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Kapalua
01-26-2010, 10:26 AM
Hi,
i am planning to go to Coachella this year however as I am a first timer and I am coming from Europe I have absolutely no clue how to organise everything from afar and would be grateful if any experienced Coachella visitor can give me some infos :)
Right here my questions:

1. Where is the nearest airport? Answered here: http://coachella.com/event/directions
Or better to come via L.A. and get a car?
1. Is it better to hire a car and stay and camp there?
How far is the car parking away from the campsite?
Can I go and get stuff during the festival? answered here: http://coachella.com/camping/carcamping
2. Or better to stay in any of the nearby hotels?
3. Or the hotels quite expensive? Or there any to recommend?
4. If i come by car and tent, is there anything specific apart from usual camping stuff i need to bring which is quite useful or expensive to buy? (Probably sunscreen ;)
5. If camping: how are campsite, shower and toilet-facilities?
Any advantagous campsite area? Or am I allocated when coming in?
6. What am i allowed to bring inside?
http://coachella.com/camping/carcamping
http://coachella.com/event/rules-faq
7. How expensive is it inside? E.g. Food, water, alcohol?
8. As the sun is quite hot, are there enough shadowy places to cool inbetween?
....
100. How to meet the bands ;)?

Right, think thats all I can think of in the moment. Well I would be really grateful, if I get some replies and useful advice! :D
x

euphonicfiend
01-26-2010, 10:31 AM
I say everyone should camp. There are showers and Porto pottys. The one thing I recommend I to bring your own shade aka canopy and your sleeping tent.

fatbastard
01-26-2010, 11:48 AM
I like your style. Be back later.

RevDru
01-26-2010, 05:43 PM
As for airports, ONT is a bit closer and about the same price as LAX. Palm Springs is the closest, but can be a bit more pricey.

Hotels jack their prices up quite a lot for the weekend, so, if you don't mind camping, that is probably the best way to go.

Regarding extra things to bring, I have two words for you: Gold Bond.

If you want to meet bands, buy the $70 VIP upgrade. That ups your chances.

lowfront
01-26-2010, 06:54 PM
1. Where is the nearest airport? Answered here:
Or better to come via L.A. and get a car?

----don't come by LA...avoid traffic go ONT or even better PSP..PSP is worth it as long as its not more then 60 to 80 bucks.

1. Is it better to hire a car and stay and camp there?


-----CAMP!!!!!


How far is the car parking away from the campsite?

----won't be bad



2. Or better to stay in any of the nearby hotels?


---No NO NO NO camp! camping is half the fun yes 1/2

3. Or the hotels quite expensive? Or there any to recommend?

---yes don't do it


4. If i come by car and tent, is there anything specific apart from usual camping stuff i need to bring which is quite useful or expensive to buy?

-----get a couple tent fans that run on battery, put them on before you go to bed, wake up like a king


5. If camping: how are campsite, shower and toilet-facilities?


----nice

7. How expensive is it inside? E.g. Food, water, alcohol?

--food is perfectly priced and great, big selection, water is cheap, way to get it for free...alcohol hope you like hienkin cause thats all they have for beer...I suggested taking drugs insteads

8. As the sun is quite hot, are there enough shadowy places to cool inbetween?



-----there are tent areas to cool down with. eat under them and such. There is a tent fully closed in thats got ac too near entrance...helps in time of need.





get ready to have the best time of your life

koliebo
01-27-2010, 06:58 AM
If you decide to camp, this is a good list of stuff to bring: http://www.coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17537

fatbastard
01-30-2010, 09:21 AM
Hi,
i am planning to go to Coachella this year however as I am a first timer and I am coming from Europe I have absolutely no clue how to organise everything from afar and would be grateful if any experienced Coachella visitor can give me some infos :)
Right here my questions:

1. Where is the nearest airport? Answered here: http://coachella.com/event/directions
Or better to come via L.A. and get a car?
1. Is it better to hire a car and stay and camp there?
How far is the car parking away from the campsite?
Can I go and get stuff during the festival? answered here: http://coachella.com/camping/carcamping
2. Or better to stay in any of the nearby hotels?
3. Or the hotels quite expensive? Or there any to recommend?
4. If i come by car and tent, is there anything specific apart from usual camping stuff i need to bring which is quite useful or expensive to buy? (Probably sunscreen ;)
5. If camping: how are campsite, shower and toilet-facilities?
Any advantagous campsite area? Or am I allocated when coming in?
6. What am i allowed to bring inside?
http://coachella.com/camping/carcamping
http://coachella.com/event/rules-faq
7. How expensive is it inside? E.g. Food, water, alcohol?
8. As the sun is quite hot, are there enough shadowy places to cool inbetween?
....
100. How to meet the bands ;)?

Right, think thats all I can think of in the moment. Well I would be really grateful, if I get some replies and useful advice! :D
x

Where is the nearest airport?
Palm Springs is closest. I would recommend landing and picking up a car in Ontario. An hour closer than LAX. It may be cheaper than landing in Palm Springs.

Is it better to hire a car and stay and camp there?
It's up to you. Camping has been mentioned as being quite fun. However, if you are not a outdoor guy, rent a car and stay at a hotel. Distance from the polo fields to hotels varies from 3 miles to 20 miles. Parking at Coachella is free.

