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C DUB YA
01-23-2007, 08:24 AM
C DUB YA'S TIPS

1. Sun block

2. water and then more water

3. comfy shoes

4. Choose the right clothing light clothing during the day - long sleeves at night (its a desert)

5. Arrive in a good mood this is going to be a good weekend for you.

6. book hotel or camping spot early

7. Shower (please for the love of god) your neighbors in the crowd will thank you.

8. Eat and take a break, sit down

9. if you don't mind to do so, save the large amounts of alcohol till afterwards, because the sun will kill/drain you.

10. Buy the t shirts/merch you want early (they sell out at night and the lines are very long) Maybe you should get a locker rental?

11. expect to wait in the morning at the entrance gate in long slow moving lines. Either arrive way early or relax and take your time.

12. Don't be a scarface and try to smuggle crazy ass drugs in there, why lax, they do escort people out from time to time, that would be a bummer of a weekend for you.

13. Don't "push your way" up front. This is kinda important. If there is an artist you want to see, get to that stage while the artist before is still on and just wait it out, you just may end up see something else you like too. In other words, don't be the asshole.

14. Have a physical meeting spot with your party, because your cell phone reception is spotty at best.

15. Move around to the different stage see as much as possible

16. Know that you WILL miss some acts you wanna see.

17. Expect LOTS of traffic to and from festival grounds, patience.

18. Buy your 3 day pass as early as you can. Coachella has sold out in the past, but not every year. PF usually gives a warning of sorts somewhere in the message board, if things are getting close.

19. Don't lose your digital camera, you can take a photo of your contact information and have it on the camera... it could be you holding up a sign with your phone number, email, whatever. (thanks PF). Or get creative like this guy (http://thechive.com/2009/12/19/great-camera-story/)

20. Condoms

21. Stay clear of the beer gardens, they are well away from the stages and over-priced, and boring, you will be missing out on a ton of musical fun.

22. Sleep (with in and outs for 2010, you could even take a nap if you need to, cool)

23. Print out a set times schedule - keep it in your pocket (they will have schedules there, but don't spend forever looking for one)

24. Plan any of your tent signings early, and prepare to wait for your favorite, but don't go nuts at the signing tent, you'll miss lots of music. Artists and the signing tent run way late and there are always cancelations throughout the day.

25. Bring cash

Bonus tips.

26. Don't wear a backpack. Esp in the crowds near any stage. Unless you are working, you should leave it at the hotel, tent, or even a locker. The person behind you will be glad you don't bump them every time you decide to dance a little. Plus, it's one more security check you'll have to do.

27. Hats, might be a good idea for sun protection, but don't wear something obnoxiously big.

28. NEVER text "Where are you?" or any text that requires a response because by the time you get one, your friend won't be where they said they'd be. Also, Text affirmative statements such as "Meet at Sahara Tent at 6:30pm" or "Meet in beer garden by main stage at 8pm". Finally, Time stamp your texts because ambiguous times like "Meet me in 20 minutes" doesn't mean a damn thing. (thanks Weezy F)

29. Give yourself enough time to go from one side of the Polo Grounds to the other. It's a bigger area than you think. (esp. going from the VIP or Main Stage area to the Sahara tent)

30. Sunglasses are also always a good idea.

chunk
01-23-2007, 08:31 AM
dont go. its expensive and hot.

RandyinPhila
01-23-2007, 08:35 AM
Why are you on this board?

C DUB YA
01-23-2007, 08:39 AM
dont go. its expensive and hot.

you are silly, go molest a donkey

RandyinPhila
01-23-2007, 08:39 AM
dont go. its expensive and hot.


you are silly, go molest a donkey

lol

Alchemy
01-23-2007, 08:57 AM
Grandpa's Tips

1. Fuck a lot of girls

scoop49er
01-23-2007, 08:58 AM
sorry the beer gardens is a must. its part of my scheduling! :)- long sleeve huh? ive never been out there so its a good idea huh?

chunk
01-23-2007, 08:58 AM
by 5:30, there will be an irritating itch from hell between your legs that nobody ever warns you about. do you really want to spend hundreds on that?

joanofarse
01-23-2007, 08:59 AM
Serious Chunk, shut up!

sosadheis
01-23-2007, 08:59 AM
i feel like i'm watching the goonies

amyzzz
01-23-2007, 09:01 AM
10. buy the t shirts you want early (they sell out at night and the lines are very long)
I agree. I heard last year Massive Attack shirts sold out on SATURDAY even though they played on Sunday. I tried to buy one after their set, and they were gone! They also have neat versions of T-shirts at the Boutik, away from the regular Coachella gear.

chunk
01-23-2007, 09:10 AM
drinking in the shade is such a luxury at this thing. every single square inch of shade is worth thousands. especially when youre drinking. its just not there enough. the $8.00 goes toward crankiness only. either dont drink or dont go.

pretty expensive misery.

C DUB YA
01-23-2007, 09:53 AM
drinking in the shade is such a luxury at this thing. every single square inch of shade is worth thousands. especially when youre drinking. its just not there enough. the $8.00 goes toward crankiness only. either dont drink or dont go.

pretty expensive misery.

I'm still trying to figure out why you are going? If you are in the beer graden all day, I'm sure you are not seeing any acts.

C DUB YA
01-23-2007, 09:54 AM
sorry the beer gardens is a must. its part of my scheduling! :)- long sleeve huh? ive never been out there so its a good idea huh?

The intense sun during the day makes the night seem even colder, the temp swings about 30 degrees though.

chunk
01-23-2007, 09:57 AM
only a person with alot of money to waste is in the beer garden all day. with the little money i have to waste, it would be nice to do so in the not so melting and miserable heat. just dont go.

and more shade, please.

antpeople
01-23-2007, 04:56 PM
Sorry - reading all this just makes me happy that I live in Arizona. I work outside so for being at Coachella - that's nothing. I know I am the envy when I sit the the grass in the sun and start talking to people, and they notice, "your not really sweating, where do you live?" Then I rub it in!! They day it was 100 at coachella, I had left 116. Belive me at 116 you can tell its cooler at 100.

blah blah blah

hangthedj112
01-23-2007, 05:04 PM
Grandpa's Tips

1. Fuck a lot of girls


Love that movie.

yahoo!
01-23-2007, 05:04 PM
do we have to book hotels?

If we just buy a 1 day pass, can't we arrive there when it is almost time for the concert?

suprefan
01-23-2007, 06:10 PM
do we have to book hotels?

If we just buy a 1 day pass, can't we arrive there when it is almost time for the concert?

A lot of people go for the entire weekend so thats why its there... Oh and mine is

Find Danny Devito and take picture...

tiffdud41
01-23-2007, 06:18 PM
A hat is great for those of you who have a tendancy to turn bright red within a matter of minutes of full exposure to the sun...I wore the biggest, most dorky lookin' one I could find last year and I plan to do it again.

Sun screen is also a must. I'm also an arizonian but I still burn and sweat...

Dubtripper
01-23-2007, 07:44 PM
all these 25 tips are very true. its gonna be hot as hell until about 7. Hes obviously been there. Radiohead was amazing

ayates
01-23-2007, 09:19 PM
only a person with alot of money to waste is in the beer garden all day. with the little money i have to waste, it would be nice to do so in the not so melting and miserable heat. just dont go.

and more shade, please.

http://thebestsportsblog.com/images/truffleshuffle.jpg

What did you squander your royalties on, rocky road ice cream?

beerbyatch
01-23-2007, 09:33 PM
Hats are hugely important-sunburned scalps are no fun and not being able to see due to the sun glare sux too. Beer gardens are plus and minus-from some of them you can see and hear fine if you don't want to be up front and the food lines within them are often shorter than the ones in the general areas, You just need to remember to take it easy and not really start getting your buzz on till after the sun goes down or you will regret it.

silvalex
01-23-2007, 11:46 PM
I like to fuck a lot of chicks. Pretty much I go hunting for pussy 3-5 nights a week. Do girls actually get fucked at Coachella a lot? Should I bring a whole box of rubbers?

Carlo Von Sexron
01-24-2007, 02:07 AM
I give the same advice every year...
Water is $2 a bottle.
Drink about 5+ bottles of water a day.
That's about $10+ a day for water.
BUDGET for it!
Don't come on the message boards Monday after the festival complaining about how hot it was and water was soooo expensive.

Mystagogue
01-24-2007, 04:29 AM
Good tip about the T-shirts. It was funny to see whole crowds of people all wearing the same shirt at Massive Attack and Tool last year.

Boourns
01-24-2007, 04:42 AM
10-15 bottles of water a day is more like it.

C DUB YA
01-24-2007, 08:13 AM
I'm good for about 25 bottles

C DUB YA
01-24-2007, 08:14 AM
As far as hats - don't be a douche and wear a Lincoln style stove pipe or top hat, we will beat you for that.

starrdogg
01-24-2007, 08:22 AM
I would add that sunglasses are a must. The way some of the stages are set up, at some point in the day, you will be directly facing the sun.

Philthy
01-24-2007, 08:33 AM
Coachella is not expensive for people coming from the UK. We get pretty much $2.00 to £1.00. The exchange rate rocks.

durrrrrrrrdee
01-24-2007, 11:55 AM
i always bring a bandana as well so when i get hot i can wet it and cool down.

pretentious
01-24-2007, 11:57 AM
Grandpa's Tips

1. Fuck a lot of girls

Not just one...a lot of women..

don't show me the pad. i don't want to see the fucking pad.

C DUB YA
01-24-2007, 01:22 PM
Which ones?

I don't ever looking directly into the sun, but maybe that's when I'm in one of the tents?

Hmmmmm?

But yes, sunglasses - very good idea, thank god Rage is at night, you'd lose anything that's not strapped down.

Ineedmorelemons
01-24-2007, 01:40 PM
Wear interesting clothing.

People love it and you end up starting conversations about it. Last year I happen to be wearing a Man United jersey one day and ended up meeing like 25 people from England that day. Good times.

asancho
01-24-2007, 01:49 PM
Great tips guys...thanks

amyzzz
01-24-2007, 02:00 PM
Ineedmorelemons, could that be...is that...AN AIDZ NEEDLE on your avatar???

Ineedmorelemons
01-24-2007, 02:08 PM
LOL...no, it's a pen actually. I was frustrated at work, and I had a web cam.

Courtney
01-24-2007, 02:32 PM
I would add that sunglasses are a must. The way some of the stages are set up, at some point in the day, you will be directly facing the sun.

Wait, whaat? I thought all the stages faced either south or west, meaning that unless you were there for sunrise, the sun would never be directly in your face...

Is my sense of direction totally off?

