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    I've been coming to Coachella for several years now and I have normally purchased the general admission entrance. As a person who loves a whole variety of music Coachella is a great opportunity for me to sample a whole plethora of bands and types of music which I otherwise would never have gone to see or for that matter even heard of. Coachella allows me to expand my experiences with different types of music. The format of having bands basically staggered is a good one, but I've found myself in the past having to leave one band or come in late to another band. So this year I figured I would invest the money and purchase the VIP wristband to allow me to not have to fight the crowds and just walk up to the front area that is sectioned off (for what I thought was VIP). I figured this would allow me to come to a venue late and still be able to experience the performance up front and personal while out fighting the crowds. Well that is absolutely not true.

    Basically all the VIP gets you are two areas one near the main stage and the other at the other end of the park past the Sahara Tent. There are some speciality food venders and purportedly cleaner bathrooms and less crowds. First off the food venders that they do provide really aren't a value add because the venders they have to the general public are all pretty good anyway, and provide great variety. In fact the few venders in the VIP area were so esoteric that it wasn't worth the extra $400+. The bathrooms were no cleaner than the general admissions area. Yes they were less crowded, but these are port-a-potties you can only do so much to make the experience better, so when its all said and done you are having the same experience. That is it! That is all you get extra. The whole purpose of my coming to Coachella Fest is for the music first and foremost and almost exclusively. I couldn't care less about the food and the food they provide to the general admission is pretty good anyway.

    So all this is to say don't waste your money. You are paying over $400+ more for basically nothing. To tell you the truth I'm flabbergasted and feel cheated and that soured my experience this year. In EVERY SINGLE Hospitality around the world, when you pay more you get more. When I pay extra at a hotel I get a better room, better services, exclusive service, etc.. When I pay more for an airline ticket I get more for my flying (i.e. better seats, early boarding). When I pay more any thing in any industry I get more of what I specifically am there for. When I pay more at Coachella I don't get more for my music.

    What is sad is that it wouldn't take much. Just allow people access to those area's. When the lines to get in the festival grounds get long, open up one or two exclusive lines for the VIP. Once the lines go down then there is no need for them, the VIP can enter with everybody else. Some people are willing to and have the means to pay more for more service, so if you have to make it extra options I understand. I mean you already do that for VIP parking, that is extra and not included as part of the VIP admission, so why not up front access.

    All this is to say, save your money. Don't pay for a VIP ticket because it is not worth it AT ALL. Just purchase the general admissions and you can spend the money you save to buy more food and drinks that is the same thing the VIP's get in the VIP section, and when you're dancing at the different venue's just note that you'll have a VIP person standing next to you because they don't get any extra perks when it comes to the music, which is why people come from all over the world to Coachella.

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    Any searching beforehand would have saved you alot of money. Won VIP last year, only upside is the flushable toilets in the rose garden vip area, but now since they built new toilets this year that isnt a perk anymore. Though the maine lobster truck was vip only last year which was sad until samsung hooked me up
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    <go fuck yourself, OP>

    you've been coming to Coachella for years, yet you couldn't tell what the VIP amenities are when you purchased the passes? try reading about what the privileges are, you dimwit.

    you won't find sympathy here due to your ineptitude. instead, accept responsibility for what you purchased since, you know, it was your decision to buy the pass.

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    Hahaha. You are an idiot.

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    Sorry but a simple Google search and/or reading the Coachella.com info about what VIP actually entails would have prevented your disappointment. Everyone knows VIP is a joke.

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    you should google google

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    what about the shade, people watching, quick entry, and full bar?
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    And this is why people find it very hard to sell their unwanted VIP passes. My friends got a couple for $300 last year because they are basically the same damn thing.

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    If you have to pay for VIP you are not truly VIP. The guest areas at the front of the states are for the real VIPs, no way for general public to buy their way in unless you get the safari package.

