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    I was at Coachella in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

    For various reasons I've been unable to attend the last few years, but will be back for 2014.

    So what's new? What's changed?

    Anything I should know about?

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    There are more people now. The music is still mostly OK but not what it once was. that's about it.
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    More people isn't good, as it was getting a bit crowded the last couple years I was there. But I'll cope.

    Regarding people, I recall the first time I went down I was able to find a hotel with no reservations. Now, everywhere is crazy expensive during the fest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustypouch View Post
    More people isn't good, as it was getting a bit crowded the last couple years I was there. But I'll cope.

    Regarding people, I recall the first time I went down I was able to find a hotel with no reservations. Now, everywhere is crazy expensive during the fest.
    Yeah… If you're looking for a place to stay now, its going to be pretty pricey.
    That is IF there are still places available...
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    [QUOTE=rustypouch;2861065]More people isn't good, as it was getting a bit crowded the last couple years I was there. But I'll cope.

    Regarding people, I recall the first time I went down I was able to find a hotel with no reservations. Now, everywhere is crazy expensive during the fest.[/QUOTE

    If you thought 08 was crowded-you are in for a nice surprise...They also got approved for 10,000 more attendees over the previous norm that we'll be able to enjoy this year


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    They don't allow animals on site now so you may have less to keep you busy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rustypouch View Post
    More people isn't good, as it was getting a bit crowded the last couple years I was there. But I'll cope.

    Regarding people, I recall the first time I went down I was able to find a hotel with no reservations. Now, everywhere is crazy expensive during the fest.
    room renting sites like airbnb are pretty cool. that's how we found our place.

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    The tents are bigger now. The festival is still fun as hell, the music is still good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustypouch View Post
    More people isn't good, as it was getting a bit crowded the last couple years I was there. But I'll cope.

    Regarding people, I recall the first time I went down I was able to find a hotel with no reservations. Now, everywhere is crazy expensive during the fest.[/QUOTE

    If you thought 08 was crowded-you are in for a nice surprise...They also got approved for 10,000 more attendees over the previous norm that we'll be able to enjoy this year


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    Are you fucking kidding me? Last year week one was a cluster fuck already. Man, fucking goldenvoice are really making it fucking hard to move around the fields these days. At least I'll have my overpriced VIP ****** pass.

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    The music is great, but the vaginas are a lot bigger.
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    You'll be older now than you were at previous Coachellas....

    And you'll feel it.
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    A lot less people sneaking in....those days of fence jumpers and seeing a mass crowd try to run in are over.

    More displays than in the past...

    It's roughly the same as it's ever been
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    Quote Originally Posted by rustypouch View Post
    I was at Coachella in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

    For various reasons I've been unable to attend the last few years, but will be back for 2014.

    So what's new? What's changed?

    Anything I should know about?


    I have been every year since 2010, but I also attended in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

    Here is what has changed since your last trip to Coachella:

    - Car Camping: A good chunk of the attendees camp now. The old grass parking lot just outside of the festival grounds is now car-camping. Here is a map from last year.



    As you can see, there is a lot more effort put into camping than there used to be. There was a stage in the campgrounds in 2009 and domes in 2009 and 2013 (I don't think there was one in 2011, not sure about 2012). Tons of activities. The allow peiople to bring their own beer. You can grill food. There's a farmer's market. Camping (specifically car-camping) is the biggest change since you've last attended.

    - No more single day passes; all passes are for the entire weekend.

    - They allow ins-and-outs

    - The Do-Lab is much bigger, and more annoying

    - They cleared out an area that was previously unused (I think they were empty stables) and expanded the festival grounds by several acres. This area is generally known as the Terrace and 2 of the past three years that area has hosted an additional stage [Oasis Dome in 2011 and the Yuma Tent in 2013, which is an air conditioned tent that has actual DJ's spinning (mostly tech house, deep house, techno, etc.) and it appears to be a permanent stage / tent going forward]. The terrace also includes a ton of food options -- many of which have been at the festival since the beginning -- and a shaded area with a ton of benches so you have plenty of places to sit down and eat. This area also makes getting from the Sahara and Mojave tents to the main stage much easier.

    - There is a full bar and food trucks in the main beer garden closest to the entrance. Also, they serve Newcastle as well as Heineken.