C DUB YA
01-24-2007, 02:42 PM
I didn't think you were in the sun - yeah, you're not

chunk
01-24-2007, 02:47 PM
taking a backpack is very cumbersome. i cant really have fun and rock out with a backpack. best is going with someone who has room in their backpack for your sweater or whatever at night.

fatbastard
01-24-2007, 03:31 PM
Spend time to plan out who your going to see but remember that some stages are far from one another (example. dance tent to main stage). People never seem to be in the same hurry you are in.

Eat a big breakfast. You may have to drop anchor while your there but at least you won't have to decide later on if you should miss 15 minutes of someone's set because you have to get something to eat.

Get enough rest for the following day(s). The days are long and they take a physical and mental toll. You want to be able to absorb everything being thrown at you.

Experiment and listen to a group that you normally wouldn't. This is the place to develop your music venacular.

Give musicians a chance but move on to another stage ASAP if the group your listening to are just not doing it for you. I have read the message boards rave about a particular group in the past and then find that they're horrible. I felt like I was missing something. You know what I was missing? I was missing a better band at another stage!

Hope this helps.

ezrakel
01-24-2007, 03:58 PM
First time going.

Can you smuggle Alcohol in ??

If not ,do they sell more than beer in beer gardens?

Do you have cell coverage ,someone told it wasn't very good at the polo fields ,but they went a few years ago.I have Cingular ??

How hot can it get??

C DUB YA
01-24-2007, 04:01 PM
just beer in the gardens

C DUB YA
01-24-2007, 04:03 PM
it usually gets to 90-100 during the day (106 in 2004, 102 in 1999)

and it can get down to 60-70 at night.

GTI_GRL
01-24-2007, 04:06 PM
As for the big breakfast, eat something that is going to stick and fill you up. I have posted it before, and I will do it again. Go to Augistine Casino thats 3-5 miles south east of the polo field. Take Monroe/Jackson/Jefferson south until Ave 54 and its right past Van Buren. Cafe 54 has $3.99 steak, eggs, and potatoes, between 12am(midnight) until 9am. Money well spent, we hit it up every day.

GTI_GRL
01-24-2007, 04:12 PM
I had cingular and it worthless, I would sent a text to a friend right next to me and it would take hours to go through. I even tried sending text via the computers in the ATT room, and that was worthless as well.

If you want to drink, get a good buzz going before you come in, and then just maintane it. And anything is possible in reply to your other question. I had my bag check each day, and was pat down. I saw people drinking vodka etc.. from bottles, so it can be done.

ezrakel
01-24-2007, 04:14 PM
Thanks !!for all the help!!

woogie846
01-24-2007, 05:15 PM
taking a backpack is very cumbersome. i cant really have fun and rock out with a backpack. best is going with someone who has room in their backpack for your sweater or whatever at night.

I didn't find it a problem at all with taking a very small backpack. Just one small enough for water bottles, merchandise, and money.

aimes_k
01-24-2007, 05:16 PM
how much money approx do you think i'll need to bring... total of 3 day food, extra for t-shirts cause i'll definitly have to buy a rage and coup t-shirt

chunk
01-24-2007, 05:57 PM
I didn't find it a problem at all with taking a very small backpack. Just one small enough for water bottles, merchandise, and money.

thats the point i was making. if you take one that can fit extra clothes (make sure its within legal limits), then it would be bigger and more cumbersome. then you have to put it on the ground somewhere in sight when youre dancing so you can get your groove on hassle free. too many worries.

TheJovialsUnite!
01-24-2007, 06:07 PM
This is obvious but LOTS OF MONEY! T-shirts, CDs, and food add up so fast...

franny8282
01-24-2007, 06:24 PM
whats the deal with camping? Is it safe? Is it worth it? would it be better to fork out the money for a hotel? Im down to camp but everyone I'm going with is btiching. are there showers anywhere or are we going to be wet napping it?

thanks.

justinaqui
01-24-2007, 06:30 PM
just beer in the gardens
They definitely had margaritas last year, and i'm pretty sure there was wine too. I even remember them having two different sizes until they ran out of big cups.

Mystagogue
01-24-2007, 07:55 PM
If you're going to bring & be wearing a backpack, get a lock for it. Most of the time you're going to be packed in like sardines...so if you value your belongings, lock that backpack up.

SnowShoe
01-24-2007, 08:03 PM
If you are a man, wear some of those Under Armor bike short things. Especially if you are going multiple days. The walks are long from tents to main stage, and if you are chaffed... you are hatin.

Mystagogue
01-24-2007, 08:20 PM
If you are a man, wear some of those Under Armor bike short things. Especially if you are going multiple days. The walks are long from tents to main stage, and if you are chaffed... you are hatin.

Nice!

Here are a couple more tips -

Put sunblock EVERYWHERE. I forgot to do my toes and tops of my feet which were in sandals, and yes, I had sunburned feet. I think my forearms were sunburned too. So, sunblock everywhere that isnt covered by clothing is a must, in my opinion.

As far as hats go, get a lightweight had with a wide brim that goes all the way around to cover your ears and back of your head & neck. I recommend Outdoor Research hats. When you're not wearing it, it can be rolled or crumbled up and put into your pocket or backpack. Something like this. (http://www.tadgear.com/x-treme%20gear/apparel%20main/or_voodoo_hat.htm)

Balthazar B
01-24-2007, 08:27 PM
If in doubt...

bring yer mum (or 'mom' if yer a Seppo).

erikstoltz
01-24-2007, 08:34 PM
Can you smuggle Alcohol in ??



What about pot?

tiffdud41
01-24-2007, 08:38 PM
last year at the end of the fest somebody gave me a business card sized, laminated set schedule. I thoguht that was a pretty awesome idea since my paper copy had turned all crusty from being next to my sweaty asscheek all weekend.

tiffdud41
01-24-2007, 08:45 PM
just beer in the gardens

not uhh...last year I had a redbull and vodka...there was wine...and you could even have a salty margarita if you wanted--there's full bar service

prices, of course, are outrageous, but that's just part of the coachella excitement

tiffdud41
01-24-2007, 08:51 PM
If you are a man, wear some of those Under Armor bike short things. Especially if you are going multiple days. The walks are long from tents to main stage, and if you are chaffed... you are hatin.


there's this great stuff called vagisil powder...yeah I know, it's a girly product, but there are manly men I know that swear by it...it'll keep those thighs chaff free, and your balls dry and silky smooth in the desert heat...heheh

Coachellian
01-24-2007, 08:52 PM
if you are a female, dont forget to flirt with the guy at the lemon freezzies...go back for seconds, and share!

instinct
01-25-2007, 12:44 AM
I say don't bring a jacket.. who wants to carry one in 100 degree weather..

if it gets cold at night.. just go buy one as a souvenir!

jwill
01-25-2007, 06:00 AM
So what if I cant afford the tix that go on sale on saturday... Is it gonna sell out in like 2 seconds or what?? I m thinking i can buy them in Febuary orMarch will they still be around ( 3 day ) is it loud @ night @ the campgrounds or can you usaully get some shuteye... Did it sell out last year???what is capacity???

C DUB YA
01-25-2007, 01:09 PM
Ok enough of that non sense

FakePlasticMe
01-25-2007, 01:18 PM
Sunglasses.

ediger
01-25-2007, 01:48 PM
I like to fuck a lot of chicks. Pretty much I go hunting for pussy 3-5 nights a week. Do girls actually get fucked at Coachella a lot? Should I bring a whole box of rubbers?


that made my day

ediger
01-25-2007, 01:51 PM
I'm assuming they're pretty strict on IDs for the beer gardens. I really don't plan on getting drunk, but I enjoy sitting in the sun and having a beer.

C DUB YA
01-25-2007, 02:49 PM
very strict on the id thing Heinekin can't have kiddies enjoying their product

ediger
01-25-2007, 06:03 PM
very strict on the id thing Heinekin can't have kiddies enjoying their product

It's always strange for me when I go down to the States. I've been legal here for two and a bit years, but I'll still have about six months to go until I can drink down south by the time Coachella rolls around.

Now don't get me wrong, I can easily go the weekend and have just as good a time sober. But after a couple of years, you get accustomed to the freedoms of being legal age.

foto_synthesis
01-25-2007, 07:32 PM
Quite the entertaining jibber jabber from you guys... But I have a question. I'm pale and need to find a good hat! Any suggestions for a website that sells hats? (I promise no crazy tall hats for me. This isn't disney for gods sake!)

apachedino
01-26-2007, 11:11 AM
I disagree with rule 13, push the gapers that need some 2 feet of space around them and are up front out of the way, thats gready, sit in the back if your like that. And when I shove you aside to get up front don't get bent about it, i don't hate you, I just want to see the band and if I see wasted space I am gonna take it. Seriously it will be really crowded in the back and you will think it's like that throughout the whole crowd, but then midway through there will be like 10 foot islands of emptiness just begging to be taken, if you see these fill them. We came 1/2 way through robot rock for Daft Punk last year after Atmosphere and puched our way to the Iron Curtain, jumped it and found that a spacious 50 foot emptiness before pushing up front to find more. That barracade was totally unnecassary, but I am glad it was there to save me some space, cuz that show rocked.

C DUB YA
01-26-2007, 11:21 AM
Well, its not a "rule", rather a tip to provide everyone with a fun-fiulled, yet harmonious experience.

Shoving your way to anything is NOT the way to do it. Sure you'll see your band but to do it in a selfish way goes against the whole Coachella fesstival vibe anyways. Save that shit for the Warped tour, cuz that's how fights break out. Out of all the Coachella's, the only fight I've ever seen was because of this reason.

Just get to where you wanna be early so the "pushing" and potential fighting is kept to a min, cool?

I understand this is thrown out when Zack and company start playing, Rage on you crazy kids.

C DUB YA
01-26-2007, 11:26 AM
I say don't bring a jacket.. who wants to carry one in 100 degree weather..

if it gets cold at night.. just go buy one as a souvenir!

That's actually a very good tip, plus, you'll get that Spank Rock hoodie you've been eye-ing.

gmoneyak
01-26-2007, 11:59 AM
Nice!

Here are a couple more tips -

Put sunblock EVERYWHERE. I forgot to do my toes and tops of my feet which were in sandals, and yes, I had sunburned feet. I think my forearms were sunburned too. So, sunblock everywhere that isnt covered by clothing is a must, in my opinion.

As far as hats go, get a lightweight had with a wide brim that goes all the way around to cover your ears and back of your head & neck. I recommend Outdoor Research hats. When you're not wearing it, it can be rolled or crumbled up and put into your pocket or backpack. Something like this. (http://www.tadgear.com/x-treme%20gear/apparel%20main/or_voodoo_hat.htm)


Nice!! Good advice, Already trying to figure out what bring... No ins and outs during the days kinda sux..

