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embers_of_satin
01-20-2007, 11:10 PM
The thing I hated most last year was being allowed to bring in your own bottle of water the first day (at least us campers) and then the next day, they made us dump them out, even if they were sealed bottles. Then they charge $2 for a small bottle. The only alternative to that is getting a bottle and then walking across the polo ground to the small faucet near the front gate to fill up a bottle.

What other rules do you think are stupid?

boyalien0
01-20-2007, 11:39 PM
The rule against Nazis is just childish and rude.

rampaige
01-20-2007, 11:42 PM
The security guards took away my cowbell. That made me angry. I had a fever, and the only cure was more cowbell.

fortydollarsworthofmeat
01-21-2007, 12:02 AM
i saw a tshirt in the window of urban outfitters today that said "LESS COWBELL", and it was very funny.

rampaige
01-21-2007, 07:00 AM
i saw a tshirt in the window of urban outfitters today that said "LESS COWBELL", and it was very funny.

Hee, that is quite funny.

whynotsmile99
01-21-2007, 01:56 PM
pretty f'in lame if they escort people out for smoking some pot.

Momoschaf
01-23-2007, 06:58 PM
The security guards took away my cowbell. That made me angry. I had a fever, and the only cure was more cowbell.

that happened to a friend at a V-ball game... stupid :rolleyes

SheriNOIR
01-23-2007, 07:17 PM
The whole water situation is stupid. I've never been so I suppose I can't preach but isn't it in the middle of the desert ? Or desert like terrain. It's going to be so stupidly hot and then charge $2 for water because they know everyone will want it bad. I mean I know I'm gonna be skint so I guess I'll just be in the faucet queue, filling up empty bottles..

SheriNOIR

josephv909
01-23-2007, 09:13 PM
i dont think i've ever drank so much beer in one weekend like i did at coachella.

beerbyatch
01-23-2007, 09:25 PM
Stupidest thing was last year, I had to get rid of two PENS I brought in. One was a nice work Dr Grip gel pen and the other was a Sharpie for autographs. I complained but "oh you could stab somebody with those"...didn;t argue too much since I didn't want them to search even harder to find the "ahem" contraband I had elsewhere. But still- I had gotten in previous day with same implements of destruction with no problem. I know the security folk are only doing their jobs but at least they could be consistent!

I've seen some folks have to get rid of empty H2O bottles too-totally unfair, and sealed ones (at least 1) should be allowed. 2004 was 106 degrees and people were melting all over the place...

embers_of_satin
01-23-2007, 09:25 PM
The whole water situation is stupid. I've never been so I suppose I can't preach but isn't it in the middle of the desert ? Or desert like terrain. It's going to be so stupidly hot and then charge $2 for water because they know everyone will want it bad. I mean I know I'm gonna be skint so I guess I'll just be in the faucet queue, filling up empty bottles..

SheriNOIR

Yeah it's in a desert area (though the polo grounds is all grass) and it was about 100 degrees the second day, and to make it worse at one point one of the main water buying places ran out of bottles and I had to search everywhere to find one... not to mention the mountain of plastic bottle waste that was at the entrance. They made everyone empty out their bottles and then throw them into a pile.

I know I shouldn't be surprised by greed, but it still pissed me off.

Mystagogue
01-24-2007, 04:41 AM
Luckily, we were able to sneak in a backpack full of gatorade and water last year. When directed to the table to get the bag searched, we just kept walking. There were just way too many peole, too much confusion, and too few security guards to do anything about it.

I'm not saying it's guaranteed to work, but we're trying it again this year.

Philthy
01-24-2007, 04:52 AM
Coachella from the sky......

http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/9609/coa6mz7qf.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

ayates
01-24-2007, 05:04 AM
I agree about the water. I attended the first Virgin Festival in Baltimore this past September and they allowed one sealed bottle per person and there were no problems. Raise the beer prices and allow those of us that do not drink the last legal drug to quench our thirsts on something more appropriate. Oh, and hand out free American Spirit cigarettes too so the smoker's mouths become parched and they have to spend more cash on bottled water or else drink from the tainted fountains.

ryanomalis
01-24-2007, 06:22 AM
i don't mind the water situation -nearly- as much as the no in/out policy. at least for campers. the biggest downside for me at both my coachellas was that once i went into the show i couldn't come back out. if i only want to see -one- show at 2pm and nothing else until six i want to be able to chill at camp. simple as that. after having been to another festival with no such policy(bonnaroo) and having a much less annoying experience, i feel even more strongly about this point.

but oh well, i do know people who managed to go in and out anyway. i just never want to try. i guess i'll just try spending a full day in the festival at least once this year, as i've never done it before.

tiffdud41
01-24-2007, 12:10 PM
being forced to stay just means you have nothing better to do than drink in the shady tents with tables between the sets you want to see. so cheer up, a bit, it isn't all that bad

The Plan
01-24-2007, 05:28 PM
i dont think i've ever drank so much beer in one weekend like i did at coachella.

