If you want to avoid lines getting in, GO EARLY. I arrived at 10:30 all three days and was inside within 5 minutes of gates opening.
The day parking lots were moving targets. Day 1: No signs indicating where to park. Parked in Lot 14 after circling twice and stopping to ask the blue shirt where day parking was. He motioned me into the lot. Day 2: Returned to Lot 14 and was told it wouldn't be open until noon and to go to Lot 2. Day 3: Went back to Lot 14 and parked there. Again, no signs to help find the lot, but knew where to go by then.
COACHELLA 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
That's because she didn't have a basis for comparison.
You don't really need to when you're getting through security lines in 5 minutes..
I'm sure if 2012 was my first coachella I would have thought the crowds were "fine" as well.
This was my fourth Coachella, and I would say that the crowds were "fine" if not "much better than years' past". Some of you are just too fucking entitled.
i know this aint really the place, but do the gardens seriously only serve heineken?
No! that's ludicrous!
They serve Heineken Light too
smuggled vodka frozen lemonades it is then! whats this i hear about margaritas? $15 probably.
Terrible margaritas. $11
The beer garden lines are a joke. Slow security and tiny choke points exasperate the problem.
The yuma is cool but also impossible to get into if there's a popular set coming on. It was too pretty outside saturday and friday evening anyway.
I thought there was supposed to be Newcastle, too, this year. No? Not that it's great, but it's better than Heineken...
Did anyone really watch the entire RHCP set? With that dust storm on full throttle, I'm surprised they didn't cancel. Speakers and screens were blowing in the wind, and you couldn't see forty feet in front of you. It reminded me of what music festivals must have been like in the 60's, when people still enjoyed things like snorting dust, burning eyes, sleeping in total dirt, etc.
Wow so Newcastle is that much of a viable alternative to Heiny that you'd pay for a VIP pass to get it?
This year being my 10th Coachella and Pete's 14th, we've watched this festival grow from the one day event to the two weekend event, and no year has ever been the same... but, it keeps growing. And while it's hard to argue that 2010 wasn't a clusterfuck, I'd stand up for Goldenvoice for the job they've done trying to keep up and avoid any issues they may learn about and encounter from previous years. It's a part of the festival's growing pains, and I truly believe that they have done a fabulous job of adjusting as best as they could to alleviate many of the problems each year. (They must have, because it continues to grow.)
Unfortunately, some of you here with that sense of entitlement, just can't grasp and accept change, therefore creating part of the clusterfuck you bitch about. I can't count how many times during the rest of the year, someone new has a question to ask on this message board about how things are done, or what to expect, only to be answered with a, "Fuck you and die," or some other smartass remark pointing out stupidity or lack of knowledge by someone who does know. Guess what? You've helped to create part of that clusterfuck... just because of your need to feel superior. Why not try being nice and helpful to those who are still learning, or who have decided to go for their first time? Pete and i met quite a few first timers, and instead of looking at them like they were douchebags and telling them to go fuck themselves, we offered as much advice and help as we could. You get what you give... and that seems to be working for Goldenvoice, doesn't it?
That was an excellent post. Brokendoll, you seem like good people.
As far as critiquing the lineup, the staff, and anything in between, I think it's critical to allow it, and take it all into consideration. Just like Tom, if you keep patting the dog on its head when it's been bad, it's going to expect praise every time it shits in your shoe. Think about it. Plenty of little things end up filling a suitcase quickly, and uncomfortably, in most cases.