RATMFTW
01-26-2007, 12:13 PM
good tips. except for 1

as for the not pushing my way to the front.

here is my big fuck that right now. if i wanna be at the front. im gunna shove my ass all the way there

amyzzz
01-26-2007, 12:24 PM
Yes to the Vagisil non-chafing cream. It does work on men too. We had that last year.

menikmati
01-26-2007, 12:32 PM
I don't shower at coachella

YouMakeMeLoseMyButtons
01-26-2007, 01:56 PM
guys, wash off old powder though. or you end up with what my boyfriend calls "pasteballs"

**HWA** (gagging sound)

amyzzz
01-26-2007, 02:00 PM
Erik, I will sure to bring some extra baby wipes and deodorant for you then.
:lool

algunz
01-26-2007, 02:19 PM
Sunday, April 23, 2006

COACHELLA: A SURVIVAL GUIDE

The big Coachella concert outside of Palm Springs, CA is coming up this weekend. I hope that this guide will help peeps have fun.

The reason I am writing this is that there are definite things you can do to make your Coachella experience better.

And we made all the mistakes you can make at Coachella '04 and survived. Barely.

The problem was that we really didn't know what we were getting into. '04 presented the perfect storm of concert evil: hellishly, hellishly hot weather, a sold-out show (for Radiohead and the Pixies), which in this case means about a hundred thousand people, and, because it was our first year, we didn't make meeting plans before people started drifting off.

If you're in a hurry, I think Tip #7 below is the most important I can possibly give you.

THE HEAT

In '04, it was about 103 when we entered the concert sometime after noon. It peaked at 106 later in the afternoon. This is hot. '05 was better, somewhere in the comparatively chilly upper nineties, at least on Saturday, if I recall correctly.

There is a huge difference between outside temperatures of 96 degrees and 106 degrees. That ten-degree span is the difference between pleasure and death. I drank ten, twelve bottles of water when it was 106 outside -- and I didn't pee once. In like ten hours. The desert air just leeches the moisture out of you when it's that hot.

Hope for the best but plan for the worst. The forecast at this point is for a high of 89 on Saturday (with showers?) and 9294 on Sunday, which would be nice. You'll still need to carefully monitor your water consumption, but it won't be as critical. So...

Tip #1: They don't let you bring water into the festival grounds.* So don't bring more than a bottle to drink as you wait in line. You'll end up having to throw it away. Instead, leave a cooler with ice and water in your car. That post-concert water will be very, very tasty later. You'll be parched. You're welcome.

*I'm sure the Goldenvoice people have their reasons for this. And it's fine if it's 90 outside. But if it's over 100, it's deeply, deeply unethical and rather troubling to take water away from people as they come in.

Tip #2: Refill your empty water bottle at water fountains inside the grounds. Buying water over and over is unnecessary and can get spendy.

The desert sun is huge and powerful and could own you if you don't take steps.

Tip #3: Don't forget your hat and sunscreen. The best hat to wear is something that blocks a ton of sun and also breathes.

These straw hats have become absolutely required for Coachella regulars in our group:



If it's a cool year, as seems likely at this point, the desert gets cold at night. It can drop into the fifties. As it is forecasted to do on Saturday night, for example. Last year I remember being quite cold in the last hour or so of the concert. It wasn't fun. Thus:

Tip #4: You may want to bring a lightweight sweatshirt or jacket for the last hour or two of the show. It'll be a gigantic pain to carry around, it's true, but sneaky people might be able to find places to stash stuff if you're not all that worried about someone nabbing it. I'll leave it up to your imagination.


THE GROUNDS AND PARKING

Finding your car in past years was really difficult. There weren't enough identifying markers to tell you where you were -- and those parking lots are very, very large. They were better about marking stuff last year, using giant numbered balloons to indicate the different lots. Still:

Tip #5: Take your time when leaving your car to figure out exactly where you are. You'll be jazzed and probably in a hurry to get in. Don't rush. Make sure everyone in your party knows at least which lot the car is in. Andy took digital pictures of the view from the car in '04; that helped us tremendously. All we had to do was to line up the trees, and voila! If no digital camera is handy, look for landmarky trees to help guide you in the dark. Also, if you have a keyless remote for your car, make liberal use of the "panic" button to help find that sucker.

The Coachella grounds are huge and you end up walking a lot as you make your way from concert to concert. Good shoes are important.

Tip #6: Don't wear sandals or flip-flops. Wear comfy sneakers. With the heat, you'll be tempted to bust out sandals for coolness. While you won't die if you do, I'd advise against it. Walking and standing take their toll on your feet and ankles. Especially if you're old, like me, you'll want some support. I'm planning on styling my old, dependable New Balances for max comfort.

GROUP COMMUNICATION AND MEETUPS

In '04, we lost Eric almost immediately. He wandered off. He had no cellphone. There were 100,000 people spread out over acres and acres of land and he was gone. We made no arrangements to meet at any central point. The next time we saw him was ten hours later at the car. We worried about him. And it sucked.

Tip #7: The very first thing you do when you get to the grounds must be to establish a default group meeting point. We tend to pick something centrally located and impossible to forget -- the chandelier, it was, last year (a big piece of weird art right in the middle of things). It's unlikely that the people you're with will want to see the exact same shows you'll want to see. Before you do anything, before people wander away, pick a spot for people to hang out between shows. Make general plans to meet fifteen minutes before a show that everyone will want to go to: for example, for us, this year, I expect that'll be bands like Animal Collective, the Go! Team, and Wolf Parade, among others (I'm super-psyched for Daft Punk).

Tip #8: Bring your cellphones and your chargers. Oh, '04 was miserable. 100,000 people trying to find their friends fried the local cell towers. You couldn't get a signal to save your life. Phones actually worked in '05, and unless Madonna packs the joint this year, I expect it to be the same way this year. Chargers are necessary because you'll kill your battery sending fifty or sixty texts a day keeping track of people and such. You can also recharge your phone (and check your email!) inside the grounds, if necessary, at the R&R tent. See here for details.

THINGS TO BRING

A handy list to consult. Later items optional.

Tip #9: In order of importance.
• Your Coachella ticket.
• Cash for food and water (ATMs available on the grounds, though).
• Sunscreen and a hat that blocks lots of suns and breathes.
• A charged cellphone.
• Sunglasses.
• Comfy shoes.
• Earplugs.
• A small backpack or messenger bag to put all of your crap in, including extra water bottles.
• A stashable light jacket or sweater.
• SPF Chapstick.
• Camera.
• Appropriate ID if you want to drink.
• Ibuprofen.
• Extra fun for nice people you meet.
• Condoms.

Okay. By popular request:

Tip #10: On Smuggling Stuff In. Expect a cursory check of your bag. Be discreet and you'll be fine. If you have more questions, think about erring on the side of "discreet."

I'll add to this guide if anyone has anything else useful. Feel free to drop me a dollar in PayPal (link at right) if you feel the love.

Thanks to psychic girl, papertiger05, and tainTTed for helpful comments and stolen ideas.

James
01-26-2007, 02:55 PM
good tips. except for 1

as for the not pushing my way to the front.

here is my big fuck that right now. if i wanna be at the front. im gunna shove my ass all the way there
have fun catching my elbow in your side.

kike_gavilan
01-26-2007, 02:56 PM
I'd add a towel, if you want to sit/rest on the ground, before you favorite group start playing.

kike_gavilan
01-26-2007, 02:59 PM
Please you shoud keep away drugs, last year I saw a pair of pals close to me that spent bad experience with the cops, also I enjoyed view all the girls who were wearing their swim suits and bikinis (tongs as well) ;D

C DUB YA
01-26-2007, 03:01 PM
have fun catching my elbow in your side.

I was trying to be civil about this - but you are a big time moron - so I'll talk to you like one.

I will beat your fucking ass if I have to!

Bring it school boy.

James
01-26-2007, 03:17 PM
I was trying to be civil about this - but you are a big time moron - so I'll talk to you like one.

I will beat your fucking ass if I have to!

Bring it school boy.
WHAT I WILL MEET YOU AT THE RAGE SET AND IT WILL BE LIKE THE BULLS ARE PARADING ON YOUR HEAD! BROTHER!

fatbastard
01-26-2007, 03:34 PM
Hat recommendations.

There is a Ralphs Market a couple of blocks from the parking entrance.

Gardening department of any home depot.

These are the most economical options. If your living the fancy life then try this website; http://www.sfhat.com/

I own a hat from this place but I picked it up real cheap at a Barney's outlet sale. I have worn it to every Coachella concert. It's very comfortable.

fatbastard
01-26-2007, 03:49 PM
With regards to money, here is an estimate.

Friday* Rage T shirt $40.00
Friday* Coup T shirt $40.00
Friday Breakfast $10.00
Friday Water $6.00
Friday Ice Cream $4.00
Friday Lunch & drink $15.00
Friday Churro $4.00
Friday Dinner & drink $15.00
Friday Coffee/Tip $3.00
Saturday Breakfast $10.00
Saturday Water $6.00
Saturday Frozen lemonade $4.00
Saturday Lunch & drink $15.00
Saturday Ice Cream $4.00
Saturday Dinner & drink $15.00
Saturday Coffee/Tip $3.00
Sunday Breakfast $10.00
Sunday Water $6.00
Sunday Ice Cream $4.00
Sunday Lunch & drink $15.00
Sunday Quesadilla $8.00
Sunday Dinner & drink $15.00
Sunday Coffee/Tip $3.00
$255.00

*You may not want to have to carry around 2 Tshirts all day on Friday but at least you can be sure that you get what you want and the size you want.

For what it's worth.

amyzzz
01-26-2007, 03:55 PM
Yes, buy all your T-shirts on Friday if at all possible because the ones you want are guaranteed to be gone by Sunday.

ratmfan105
01-26-2007, 04:51 PM
thansk for the tips really helps BUT im not gonna miss a single second of RAGE im gonna be waiting all morning,day, night to stand front row thank you

SnowShoe
01-26-2007, 07:00 PM
thansk for the tips really helps BUT im not gonna miss a single second of RAGE im gonna be waiting all morning,day, night to stand front row thank you

I would call that statement idiotic. But that's what makes music beautiful.

Some people are so damn passionate about one band that they would consider standing all day in the heat, in one spot, and despite the fact that there is incredible bands only a couple hundred feet from them.. they remain locked into one spot at one stage.

Some people would think this quite unwise.

DeltaSigChi4
01-26-2007, 08:35 PM
Want a cookie?

Yes, please.