    - The Sahara Tent was getting pretty big the last year you attended (based on stories from other friends and boardies), but it's absolutely massive now. It also mostly caters to pop DJ's and whatever flavor of the month genre is going at any given time (right now it's Trap and Hardstyle, it seems). The crowd in there is also fucking terrible. Harmless, drugged out ravers have been replaced by obnoxious, drugged out frat-bros in tank-tops and aspiring porn star rejects. They'll throw in a respectable DJ or two there, but it will mostly be unbearable crap.

    - The Gobi and Mojave Tents are also bigger as well

    - There are two giant video screens at every stage except the Yuma Tent.

    - You will hear a lot of people claim it's a lot more crowded -- and it's certainly more massive than it was in the mid-2000's -- the expanded grounds, extra stage and ins-and-outs help alleviate the density of the crowd. There will be periods where it will be packed, but it's not to the point where it will ruin your experience. Some people will bring up 2010, but that year was an aberration because, somehow due to an issue with wristband scanning, 30,000 people were able to sneak in and that was the first year of car camping as well as a year before they expanded the Polo Fields.

    - If you stay in a hotel, you can drive in or purchase a shuttle pass and take the shuttle. If you drive in, traffic heading into the festival is so much smoother than it once was and you won't be waiting in any lines long, but expect to walk a decent distance from your parking spot to the festival. It will take you about 15-30 minutes to get from your car to inside the festival depending on the lines at the various security check-points heading into the festival.

    - They have free water refill stations throughout the festival grounds

    - More art on the polo fields

    - Perry Ferrell hasn't played in any fashion since 2011, not even as a throw-in when set times are released

    - You will feel old

    - There is a ferris wheel

    - If you're going weekend 2; plan to see a bunch of dead grass.

    - Friday and Saturday can go as late as 1 am now. First act sometimes starts before noon.

    - Not to say there are children running amok, but I have noticed more families every year I am there, thus more children.


    I am not sure what else I could mention, but this is what I can think of as I sit at my work desk bored out of my mind. Soak it in, because I am usually much more useless than this on here.
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    Thanks for the tips, especially from GuyInTucson.

    The plan is to crash at a hotel and drive to the fest. Hotel and rental car already booked.

    There's a few reasons for this, but mainly that my friends and I are Canadian, and don't handle heat well. Getting woken up at 7AM when it's 30 degrees isn't my idea of fun. We're flying down, and the hassle of taking camping gear just doesn't seem worth it. This also means I'll be without supplies that I don't care to carry through airports and across borders.

    Yes, I know I'll feel old. I'll be a mid-thirties, pasty white guy, so I'll probably look like a narc. So it goes.

    I remember the Dolab being great, but it seems it's loathed now. Maybe because back then it was small.

    I doubt I'll spend much time in the Sahara, unless there's someone really good playing. EDM isn't my thing.

    Are there still the smoking lounges where they give out free cigarettes? Those were great. A/C, free smokes, and comfy chairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustypouch View Post
    Thanks for the tips, especially from GuyInTucson.

    The plan is to crash at a hotel and drive to the fest. Hotel and rental car already booked.

    There's a few reasons for this, but mainly that my friends and I are Canadian, and don't handle heat well. Getting woken up at 7AM when it's 30 degrees isn't my idea of fun. We're flying down, and the hassle of taking camping gear just doesn't seem worth it. This also means I'll be without supplies that I don't care to carry through airports and across borders.

    Yes, I know I'll feel old. I'll be a mid-thirties, pasty white guy, so I'll probably look like a narc. So it goes.

    I remember the Dolab being great, but it seems it's loathed now. Maybe because back then it was small.

    I doubt I'll spend much time in the Sahara, unless there's someone really good playing. EDM isn't my thing.

    Are there still the smoking lounges where they give out free cigarettes? Those were great. A/C, free smokes, and comfy chairs.
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    Ah, okay, that makes more sense... Not that waking up at 7 am to 86* makes any sense...

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    Of course, no one else needed such a simple clarification. Leave it to BD...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustSteve View Post
    Of course, no one else needed such a simple clarification. Leave it to BD...

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    Yeah, I'm not familiar with your obscure measurement system.

    I may have been overstating, but for my second year we drove down, and camped. I recall waking up at some terrible hour in the morning, because it was too hot to sleep. The drive everyday is worth it to be able to sleep in with A/C.

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