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frank
01-29-2007, 07:24 AM
Hello All,

Were coming from the UK again for the third year running. Really looking forward to the festival but that campsite is a pain in the ass!! :poo It seems to be run by guys more intent on arresting you for bringing beer or farting loudly :dumbo . The campsite is run with a military attitude which I found does not encourage a relaxed atmosphere.

Who else is coming from the UK, drop us a line and we can meet for a 'beer' on the 'camp'

Frank from London

Bean924
01-29-2007, 08:21 AM
Hey mate. Me and a group of five are coming over from Scotland. It'll be our first time but this line up was just too good to miss.

We have one problem though.. One of our guys are under 18 and if i'm right you have to be eighteen to camp? Not going to be that easy finding him somewhere to stay with no American connections. Does anyone know how tight the age checks are? Ta :)

Meadowsmeister
01-29-2007, 08:26 AM
alrite!

Im comin over from Liverpool with two others, got all our tickets on saturday, Look out for my english flag

Bean924
01-29-2007, 08:37 AM
Hehe will do buddy. We're going to have a fair few Scottish flags too :)

davidbarr
01-29-2007, 02:06 PM
Me and a mate are going too, should be fun!

parray
01-30-2007, 04:03 AM
Me and a mate are trying to get from Scotland to Coachella, a question for you guys who are going from the UK, did you get your tickets for the festival delivered or do you have to pick them up from the Will Call booth?
I've got so many questions about this so any help would be great.
It'll be a bummer if you can't get alcohol in, from T in the Park experience there's nothing like a few thousand pissed up campers!!!

Disco!
01-30-2007, 05:03 AM
You pick the tickets up at will-call aka the box office.
And from the way people are talking about the heat, drinking pintage after pintage may not be the best idea, although I'm sure we'll do our very best!

And if you've been to TITP, I'm sure you have your own methods of getting the glass bottles in lol.

parray
01-30-2007, 05:38 AM
One follow up question to this, if you get to the campsite on Thursday, i'm assuming you would have to pick up camping tickets from Will Call as well, can you pick up camping tickets without the full festival tickets, or do you have to have your full tickets before you can get your camping pass, if so can you get the full ticket on the Thursday, or can you get them all at the same time, full festival ticket and camping ticket, on the Thursday?

I think that was actually more than one question.

Found the best way to get beer into a festival site, especially for Scotsmen, put the kilt on and get ready to clench!!!:rotfl

Disco!
01-30-2007, 06:36 AM
My guess is you would get all the tickets at the same time.
I only bought tickets for the Saturday & Sunday + a camping pass because I'm flying out on the Friday(Mum's birthday on the Thursday), so I'm hoping they give me all my tickets at once.

And I'm hoping to get a hold of a kilt, and maybe a sporran for the walletphone/condoms etc.

Chances are the uncultured will call it a skirt and wave me through security:rotfl

Gota40ftsquidinmyfridge
01-30-2007, 06:56 AM
Now then

Right you UK peeps, especially you frank as you have been 3 times or somethin like that, whats the deal with beer, can you bring your own in or are we dealing with some concentration camp style thingy. Anyone bringing some tennents super?.
Also whats the deal with a noise curfew boooooooooo! cant be on with moaners i mean ive been to leeds fest for the past 5 years and download once. Everyone was noisy as f**K no one batted an eyelid. Wheres will call is that box office at the actual event.
Anyone else flying there?
I have lots more to ask as this is an adventure to say the least.

happyguy23
02-13-2007, 03:22 AM
The guy above just posted exactly what I wanted to ask, I've been to 5 Leeds and the last download too and the best bit about it is the atmosphere on the campsites after the gig; the other year we were drinking for 100 hours with just 4 hours sleep in the middle, that was brutal. I can't imagine a festival with a curfew, do they inforce it? When they tried to inforce anything at Leeds fest it turned into a full fledged riot with exploding gas canisters, burning tents, smashed-open beer lorries and beat-up security guards.

