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    This may be a long shot... but I'd like to gain a little perspective into WHY you and your friends attend the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. I thought this would be the best way to get in contact with people who attend the festival on a regular (or not so regular basis).

    I'm doing a study for my Bachelors Degree in Event Management, looking into the cultural anthropological, sociological and psychological qualities behind why Coachella sees a paradigm of repeat attendance year after year. Including myself.

    Yeah, you may 'come to get drunk' or 'come because the music feels good' –but have a deep think about why you attend the festival and/or re-attend year after year.

    It'd be good to gain an insight into this, as it's an interesting topic of conversation with deeper meaning than you may think...
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    Why the hell wouldn't I attend? That's the real question.
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    i come to get aidz. hasn't worked out for me yet

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    i go because it is 4 days of not having to worry about my lung disease(even though i tend to end up sick after every weekend). an impending lung transplant makes it even more special this year.

    some rare adult time and a nice break from being a stay at home dad the other 360 days a year.

    it's an escape into a different reality where what was once most important to me and has played a major roll in my life both professionally and personally, before my family came along and before my health took a turn for the worse, can once again be priority #1.

    8th year in a row and as long as my lungs keep expanding and contracting i will be keeping the streak going.

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    and yes, the four days of stress-free freedom is somewhat of a plus for me as well

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    i go because it is 4 days of not having to worry about my lung disease(even though i tend to end up sick after every weekend). an impending lung transplant makes it even more special this year.

    some rare adult time and a nice break from being a stay at home dad the other 360 days a year.

    it's an escape into a different reality where what was once most important to me and has played a major roll in my life both professionally and personally, before my family came along and before my health took a turn for the worse, can once again be priority #1.

    8th year in a row and as long as my lungs keep expanding and contracting i will be keeping the streak going.
    hell yeah dude!

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    because it's care free and makes me so very haaappppyyy!

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    Great band I know, become a fan of bands I've never heard of, beautiful women everywhere and it's within 6 miles of my house.
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    I've ALWAYS loved live music, to add in the environment and the genuine mental and physical escape makes it one of the best weekends of the year.

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    170 Bands...great attendees....palm trees and sunshine in April! What else is there to say:-)

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    Great sound, great artists, cool people, being carefree for 4 days of the year.
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    Over the years i usually pull out "best weekend of the year", "musical buffet" and "soul replenishing time".

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    Was born in Coachella and still have family there. I LOVE the festival but it's just a cherry on top. Get to see my family 4 about a week and coming from TX.

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    As someone here once said, Coachella is my world series, my superbowl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbastard View Post
    As someone here once said, Coachella is my world series, my superbowl.
    Nice

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    There are a ton of different reasons I haven't missed a year since my 1st Coachella. The obvious reasons are the love of music, being around like minded people and being entertained.

    I had been a huge live music fan for many years before I even heard of Coachella. One of my college friends was from PD and told me about it. We had rented an RV and had a blast seeing DMB 3 days at the Gorge the year before, so we were looking to follow that trip up with something fun.

    My personal reasons for attending for the last several years can be summarized as follows.

    Year 1 (group of 4)- I didn't know what to expect, so I would say the initial draw was the live music and partying with my friends. We met so many people this year from all over the world. I hadn't travel much at the time , so it blew my mind when I was talking to a guy from Ireland (couldn't understand half of what he was saying lol).

    Years 2-3 (group of 10-12)- We had so much fun the 1st year we were hooked. We came back and told all our friends how much fun it was and tried to get as many people as possible to come. Meeting new people and the 3 day party/debauchery was the draw for me these years.

    Year 4-5 (group of 6-8)- I graduated college and several of my friends moved to southern California, so Coachella then became a sort of a reunion for us. I couldn't wait to spend time with my friends and catch up. These years my group became less social with others because we hadn't seen each other and we had tons of things to talk about.

    Year 6+ (group of 3 this year) Now that I'm a little older Coachella has become a escape from reality. I can't wait each year to get away from my normal life and enjoy three days of "freedom". I think of it as a "mental" vacation at which I can forget about my, job, girlfriend, mortgage, bills and any other stressfull thing in my life. I say "mental" vacation because I'm getting old and it is not a "physically " relaxing vacation anymore. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustSteve View Post
    i go because it is 4 days of not having to worry about my lung disease(even though i tend to end up sick after every weekend). an impending lung transplant makes it even more special this year.

    some rare adult time and a nice break from being a stay at home dad the other 360 days a year.

    it's an escape into a different reality where what was once most important to me and has played a major roll in my life both professionally and personally, before my family came along and before my health took a turn for the worse, can once again be priority #1.

    8th year in a row and as long as my lungs keep expanding and contracting i will be keeping the streak going.
    Pulmonary fibrosis?

    EDIT: I am coming back for the music, atmosphere and to see all the friends I made from last year. This is my 2nd year.
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    The music, the attendees, being able to escape from reality for one weekend a year. People complain about the lack of cell signal at Coachella. I think that is one of the best parts.
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    It's the one weekend where, as much as one can be, I'm totally free.

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    Coachella is it's own separate world with it's own separate culture. It's an escape from the rest of the world, where only a few things matter and that's music, friends, and freedom.

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    @JustSteve, that is badass

    I wish all the fun and happiness in the world to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SugarLoaf View Post
    Coachella is it's own separate world with it's own separate culture. It's an escape from the rest of the world, where only a few things matter and that's music, friends, and freedom.
    And spicy pie.

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    It's an escape from reality and the rest of the world for a few days. You are surrounded by amazing music and generally pretty laid back people. My only worries are scheduling conflicts and whether or not this porta potty is gonna have toilet paper. It just makes me feel like a kid again. A kid with awesome older siblings sharing their tunes with me.

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    Its like orgy's in your ear drums.

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    For a whole weekend, best shit ever.

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    Coachella is paradise. Beautiful weather, amazing music, gorgeous women, cool art installations. It's my favorite time of the year. So different from the daily routine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuyInTucson View Post
    Why the hell wouldn't I attend? That's the real question.
    You don't understand how much I want to write JUST THAT DOWN for the report and hand that in. haha. perfect.

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    do it. i dare you.

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