How far is the car parking away from the campsite?
No more than 1/4 of a mile.

Or better to stay in any of the nearby hotels?
It is up to you.

Or the hotels quite expensive? Or there any to recommend?
There are cheap hotels and there are resorts. I would say the price varies from $99 to $479 dollars a night. I would check the popular travel websites for availablity.

If i come by car and tent, is there anything specific apart from usual camping stuff i need to bring which is quite useful or expensive to buy? (Probably sunscreen ;)
I would not recommend traveling by tent since there are no wheels underneath.

Here's a thread on this subject:
http://www.coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?t=573


If camping: how are campsite, shower and toilet-facilities?
No idea

Any advantagous campsite area? Or am I allocated when coming in?
No idea


7. How expensive is it inside? E.g. Food, water, alcohol?
The beer is expensive. The food is reasonable. The water was free last year.


8. As the sun is quite hot, are there enough shadowy places to cool inbetween?
There are tents, with plenty of shade, set up between the food court and the main stage area. Three of the 5 stages are inside of tents.


100. How to meet the bands ;)?
There have been autograph signings in the past. Best bet to potentially meet bands is to upgrade to VIP. Don't think for a second that Thom Yorke is going to be sharing chips with you. Maybe the guy from Beach House:-) It's a very comfortable setting. Bands are fans just like yourself. Be courteous of their time and space.

Leakbot010
01-30-2010, 12:07 PM
there is no car parking that isn't on the campsite, unless you're staying off-site and not parking overnight

i don't know what everyone in this thread is talking about..

Kapalua
02-08-2010, 12:01 PM
Hey you guys, thanks sooo much for the infos!!!!!!!

Though I have to say I am still confused, if to camp or not....so
9. even if i come via car it is not far to go to the festivalsite?? obviously apart from the traffic...

Another question: 10. can you actually come with a campervan so you can avoid the shower and maybe toilet situation???

11. do i actually have to be careful in case of muggers??


Gosh seems quite a lot to plan especially as it is quite a long way for me ( and still havnt persuaded any of my friends...lol) and i would need to buy all the stuff when coming over...

And lol regarding bands, i would be just happy to hug jules casablancas or talk to phoenix ;D

X

fatbastard
02-08-2010, 12:04 PM
Where are you coming from? Are you an outdoor person or an indoor cat?

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
02-08-2010, 12:05 PM
10. YES you can come with a campervan, here is is called RV Pasrking. i suspect those spots would be rather limited because of the size of these vehicles, so you'd want to get on that soon.

11. it's always a good idea ANYWHERE to be careful, but I wouldn't get paranoid at all about muggers. it's a pretty relaxed atomosphere

donkey sex
02-08-2010, 02:33 PM
first time see Father naked

Stickjohn
02-08-2010, 09:30 PM
A van can enter car camping - from FAQ:


I have a full size van or WV Bus. Can I still park it in the Car Camping section, or do I need to park it in the RV section since I plan on sleeping in it?

You can park in the Car Camping area.

billtino
02-09-2010, 05:19 AM
10. YES you can come with a campervan, here is is called RV Pasrking. i suspect those spots would be rather limited because of the size of these vehicles, so you'd want to get on that soon.

11. it's always a good idea ANYWHERE to be careful, but I wouldn't get paranoid at all about muggers. it's a pretty relaxed atomosphere


I thought I read a post from PF that said RV Parking was sold out...i could be wrong tho. Just do the car camping with your tent. The bathrooms can get down right scary, but when you thing about it...it's for what 5-15 min of your 1440 min day. a necessary evil. the showers are not bad at all, just bring slippers your feet.

Kapalua
02-16-2010, 12:05 PM
The toilet situation...well even its only a few minutes a day, i still rather avoid it as it makes the festival experience and having a few drinks less enjoyable.

I am coming from Germany. I have been to festivals before however here obviously I would need to get, buy all the stuff....:S

Regarding camping....I think I wont want the whole proper tent camping, however as I dont wanna miss out the atmosphere i suppose a campervan is a rather good alternative :)

Gosh i really really need to go this year, the line up is simply amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!aaaaaaaaahhh hhhhh

daxton
02-16-2010, 12:55 PM
As for airports, ONT is a bit closer and about the same price as LAX. Palm Springs is the closest, but can be a bit more pricey.

Hotels jack their prices up quite a lot for the weekend, so, if you don't mind camping, that is probably the best way to go.

Regarding extra things to bring, I have two words for you: Gold Bond.

If you want to meet bands, buy the $70 VIP upgrade. That ups your chances.

The VIP upgrade is not $70. It doesn't include a festival ticket. Joy.

jlong27
03-01-2010, 05:20 PM
I am also a first timer. I am flying in from Portland Oregon. I was thinking of flying into San Diego and renting a car. Can someone let me know if this is a good idea? Or should I fly into ontario? Camping....is it 55.00 per day to camp?

LyricsForTheMind
03-01-2010, 06:25 PM
No that pays for your campsite from thursday at 12 till monday at 12

Gin N' Jewz
03-02-2010, 07:11 AM
fly into ontario. much closer