Is it possible to smuggle in alcohol? Is it relatively cheep to buy? Will we have to fly in from San Fran and out to LA or is it bussable?

philbur
02-13-2007, 04:14 AM
i'm getting worried about this whole campsite thing.... the best part of festivals is getting of your face and meeting randoms.... i can't believe how strict it sounds....

i went to the isle of white last year and they wouldn't allow bottles in but i managed to get 3 bottles of wine and 16 bottles of cider through even though they checked my bag.... i'm telling you the middle of your sleeping bag can hold a quite impressive amount of drink.... although if they pick it up it may be a little heavy!

Gota40ftsquidinmyfridge
02-13-2007, 04:27 AM
The guy above just posted exactly what I wanted to ask, I've been to 5 Leeds and the last download too and the best bit about it is the atmosphere on the campsites after the gig; the other year we were drinking for 100 hours with just 4 hours sleep in the middle, that was brutal. I can't imagine a festival with a curfew, do they inforce it? When they tried to inforce anything at Leeds fest it turned into a full fledged riot with exploding gas canisters, burning tents, smashed-open beer lorries and beat-up security guards.

Is it possible to smuggle in alcohol? Is it relatively cheep to buy? Will we have to fly in from San Fran and out to LA or is it bussable?

I think im flying from manc to palm springs. Its like 26 miles from the event rather than LA which is 100 + miles however this depends on availability of somewhere to stay in palm springs if not then i may even stay in L.A myself.
The only way to find out about the noise is to make as much noise as possible and see which geeks kick off.
By the way its nice to see someone else from leeds paying homage.

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happyguy23
02-13-2007, 04:40 AM
You're from Leeds too? Where abouts? There are two of us flying to San Fran on the monday, having a few days there, getting to the festival somehow, probably by bus, then heading to LA for a day and flying back from there. Should be a fucking awesome week.

Nate-UK
02-13-2007, 05:03 AM
I have just been informed I have a ticket from a mate of mine. I'm hopefully coming from Newcastle but this is my first time out on the West Coast and I haven't a clue what I'm heading into. Anybody else travelling from the NE of England?

Gota40ftsquidinmyfridge
02-13-2007, 09:00 AM
You're from Leeds too? Where abouts? There are two of us flying to San Fran on the monday, having a few days there, getting to the festival somehow, probably by bus, then heading to LA for a day and flying back from there. Should be a fucking awesome week.

Well i live in Tadcaster just outside leeds, sounds like youve got a right plan!, Theres a bus to the event apparently, might be called the greyhound or something you should be able to get there on that so ive heard.
Theres three of us going but we havent booked our flights yet as im proper skint until payday, so it could be LA or Palm springs for us we'll see.
See you in the campsite with a few smuggled brews!

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CaliMag
02-13-2007, 04:08 PM
I can tell you the noise is virtually continuous at the campsite and I am not aware of a curfrew - if there is one its not followed.

There is a bar (an expensive one) at the campsite but you have to be 21 to get in.

This will be my third go at coachella and every year me and me mates have been able to smuggle in alcohol - many are caught and the booze is poored out, but there is skill and luck that can work in your favour. You just need to be creative... bringing in straight tinnies is difficult and ocassionally they check teh seals on water bottles to make sure you haven;t filled them with vodka or gin, but they also don;t check. Typically booze and drugs are plentiful at the campsite even after the check-in. If you would rather not risk it there is a seperate parking lot just for campers (you get a special permit to park there) doezens of people leave their booze/drugs in their respective vehicles and have what yanks call a "tailgate" party.

Our first year we got both camping and had a house off-site - there is an advantage to having both in that you can hang out at the campsite and have a few drinks and then leave after the traffic nightmare is over. Or you can go directly to the car park and wait for 2+ hours to get out... its up to you really.

happyguy23
02-14-2007, 01:30 AM
CaliMag you're a star. Thanks for the info.

