Everyone who’s been to Coachella knows the top tips everyone provides – drink plenty of water, use plenty of sunscreen, watch out for land sharks. And while those of us at Weekend 1 envy the real Coachella weather that the Weekend 2 folks have in store, we also thought we’d share a couple pointers that will help you enjoy your time more – no matter what the weather.
1) Bring a watch – You can lose your schedule, your friends, your phone might die… but at least you’ll always know who’s playing. The schedules are posted outside each tent/stage, and as long as you know the time, you’re OK. Plus, when you’re supposed to “meet by the flaming lobster at 8:00 pm”, you’ll be there. Speaking of meeting…
2) Set up meeting spots in advance – The expansion of Coachella to two weekends seems to be the direct result of everyone spending the previous 12 months convincing all their friends to come to Indio in 2012. So if you’re travelling with a big crew, you’re going to need spots to meet up. Landmarks like the Flaming Lobster can be utilized for this, but also take note that each of the speaker stands at the main stages are numbered like parking garages (A1, A2, B1, B2, etc.). Additionally, all the Coachella information booths are numbered. These can serve as good landmarks that allow you to still watch shows while you are waiting for your gang of rebels to show up.
3) Bring your own toilet paper – While the festival does do a pretty good job keeping the bathrooms clean, finding toilet paper was usually an issue. It was maybe the only thing I heard anyone complaining about. And I heard a lot of it.
4) Don’t miss out – You’ve planned for this for months, and the artists are amazing. So go in early. Move around. And remember to have fun. It’s your festival too… so if you want to see Lissie early on Sunday, get your ass in there! If everyone’s down for Radiohead, but you love Sub Focus… get there! The party will still be there when the shows are over, so enjoy yourself and see as much as you can!
*Awesome photo provided by Steve Maviano, www.SleepingIsGivingIn.com