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    They sell roughly 10,000-12,000 of them each weekend. What perks do you realistically expect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hayleymoo View Post
    what about the shade, people watching, quick entry, and full bar?
    There is shade everywhere.
    Why pay that amount of money to go to a festival and watch people, as opposed to, oh, I don't know...music?
    The lines at the entrances are almost non existent
    There are full bars available in the regular GA area
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    If anyone can buy it, it's not really VIP.

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    Coachella needs to work on the perks of VIP

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    Or people can change their attitude and not need to feel more important than others just because they paid more money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Radiohead View Post
    If anyone can buy it, it's not really VIP.
    This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hayleymoo View Post
    what about the shade, people watching, quick entry, and full bar?
    Check, check, check, and check. All with a GA pass. OP is a dumbass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemusic4life View Post
    Coachella needs to work on the perks of VIP
    no. you can go fuck yourself, too.

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    Coachella VIP's = Very Irritating/Irrational/Idiotic Persons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ELIZA83TH View Post
    Coachella VIP's = Very Irritating/Irrational/Idiotic Persons.
    what the hell are you blabbing about now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hayleymoo View Post
    what about the shade, people watching, quick entry, and full bar?
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    WE have gone VIP for the past two years strictly for fast entry. Three years ago we missed bands because we were stuck outside for two hours. I have gone every year since the first(GA) but that was it for us. VIP this year was not as good as last year- less food and the airconditioned Rose Garden bar was changed to an outdoor bar. And one other complaint-we take the shuttles and they make you walk way out of the way to get to the VIP entrance! One open gate would have solved that!

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    I bought VIP last year, had a reasonable idea of what to expect, and in the context of my own experience found it to be 100% worth it. Just comes down to how much you care about the extra $400 and what you expect to get out of it...

    Does having it make you a "very important person"? lol, no.

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    VIP is nice, but in no way worth spending that kind of money.

    Primavera VIP has way better perks and costs $600 less.
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    Always appreciate the resurrection of funny old threads that my lurker ass misses the first time around.

    Quote Originally Posted by amma_sol View Post
    And this is why people find it very hard to sell their unwanted VIP passes. My friends got a couple for $300 last year because they are basically the same damn thing.
    Not sure what you're talking about, I sold my VIPs this year for a tidy profit, you just gotta get out before the market tank (even prices on Stubhub right now would still get you at least $150 after fees)...and for all of the reasons listed here it was a guilt-free scalping experience. I don't think I could bring myself to do it for GA.

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    I've paid for them and gotten them free. Both times were fun, but I'd rather spend the money, on drinking, drugs, t-shirts and a very good time. The only real plus to VIP is maybe seeing a celebrity or two, if your into that kind of thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by artisticcreator View Post
    I've paid for them and gotten them free. Both times were fun, but I'd rather spend the money, on drinking, drugs, t-shirts and a very good time. The only real plus to VIP is maybe seeing a celebrity or two, if your into that kind of thing.
    Over the last four Coachellas, I've never run into a celebrity in any "VIP" area, so I can't imagine it's too common to do so.

    I, generally, agree that VIP passes add very little value to the Coachella experience.
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    If you're in the front in VIP prepare to NOD YOUR HEAD OFF to you're favorite songs. If you're in the front in GA PREPARE TO JUMP YOUR ASS OFF!

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    Quote Originally Posted by artisticcreator View Post
    The only real plus to VIP is maybe seeing a celebrity or two, if your into that kind of thing.
    You can do that with regular GA as well. Especially if you know what the different wristbands look like.

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    On the Coachella boards, people are so judgmental and mean. But at the festival, people are so nice and welcoming. Do you guys not go to the actual festival? Or are you guys all talk on here but all smiles and hugs at the festival? Definitely confusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayeyodanielle View Post
    On the Coachella boards, people are so judgmental and mean. But at the festival, people are so nice and welcoming. Do you guys not go to the actual festival? Or are you guys all talk on here but all smiles and hugs at the festival? Definitely confusing.
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