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    Question VIP wristbands: Worth it?

    I am considering getting VIP passes for my fiance & myself next year… Was wondering if anyone can share an experience from recent years to give me the REAL pros & cons of the VIP experience… Is it seriously worth it? Thanks, guys!

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    I did two years with and two years without. For me it is worth it IF you can afford it. It is a luxury, not a necessity for enjoying Coachella.

    Here is my experience:

    CONs:
    - $$
    - If you are with friend who does not have a VIP pass, he/she cannot get in

    PROs:
    - Easy in-out venue access for parking & shuttles
    - Lots of shade, grass, seating, tables, fountains, gardens & trees
    - Clean, well-stocked bathrooms
    - Air conditioned tents with full bars, soft seating, and closed circuit coverage of many of the sets
    - Adjacency to the Main Stage and The Sahara for live set viewing

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    Default Re: VIP wristbands: Worth it?

    also if you don't care about the music, there's a bunch of people around you that won't either.

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    Default Re: VIP wristbands: Worth it?

    Forgot to add that you can leave VIP at any time to be in the middle of the music you care about. I only went there before the sets started for the day, and between sets I was interested in.

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    Default Re: VIP wristbands: Worth it?

    if i plan on camping, is it still worth it to go have a place to hang out? I mean, we get there pretty early each year & have a close spot in relation to the entrance of the festival, but it gets pretty hot & uncomfortable without a lot of shade and/or AC….

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    There is NO question that a VIP pass is worth every cent the extra money. First of all the weather was well over 100 each day, so the fact that we had shaded tents with couches to cool down in, air conditioned bathrooms, huge bar - no line, grass where you don't get stepped on, amazing food selections, plus easy entrance and exit instead of the huge lines at GA, was AWESOME. i wouldn't do it any other way, in fact, i just bought my VIP passes to Lolla.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calforvi View Post
    There is NO question that a VIP pass is worth every cent the extra money. First of all the weather was well over 100 each day, so the fact that we had shaded tents with couches to cool down in, air conditioned bathrooms, huge bar - no line, grass where you don't get stepped on, amazing food selections, plus easy entrance and exit instead of the huge lines at GA, was AWESOME. i wouldn't do it any other way, in fact, i just bought my VIP passes to Lolla.
    what are you talking about. It barely made it above 80 all weekend.

    ha ha

    you must not have gone into VIP at night though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calforvi View Post
    There is NO question that a VIP pass is worth every cent the extra money. First of all the weather was well over 100 each day, so the fact that we had shaded tents with couches to cool down in, air conditioned bathrooms, huge bar - no line, grass where you don't get stepped on, amazing food selections, plus easy entrance and exit instead of the huge lines at GA, was AWESOME. i wouldn't do it any other way, in fact, i just bought my VIP passes to Lolla.
    Keep in mind that at Lolla you get separate, elevated seating for watching the stages, golf cart transportation along Lakeshore, and, most importantly, UNLIMITED BOOZE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calforvi View Post
    grass where you don't get stepped on, amazing
    I'm assuming you didn't go into VIP past sunset.

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    VIP = safe and sober


    The rest is a filthy drug binder.

    Whatever floats your boat.

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    I have a hard time believing any of those benefits are worth $300.
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    I guess it depends on how much $300 means to you.

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    Would you buy a VIP pass, Tom?
    Quote Originally Posted by concertgoer View Post
    You better stop because he can shut down this message board with one call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyzzz View Post
    Would you buy a VIP pass, Tom?
    I still haven't quite figured this out. The easy parking and getting in sure were nice. The VIP lounges in the afternoon were very nice (and probably would have been even more appreciated had it been hot). Is that worth the extra $? gametime decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    I still haven't quite figured this out. The easy parking and getting in sure were nice. The VIP lounges in the afternoon were very nice (and probably would have been even more appreciated had it been hot). Is that worth the extra $? gametime decision.
    This is one of the reasons we did VIP this year. I just couldn't catch a break last year ending up in the 2/3 hour lines getting through security (that was getting there early/later on different days) and I had to really work not to let it effect my weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn163 View Post
    This is one of the reasons we did VIP this year. I just couldn't catch a break last year ending up in the 2/3 hour lines getting through security (that was getting there early/later on different days) and I had to really work not to let it effect my weekend.
    I wound up buying VIP this year as well. fuck lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    I wound up buying VIP this year as well. fuck lines.
    Except rack lines.. Amirite?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    I wound up buying VIP this year as well. fuck lines.
    Best thing we did this year! Absolutely no lines. Parking was a 4 minute drive from house to parking lot. Never waited to get in or out of lot or venue. Was worth every penny for the escape and convenience after our experience last year and from what I've read about this year (maybe just Friday). Of course there are people in there just to be seen, but that's all over the fields.