E

thaipod
01-27-2007, 12:00 PM
If the weekend is as humid as 3 years ago, a packet of Wet Ones will come in handy.

beerbyatch
01-27-2007, 03:18 PM
They definitely had margaritas last year, and i'm pretty sure there was wine too. I even remember them having two different sizes until they ran out of big cups.

The maragaritas were made with Soju, a rice wine type alcohol. No hard liquor at all (unless maybe in VIP areas).

McFearless
01-27-2007, 05:11 PM
Okay, a question for the ladies. What type of shoes work best? Vans? I want to look cute but have a feeling wearing boots might not work in my favor.

Also, any suggestions for cute hats? Cause uhh, the ones suggested so far are fug for us fashonistas.

TheWatcher
01-27-2007, 06:07 PM
Salt packets help when you are drinking a lot of water and losing salt by sweating. Grab some extra salt packets from somewhere outside, and bring them in. It really helps to beat the heat.

gaypalmsprings
01-27-2007, 07:54 PM
bring ear plugs

SWEETSHIVERBURN
01-27-2007, 08:08 PM
Okay, a question for the ladies. What type of shoes work best? Vans? I want to look cute but have a feeling wearing boots might not work in my favor.

Also, any suggestions for cute hats? Cause uhh, the ones suggested so far are fug for us fashonistas.


i wore my converse without socks and doc sandels. I would say no to flip flops unless you like sore toes.

I wore my sons' floppy hat from old navy . But they also sell hats there if you cant find one in time. I saw girls with cute cowboy hats all over the place. and was it mu imagination or were they selling parasels last year.

C DUB YA
01-27-2007, 09:03 PM
not uhh...last year I had a redbull and vodka...there was wine...and you could even have a salty margarita if you wanted--there's full bar service

prices, of course, are outrageous, but that's just part of the coachella excitement

THATS NOT THE BEER GARDENS, thats the VIP bar tents.

C DUB YA
01-27-2007, 09:06 PM
WHAT I WILL MEET YOU AT THE RAGE SET AND IT WILL BE LIKE THE BULLS ARE PARADING ON YOUR HEAD! BROTHER!

Um, yeah, Sunday is going to suck, because of idiots like this.

€uroMeinke
01-27-2007, 09:11 PM
Um, yeah, Sunday is going to suck, because of idiots like this.

Perhaps - but more than likely they'll either get there late, or just spend the day in front of the main stage and out of everyone else's way.

I hope though, that most folks will be there because they like music, and just not one band. It's the other bands that always surprise me.

C DUB YA
01-27-2007, 09:14 PM
I hope so. I do think the attendance is going to sweel like crazy about 5pm

fatbastard
01-28-2007, 10:53 AM
Note from Fat Bastard's wife with regards to women's shoes; Vans don't provide arch support and flip flops will not do. Tennis shoes are the way to go even if won't look fashionable.

Carlo Von Sexron
01-28-2007, 12:35 PM
there's this great stuff called vagisil powder...yeah I know, it's a girly product, but there are manly men I know that swear by it...it'll keep those thighs chaff free, and your balls dry and silky smooth in the desert heat...heheh

Guys...here's the best advice you'll ever get. Gold Bond Powder. On your sac and thighs...Keeps you cool, dry, smooth, stick-free, and it even tingles for a few minutes after you put it on. It's like a party in your pants. Not a day has gone by in the past four years that I haven't Bonded before leaving the house.

momof5
01-28-2007, 12:50 PM
Ladies Shoes--I bought some Danska Sandals from the walking store for Coachella about 4 years ago and they have become my concert shoes because they are so comfotable'they keep my feet cool and they have a wedge heel which makes me 1-1/2inches taller so I can see better. Whatever shoes you get make sure they are well broken in because you will walk miles at the festival!

dalaners13
01-28-2007, 08:28 PM
um, my daughter is 13 and wants 2 go 2 the festival, is it a good idea and if so are there any tips you have to give me??

C DUB YA
01-28-2007, 08:43 PM
If you are going with its a good idea.

Seriously though, its about as safe as a festival can get. There is drug use, foul language and the usual stuff you see at concerts, but nothing too frightening.

Arranging transport will be difficult, she's prolly too young to camp, so I defer to others on getting to and from. Drop off early and pick up early.

I personally wouldn't let my 13 year old go without an adult, but thats me, and I go so he's goin too (when the time comes).

Pixiessp
01-28-2007, 08:53 PM
A lot of people go for the entire weekend so thats why its there... Oh and mine is

Find Danny Devito and take picture...

That's a good one cause we know he'll be there.

C DUB YA
01-28-2007, 08:56 PM
and most likely that stupid fuck all douche from the OC

york707
01-28-2007, 09:29 PM
It was not humid three years ago. It was 108.

Carlo Von Sexron
01-29-2007, 01:59 AM
Ok...this is year 4 for me. Here's the best advice I can give to those seeking Coachella guidance.

1) B-U-D-G-E-T for water.
I can't stress this enough. It's hot. 90-100 degrees. I'm born and raised in Phoenix so it's basically a cool spring day for me, but for the other %99 percent of you, I hate to see you drop like flies in the heat.
Water is $2 a bottle. That's a great price for a festival like this. Bring about $20 a day just for water. Buy said water and drink plenty of it. It's that simple. Just do it. Just drink the damn water!
And whatever you do...don't come to these message boards and post about how it was so hot, you almost passed out, and water was "so expensive." You will fill me with rage if you do so.

2) Budget in general.
Start putting any money aside that you can now. I'm not rich, but I usually bring about $150 cash each day. Don't show up with $10 to your name unless you're one hell of a beggar, make friends fast, or have friends with money. Food, water, churros, merchandise...it adds up fast.

3) Bring cash. The ATM lines get long. You need cash for everything.

4) I recommend a backpack/fanny pack/man purse/ satchel/whatever.
Personally, I recommending going to amazon.com or other such place and searching 'sling pack' or 'sling bag.' They're smaller and more conveinent than a backpack, but still allow for everything you need to bring. Which brings me to my next note....

5) Bring these items in the bag you bought above...
- Sunblock - Put it on before you leave your hotel/tent. Don't forget your feet if you're wearing sandals, back of your neck, nose, ears, etc. Put it on again as needed.
- Water bottles that you don't chug immediately after buying.
- Wallet, cell phone, keys, etc...Beats loading down your pockets.
- Long sleeve shirt. Just in case it gets chilly at night.
- All the shit you're gonna buy! They always have great vendors selling shirts, bags, etc. I usually buy about 4 or 5 shirts each year. Just shove them in your bag instead of carrying them all day.
- Facial wipes. Yeah, it's kinda feminine but oh well. When that sun goes down and you don't need the sunblock anymore, nothing like wiping off all that shit with an Oil of Olay moisturizing wipe.
- Pepto/Immodium. For people like me that don't exactly have a steel stomach. Eating most festival food is a roll of the dice when it comes to how your system will react. I'm on three years without having to take a crap on festival grounds and I want to keep that streak alive.

6) Eat a churro. Eat a frozen lemonade. I think it's the law at Coachella. And with good reason.

7) Don't wear a cute/clever message shirt.
You may think you're cool (which you weren't to begin with), but you'll really feel like a douche when you see 75 other kids in the same exact shirt from Target/Hot Topic that says something great like "I'm big in Europe" or "Stay classy" or whatever other bullshit shirt is popular at the time.

8) Don't be a douche.
You wanna mosh to Wolf Parade? Great. I don't. That's why I'm standing about 30 yards from the stage. Therefore you don't need to shove me out of the way to get to the front. A simple hand on the shoulder and "Excuse me" will do just fine.

9) Book your hotel NOW if you haven't already.
Like today. Like stop reading this and come back to it later if you still need to book your hotel. Unless you're camping.

10) Dont say a word about how hot it is.
Yeah, we know.

11) Soak it all in...There's three different times throughout the day you need to just stop and look around.
When you first walk in the gates.
Sunset.
Near the end of the night.

It's the best weekend of the year (for me at least). Make sure you enjoy it as much as you can.

C DUB YA
01-29-2007, 05:51 AM
all good tips!

jimmyrad
01-29-2007, 10:46 AM
6) Eat a churro.

What the hell is a churro?

jimmyrad
01-29-2007, 10:50 AM
No. is it an american thing?

*I dont know how this ended up here. It was a response to the comment bellow?!?!?!?!?!*

hawkingvsreeve
01-29-2007, 10:56 AM
You are joking, right?

thaipod
01-29-2007, 10:58 AM
What the hell is a churro?

A little piece of heaven is what it is.




7) Don't wear a cute/clever message shirt.
You may think you're cool (which you weren't to begin with), but you'll really feel like a douche when you see 75 other kids in the same exact shirt from Target/Hot Topic that says something great like "I'm big in Europe" or "Stay classy" or whatever other bullshit shirt is popular at the time.

Mwa ha ha ha!

thaipod
01-29-2007, 11:00 AM
A must!!!

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d199/stevemavi/GREEN.jpg

quoted for truth.

TheGunslinger138
01-29-2007, 11:17 AM
11) Soak it all in...There's three different times throughout the day you need to just stop and look around.
When you first walk in the gates.
Sunset.
Near the end of the night.



Quoted for truth.

fatbastard
01-29-2007, 12:09 PM
I would take my daughter to Coachella. There are plenty of "One Tree Hill" performers for her to see. It's good for kids to get out to see different things. I wish my parents were cool enough to have taken me to something like this.

I have seen fathers walking around in the past with who I'll assume is his daughter along with 2 friends or relatives.

amyzzz
01-29-2007, 12:22 PM
Wear 2 pairs of socks since you'll be walking around and standing a lot.

McFearless
01-29-2007, 05:24 PM
So, I wear makeup. Is that like something I shouldn't do for Coachella?

sassypants
01-29-2007, 07:23 PM
So, I wear makeup. Is that like something I shouldn't do for Coachella?

Forget about makeup! Or clothing for that matter! be free, free as the wind.

metalphenidate
01-29-2007, 08:55 PM
Other miscellaneous suggestions:

-don't buy ghetto sunblock. get something expensive with 2-5% titanium or zinc oxide. reapply every 2-3 hours.
-don't just drink lots of water: maybe bring in some gastrolyte electrolyte powder packs to mix into your H20. shit is inexpensive and hyponatremia is no joke. you'll feel much better at the end of the day than if you just slug back the water.
-if you're drunk and you have a headache, use ibuprofen. tylenol + booze = bad for your liver

foto_synthesis
01-30-2007, 10:42 AM
So, I wear makeup. Is that like something I shouldn't do for Coachella?

