, but I have never camped at the festival, and never will. But it looks like fun for anyone under their mid-20's Check out the Coachella movie, the funniest thing about it is the scene where those guys get all pissed about the fact that someone came through with a better tent than they did. Priceless!

suprefan
01-29-2007, 08:06 PM
I have been to every coachella since it started, but I have never camped at the festival, and never will. But it looks like fun for anyone under their mid-20's Check out the Coachella movie, the funniest thing about it is the scene where those guys get all pissed about the fact that someone came through with a better tent than they did. Priceless!


Yeah that tent was the s**t.... There is also somebody who puts up a teepee every year which is awesome.. Camping is fun and an experience, it all goes together. I am not saying"hotels rule camping sucks". But it all comes down to a persons preference. It is a bigger value I think in the end if you look at all your amenities given to you, and they improve every year so thats also a plus. I dont think I'll stay in a hotel until I maybe have a kid to bring along..

C DUB YA
01-29-2007, 08:18 PM
Yeah that tent was the s**t.... There is also somebody who puts up a teepee every year which is awesome.. Camping is fun and an experience, it all goes together. I am not saying"hotels rule camping sucks". But it all comes down to a persons preference. It is a bigger value I think in the end if you look at all your amenities given to you, and they improve every year so thats also a plus. I dont think I'll stay in a hotel until I maybe have a kid to bring along..

All I need is a heavenly bed at the Miramonte Resort, and I'm a happy camper.

hehe

bmack86
01-29-2007, 08:20 PM
This'll be my fourth year and my first year not camping. Ultimately, it just came down to the fact that I have so many people coming with me this year that it's cheaper to rent a house for three days. Camping is a blast, tho, and I'd recommend it to anyone. You won't sleep much, but you'll meet some awesome people and see some hilarious things. You'll be able to smoke, don't worry, and they don't follow sound curfew too strongly. Last year's camping was the first time I tried Vegemite (an experience)

Prime247
01-29-2007, 08:23 PM
People love being able to wake up in the morning and getting so fresh and so clean!

arbouler
01-29-2007, 10:55 PM
i dont wanna drop the soap!

FakePlasticMe
01-29-2007, 10:57 PM
I heard you have to be quite at night and ou can't even smoke.

bullshit.

FakePlasticMe
01-29-2007, 10:59 PM
Yeah that tent was the s**t.... There is also somebody who puts up a teepee every year which is awesome.. Camping is fun and an experience, it all goes together. I am not saying"hotels rule camping sucks". But it all comes down to a persons preference. It is a bigger value I think in the end if you look at all your amenities given to you, and they improve every year so thats also a plus. I dont think I'll stay in a hotel until I maybe have a kid to bring along..

The teepee people are awesome! Very nice kids. I think they're from Vegas, they were near Camp At Ease in 2004. Are you people reading this? You rule.

york707
01-30-2007, 05:21 AM
I have camped the past three years, but will be at a hotel this year. I have never had a bad experience camping. In fact, camping has been an integral part of my Coachella experiences and I am a bit nervous that I will be losing a part of it this year.

But, for me, the fact of the matter is, I am getting older (29) and my body just isn't as resilient as it used to be, especially when you throw in an extra night of camping.

The showers at the campground are fine and, generally, it's not too loud out there. I have never had a problem getting alcohol in. You WILL meet great people - I have met some great friends camping - we still camp (lodge this year) with a friend from England that we first randomly met in '04 and host each other when we are in each others' country. Camping is great.

This year, it's just time for me to stay at a hotel.