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    I went VIP a couple years ago and it wasn't worth it for me.

    Went GA this year and had a LOT more fun with the extra $$$.

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    VIP is only worth it if you were comped for it.

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    If they were $100 maybe, but doubling your entire ticket price just seems obnoxious. They do sell out of them, so that's never gonna change. it would just be so nice if they had more actual perks.
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    Free cheeze whales from 99 cent only store "bar"

    What do you mean there are a lack of perks?!

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    I had vip for 2011 and ga for 2012. Imo, if you are there for the music, vip is NOT worth it. If you are there to relax in the shade and drink, go for it. In 2011 I was hardly ever in the vip area, other than Sunday in the rose garden for super yummy drinks. My sister spent most of her time in the vip area and enjoyed it (she liked the shade). This year I went without her and as it was weekend 1, I didn't need the shade! I won't waste my money on vip again (unless they add some fantastic perks), I had so much extra for food and merchandise this year! Now Safari Tents, hmmmmmm, maybe someday.....

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    Fun Fun Fun fest does it right with their VIP, which costs less than the Coachella one does.
    http://funfunfunfest.com/news/43842
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drinkey McDrinkerstein View Post
    Fun Fun Fun fest does it right with their VIP, which costs less than the Coachella one does.
    http://funfunfunfest.com/news/43842
    Having done this before, yes, the PIP is worth it. But it still ain't Coachella, even though they had Public Enemy. And Lykke Li.

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    Vip wristband + VIP parking was more than worth it for my group. We had a group of friends who had regular parking and took them like 2 hours to park and get in every day. Us? 10 mins, the long part was just the few minute walk from the parking to the entrance.

    Never a line for booze or bathroom in either section. Overpriced food in the sahara vip tho, that was a mistake. Was a great meeting point for our group either by the couches/phone charging station in the main VIP or just the lawn by the fence during the big mainstage acts. We found one of our friends easily who was watching Snoop ahead of us since we stayed at Florence and the machine till it ended.

    Always, gonna buy VIP.

    Saw that line for booze in the regular beer garden. OMG couldn't deal with that. After we drank our smuggled in booze was always way easy to get more liquor and beer. Huge plus for us lushes.

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    If you're paying for alcohol, namely beer, at Coachella: You're doing it wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mugwog View Post
    If you're paying for alcohol, namely beer, at Coachella: You're doing it wrong.
    Sad, but true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mugwog View Post
    If you're paying for alcohol, namely beer, at Coachella: You're doing it wrong.
    WOAH EVERYONE STAND BACK WE HAVE A BAD ASS OVER HERE

    SO FUCKING COOL YOU GUYS

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    VIP for phone chargers inside the venue, and for beer after 10 pm. I'm still not sure what's going on with the GA beer gardens. In 2011 they closed all of them at 10 am, nearly starting drunken riots all weekend. Last year I got told no at one beer garden after ten, then proceeded to walk into another beer garden on the other side of the field five or ten minutes later. If you're not worried about a dead phone inside the venue, or having a beer or two before the headliner comes on, then there's no reason for a VIP. The fenced off VIP areas near the main stage and the Mojave (or was it Gobi?) have been something of a mean joke directed toward GA. Nearly empty areas where potential fans could be standing. Has anyone seen more then ten or twenty people in the VIP areas next to the stages?

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