I wear makeup, too. But I don't think it would be wise to wear it for the festival. You'll met like a snowcone out there, and it won't be pretty. Just imagine mascara/foundation filled globs of sweat rolling down your face. Ouch.:nono

Disco!
01-30-2007, 12:55 PM
-don't just drink lots of water: maybe bring in some gastrolyte electrolyte powder packs to mix into your H20. shit is inexpensive and hyponatremia is no joke. you'll feel much better at the end of the day than if you just slug back the water.

Although I agree that electrolytes are useful, you really need to drink an incredible amount of water in a short space of time to suffer from hyponatremia(Think like 8-10 litres), and if your eating during the day it shouldn't be an issue.

If you insist on drinking heavily(which I will) then taking something to help the ol' liver and kidneys might be an idea. Personally I use milkthistle as its herbal, and aids the liver in flushing toxins.

Meadowsmeister
01-30-2007, 01:36 PM
meaning: You'll piss like a fountain.

JohnJohnIII
01-30-2007, 01:50 PM
Poor Jimmy never found out what a churro is!

I'm too lazy to find a picture for you, but it's a sorta phallic looking fried dough. It's mexican, not american.

fatbastard
01-30-2007, 03:19 PM
http://www.jarcoindustries.com/churro.jpg

SnowShoe
01-30-2007, 03:46 PM
Guys, you will thank me later.

http://www.anacondasports.com/wcsstore/anaconda10/images/0069_med.jpg

phoenixsky
01-30-2007, 06:04 PM
God damnit I just posted a long reply and it vanished! Rookie.

Anyway, I know it's already been said but don't forget your ID unless you want to spend 20 minutes Macgyver-ing a wristband to get into the beer garden. In the stress of deciding what to cart around with me all day last year I forgot mine. Granted, I made it in with a little gum and patience but the experience was still annoying to say the least.

Bring Purell. I know there's some outside the porta potties but it's usually gone by the end of the night. And if there's anything worse than a sun-baked shit-hole it's not having anything to sanitize with after hovering over one. Purell and maybe some wet wipes and you'll be straight.

Long sleeved shirt or hoodie, for sure.

I always rock Chucks and my feet are fine. I'd imagine flip flops are only practical for those who plan on staying far away from the chaos of packed crowds. Not me!

And I know alcohol/drug smuggling tips aren't exactly the smartest thing to post on an official Coachella website but here you go: Fill a few of those Aquafina liters with vodka (think relatively cheap!) and have each of your friends take one in. Stand in separate lines. My friends and I have done this every year and some of them have been tossed but at the very least, one of us has always gotten through...usually two. Security gets less Nazi as time goes on (at least that's been my experience) and there are always some that are cooler than others. The odds are in your favor. Take it from someone who's managed to avoid the beer gardens til about sunset three years running. It's all about maintaining that tailgating buzz.

Other than that, don't fuck up a beautiful vibe by being a douche nozzle. Once you get past the gate, lose that meathead/princess stank of an aura you've got going on. We don't like those kind.

See you on the polo fields, lovelies.

Quentin
01-30-2007, 07:49 PM
Any other tips for the ladies? I know some of the guys were getting tips on powder for the sweat? I dont' plan on running around naked, so good tips for clothing? I'm thinking halter top and jeans?

adzooks
01-30-2007, 07:50 PM
thats great advice, couldnt have said it better myself phoenix

captncrzy
01-30-2007, 09:04 PM
Okay, a question for the ladies. What type of shoes work best? Vans? I want to look cute but have a feeling wearing boots might not work in my favor.

Also, any suggestions for cute hats? Cause uhh, the ones suggested so far are fug for us fashonistas.


Seriously girl, don't worry about looking cute. You'll discover all the heat and sweating and running from band to band and stage to stage will melt your makeup, flatten your hair, and kill your feet.

Wear your comfiest shoes, definately a hat, a tank (bring a hoodie for the nighttime) and booty up in some shorts. You'll still look cute and you won't be effing miserable like the goths in gear i saw walking around last year

captncrzy
01-30-2007, 09:18 PM
Also:
1) Water water water. You're supposed to drink 64 oz every day on a NORMAL day. Running around in the desert heat all day-you need to at least double it. I drank 10 bottles of water in one day last year and I didn't pee once.

2) Everyone should know where the car is parked. We relied on my sister to remember last year. Big mistake-we walked around for an hour looking for it.

C DUB YA
01-30-2007, 09:48 PM
And I know alcohol/drug smuggling tips aren't exactly the smartest thing to post on an official Coachella website but here you go: Fill a few of those Aquafina liters with vodka (think relatively cheap!) and have each of your friends take one in. Stand in separate lines. My friends and I have done this every year and some of them have been tossed but at the very least, one of us has always gotten through...usually two. Security gets less Nazi as time goes on (at least that's been my experience) and there are always some that are cooler than others. The odds are in your favor. Take it from someone who's managed to avoid the beer gardens til about sunset three years running. It's all about maintaining that tailgating buzz.



YES - security is WAY more laxed around 3pm on.

C DUB YA
01-30-2007, 09:49 PM
Guys, you will thank me later.

http://www.anacondasports.com/wcsstore/anaconda10/images/0069_med.jpg

Doesn't the ass sweat more in those things?

Natelevmofuggaz
01-30-2007, 10:48 PM
I love those frozen lemonades man, I lived off those things.

SnowShoe
01-30-2007, 11:02 PM
Doesn't the ass sweat more in those things?

no, they're made of the dri-fit stuff. and it ain't the sweat you're worried about, cause everyone is dripping. it's the chaff. chafe. whatever. i've worn them every year for the last 3 and if you are going multiple days... it's the best advise i can offer.

i will agree with others - remember where you parked the car. major buzz kill to wander in the dusty darkness.

MarkO
01-30-2007, 11:56 PM
For hats, I suggest a 'boonie' hat, like the military wear in Iraq etc.. They're cheap, extremely effective and work a treat.

For $, bring plenty of small bills ... the guys & gals at the water / gatorade stands will appreciate it.

Don't wear black / dark clothing unless you're a masochist.

And please .................. don't spend 15mins at the top of the line trying to figure out what t shirt you want. You will be in line long enough. FIGURE IT OUT before you get to the top of the line. Seriously. Someone behind me thanked me last year because I picked my tee right off. This after waiting 15mins for the two twats in front of us.

DenverSanFranConnection
01-31-2007, 12:32 AM
C DUB YAS TIPS

1. sun block
2. water
3. comfy shoes
4. light clothing during the day - long sleeves at night (desert)
5. arrive early
6. book hotel early
7. Shower
8. eat
9. leave the alcohol till afterwards, the sun will kill you
10. buy the t shirts you want early (they sell out at night and the lines are very long)
11. expect to wait in the morning at the entrance gate in long slow moving lines.
12. don't try to smuggle crazy ass drugs in there, why lax, they do escort people out from time to time, that would be a bummer of a weekend.
13. don't "push your way" up front. If there is an artist you want to see, get to that stage while the artist before is still on and wait it out, you just may see something else you like too.
14. Don't stare at celebs - they are 9 times out of 10, not worth it.
15. move around to the different stage see as much as possible
16. Know that you WILL miss some acts you wanna see.
17. Expect LOTS of traffic to and from festival grounds
18. buy 3 day pass as early ASAP
19. If you buy only one day, Sunday and Friday will be the first to go I think.
20. Condoms
21. Stay clear of the beer gardens, they are well away from the stages and over-priced, and boring, you will be missing out on fun.
22. sleep
23. print out a set times schedule - keep it in your pocket (they will have schedules there, but don't spend forever looking for one)
24. Plan any tent signings early, and prepare to wait for your favorite, but don't go nuts at the signing tent, you'll miss lots.
25. Bring cash


I made bold items that i may struggle with

Quentin
01-31-2007, 01:09 AM
Haha, actually a lot of this list is on my check list for Coachella lol

McFearless
01-31-2007, 01:27 AM
Seriously girl, don't worry about looking cute. You'll discover all the heat and sweating and running from band to band and stage to stage will melt your makeup, flatten your hair, and kill your feet.

Wear your comfiest shoes, definately a hat, a tank (bring a hoodie for the nighttime) and booty up in some shorts. You'll still look cute and you won't be effing miserable like the goths in gear i saw walking around last year


I just wanna look cute for that Arctic Monkeys bassist. HAHAHAHA. We sorta have a thing.

That he doesnt know about.

I am thinking I am gonna wear some sick old school style reeboks. and some cute shorts and vintage shirts. Like the girls in CSS. I don't know why I feel it necessary to make all this public.

rampaige
01-31-2007, 01:59 AM
Here's a tip for the gals...make sure your skirt will cover the vittles when you sit down. Last year I wore a skirt, and while it was nowhere near being scandalous in terms of length, it was a pain not being able to sit cross legged. The second day I wore a longer knee length skirt, and it worked great. Loose and breezy yet also practical.

As for makeup, just pare it down a little. If you do the whole shebang...base, concealer, eye liner, eyeshadow, lipliner, lipstick etc...you are going to look like Tammy Faye Baker after about 20 minutes in that heat.

McFearless
01-31-2007, 02:04 AM
I am gonna test it out the first day. If I look like a freakin idiot Ill just take it all off.

If I wear a skirt I am def wearing strechy pants underneath.

captncrzy
01-31-2007, 08:50 AM
I just wanna look cute for that Arctic Monkeys bassist. HAHAHAHA. We sorta have a thing.

That he doesnt know about.

I am thinking I am gonna wear some sick old school style reeboks. and some cute shorts and vintage shirts. Like the girls in CSS. I don't know why I feel it necessary to make all this public.

HAHA I know exactly what you mean. Just remember that when you're picking out your outfit-it's gonna be over 100-all damn day. And you'll probably be parking your ass in the grass more than once-so don't wear white shorts. Your outfit above sounds like a much better idea than boots. Or anything black, for that matter.

McFearless
01-31-2007, 02:28 PM
Ewww hell no. White shorts are horrible!
Hahaha

Def black ones that are cut right above the knee and are nicely fitted!

ohh, and one day I am wearing a dress that I got in guatemala. I know all the scene chicks are gonna be like oh damn that dress it hot. To bad you cant buy it in this country biatches!


Its such a girl thing to plan out what to wear 3 months in advance!

MarkO
01-31-2007, 03:06 PM
Don't worry about what to wear. Just enjoy the show. If you're good looking, you're good looking. If you are not, no amount of effort is going to help thru 3 x12hr days in that heat.

rampaige
01-31-2007, 04:57 PM
Its such a girl thing to plan out what to wear 3 months in advance!