Philthy
01-30-2007, 07:53 AM
I used to camp at festivals, but got fed up with wading through a blanket of smoke, people shouting, playing bongos and tripping over your tent all night, wondering if the fire was gonna set your tent alight.....not fun.
Sure I had good times, but Coahcella is different.
I like getting back to my hotel in Palm Springs, getting some ice cold beers and sitting in the hot tub or pool with about 20 other people. It's awesome.... Traffic really isn't that bad either.

dekr510
01-30-2007, 08:03 AM
I used to camp at festivals, but got fed up with wading through a blanket of smoke, people shouting, playing bongos and tripping over your tent all night, wondering if the fire was gonna set your tent alight.....not fun.
Sure I had good times, but Coahcella is different.
I like getting back to my hotel in Palm Springs, getting some ice cold beers and sitting in the hot tub or pool with about 20 other people. It's awesome.... Traffic really isn't that bad either.

Fire's are allowed on the campground?

york707
01-30-2007, 08:05 AM
Not at Coachella. I think he's referring to English festivals.

dekr510
01-30-2007, 08:10 AM
oh I see. I was thinking isn't the grass gonna catch on fire or something, lol.

eric m
01-30-2007, 08:41 AM
This will be my first coachella, and I am camping. Sleep is for the weak.

JohnJohnIII
01-30-2007, 08:58 AM
This will be my first coachella, and I am camping. Sleep is for the weak.

I want you to remember you said that. See you on the board after the festival.

amyzzz
01-30-2007, 10:23 AM
The smoke at British festivals is horrible. I had to walk through or by the campground at Reading years ago, and my eyes were tearing up from the campfire smoke. So I'm glad we can't have fires at Coach.

jerpar24
01-30-2007, 07:16 PM
DUDE I'm camping all alone because My friends are getting a Room

C DUB YA
01-30-2007, 07:23 PM
DUDE I'm camping all alone because My friends are getting a Room

You might wanna join them - 4 days in the desert is gonna rek ya

Tomasz
01-31-2007, 02:38 AM
You big bunch of girls, it's a good job we brits are coming along to show you how this camping lark should be done :P

vinylmartyr
01-31-2007, 02:47 AM
I'm not a girl.

Boourns
01-31-2007, 03:03 AM
Hotels are for spoiled rich people.

vinylmartyr
01-31-2007, 03:08 AM
yup

sonofhal
01-31-2007, 03:31 AM
Hotels are for spoiled rich people.

Sweeping generalisations are for people with very little intelligence.

vinylmartyr
01-31-2007, 03:32 AM
I'm dumb!!!

iuseblenders
01-31-2007, 03:45 AM
Are the food vendors/general store/club house cocktails pricey?

Boourns
01-31-2007, 04:05 AM
Sweeping generalisations are for people with very little intelligence.

Yeah, unlike your sweeping generalizations.

sonofhal
01-31-2007, 04:13 AM
Yep. The irony wasn't lost on you!

Philthy
01-31-2007, 07:21 AM
Spoiled rich people??

Hmmm....ok.

I just like being able to get back, sit in the hot tub with girls in (and out) of bikini's, having no limitations on drinking, having a swim, having a shower, having my dirty way, having another shower, then going to the festival. It's all good.

I'm not spoiled and rich. I'm just Philthy rich.

Hotels in Palm Springs are cheap anyway, and it's SOO much nicer than camping. I've done that since Reading 93. It was real...it was fun....and now I'm older and wiser!

Boourns
01-31-2007, 07:50 AM
Yeah, that all sounds lovely, and would make for a great vacation elsewhere. But at $200+ a night, it's a bit excessive for a place to crash a few hours. Get back between 1-2am, and don't hotel pools usually close at some lame hour like 10pm, anyway? Not that I'd be able to do much of anything after being on my feet for 12+ hours.

Philthy
01-31-2007, 07:54 AM
Naaah, Palm Springs aren't overcharging. Mine's like $70 a night or something. I've stayed there the past 4 times. The pool and spa stay open all night, it's cool.

eudaemonia
01-31-2007, 08:06 AM
Mine's $130/night in Indio.

I would've camped had I known other people would go with me. It's a bit too late now as they charged me right when I booked the hotel.

And hey, cheap shot at L.A. wanting air-conditioning all the time. The cold at night is what actually discouraged me. I can stand the heat fine thanks.

