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Dates just announced. 17,18,19 April (the weekend after Easter). My festival season starts even earlier next year. Nice!
any idea on line-up rumours?
I think i might be in California next spring, and i've always loved the shots of B&S playing Boy with the Arab Strap on the fans only DVD.
Does it get as hot as legend said it does? is it easy to stay in hotel and get to the sight? is it easy to get to Indio? i don't drive by the way.
someone sell it to me please
and am very used to going to major UK festivals. it's certainly a different experience, I'd say in general the crowd is far better, both more knowledgable about music but less snobbish than the UK crowds.
there aren't that many hotels near to the site, but it is easy to drive to and from the festival (luckily I went with friends from CA, so that was no problem), we stayed in a hotel in Palm Springs, which was about a 40 minutes drive, and we didn't have any traffic throughout the weekend. although they do do camping - sadly public transport in much of CA is pretty much nonexistent, although you should be able to get a Greyhound Bus or Amtrak train to Indio itself.
Last year wasn't particularly hot - in fact, the evenings were quite cool and a couple of evenings, after sunset, I even wore an extra layer over my t-shirt. i mean, it was warmer than it ever gets in England, but certainly not unbearable if you stay hydrated. i've heard friends go in previous years when it's been insanely hot.
Also, there are segregated drinking areas, which is a good thing to me, which certainly lowers the drunk twat ratio somewhat (not that you'd probably want to get blind drunk in that heat anyway!).
On the plus side - the sound is excellent on all 5 stages, a proper soundsystem in each, and they don't overload it. However, the three tents are quite close to each other, so there's alot of sound leakage that affects the quieter bands.
I'd definitely recommend it though, especially if you're already planning to be in the region.
thats all really helpful, i didn't realise you could camp so i think that would be the way to go. Looking at the official site, it seems they ran a train from LA this year, so hopefully they'll do that again next year.
This is looking good (as long as i do end up over there next year!)
would be pretty unpleasant I imagine.
but all the hotels seem to be getting full already/really expensive. i can't book now as i dont know if i can actually go.
then the camping wouldn't be too bad, it gets really hot, but not humid, although the tents probably still get quite bad.
since it's inland and in the desert. but yes, it's dry heat, so much more bearable than, say, the humid heat of somewhere like Florida in the summer.
How much do you have?
Looks like I might be going. Woop!
Might think about trying to persuade my L.A homeboys and girls to going..I can dream.
I went to Coachella in my gap year last year as well as SXSW, i would go back to SXSW at the drop of a hat but never Coachella again tbh.
Where to start; Absolutely no shade in the campsite, you are literally boxed in in plots to pitch your tent hence if you go with friends theres no, camping round in a circle atmosphere. you Will wake up at 7am because of the heat and not be able to get back to sleep. in comparison Benicassim (although full of more english twats or 'lads on tour' i seem to remember them calling themselves) at least has shaded campsites and starts in an evening whereas Coachella follows English timings of around about 11am start and 11pm finish for music. ie. the main heat of the day/night.
once in the arena at 11/12pm there is no returning to the campsite until the end/when you no longer want to come back in. no water allowed in with you. security are cunts. i hate that word but it's about the only festival i could describe them as proper twats out of that, SX', Beni', Reading, Glasto' and all the other english ones.
i'm glad i went once. just to witness it as it was truly an odd/unique experience if only for being 18 years old with VIP tickets, watching Prince getting drunk with Flight Of The Concords and Enter Shikari. but tbh unless you're already travelling (which i was) i cannot say it's worth the effort to get out there Just for this.
any q's apply within.
sorry to put a downer on this thread but i just thought i'd share my experiences with any possible attendees; seriously, spend your money on SXSW, Benicassim or Exit in Serbia.
if you stay in a hotel and travel in each day, it's really not a problem. granted it's a different experience to camping (and I'm one who advocates that camping at a UK festival is the only real way to go) but I thoroughly enjoyed myself last year and didn't have any problems with security.
I would never camp in that heat so didn't really experience that side of things.
Entrance to the campsite and arena is policed like an airport by over zealous wannabe coppers. They even have you squeezing toothpaste out in case its mixed with narcotics for fucks sake.
Contrary to previous posts I'd say the sound is awful. All 3 tents are that close together, all you can hear is the dance tent's bass.
You cant watch a band and have a beer, and must sit in a cage next to a beer tent that charges over $5 for not even a pints worth.
Its full of narcissistic Americans shouting 'party on' at 4am.
and its in the middle of the desert so is freezing in the night and intolerable in your tent by 8:30am.
I've slept outside on the balcony of my hotel in the past, and been quite hot. I doubt you'll see any ice.
The alcohol thing doesn't bother me that much, as you really don't want to be knocking back pints in that heat (and i tend to drink enough at the Filter pre-party to make up for it).
I'm intending on a trip to SXSW next year too, so will finally be able to make a fair comparison.
It'll be my 6th year in a row. Wouldn't miss it for the world.
do SXSW, its a thousand times better, covers loads of venues and has a much more relaxed and music orientated atmos. Coachella's full of spring breakers out to just lark about.
i mean being on my gap year the spring breakers were kinda a nice change from everyone older in LA hostels but the people i met at the Austin hostel i hung out with all of SXSW
but Bowie performing Ziggy Stardust (acc to rumours). Lineup should be appearing sometime this week, finally!
but not with patten :(
without faith no more confirmed - so that's better than fnm with no mike!
Nothing "OMG" but a far more solid line-up than I was expecting. Leonard Cohen and MBV HOORAY!