Lol you're absolutely right, but in my head I've already started packing as well! :rolleyes

McFearless
01-31-2007, 05:22 PM
Don't worry about what to wear. Just enjoy the show. If you're good looking, you're good looking. If you are not, no amount of effort is going to help thru 3 x12hr days in that heat.

Too true.

I was asking about being confortable too. Its not just for looks.

captncrzy
01-31-2007, 07:38 PM
Yeah, now I'm trying to figure out what I'm wearing. Us damn girls.

rampaige
01-31-2007, 07:42 PM
Maybe we should start a thread specifically for discussing potential outfits. It'll be like getting ready for a night out..."Does this top make me look slutty? Are these earrings overkill? Do I have muffin top goin' on?"

MarkO
01-31-2007, 09:07 PM
Too true.

I was asking about being confortable too. Its not just for looks.

So you're confirming you're good looking ?? ;)

Speaking for myself, I wear the lightest (weight wise) clothes possible. I have some Nike shorts made out of who knows what. Light & airy. Cotton tee-shirts. Boonie hat. Raybans.

Unlike most, I didn't bring a jacket or hoodie for the evening. I found the night temps very pleasant.

McFearless
01-31-2007, 09:26 PM
So you're confirming you're good looking ?? ;)

Speaking for myself, I wear the lightest (weight wise) clothes possible. I have some Nike shorts made out of who knows what. Light & airy. Cotton tee-shirts. Boonie hat. Raybans.

Unlike most, I didn't bring a jacket or hoodie for the evening. I found the night temps very pleasant.

Actually, no, Im not.

Unless, you like chubby girls. Then Im your dream.

Quentin
02-01-2007, 01:16 AM
Alright, so I'm not a girl that dresses up at all. No make up, no hair crap.

Is it okay to wear jeans? I hate shorts and jeans just seem more practical for both weather situations, also protection against burning. As for tops...just regular stuff like spagehti straps and halters will work?

Alos, considering the heat and how much I'll be sweating should I put on lotion on my face or should I buy sunblock with lotion in it? I dont' shop for cosmetic things much...are there even sunblocks made with lotions in them?

>.< In all reality, I'm probably going to pack day off leaving ^.^; just wanted some info. Sales are always good, and if I see anything tha works for Coachella, that's even better :p

Maniaco78
02-01-2007, 01:26 AM
If you're going to drink, get there early and before you see any bands, go get yourself a bracelet because if you wait to long those damn lines are like a mile long, also pace yourself cause once you start pissing unless you are in the vip area you are going to be in line for a couple of days, also print out a list of the groups you wanna see the most and get there early, you won't see all the groups because it is impossible. sleep, showering or eating I don't worry about, I live down the street on Ave. 52 in Coachella, so like my good friend Borat would say......NNIICCEE!!!!

Maniaco78
02-01-2007, 01:30 AM
Sorry - reading all this just makes me happy that I live in Arizona. I work outside so for being at Coachella - that's nothing. I know I am the envy when I sit the the grass in the sun and start talking to people, and they notice, "your not really sweating, where do you live?" Then I rub it in!! They day it was 100 at coachella, I had left 116. Belive me at 116 you can tell its cooler at 100.

blah blah blah

Quit playin' man, Coachella is just as hot as Arizona, belive me I grew up in Coachella. if it's 100 in Coachella it is 100 in Arizona, it's the people that come from any other part of the states that can really tell the difference.

Boourns
02-01-2007, 01:32 AM
Alright, so I'm not a girl that dresses up at all. No make up, no hair crap.

Is it okay to wear jeans? I hate shorts and jeans just seem more practical for both weather situations, also protection against burning. As for tops...just regular stuff like spagehti straps and halters will work?

Alos, considering the heat and how much I'll be sweating should I put on lotion on my face or should I buy sunblock with lotion in it? I dont' shop for cosmetic things much...are there even sunblocks made with lotions in them?

>.< In all reality, I'm probably going to pack day off leaving ^.^; just wanted some info. Sales are always good, and if I see anything tha works for Coachella, that's even better :p

Waterproof sunblock does not exist. I put so much on my face that I looked like the Joker, but got burned big time.

Jeans are okay if you don't plan on being around much during the hottest hours. I wonder if any stores still sell those pants that zip off into shorts. I've never heard of people's legs burning at Coachella, either.

I can't remember...are you doing the Arcade Fire camp thing?

smoke
02-01-2007, 01:46 AM
I didn't read the whole thread, so my apologies if this has already been said.

Research the bands. Study the lineup, and if you haven't heard of a band...look them up! There is a great thread in the Coachella Lounge with Coachella music. You can really maximize your experience by planning ahead. Plus you might get to see some really good shows!

Plan to survive. Coachella is a mission. I get there early, and leave when they close. If you plan to spend the whole day out there, pace yourself. Find time to relax and rest. Pick a few mellow bands beforehand so you know where to go to chill.

captncrzy
02-01-2007, 10:29 AM
Alright, so I'm not a girl that dresses up at all. No make up, no hair crap.

Is it okay to wear jeans? I hate shorts and jeans just seem more practical for both weather situations, also protection against burning. As for tops...just regular stuff like spagehti straps and halters will work?

Alos, considering the heat and how much I'll be sweating should I put on lotion on my face or should I buy sunblock with lotion in it? I dont' shop for cosmetic things much...are there even sunblocks made with lotions in them?

>.< In all reality, I'm probably going to pack day off leaving ^.^; just wanted some info. Sales are always good, and if I see anything tha works for Coachella, that's even better :p

You can wear jeans if you think you'll be comfortable-jeans are heavy and will add weight-which will make you hotter. ON the other hand, your legs won't get burned if you forget to sunblock them. I wore a wife beater and capri pants last year and it worked out great for me.

You can buy really heavy duty sunblock specifically made for your face...I use Faces and I never get burned up there.

captncrzy
02-01-2007, 10:30 AM
Actually, no, Im not.

Unless, you like chubby girls. Then Im your dream.

Don't sell yourself short-nothing wrong with having some junk in your trunk.

amyzzz
02-01-2007, 11:06 AM
You can wear jeans if you think you'll be comfortable-jeans are heavy and will add weight-which will make you hotter. ON the other hand, your legs won't get burned if you forget to sunblock them. I wore a wife beater and capri pants last year and it worked out great for me.

You can buy really heavy duty sunblock specifically made for your face...I use Faces and I never get burned up there.

Jeans have always worked fine for me. If I sweat more, that's fine--it'll cool me off and I won't have to pee as much.

revisitingnixon
02-01-2007, 04:27 PM
I found some great tips on these articles I found written by a guy named Kampy. This guy really knows his stuff. I never been to Coachella, but I read a few of his articles and they are really insightful. Check it out:

How to Camp On-Site at Coachella 2007 (http://wehow.ehow.com/how_2019773_camp-onsite-coachella.html)

How to Find a Hotel Room for Coachella 2007 (http://wehow.ehow.com/how_2019729_hotel-room-coachella.html)

How to See a Band From the Front Row at Coachella 2007 (http://wehow.ehow.com/how_2020196_see-band-front-row-coachella.html)

There are more, so if any of you want some good stuff to read about Coachella. You shoudl check out his site.

Rock on Brothers and Sisters! See you at Coachella!

SFChrissy
02-01-2007, 04:35 PM
Long thread to read through but I haven't seen this on the list

BABY WIPES...great for cleaning up the dirt 'n sweat off your body and a nice cool down and great for when the Porto's are nasty, no TP 'n no hand wash...

Bring a power bar or some dried fruit, nut snack...it saves me every year and that less money at food court and more for water or whatever...

Schedule book...I love those damn things last year found 'em at the KROQ booth, previous years just kinda came up on 'em accidentally!!!

Dress lightly with something for backup come evening...That year it was 106 was gnarly...glad I had a windbreaker for the night walk to the car...

grossdale
02-02-2007, 03:47 PM
C DUB YA

I think you are going to save me and my little crew in our rookie year at Coachella thanks!!

tiffdud41
02-04-2007, 09:46 PM
THATS NOT THE BEER GARDENS, thats the VIP bar tents.

Nope, I had a redbull with vodka at the beer garden area next to the sahara tent. I swear to god! There was a cutey bar tender and he gave me a discount...yippee!

I wasn't a VIP.

rampaige
02-04-2007, 10:27 PM
Yeah, I remember being able to buy shots in that particular beer garden as well. I think the beer garden over near the main stage (beside the VIP area) only had beer and wine however.

MadMatt
02-05-2007, 04:15 PM
Question:

Are they sticklers about out of state id's for the wristbands? I.E. will they give you trouble? I would hope not, since people come from all over. (Over 21 BTW).

tiffdud41
02-05-2007, 06:21 PM
thanks for clearing that up, rampaige
I was about ready to throw down with C DUB hehe

KiwiCoachella
02-07-2007, 05:12 AM
Cheers C Dub Ya and everyone else for your tips, gonna save me a lotta hassle!

C DUB YA
02-07-2007, 05:24 AM
Yeah, I remember being able to buy shots in that particular beer garden as well. I think the beer garden over near the main stage (beside the VIP area) only had beer and wine however.

Hmmm I stand corrected - I just never go in them (beer gradens) anyways, well not since 2001, when I found it to be a waste of time and money trying to drink during Coachella. Cool though, thanks for the update.

foto_synthesis
02-08-2007, 09:17 AM
If you do the whole shebang...base, concealer, eye liner, eyeshadow, lipliner, lipstick etc...you are going to look like Tammy Faye Baker after about 20 minutes in that heat.

Good imagery...

http://www.havelshouseofhistory.com/Tammy%20Faye0001.jpg

JinaZ
02-08-2007, 01:46 PM
I give the same advice every year...
Water is $2 a bottle.
Drink about 5+ bottles of water a day.
That's about $10+ a day for water.
BUDGET for it!
Don't come on the message boards Monday after the festival complaining about how hot it was and water was soooo expensive.







what about a camelbak?
it might cost you like $25-50, but you can hydrate yourself, & totally jam out hands free nothing to carry but a small back pack full of water (they have different sizes, ranging from 28-100oz + some have storage)
check out camelbak.com
or you can get em from like a sporting goods store

John Peel is My Co-pilot
02-08-2007, 02:57 PM
That would be a fabulous tip in every way were it not for the fact that Camelbaks are not allowed at Coachella.

cellophane_star
02-08-2007, 03:38 PM
Tent signings?

stills5446
02-08-2007, 06:36 PM
HOW MUCH IS ONE BEER???