I've been in the same boat. The year it was over 100 degrees in temp, beer is all I drank. Good times.

GTI_GRL
01-24-2007, 06:44 PM
Coachella from the sky......

http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/9609/coa6mz7qf.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

What year is that photo from? any other air shots?

desphrs
01-25-2007, 05:32 PM
What year is that photo from? any other air shots?

Looks like it's from '06. In '05 the Sahara tent (the top one of the three long tents at middle-left) was parallel to the Gobi and Mojave tents below it. Last year they made it longer to accommodate the Madonna/Daft Punk crowd, and angled it as shown so it could still fit in the same area of the festival grounds.

Also, I think the small white domes scattered across the field were new in '06.

abcd1234
01-25-2007, 05:35 PM
can you bring your own food/water/alochol into the campsite or no?

lowfront
01-25-2007, 06:01 PM
can you bring your own food/water/alochol into the campsite or no?

I'm wondering this too. I hear all this no water rules. But I thought I read on the main site that you can bring water and food into the camp site.

psychic friend
01-25-2007, 06:29 PM
you can bring food into the campsite, just like it says on the onsite camping page

JustSteve
01-25-2007, 09:24 PM
The thing I hated most last year was being allowed to bring in your own bottle of water the first day (at least us campers) and then the next day, they made us dump them out, even if they were sealed bottles. Then they charge $2 for a small bottle. The only alternative to that is getting a bottle and then walking across the polo ground to the small faucet near the front gate to fill up a bottle.

What other rules do you think are stupid?

call the city and police and tell them you think THEIR rules are stupid, that's who you need to complain to/about.

Mystagogue
01-25-2007, 09:30 PM
call the city and police and tell them you think THEIR rules are stupid, that's who you need to complain to/about.

You keep saying that...where is your evidence that this is a local ordinance and not a Goldenvoice issue?

chairmenmeow47
01-26-2007, 08:54 AM
i still don't get why people think water is free. wtf, if you weren't at coachella, you'd have to pay for it somewhere else (your water bill, water delivery company, water bottles, ect).

Philthy
01-26-2007, 08:57 AM
Oh fucking grow up. Like he's gonna be able to get the actual documentation that stipulates all the information.

People can sneak alcohol and drugs into the festival ground in what appear to be sealed containers. It's really not that hard, so that's why they do it. They're so strict on the drinking area's and making sure that there's no underage drinking - and this is a good safeguard against that.

$2.00 per drink isn't really going to break the bank, is it?

If it is.....don't come.

Philthy
01-26-2007, 08:58 AM
What year is that photo from? any other air shots?

2005, I think.

Meadowsmeister
01-26-2007, 09:01 AM
Oh fucking grow up.

ahahaha, funny

what else is funny is fucking is not censored, but in-dio is...

bartelby
01-26-2007, 09:01 AM
$2per water is totally reasonable....

it costs close to that much at a store - do you really think they could make it much cheaper?? handing out change (ie. coins) isn't really an option out there...

heatherxxll
01-26-2007, 10:07 AM
The water issue doesn't bother me. I can't remember any show I've ever been to that allows you to bring in your own beverage, period. It's always worth trying to sneak some in though.

I guess the rule I am most upset about is the no SLRs. Photographing concerts is half the fun of going for me.

Chillax
01-26-2007, 04:08 PM
i dont think i've ever drank so much beer in one weekend like i did at coachella.

ME TOO!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

crazzz2007
01-26-2007, 04:13 PM
2005, I think.

no, it's 2006

interpolitix
01-27-2007, 04:55 AM
never had an issue with the rules. i always wish for more spraying/misting/shooting water but besides that it's cool with me.

woogie846
01-28-2007, 04:56 PM
pretty f'in lame if they escort people out for smoking some pot.

You know, that just happens to be a crime and they just happen to be enforcing the law.

DSN1138
01-30-2007, 11:56 PM
i think the worst rule is that campers cant go to and from there tents during the day . campers have there own entrance... why not connect it and let the campers go back in forth!!! come one!!!!

