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.