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    Hello All,

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

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

    Frank from London

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    Hey mate. Me and a group of five are coming over from Scotland. It'll be our first time but this line up was just too good to miss.

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

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    alrite!

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

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    Hehe will do buddy. We're going to have a fair few Scottish flags too

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    Me and a mate are going too, should be fun!

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

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

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

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

    I think that was actually more than one question.

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

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

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

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

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    Now then

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

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

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

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    i'm getting worried about this whole campsite thing.... the best part of festivals is getting of your face and meeting randoms.... i can't believe how strict it sounds....

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

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

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

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

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    I have just been informed I have a ticket from a mate of mine. I'm hopefully coming from Newcastle but this is my first time out on the West Coast and I haven't a clue what I'm heading into. Anybody else travelling from the NE of England?

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyguy23 View Post
    You're from Leeds too? Where abouts? There are two of us flying to San Fran on the monday, having a few days there, getting to the festival somehow, probably by bus, then heading to LA for a day and flying back from there. Should be a fucking awesome week.
    Well i live in Tadcaster just outside leeds, sounds like youve got a right plan!, Theres a bus to the event apparently, might be called the greyhound or something you should be able to get there on that so ive heard.
    Theres three of us going but we havent booked our flights yet as im proper skint until payday, so it could be LA or Palm springs for us we'll see.
    See you in the campsite with a few smuggled brews!

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    I can tell you the noise is virtually continuous at the campsite and I am not aware of a curfrew - if there is one its not followed.

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

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

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

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    CaliMag you're a star. Thanks for the info.

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    tailgate party? im intrigued
    pray tell me more

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

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

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    Good lord, i wonder what she thinks of Australians.

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    im thinkin load up the car and smuggle what you need as you go as will be easier and will lose less if you get done on any particular run. but hey, im always up for some tailgate party action also (f%*k does that sound sus?).
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    Sally C & cuchulainn:
    A "Tailgate" party is a gathering of people usually for drink and food in a parking lot outside of an event - usually a sports event (since Yanks don't take the bus or train to sports events, but prefer to drive on their own). Its a real thing but don't take my word for it. Here is the Wiki entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailgate_party

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

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    well then it sounds like breakfast beers in the carpark will be an essential part of the daily routine. ive always found breakfast beers taste best listening to the Pogues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cuchulainn View Post
    well then it sounds like breakfast beers in the carpark will be an essential part of the daily routine. ive always found breakfast beers taste best listening to the Pogues.
    MMMM a luke warm Guinness and shot of Powers it is then

    EDIT: AW SHIT! I just found out my mate who bought the tickets did NOT think ahead to book the camping passes... Fucking genius.
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    i'm damn near as excited about the tailgate party as i am about the rest of the festival. sounds like two eskys (coolers?) are in order, one for the camp and one for the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrs springsteen View Post
    i'm damn near as excited about the tailgate party as i am about the rest of the festival. sounds like two eskys (coolers?) are in order, one for the camp and one for the car.

    Correct.

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

    If you have a Geordie accent or hail from Scotland expect an open invitation for drinks at my car and tent.
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    i went to school in the US in 97 and every weekend we had keg parties, can you still get kegs or half kegs and the little pump thing from your local store?? tailgating keg parties!!!

    im not from scotland but i have shared a beer with tha weee nessssy
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    Nate, that sucks man, what you gonna do? get a hotel or try to sneak in?

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

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    hey i was just browsing the camping link on the homepage and it says "No tailgating", WTF??? is this one of those have to say but no one follows rules???
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