Philthy
02-02-2007, 05:45 AM
Who is one, and when are they coming?

faxman75
02-02-2007, 02:31 PM
$2per water is totally reasonable....it costs close to that much at a store - .



Not even close. You can get 24 bottles for $5 at any grocery store in the country. In fact, I was rolling around selling bottles for a dollar and made a couple hundred bucks strolling through the campground last year during the late morning. I simply went up to the grocery in Indio and came back and sold it. People were greatful for half price water and I still made a profit.

bartelby
02-02-2007, 03:15 PM
that's it then - bulk water sales at coachella!

faxman75
02-02-2007, 04:56 PM
It's funny. Do the math. That's roughly .20 cents a bottle and you are being told what a reasonable price 2.00 a bottle is.

Popcynical
02-03-2007, 01:02 PM
It's funny. Do the math. That's roughly .20 cents a bottle and you are being told what a reasonable price 2.00 a bottle is.

It is compared to some of the concerts where water is $4.00 a bottle. Do they take the caps off here too?

frisbeee
02-03-2007, 01:27 PM
Only issure last year was coming into the festival...I have never seen so much trash in my life entering the grounds. Then leaving last year after TOOL, that was a huge mess as well.

DodgerBlues
02-03-2007, 01:53 PM
HERE ARE THE DOs and DONTs:

http://coachella.com/event/rules-faq

John Peel is My Co-pilot
02-03-2007, 08:05 PM
It's funny. Do the math. That's roughly .20 cents a bottle and you are being told what a reasonable price 2.00 a bottle is.

What's ironic to me is the company with employees and other overheads selling water at $2 is extortion, yet the opportunistic entrepreneur with next to zero outlay selling it at $1 a bottle isn't!

And for the record, at Lollapalooza, water is $3 per bottle, or $4 for smoothies.

I never drank so many smoothies in my whole life!

DeltaSigChi4
02-08-2007, 05:45 PM
I love smoothies!!!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v604/DeltaSigChi4/jamba.jpg

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Fixer808
02-10-2007, 08:14 PM
The water thing bugged me, as well. Sure, they sell it for $2 a bottle, and we don't have to buy it. But why the hell can't we bring our own water in?! That's almost inhumane in a freakin' DESERT! I went in 2001, and it was hooooooot. Saw lots of people getting tended for heatstroke.

Also, the camera thing. I wanted pictures, and lots of them, but oh no, I have to make do with the 6 the were posted online. I should have tried to sneak one in, I saw plenty later in the day.

rideincircles
02-11-2007, 09:32 PM
so how hardcore are the searches into the campground? do they frisk everyone, and look through the whole cooler? is everthing checked? same thing with the concert, is it like a police frisk and patdown?

invisiblerobots
02-12-2007, 07:48 AM
The searches are pretty thorough. Frisking, bag/gear searches. Pack your patience.

Tylerdurden31
02-12-2007, 08:02 AM
Also, the camera thing. I wanted pictures, and lots of them, but oh no, I have to make do with the 6 the were posted online. I should have tried to sneak one in, I saw plenty later in the day.

what camera thing? the only rule is that it doesn't have a detachable lens

Fixer808
02-12-2007, 04:13 PM
Well, we must have gotten the asshole shift when we were going in (2001), 'cause they were shouting "no cameras, no cameras" and telling people "nope, can't bring in any cameras, no disposable cameras, nothing". Maybe some people who actually knew the score showed up later. Dicks...

Nate-UK
02-14-2007, 04:43 PM
i saw a tshirt in the window of urban outfitters today that said "LESS COWBELL", and it was very funny.

Haa I have that tshirt. Although whenever I wear it my mate invariably wears his "More cowbell" shirt... fights normally ensue.

I'm pretty happy about the whole $2 a water thing, christ in the UK it's likely to be more than double that.

momof5
02-14-2007, 05:00 PM
I had a Montblanc pen confiscated in 2005 and there were not any rules printed anywhere that said no pens. That pen was a gift and I had it for 10 years so it had sentimental value bsides the$value. I told the guy he should at least keep it instead of throwing it away. I know I look like I might cause some major trouble with a pen-me being a 51 year old Mom with her kids at the time! I wrote to Goldenvoice to complain but got no answer so sure am glad to vent here! Thanks for listening.

Fixer808
02-14-2007, 06:56 PM
Science has proven that a 51 year old mother with a pen is more dangerous than a coked up maniac with a shank hidden in his rectum.

