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ayoo_BEN
03-01-2008, 09:12 AM
so me and my friends are first timers to coachella and we have like 2 artists that we really NEED to see, like our favorites. how can we make sure we can be relatively close to front?

when we saw them in our city we didnt drink all day so if we got front we wouldnt have to leave to go pee. bad idea--- dehydration. =[

Cheddar's Cousin
03-01-2008, 09:15 AM
Punch everyone in front of you in the back of the head.

thelastgreatman
03-01-2008, 09:16 AM
Punch everyone in front of you in the back of the head.

Solid advice.

Cancersticks1
03-01-2008, 09:33 AM
It's usually not very difficult, but obviously it depends on who you're trying to see. For larger acts you'll want to show up a couple acts ahead, but for most non-mainstage/early day acts, you should have no trouble if you don't wait til the last minute.

ayoo_BEN
03-01-2008, 10:04 AM
It's usually not very difficult, but obviously it depends on who you're trying to see. For larger acts you'll want to show up a couple acts ahead, but for most non-mainstage/early day acts, you should have no trouble if you don't wait til the last minute.

M.I.A.?

BROKENDOLL
03-01-2008, 12:28 PM
so me and my friends are first timers to coachella and we have like 2 artists that we really NEED to see, like our favorites. how can we make sure we can be relatively close to front?

when we saw them in our city we didnt drink all day so if we got front we wouldnt have to leave to go pee. bad idea--- dehydration. =[
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you the 15 year old hitching a ride with a parent? I say, send them to get you water while you wait front row center for your favorite bands...It's the parental thing to do!

Cancersticks1
03-01-2008, 12:30 PM
M.I.A.?

Watch whoever is playing ahead of M.I.A. and you should be fine.

JustSteve
03-01-2008, 12:36 PM
bowie handjobs go a long way in helping to get what you want...

ayoo_BEN
03-01-2008, 01:12 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you the 15 year old hitching a ride with a parent? I say, send them to get you water while you wait front row center for your favorite bands...It's the parental thing to do!

hah yeah. he's driving us around and stuff, but not coming to the actual festival. i suppose we'll carry bakpacks and put like 10 waterbottles in each.

Memorial_07
03-01-2008, 01:34 PM
be an asshole to everyone and push really hard.
this was almost impossible to do before RATM last year.
but it should work this year.

lowfront
03-01-2008, 02:07 PM
Depending on the act its not too hard

I was as close as you can get for arcade fire last year, and it was the worst mistake of my life

one of my favorite bands and I hated the performace cause I couldn't breathe from the pressure of the crowd

TheWatcher
03-01-2008, 02:48 PM
Plan on watching the band before the one you want to see (get there right as the previous band ends), and get as close as you can to the front; this probably means going to the right or left side of the stage. People tend to crowd to the middle, even if there is space on the sides. Then, when the herd.. uh, crowd leaves to go to the next performance, you can get a lot closer.

Depending on the lineup this can mean you are front and center, or you may still be a ways back. You might need to be there for 2-3 bands before the one you are waiting for.

fasttrack
03-01-2008, 02:55 PM
last year i got all the way up front during gogol bordello pretty quickly. i even showed up a few songs into their set. best show of the festival last year for me.

fasttrack
03-01-2008, 02:58 PM
also, in '05 there were only about 100 people tops in the tent when wolf eyes played. it made it possible for almost everybody there to be in front.

frozen pilgrim
03-01-2008, 03:09 PM
the crowds at coachella generally seem to have a nice sense of propriety and personal space during the daytime sets- usually if you're a serious fan, you can get to the front without an issue, at any stage (except for when someone really noteworthy is in the gobi or the mojave- nightwatchman/comedians of comedy, anyone?). at night at the main stage, it's a gamble- I showed up right at the start of RHCP and made it right up front without having to be a dick to anyone. for bjork, it was a nightmare. go figure.

thelastgreatman
03-01-2008, 03:10 PM
Swoop in from the flank, fuck moving up from the rear.

gmoneyak
03-01-2008, 03:18 PM
^ Especialy the left flank for the main stage, the right for the Sahara.

frozen pilgrim
03-01-2008, 03:25 PM
absolutely

microserfs21
03-01-2008, 03:33 PM
the crowds at coachella generally seem to have a nice sense of propriety and personal space during the daytime sets- usually if you're a serious fan, you can get to the front without an issue, at any stage (except for when someone really noteworthy is in the gobi or the mojave- nightwatchman/comedians of comedy, anyone?). at night at the main stage, it's a gamble- I showed up right at the start of RHCP and made it right up front without having to be a dick to anyone. for bjork, it was a nightmare. go figure.

this is very true

For most of the daytime acts people would usually just find a nice space somewhat close to chill and then that would enable all the serious fans to meander through the crowd up to the front without a problem.

