how late is the campground bar open til?
how late is the campground bar open til?
I'm guessing its up to IPD if they want to harass you or not. I've drank countless amounts of alcohol in the parking lot wit no problems. I even remember one year walking down Ave 50 off of Jefferson st wit a case in my hands while my friends were drinking, i'd get tired put it down and have a drink. I'm doing this while IPD was driving right by & yes they were looking at me. Just keep it low key & they'll leave u alone.
Why does this thread suck?
the drinking cages thing is also an issue in toronto.
in response to the OP:
don't worry about all this "strictness" BS. it won't affect your experience. I suppose if you wanted to justify the (I suppose) stricter than normal festival atmosphere, it's to garner a feeling of safety. the fields, both fest and campground, feel like a giant safety net. it feels safe and okay to just wander aimlessly, lose your friends, have no schedule, have nothing in your pockets but a bit of cash, and just think about nothing but music and art. you don't have to worry about broken glass or fling bottles in the crowds. you don't have to worry about people with weapons or people there for a fight. everyone is happy, and friendly, and the ground is constantly vibrating from BAR NONE the BEST outdoor sound systems in north america. I know board regulars will be sick of this fact coming from me already, but coachella's cabinets are supplied by l'acoustics- just about the best shit that money can buy. to rival the kind of bass SPL you find at coachella, you have to go to those insane DNB-tuned UK/ibiza soundsystems
edit: so is it worth it?
I'd pay $300 just to be allowed to listen to CDs over those sound systems on that picture-perfect field for three days.
well i was all ready sold but the quality of the sound is exiting! frozen pilgrim you've made me a believer.
I'd like to know why you swallow?
but yes, while i've never seen a fight personally at Stagecoach, Coachella is MUCH less likely to have one... i think the chairs at Mane Stage is probably more of an annoyance though...
for the record, i've been to both so far, and with the exception of the middle hour of The Eagles, i've never even seen a main stage headliner at Stagecoach... i've seen many great acts - almost entirely in the tents & the outdoor (the first year when they had it) and had fun both years...
Last edited by Xenocide; 02-10-2009 at 04:53 AM.
Separate the beer tents from the stages, don't let kids get bring alcohol back to the stages, and make it difficult for people to go back to their cars or their campsites in a quick fashion and you've basically removed 80% of the potential substance related problems that come with running an event like this.
I know for those who really want to party it up, and for whom alcohol/drugs are a big part of the equation, this can dampen the impact, but as an old fuddy duddy now, I like it the way it is...those who want to get drunk are welcome too, but they'll spend most of the day in the beer garden rather than vomiting in front of me during the set of my favorite act of the day.
Also, the other big bonus of splitting music with food/beer gardens is the concession lines are never more than a minute or two long. Trust me, there are a lot of advantages at an event like this to limiting people's ability to get wasted.
As far as Stagecoach having a different set of rules, answer is obvious, it attracts a much older demographic, and GV is much less worried about how they will behave.
I went in 2004 and trust me, its too hot to drink beer. The only thing you can even think about drinking is water. Besides who gives a shit about beer when you are running around like a mad person trying to get to the next band?
I have a love\hate relationship with Coachella. I love seeing all the bands, but I hate sitting around for 3 days in a shit hole to see them.
Yes, the rules are exactly as strict as you claim them to be, and no, it's hardly worth it...
But you'll see my stupid ass there this year, just like the last 6 years...
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Try and defend it all you want, but there are plenty (most) of festivals that don't use the beer garden technique and manage just fine. And these attract all types of people. Again it hardly matters to me because I don't drink at all at Coachella but I still don't support it.
And about trusting the older folks more with in/outs, that's a valid point but STILL is a bit of an insult. My assumption is that yes it's more of a police/legal mandate than GV policy. Doesn't mean we can't bitch about it though.
ps if anyone ever wants to get beer out of the gardens just bring in a backpack, save an empty water bottle and I'm sure you can figure out the rest. Works like a charm
Last edited by gooftroop; 02-12-2009 at 12:29 AM.
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Its the IPD People..they crazy down here they are without a doubt the strictest police department out of all desert cities.
I'm pretty sure it has to do with capacity. Sunset Junction will see a couple thousand during the day. Coachella will see 50,000. Big difference.
But, really... chill out... if you want a beer during the festival, go into a beer garden, buy one, watch a band while you're there, and relax. It's actually pretty nice to just chill on the grass in those areas.
the beer garden is clearly gv covering themselves against underage drinking. do u have to physically imbibe the alcohol while simultaneously watching a band? can't you get a buzz on at 4:36 and scoot over to the performance at 4:38? you will be watching the set while inebriated either way...
But come on, it's Coachella - people are fucked the fuck up no matter where they are... Tho not all of them. One of my friends joining this year will be 5 months pregnant at Coachella. She offered to be the designated driver back to the hotel.
There are a lot of whining babies in this thread.
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