Mctommy
02-08-2007, 07:07 PM
those zip off pants that people are talking about, are similar to these that can be found at REI (outdoor/camping/sports store in the US)
http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?storeId=8000&catalogId=40000008000&productId=48105611&parent_category_rn=4501397&vcat=REI_SSHP_MENS_CLOTHING_TOC

A lot of companies have them, and they work great.

tiffdud41
02-08-2007, 07:46 PM
i think a beer is 7 bucks

JinaZ
02-09-2007, 08:53 PM
That would be a fabulous tip in every way were it not for the fact that Camelbaks are not allowed at Coachella.

oh wow I didn't even see that one,, why aren't they allowed?? I don't get it... I think i'm seriously going to try to like sneak one in,, along with my flask... I'll figure out something.. like have you (or any one) ever tried to take one in??

ApathyAndExhaustion
02-10-2007, 04:58 AM
Coachella is not expensive for people coming from the UK. We get pretty much $2.00 to £1.00. The exchange rate rocks.

I second this. $2 (£1) for a bottle of water is not at all expensive compared to English festivals. I remember them selling small cans of soft drinks for £1.50 last year.

DuctTapedGerbil
02-15-2007, 08:12 PM
Maybe we should start a thread specifically for discussing potential outfits. It'll be like getting ready for a night out..."Does this top make me look slutty? Are these earrings overkill? Do I have muffin top goin' on?"

I'm down with that!!!
I'm planning on wearing a sequin fanny pack , hopefully I can find one that says "I <3 Bingo" or "Las Vegas". oooh maybe I can find a "Palm Springs" fanny pack. Maybe I will have to make one. Then I am going to wear this with a "Fuck Rehab" shirt (found on perezhilton.com) and perhaps jelly shoes, but they would be uncomfortable all day long. Might have to sport cons or glittered out keds. On the bottom, it has to be a circle skirt, maybe some bike shorts underneath if I end up being pushed unwillingly into a pit, or for dancing like a fool at Peaches. Gold lame' bike shorts would be great. Maybe I should wear a tutu instead of the circle skirt. Giant sized Nicole Ritchie sunglasses are a must. I am undecided about the hat...maybe a sombrero? Help me!

Brenbren
02-16-2007, 10:52 AM
should i wear depends???

ToddThaGod
03-14-2007, 08:07 PM
this is my check list so far...

a quick wrap up of almost all the suggestions. make it your coachella checklist. just copy from me

Coachella Check List:


Tent, Shoes, Sandles, Cameras, Shampoo, Lotion,
Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Mouthwash, Towel,
sunblock, Tissues, Baby Wipes, Soap, Sunglasses,
Visine, small pillow , glowsticks, padlock, immodium,
earplugs, gold bond powder, boonie hat, power bars,
dried fruit,
chapstick, id, earplugs, flashlight, advil/tylenol,
bandana (to cool down), a hoodie, deodorant


also :
-print out set times/schedules
-buy shirts FRIDAY

woogie846
03-14-2007, 08:29 PM
What I brought last year:

t-shirt, jeans/shorts(separate days), a backpack, a light jacket, plenty of extra cash, sunblock, hand sanitizer, tissues for toilet paper, and a big, heaping, fudge covered, caramel dipped emotion of excitement!

C DUB YA
03-15-2007, 06:12 AM
That's what I brought, except my excitement was strawberry flavored.

anna-v
03-15-2007, 04:43 PM
padlock, gold bond powder
what are those for?

SojuGorae
03-15-2007, 04:49 PM
http://www.costalegre.ca/images/Water_Truck_760.jpg
This is how much water I'll be bringing.

SojuGorae
03-15-2007, 04:49 PM
what are those for?

For freaky shit

ajane
03-15-2007, 06:19 PM
1. dalaners: i was twelve at my first coachella. i went with my dad, and i had fun. but i was mega-tired and remember sleeping in front of the main stage during beck. he woke me up for "loser." so if shes with an adult, shell probably have a good time, but dont expect her to appreciate it as much as she could in a few years.

2. if you want to buy a shirt/bring a heavy jacket/whatever, but dont want to carry it around, my friends and i came up with a solution last year. just drop the offending item off at lost & found and pick it up later in the night. its a little bit risky, but its SO nice not to have to lug unnecessary stuff around all day!

ToddThaGod
03-15-2007, 07:18 PM
the gold powder is key! for men at least.

the padlock is for your bookbag so you dont have to worry about the expensive and valuable things you have in there.

and i forgot for guys...the under armor undies!!

gaypalmsprings
03-15-2007, 07:23 PM
http://www.prankplace.com/images/fun/nerdglasses.jpg

SheriNOIR
03-30-2007, 02:14 PM
Someone suggested shower sandals to me.

a cheap pair of flip-flops to wear in the shower so your feet aren't touching the grimy floor people have been walking on all day.

:)

MannyMacabre
03-30-2007, 02:20 PM
when i went in 04 i was able to survive on water and frozen lemonades.
than i had a burrito like back at the camp site...but that was the only thing i had to eat that whole weekend.

SheriNOIR
03-30-2007, 02:34 PM
A collapsable bucket is always useful for the campsite.
I took two to Leeds Carling Weekend and they were godsends.

We kept fetching water back to wash with / drink / throw about..
And the second was a portable loo for us girlies who didn't want to brave the smelly loos or be bothered to walk to them in the dark..

:)

SheriNOIR
03-30-2007, 02:38 PM
Ooooh.
water pistols ( colourful, not gun looking.. might scare a few people.. ) and water bombs are a good addition to your checklists..

Fun ! And in the heat I can imagine to be very refreshing. bring lots!

Abe Lincoln
03-30-2007, 02:44 PM
A collapsable bucket is always useful for the campsite.
I took two to Leeds Carling Weekend and they were godsends.

We kept fetching water back to wash with / drink / throw about..
And the second was a portable loo for us girlies who didn't want to brave the smelly loos or be bothered to walk to them in the dark..

:)
Did they ever get mixed up?

SheriNOIR
03-30-2007, 03:00 PM
haha thankfully no!

but then again... it was pretty dark that night...

markomcg
04-01-2007, 09:12 AM
Yea was wondering about a lock for the tent. We'll have pasports and plane tickets in it. Would a padlock just draw attention or what?

Courtney
04-01-2007, 11:12 AM
Yea was wondering about a lock for the tent. We'll have pasports and plane tickets in it. Would a padlock just draw attention or what?

I'd carry around your passport on your body. Don't risk leaving it in your tent. And ask the airlines for an E-ticket so you don't have to worry about losing a paper ticket.

gaypalmsprings
04-01-2007, 11:15 AM
Bring your dancing shoes.

http://www.vituperation.com/journal/2006/July/borat.gif

mandelbaum
04-01-2007, 11:17 AM
C DUB YAS TIPS

1. sun block
2. water
3. comfy shoes
4. light clothing during the day - long sleeves at night (desert)
5. arrive early
6. book hotel early
7. Shower
8. eat
9. leave the alcohol till afterwards, the sun will kill you
10. buy the t shirts you want early (they sell out at night and the lines are very long)
11. expect to wait in the morning at the entrance gate in long slow moving lines.
12. don't try to smuggle crazy ass drugs in there, why lax, they do escort people out from time to time, that would be a bummer of a weekend.
13. don't "push your way" up front. If there is an artist you want to see, get to that stage while the artist before is still on and wait it out, you just may see something else you like too.
14. Don't stare at celebs - they are 9 times out of 10, not worth it.
15. move around to the different stage see as much as possible
16. Know that you WILL miss some acts you wanna see.
17. Expect LOTS of traffic to and from festival grounds
18. buy 3 day pass as early ASAP
19. If you buy only one day, Sunday and Friday will be the first to go I think.
20. Condoms
21. Stay clear of the beer gardens, they are well away from the stages and over-priced, and boring, you will be missing out on fun.
22. sleep
23. print out a set times schedule - keep it in your pocket (they will have schedules there, but don't spend forever looking for one)
24. Plan any tent signings early, and prepare to wait for your favorite, but don't go nuts at the signing tent, you'll miss lots.
25. Bring cash

The ultimate Coachella snob.

apachedino
04-01-2007, 12:27 PM
Yea was wondering about a lock for the tent. We'll have pasports and plane tickets in it. Would a padlock just draw attention or what?

We did this last year and everything was fine, we didn't leave anything real valuable inside just sleeping bags and stuff. I think just having one on will deter any would be theives to those tents that don't require a slashing. I have actually never heard of any theft problems at coachella so that is pretty coll, plus there is security in the campground during the day and everybody else is at the show.

flakivirs
04-02-2007, 06:49 PM
As far as hats - don't be a douche and wear a Lincoln style stove pipe or top hat, we will beat you for that.

Wait! How about the biggest SOMBRERO there is, I'm thinking on getting the biggest one from ebay. I'm very thin, so it will shade my whole body!! hahaha...

www.myspace.com/flakkiviris

bartelby
04-02-2007, 07:19 PM
big hats suck

cortezdude
04-03-2007, 09:37 PM
i'm bringing a sombrero too! Mariachi style!

i.b.poe
04-03-2007, 11:29 PM
bring those cold packs from first aid kits.
one quick squeeze and let the cool times roll. And they're only about a buck.

C DUB YA
04-04-2007, 09:28 AM
The ultimate Coachella snob.

Why am I a snob - I thought I was being helpful????

Explain.

danno828
04-04-2007, 09:42 AM
quick question, i am a newbie, could not get answers anywhere else in the forum. girlfriend and i might buy a tent for $50. it is 13'x10'x6'. is that too excessive? seems like everyone is bringing 7x7 tents for two people. our tent seems fine though. need advice. thanks

amyzzz
04-04-2007, 10:01 AM
I think it needs to be 100 square feet (or under) for 2 people. Yours would be 130. Is that right, PF?

danno828
04-04-2007, 10:25 AM
yeah, dumb measurements confuse me, the FAQ page says 7x7 for one person (50sq ft) and add an additional 7x7 for every person. so i don't know if that meant it could actually be 14x14 or 100sq ft (which is 10x10). someone help. i am confused.

kristenluvinterpol
04-05-2007, 06:03 AM
thx for these tips :)

dontfeedthebird
04-05-2007, 06:21 AM
yeah, dumb measurements confuse me, the FAQ page says 7x7 for one person (50sq ft) and add an additional 7x7 for every person. so i don't know if that meant it could actually be 14x14 or 100sq ft (which is 10x10). someone help. i am confused.

7x14 for two.

danno828
04-05-2007, 08:44 AM
thanks

misculare
04-05-2007, 06:44 PM
Thanks C Dub Ya and everyone else for your great tips!

This is my seventh year and I only WISH I knew all of that great info when I went for the first time.

I think the heat is part of what makes Coachella so incredible, but I can't re-iterate enough to protect your body by drinking water, applying liberal sunblock, wearing appropriate clothing and sunglasses, and finding a hat. You will be MISERABLE if you get sunburned on Friday and have to wear anything other than aloe vera gel all day on Saturday and Sunday!