If you are going to be seeing a big name act show up a couple of acts before or else be prepared to be a dick and shove your way up front. Though, like previously mentioned you can sometimes find a nice way up front from the sides.

sbessiso
03-01-2008, 03:39 PM
as long as i'm REALLLLYYYY fucking close for raconteurs and pretty/semi close for portishead and roger waters, i'll be fine

who am i missing?

garrett222
03-01-2008, 03:56 PM
i tried to get up front for placebo last year, and was about 4 rows back during kaiser chiefs...when the show broke, those same 4 rows did not move one inch. It was pointless.

jonnypark
03-01-2008, 04:15 PM
the real question is who be frontin?

AbundantChoice
03-01-2008, 04:43 PM
As MC Breed & DFC put it so nicely...

"There Ain't No Future In Your Frontin' "

Nah, getting front isn't a huge issue except for the headliners. And like others have said, come in from the sides, don't shove your way through from the back. Also.. coming through as 1 or 2 people is much more likely to earn cooperation from the people you're trying to move past compared to leading a massive MANTRAIN of people through the crowd like an asshole.

Oh, and stay away from Bjork fans. Scary, scary bunch them.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
03-01-2008, 07:03 PM
Punch everyone in front of you in the back of the head.

:rotfl

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
03-01-2008, 07:03 PM
Oh, and stay away from Bjork fans. Scary, scary bunch them.

And Tool fans...and RATM fans...and Madonna fans.....

rage patton
03-01-2008, 07:57 PM
How close should I be for Portishead/Kraftwerk. I am having troubles deciding this...

Memorial_07
03-02-2008, 06:32 AM
someone mentioned always go to the left.
listen to them.
I always go to the left and I don't know why.
Not because its easier just because I do.
And tryng to get in a tent go through the left side too.
Unless its the Sahara.

Does anyone have any advice how to get close to the outdoor?

gaypalmsprings
03-02-2008, 06:51 AM
If I'm up front, don't try to get in front of me. I'm not budging. Insults don't work, nor do elbows nor knees, or blows to the ribs. I'm especially talking to you gals who think men owe them a better place. I can't tell you how often I hear, "He's so rude" or "He's not a fan like I am." They see my earplugs so they think I can't hear. LOL. It's hard not to hear the constant whining.

It's a simple rule, first come first serve.

Hey if anything, respect your elders. LOL.

M Sparks
03-02-2008, 06:58 AM
someone mentioned always go to the left.
listen to them.

This works at Disneyland too. When the line splits, go left.

This makes perfect sense at the main stage, since 90% of people will be approaching from the right.

However, for the tents, it seems like most people are coming from the left. The Gobi is probably 50/50. I remember coming into the Mojave from the right for something midday, and it was so sparce.

Also seems like Outdoor Theater is going to have almost everyone coming from the left..

M Sparks
03-02-2008, 07:01 AM
If I'm up front, don't try to get in front of me. I'm not budging.

My policy is...if there's a decent amount of space in front of someone, go ahead and walk in front of them. I know I tend to hang back a little and leave some breathing room.

But once you reach that mass of people, find someone you can see over and join the mass. You should have been there earlier.

HunterGather
03-02-2008, 07:16 AM
I really hope MIA is playing when the sun is out, because I need to be at the mainstage to get a good spot to see Kraft 'n' 'Head in the evening.