Sally Cinnamon
02-14-2007, 03:38 AM
tailgate party? im intrigued
pray tell me more

i wanna have a party all night. i tend not to sleep good in a tent so party is the best option me thinks

happyguy23
02-14-2007, 04:55 AM
If it's anything like any of the festivals I've been to in the UK it shouldn't be too hard to find a party, I'm just worried about how little Americans drink, it might have to be a British party. I have a friend from uni who's from America and she said that everyone of my friends would be considered an alcoholic in America for getting drunk about 3 times a week.

mrs springsteen
02-14-2007, 05:35 AM
Good lord, i wonder what she thinks of Australians.

cuchulainn
02-14-2007, 05:48 AM
im thinkin load up the car and smuggle what you need as you go as will be easier and will lose less if you get done on any particular run. but hey, im always up for some tailgate party action also (f%*k does that sound sus?).

CaliMag
02-14-2007, 06:55 AM
Sally C & cuchulainn:
A "Tailgate" party is a gathering of people usually for drink and food in a parking lot outside of an event - usually a sports event (since Yanks don't take the bus or train to sports events, but prefer to drive on their own). Its a real thing but don't take my word for it. Here is the Wiki entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailgate_party

HappyGuy23:
Drinking continuously will not be very conspicuous at this event because many do ... partly because of the inordinately large number of brits that go to this event, but also because many have thier drugs confiscated upon entry to the main event (which also has a search of sorts - no chance of smuggling booze into that - they will not even allow you to bring your own water - we drink in line while waiting to get in which can take from 10 to 40 minutes dependeding on when and how well security has their sh!te together this year). But ultimately yes as someone who is a dual citizen and lived in both countries there is no question Brits drink more.

cuchulainn
02-14-2007, 12:22 PM
well then it sounds like breakfast beers in the carpark will be an essential part of the daily routine. ive always found breakfast beers taste best listening to the Pogues.

Nate-UK
02-14-2007, 03:14 PM
well then it sounds like breakfast beers in the carpark will be an essential part of the daily routine. ive always found breakfast beers taste best listening to the Pogues.

MMMM a luke warm Guinness and shot of Powers it is then ;)

EDIT: AW SHIT! I just found out my mate who bought the tickets did NOT think ahead to book the camping passes... Fucking genius.

mrs springsteen
02-14-2007, 05:47 PM
i'm damn near as excited about the tailgate party as i am about the rest of the festival. sounds like two eskys (coolers?) are in order, one for the camp and one for the car.

CaliMag
02-14-2007, 08:08 PM
i'm damn near as excited about the tailgate party as i am about the rest of the festival. sounds like two eskys (coolers?) are in order, one for the camp and one for the car.


Correct.

Also it is legal to purchase dry ice (frozen CO2) in most major markets (i.e. Safeway - which is called "VONS" in Southern California) which I recommend for keeping things cooler than regular ice and not leaving a mess of water behind. It only lasts about 48 hours though.

If you have a Geordie accent or hail from Scotland expect an open invitation for drinks at my car and tent.

cuchulainn
02-15-2007, 01:29 AM
i went to school in the US in 97 and every weekend we had keg parties, can you still get kegs or half kegs and the little pump thing from your local store?? tailgating keg parties!!!

im not from scotland but i have shared a beer with tha weee nessssy

happyguy23
02-15-2007, 02:33 AM
Nate, that sucks man, what you gonna do? get a hotel or try to sneak in?

CaliMag, you seem like the answers guy on this thread, any idea if it's possible to buy Newcastle Brown Ale in the states or will I have to bring it on the plane with me? I'm thinking specialist beer stores, We have them in the UK where you can get beer from round the world. I got hooked on Molson Canadian when I was over there one year and was so glad I could still get it over here.

cuchulainn
02-15-2007, 02:39 AM
hey i was just browsing the camping link on the homepage and it says "No tailgating", WTF??? is this one of those have to say but no one follows rules???

Mctommy
02-15-2007, 03:28 AM
Nate, that sucks man, what you gonna do? get a hotel or try to sneak in?