Am just not ready for a 4-night orgy, that's all.

NeverMyopic
01-31-2007, 10:17 AM
Am I missing something?? seems like a lot of people are getting hotels etc and not camping...this is our first year at the festival, coming from the UK....most people camp at festivals over here and just wondering if there is anything that I would need to be aware of that maybe I'm missing....

Cheers guys.x

I camped my first 4 years going at Lake Cahuilla (about 4.5 miles form the polo grounds). It's only (was) $12.00/day and by this lake, plus they have showers/bathrooms, and a pool by the park area-very nice. You can drink (and other things), have camp fires, etc... BUT, sometimes there were too many assholes to put up with and my last year camping (2005) we had to leave in the middle of the night on Sunday because some militant/frat assholes were causing a serious disturbance. Never been to the refugee campground at Coachella.

jerpar24
01-31-2007, 10:21 AM
You might wanna join them - 4 days in the desert is gonna rek ya

I've Spent alot of time in the Desert. I can take the heat.

KRINGER
01-31-2007, 10:30 AM
I think I would be cheating myself if I didn't go camping again this year. The experience would not be the same. Anybody who can imagine not sleeping on a bed for three days confuses me. From what I have heard from people who have done both camping is the way to go. Plus it's infinitely cheaper and less of a hassle.

couldn't agree more :thu

although its best only people that enjoy camping do so. then the rest of us won't have to listen to people complain about their lack of amenities. camped last year across the street from the polo grounds for $10.

NeverMyopic
02-01-2007, 11:10 AM
All I need is a heavenly bed at the Miramonte Resort, and I'm a happy camper.

hehe

That's a pretty snazzy place c dub ya, good choice!!

JustSteve
02-01-2007, 12:01 PM
I would've camped had I known other people would go with me. It's a bit too late now as they charged me right when I booked the hotel.

you can still cancel and get your money back, most likely. most hotel policies allow you to cancel between 3 days and a few hours before check in time and any charges get reversed.

Pappa Tom
02-01-2009, 07:32 AM
Hmmmm, shade canopies over the sleeping tents, solar powered lights, stereo (with 12" sub woofer), misting system, iced coffee, tons of food, battery powered fans, inflatable couches all in the comfort of a 20' tall volcano. Camping doesn't suck too bad!

Tom
Coachella Camping Crew

adeline3
02-01-2009, 08:18 AM
Hmmmm, shade canopies over the sleeping tents, solar powered lights, stereo (with 12" sub woofer), misting system, iced coffee, tons of food, battery powered fans, inflatable couches all in the comfort of a 20' tall volcano. Camping doesn't suck too bad!

Tom
Coachella Camping Crew

oh my god! i was a few tents away from you last year. the volcano set-up was fucking genius...

but you guys didn't join in the Saturday Parade :( at least not when i tried to persuade you.

Laura owns you
02-01-2009, 08:36 AM
Hmmmm, shade canopies over the sleeping tents, solar powered lights, stereo (with 12" sub woofer), misting system, iced coffee, tons of food, battery powered fans, inflatable couches all in the comfort of a 20' tall volcano. Camping doesn't suck too bad!

Tom
Coachella Camping Crew

As in, the volcano that looked really cool but was inhabited by a bunch of straight edge kids? Ew no thanks. That was the biggest let down of the year, seeing something that cool and then finding out there's no smoking in it. Seems pointlessly retarded.

Stickjohn
02-01-2009, 08:38 AM
Yeah I hate meeting interesting looking people then finding out I can't get drugs from them.

PrettyRagdoll
02-01-2009, 08:42 AM
Many people, especially LA people, insist on air conditioning and having a chance to sit a parking lot traffic jam.



Not quite asshole.



As for the original poster.... It gets really hot, but if you bring shade and stay hydrated it's still an insanely fun experience. And it's possible to sleep until about 8, just get a vented tent