And I doubt shes on the mainstage of course at any time during the day...

jimmycrackcorn
03-02-2008, 07:26 AM
well i think what would work best is to drink all you want; in fact drink EXTRA! it is going to be essential... last year during RHCP there was a group in front of me and a girl in the group had to pee so she just knelt down and did it (they kind of yelled to each other about it before she went for it so i knew it was coming)... i seriously considered using my celly or digicam to capture the moment for posterity but -shrugs- my conscience won that battle:nono.... well that leads into the NEW strategy for a NEW YEAR! in 08 you should just whip it out and use your urine like a lava gun (ratchet & clank) and plow your way through enemies with ease...:thu

HunterGather
03-02-2008, 07:50 AM
I'm debating pissing in my spot instead of leaving to a port-a-potty... :)

Edmontonian
03-02-2008, 08:22 AM
It depends what kind of music the band plays, because it really really depends how much the crowd is moving. In the Sahara you can usually slip quite close to the front because everyone is dancing and theres room between people to squeeze through, and for any energetic rock or dancerock, experimental, whatever shows you should be able to get through if the crowd is moving or if the back is quite still by explaining to the people who are standing still that you need to MOSH! or just by rocking out really hard, to the point where people are like ok this guy needs to be at the front haha.

Edmontonian
03-02-2008, 08:28 AM
But yeah due to the heat and the presence of five stages the crowds at coachella are really dynamic, there are constantly a lot of people coming and going whether its to get much needed water, to go to the bathroom, or because another band is starting on another stage so really if you show up right when a band is starting and the crowd is super thick just be patient, after a few songs the crowd will have thinned and people will be moving more and by the end of the show you will probably be at the front. Also if you are dying of dehydration or need to pee super bad don't hesitate to ditch out and do what you've gotta do, I've had a friend get heat stroke and have to miss almost all of a day in the medical tent so its not worth it, plus like i said its not hard to get close to the front again once a band is partway through their set, just at the beginning. But if you've got two bands you want to see in a row you can guarantee being near the front for the second band.

Edmontonian
03-02-2008, 08:32 AM
but for really chill music like portishead, stars, jens lekman i'd say maybe plan to get there an act early because the crowd will be quite impenetrable... although in my experience its never worth missing a show you want to see to get to a stage an act early

Memorial_07
03-02-2008, 01:32 PM
It depends what kind of music the band plays, because it really really depends how much the crowd is moving. In the Sahara you can usually slip quite close to the front because everyone is dancing and theres room between people to squeeze through, and for any energetic rock or dancerock, experimental, whatever shows you should be able to get through if the crowd is moving or if the back is quite still by explaining to the people who are standing still that you need to MOSH! or just by rocking out really hard, to the point where people are like ok this guy needs to be at the front haha.

or just push your way into the pit. most people will get out of your way when your heading in.
especially when the pit gets big.

this is what will happen during Flogging Molly.
:thu

bdfsh
03-02-2008, 02:08 PM
1-get naked.
2-run full force.

Cheddar's Cousin
03-02-2008, 03:00 PM
Tell all the jews that there is a passover meal being served at the tack room.

thelastgreatman
03-02-2008, 03:21 PM
And a national socialist movement happening near the railing. And all the security guards are Pharoahs.

My girl was explaining what the fuck happens in the Torah to me the other day because I have no clue how all that shit is supposed to tie together--like Adam and Eve get booted, somehow populate the Earth... but then Noah and the flood kill everybody (I had no idea about the three sons and their wives part of that episode)... but then the Jews end up enslaved in Egypt, building pyramids. As someone not raised religiously, obviously it just comes off as the most ridiculous shit in the world to me, but I was thinking about the whole Jews in Egypt thing and something occured to me:

I think the pyramids were busywork--that's all. It just makes way more sense than anything else. The Egyptians were all like, "What the fuck should we do about the Jews? Let's enslave them, make them clean up after us and shit, that'd be cool." But then they just had too many Jews and not enough work to go around and the Pharoah just figured, "Well, just give them something to do to tire them out and shit--slaves are way easier to manage when they're exhausted. What should they do? I dunno... have 'em build something. Make it really big. Clay doesn't cost shit, especially when it's slave-made. Yeah, whatever, just keep the surplus Jews out of the city and let them keep building until we figure something else out."

I'm gonna write my own version of the Old Testament, adapted for plausibility.