CaliMag, you seem like the answers guy on this thread, any idea if it's possible to buy Newcastle Brown Ale in the states or will I have to bring it on the plane with me? I'm thinking specialist beer stores, We have them in the UK where you can get beer from round the world. I got hooked on Molson Canadian when I was over there one year and was so glad I could still get it over here.

don't even worry about Newcastle... Most of the big grocery stores here have Newcastle on hand or a decent variety of beer.

mrs springsteen
02-15-2007, 04:45 AM
does anyone know what time the on-site camping bar shuts and importantly, opens?

CaliMag
02-15-2007, 10:14 AM
does anyone know what time the on-site camping bar shuts and importantly, opens?

The campasite bar I believe is open from 5pm to midnight (?) but I might remember that wrong. Also I think it is only going to be open thursday night before the festival starts... again check the campsite FAQ page.

TAILGATING
No tailgating? They have not enforced that rule in the past, but every year is slightly different - maybe ths year they will. I can't imagine they are going to have much luck enforcing it if you have a small gathering at your car for drinks. Also the organisers would prefer you got high in your car because it limits their liability of you doing drugs in their facilities.

KEGS
You can still buy kegs at most major grocery stores in California.

Disco!
02-15-2007, 01:44 PM
Correct.

Also it is legal to purchase dry ice (frozen CO2) in most major markets (i.e. Safeway - which is called "VONS" in Southern California) which I recommend for keeping things cooler than regular ice and not leaving a mess of water behind. It only lasts about 48 hours though.

If you have a Geordie accent or hail from Scotland expect an open invitation for drinks at my car and tent.

So as a Scot, what kind of car will I be looking for?

Nate-UK
02-15-2007, 03:26 PM
Nate, that sucks man, what you gonna do? get a hotel or try to sneak in?

CaliMag, you seem like the answers guy on this thread, any idea if it's possible to buy Newcastle Brown Ale in the states or will I have to bring it on the plane with me? I'm thinking specialist beer stores, We have them in the UK where you can get beer from round the world. I got hooked on Molson Canadian when I was over there one year and was so glad I could still get it over here.

I've no idea yet mate, I'm searching for anything that might be available. Don't worry about Newcastle Brown Ale, the States is now the biggest importer of it ;)

And as a Geordie, I'd like to know the vehicle in question :D

Nate-UK
02-22-2007, 08:28 AM
It would appear I now have a Camping pass (at great expense might I add!).

WOOHOO!

happyguy23
02-22-2007, 08:56 AM
Good to hear. How did you manage that?

Nate-UK
02-22-2007, 10:27 AM
Dare I say ebay.... yes it was expensive, but probably cheaper than attempting any kind of hotel. Also with it being my first trip I figure I have to camp, maybe next year I'll book a villa or hotel (WAY in advance).

John Peel is My Co-pilot
02-23-2007, 09:17 AM
don't even worry about Newcastle... Most of the big grocery stores here have Newcastle on hand or a decent variety of beer.

Strangely enough, some of the bars round here (Milwaukee) have "The Dog" on tap! That just seems weird to me for some reason!

andilo
02-27-2007, 10:03 AM
Brilliant, this is what ive been looking for....
cheers for telling it how it is Mr. Calimag.

Im a seasoned UK festival goer, but cant wait for the guaranteed heat and general shennanigans...

Im in Belfast lad living in Edinburgh, I think all us who like a wee shandy or too should definately get together for a wee bevvie

pointless comment, but generally just showing appreciation for the help above

CaliMag
02-27-2007, 08:21 PM
No problemo.

I am serious about the drinks but I'll rely on my kean ear for picking out the accents - at least one of our party may be wearing an NUFC top as well. We plan on being one of the many groups starting up a pick-up game on Thursday depending on how quickly we get pissed.

Another big difference between Coachella and European festivals - much less crime (like theft - wallets and car keys can even be found at the lost&found desk) and NO fighting- if one of your mates likes to fight you may want to walk away because he'll be expelled along with anyone near him.

Getting psyched!