Please, please, please watch your consumption if you aren't used to the heat---that means food, alcohol, drugs, whatever. If you aren't feeling well and start to feel faint, park it outside one of the tents (where there is still shade but you can get some fresh air) and drink some water til you feel better. It's a great idea to take a few breaks throughout the day (and even at night so you don't feel start to feel disoriented leaving one of the tents or getting in line to get to the parking lot).

I forgot who mentioned it here, but it was brilliant: Stop and take in the sunset! Take a few minutes to see one of the most amazing things EVER. It makes everyone look beautiful and will instantly remind you why you saved and bartered to get there! I will never, ever forget the sunset in 2005 when New Order was just beginning their set--it was so unbelievably pretty. People were talking about it and crying!

Oh well, just my two cents. Thanks again all.

slurpee
04-07-2007, 09:49 PM
I forgot who mentioned it here, but it was brilliant: Stop and take in the sunset! Take a few minutes to see one of the most amazing things EVER. It makes everyone look beautiful and will instantly remind you why you saved and bartered to get there! I will never, ever forget the sunset in 2005 when New Order was just beginning their set--it was so unbelievably pretty. People were talking about it and crying!




I recommend taking LSD about an hour before the sunset. It will rock your world and prepare you for an interesting night :)

NickyHickyBear
04-10-2007, 05:30 PM
Okay I apologize if this has already been answered, but what time would be considered the best time to arrive? And the gates open at 11am correct? Can anyone help me out with this?

Also what's the deal with VIP and will they be selling anything other than beer?

Again sorry if this has already been answered, I didn't see it that's why I'm asking. Thanks.

seanbateman
04-11-2007, 10:48 AM
Everything in this thread seems solid, except the douchebags planning on fighting their way to the front of the crowd. Those guys should be beaten to death.

Courtney
04-11-2007, 10:55 AM
Okay I apologize if this has already been answered, but what time would be considered the best time to arrive? And the gates open at 11am correct? Can anyone help me out with this?

Coachella Rules/FAQ (http://www.coachella.com/event/rules-faq#faq0-0)


Also what's the deal with VIP

board thread on VIP stuff (http://coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6330)


and will they be selling anything other than beer?

Soju-based margaritas, probably.

amyzzz
04-11-2007, 10:57 AM
Okay I apologize if this has already been answered, but what time would be considered the best time to arrive? And the gates open at 11am correct? Can anyone help me out with this?

Also what's the deal with VIP and will they be selling anything other than beer?

Again sorry if this has already been answered, I didn't see it that's why I'm asking. Thanks.
VIP has hard alcohol I believe, and if you're VIP, use the campers' entrance because you've got the wristband that will get you in--MUCH FASTER than the main entrance. I would recommend getting there as early as possible, somewhere between 10am and 12pm.

NickyHickyBear
04-13-2007, 07:50 AM
Coachella Rules/FAQ (http://www.coachella.com/event/rules-faq#faq0-0)



board thread on VIP stuff (http://coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6330)



Soju-based margaritas, probably.

Thank you so much!

NickyHickyBear
04-13-2007, 07:50 AM
VIP has hard alcohol I believe, and if you're VIP, use the campers' entrance because you've got the wristband that will get you in--MUCH FASTER than the main entrance. I would recommend getting there as early as possible, somewhere between 10am and 12pm.

I don't have VIP I was just curious as to what was included with it. I'll be entering through the gates :) .

fluxequalsrad
04-13-2007, 08:08 AM
The ultimate Coachella snob.

seconded

danno828
04-13-2007, 09:18 AM
i cannot find this anywhere, and threads with this topic do not get answered. can someone give me a straightforward answer, does security check your bags very thoroughly? will they go through your bags touching your underwear and stuff like that? do girls get girl security guards? i dont want some dude going through my gf's panties, know what i mean? i just need to know how thorugh they are.

Caitlin
04-13-2007, 09:29 AM
Ive got a quick question, do they take credit cards or is strictly cash only?

danno828
04-13-2007, 09:33 AM
cash only, there are atm's there to pull out cash if you don't have any.

Caitlin
04-13-2007, 09:58 AM
Pardon my language, but.... fuck. Ohhh well. I've got two paychecks until Coachella comin'.

amyzzz
04-13-2007, 10:00 AM
Courtney said the merch booths take credit, but I'm pretty sure food vendors take cash only.

danno828
04-13-2007, 10:02 AM
someone please answer my question 5 posts above, please thanks.

amyzzz
04-13-2007, 10:05 AM
I think they have female security guards for the girls in line. Sometimes they are thorough, sometimes not. It's the luck of the draw. I've never had security feel me up at Coachella--they didn't make me shake out my bra or anything either.

danno828
04-13-2007, 10:10 AM
cool, thanks a lot, TWO MORE WEEKS, hahaahhah!

Courtney
04-13-2007, 03:05 PM
Courtney said the merch booths take credit, but I'm pretty sure food vendors take cash only.

Last year I definitely purchased a Coachella t-shirt with a credit card. I don't have any insider info as to whether that will be an option again this year -- but my guess is it probably will. That said, cash is quicker and I felt bad making the people behind me in line wait for my credit card transaction to go through.

And yeah, food is cash only.

Bud Luster
04-13-2007, 03:49 PM
Danno, yup they are pretty thorough checking the bags. How thorough depends on who checks your bags. Maybe they will unfold and sniff the panties, maybe they wont. Females are usually searched by females, but the bag itself may be another matter. Everyone's experience is a bit different.

SFChrissy
04-13-2007, 03:58 PM
i cannot find this anywhere, and threads with this topic do not get answered. can someone give me a straightforward answer, does security check your bags very thoroughly? will they go through your bags touching your underwear and stuff like that? do girls get girl security guards? i dont want some dude going through my gf's panties, know what i mean? i just need to know how thorugh they are.

Last year I thought I would compartamentalize my goodies in my backpack...they opened all my pouches, and even asked me to take out and unfold my spare change of panties...This year I'm going all clear on the compartment pouches...I would think it eliminates them from unzipping everything...

amyzzz
04-13-2007, 04:25 PM
I guess I've been lucky. They've usually just taken a peek inside my backpack and squooshed the backpack with their hands to feel if it had any contraband.

danno828
04-14-2007, 11:54 AM
great, thanks a lot everyone for your answers, big help.

rideincircles
04-16-2007, 11:17 PM
Its time to bump this again. bu-bump

smoke
04-17-2007, 12:39 AM
last year, i was there pretty early, prolly got thru the gates at 12:30,

i unzipped my backpack, security looks in and says, "no guns"? and i said no, and he waved me by. then in pat down area, i looked around...all the security gaurds were busy, so i just walked past. easiest concert entry ever.

but its all luck of the draw.

bohrdoms
04-18-2007, 01:24 AM
this seems like the best thread to ask: any tips on meeting your clan? Every year it's the biggest hassle of the weekend (outside of losing the car keys at the pool and missing M.I.A. while sorting through dirty towels). We pretty much set a rule of knowing a couple must see sets for everyone and trying to be as close as possible to the left of the sound stage wherever we are. Combined with mass text messaging it works well enough that no one's been lost, but I'm sick of spending half the day solo... though i accept it.

i.b.poe
04-18-2007, 01:45 AM
this seems like the best thread to ask: any tips on meeting your clan? Every year it's the biggest hassle of the weekend (outside of losing the car keys at the pool and missing M.I.A. while sorting through dirty towels). We pretty much set a rule of knowing a couple must see sets for everyone and trying to be as close as possible to the left of the sound stage wherever we are. Combined with mass text messaging it works well enough that no one's been lost, but I'm sick of spending half the day solo... though i accept it.


walkie-talkies with adjustable frequencies.

Bluera
04-18-2007, 08:23 AM
I'm definately bringing walkie-talkies. It's just going to be me and my fiance and she's little... don't want to lose her in the massive crowd in another state (we live in San Antonio, TX). That would be shitty. :poo

omarandi
04-18-2007, 03:11 PM
kneepads are a must girls...
walmart sells 'em.

toast 19.4.18
05-14-2007, 04:09 PM
First time going.

Can you smuggle Alcohol in ??

If not ,do they sell more than beer in beer gardens?

Do you have cell coverage ,someone told it wasn't very good at the polo fields ,but they went a few years ago.I have Cingular ??

How hot can it get??

2 things-

they sell some wine (as far as i remember?) in the main beer garden, and they sell little margaritas for like $9 in the main... and maybe other ones as well.
#2- sprint gets amazing coverage out there. texting/calling wasnt a problem for me what so ever.

fatbastard
01-09-2008, 11:04 AM
Decide if your going to camp or stay in a hotel. Pay attention to the benefits mentioned on this board for each one to determine if you are a camper or not.

elChurro
01-09-2008, 11:56 AM
26. Smoke pot as close to the center of large crowds as possible and not in open spaces, this way the cops won't be able to get to you and you might even make a friend; provided they are pot heads and you are ok with sharing.

Memorial_07
01-16-2008, 04:47 PM
chafed legs suck ass...
especially if you have them at the end of the first day be prepared to endure the next two days..

pandaroo
01-16-2008, 05:22 PM
1.) if you want to take a pic of a band. take one and get it over with. No need to keep your camera up for 20 min. (youll see what im talking about)

2.) *this applies to mellow shows- if you are not into it and are spending the whole set talking loudly and texting your friend, just leave. you are distracting those who are trying to watch the show

3.) *for the ladies- bring toilet seat covers! they cost about a buck for 5 and they come in a handy lil case! I also bring towelettes for my hands, not as drying as the liquid sanitizer.

4.) if the heat is concerning you, sacrifice early acts and plan on arriving around 4pm. It will be the hottest time of the day, but it only gets cooler from there. We spend a lil more time at the pool and makes the day less painful

pandaroo
01-16-2008, 05:23 PM
kneepads are a must girls...
walmart sells 'em.

thats just fucking rude

suprefan
01-16-2008, 05:27 PM
1.) if you want to take a pic of a band. take one and get it over with. No need to keep your camera up for 20 min. (youll see what im talking about)
l




SHUT UP, ILL DO WHAT I LIKE.

pandaroo
01-16-2008, 06:08 PM
SHUT UP, ILL DO WHAT I LIKE.
should've known.
you got to admit its annoying to have retard in front of you who spends the whole show with his camera in your view trying to get the "perfect" shot and they all turn out like shit. just take 2 or 3 for christ sake

Memorial_07
01-16-2008, 06:17 PM
thats just fucking rude

I agree with you