BobCaygeon
03-02-2008, 03:39 PM
I'm gonna write my own version of the Old Testament, adapted for plausibility.

http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/

thelastgreatman
03-02-2008, 03:51 PM
Meh. I don't want a different group of douchebags' version, I want my version--that way it'll be right.

mountmccabe
03-02-2008, 04:01 PM
My policy is...if there's a decent amount of space in front of someone, go ahead and walk in front of them. I know I tend to hang back a little and leave some breathing room.

But once you reach that mass of people, find someone you can see over and join the mass. You should have been there earlier.


This makes perfect sense at the main stage, since 90% of people will be approaching from the right.

However, for the tents, it seems like most people are coming from the left. The Gobi is probably 50/50. I remember coming into the Mojave from the right for something midday, and it was so sparce.

Also seems like Outdoor Theater is going to have almost everyone coming from the left..

Solid posts, Sparks.

emtgreg
03-03-2008, 07:08 AM
Meh. I don't want a different group of douchebags' version, I want my version--that way it'll be right.


thats what the christian god said!

emtgreg
03-03-2008, 07:09 AM
also, i was closer to the main stage for bjork than for any other show...found the bjork'ers to be nicer than the ragers...

keep2thestreets
03-03-2008, 07:16 PM
1. Form trains (you and your friends hold hands, girls in the front of the train usually helps.

2. dance your way to the front (sahara tent only)

keep2thestreets
03-03-2008, 07:16 PM
Oh i hate the line "My friend is up there"

cansei de ser sexme
03-03-2008, 07:36 PM
someone mentioned always go to the left.
listen to them.
I always go to the left and I don't know why.
Not because its easier just because I do.
And tryng to get in a tent go through the left side too.
Unless its the Sahara.

Does anyone have any advice how to get close to the outdoor?

well when two bands that are not alike at all are back to back, come right at the end of the first set, and a lot of people leave. THis happened for me for Of montreal, i came in during the last song of Nickel Creek and just made my way up the middle. no real experience otherwise. in the outdoor it is nice to get shade or something to lean up against because its usually pretty relaxed there. i don't remember how i got up front for scissor sisters... that was insane.

cansei de ser sexme
03-03-2008, 07:38 PM
They pushed more for The Arcade Fire than Bjork. I think it was those Rhcp fans.God the arcade fire was miserable. i could not even dance. i tried and the girl to my left had this long nasty hair that scratched against my skin when i moved.

rage patton
03-03-2008, 07:47 PM
They pushed more for The Arcade Fire than Bjork. I think it was those Rhcp fans.God the arcade fire was miserable. i could not even dance. i tried and the girl to my left had this long nasty hair that scratched against my skin when i moved.

Hahahaha... ewwwwwww. Scratchy hair?

cansei de ser sexme
03-03-2008, 07:49 PM
you know when they have that long curly black hair that scratches you if you dance too fast. also sticks to you if you sweat

rage patton
03-03-2008, 07:50 PM
At least you weren't stabbed with AIDZ needlez while dancing too fast.

cansei de ser sexme
03-03-2008, 07:59 PM
Of course this is a common side effect of dancing too fast.

Boourns
03-03-2008, 09:15 PM
If I'm up front, don't try to get in front of me. I'm not budging. Insults don't work, nor do elbows nor knees, or blows to the ribs. I'm especially talking to you gals who think men owe them a better place. I can't tell you how often I hear, "He's so rude" or "He's not a fan like I am." They see my earplugs so they think I can't hear. LOL. It's hard not to hear the constant whining.

It's a simple rule, first come first serve.

Hey if anything, respect your elders. LOL.

Someone put gum in my friend's hair because she wouldn't just pass up her spot on the rail for Radiohead to a total (obnoxious) stranger. Buncha savages in this town.

I've been to four Coachellas and have never been in the front row for anything. But I only really tried for Metric, CSS, and Jarvis Cocker. I got to the Outdoor Theatre 25 minutes before Stephen Marley ended 25 minutes late, and despite being there for that, Peaches, and all the down-time, I couldn't get but 5-6 rows back. Sad. Attacked from the side, too.

Outside of Coachella, I've been in the front row for Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, Bob Dylan, Metric and second row for Dresden Dolls, Arcade Fire, Xiu Xiu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blonde Redhead, Cat Power, and...Tiffany.