Shit, lady, you're lucky they didn't tazer the everloving hell outta you!

naranoth
02-14-2007, 07:43 PM
For the most part, sneaking stuff into the campground is not difficult. Just send someone inside and pass everything through the fence. I had a security guard watching me two years ago when i did it; as long as it isnt blatently drugs or alcohol they don't seem to care.

Mctommy
02-14-2007, 07:56 PM
$2 for a bottle of water is not bad. Think about paying $3-4 for water/pepsi at any other events... concerts, theme parks, etc...

Mo'rage
02-15-2007, 07:08 AM
this thread needs MORE COWBELL

vinylmartyr
02-15-2007, 07:11 AM
http://www.weebls-stuff.com/testy/cowbell.swf

Mo'rage
02-15-2007, 07:21 AM
MORE COWBELL!!

funny as shit, btw

vinylmartyr
02-15-2007, 07:22 AM
yup yup

Mo'rage
02-15-2007, 07:26 AM
http://www.zdlr.net/board/uploads/av-222.gif

Natelevmofuggaz
02-15-2007, 10:03 AM
Don't wine unless it's over $5

poisonchef
02-15-2007, 10:31 AM
anyone know if people were smoking weed at any of the coachella concerts?

invisiblerobots
02-15-2007, 12:14 PM
anyone know if people were smoking weed at any of the coachella concerts?

Nobody smokes weed in California .

pinguinotonto
02-15-2007, 12:46 PM
I got a question about rules: Does "No Chains/No Chain Wallets" mean I can't wear my Pocket watch?

poisonchef
02-15-2007, 12:53 PM
Nobody smokes weed in California .

i just wanna know if people got away with sneaking in smoke and if they did then it increases my own chances

dontfeedthebird
02-15-2007, 12:55 PM
*whew* It's no chains, not no TRAINS.

KRINGER
02-15-2007, 01:30 PM
i just wanna know if people got away with sneaking in smoke and if they did then it increases my own chances

Not a problem, its easy don't worry about it :D

artisticcreator
02-15-2007, 03:33 PM
I see more groups of people smoking pot at Coachella than just about in other big festival I've been too. The only time I'm seen someone get busted was when they were very open about it. There are alot of undercover cops. I've seen them work in pairs. Usually younger in age to fit in. We followed 2 short asian guys around in 2005 for awhile as they went through the crowds. Once they spotted someone, one of them would take off and the next thing you know, there were security or cops there in a couple of minutes. They were very obvious. Last year I wore a Cannabis Cup t-shirt to the first day, that I got in 1999. As they were searching me this huge cop kept looking me over. But I don't bring anything in there. I spent the next 2 days trying to blow off these 2 young under cover female cops that kept hitting me up for Extasy! I'm 47 and there is no reason for 2 twenty year old girls to bug me for drugs unless they try their best to profile people at the gate. They had VIP wristbands and kept complaining about not being able to find drugs in the VIP area and they were coming down and needed more. They kept showing up every 30 minutes to an hour. I wish I had some laxative with me. It was so funny. They were so obvious.
So the rule of thumb is, if anyone ask for drugs, they are probably undercover. Those who have it will bring it in. It's no place to go searching for something to take. It best to be safe and not give the cops a reason to make your life hell. Make strong brownies and eat them right before you go in. Then they can search you all they want!

york707
02-15-2007, 03:41 PM
i just wanna know if people got away with sneaking in smoke and if they did then it increases my own chances

Faulty logic.

ohutah
02-15-2007, 06:37 PM
I got a question about rules: Does "No Chains/No Chain Wallets" mean I can't wear my Pocket watch?
I saw them take away a pocketwatch before me last year.

woogie846
02-15-2007, 07:23 PM
I saw them take away a pocketwatch before me last year.

Who the hell carries a pocketwatch??

Fixer808
02-15-2007, 07:48 PM
I do. I have a really cool one my friend brought me from Germany. Very ornate, has a hammer and sickle on the lid. Cops would love to see that!

__sand!castle.
02-25-2007, 07:28 PM
if you want a music festival without any care toward food you bring inside, water, blankets, drugs, coolers, umbrellas, dress, or whether you can come and go as you please, you need to go to the unique Winnipeg Folk Festival in manitoba.
alot of this, especially the water issue, is just ridiculous.

woogie846
02-25-2007, 08:06 PM
I do. I have a really cool one my friend brought me from Germany. Very ornate, has a hammer and sickle on the lid. Cops would love to see that!

There goes my theory.