It's only 3 days away. The second half of one of the highest praised music festivals on the West Coast, the epitome of a music lover's fantasy, the Coachella music valley festival weekend 2. A weekend which is sure to be jammed packed of music, fun, activities and more. With the conclusion of weekend 1, just two days ago, there are many pros and cons about the festival.
However, many of the cons can be eliminated with proper recognition and awareness. However, we asked many Coachella veterans and compiled research for all the Coachella virgins on what to expect and how to make the most of your experience.
So, how to make the most of your Coachella experience? View our mini Coachella guide with the first seven tips and advice from our point of view:
View the below to read our mini guide to Coachella, weekend 2, just only three days away!
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Do not watch the live stream from Weekend 1
This year Coachella teamed up with Youtube and T Mobile to present a live stream of Coachella Weekend 1. As tempting as it may be, do not watch the live stream from Weekend 1. It will be 100% better, live. Take our word for it.
Download Coachella's mobile app to make your own customized Coachella itinerary - and do it now. Some of your favorite acts will be going on stage in sync. A lot of stage hopping guaranteed. Do yourself a favor and plan ahead.
It's a fact that everyone hates those dreadful ATM fees and it's infamous for the high ATM fees (and possibly additional bank fees!) at festivals. It also sucks to wait in a long line for a t-shirt (or food), only to find out cards are not accepted.
Plan your transportation
If only California was like New York, in regards to yellow taxi cabs everywhere. If you're going to Coachella, plan your transportation ahead. It's a guarantee, taxi's will cost you a pretty penny, can be timely to wait for, and public transportation is scarce. The best bet is to carpool, suck it up and pay for a shuttle, or make friends with other attendees who have reliable transportation!
Check out acts you're not familiar with
Coachella is the perfect place to become a fan of a diverse range of acts. A lot of artists/bands are making their first time debut at Coachella. It's totally worth it to check out new acts, such as, the amazing Nicole Moudaber, Nigerian-born Lebanese house/techno DJ who's making her Coachella debut.
Beware of the weather
California, the sunshine state - or so they say. However, it's not all sunshine and rainbows for Coachella attendees not used to CA weather. CA can be hot in the morning and can be rather chilly at night. As well, don't forget about the sandstorms - Lorde actually performed through one during Weekend 1! Be prepared for it all. Oh yes, we almost forgot earthquakes too!
Network, Network, Network
Coachella is the perfect event to run into amazing people. Everyone has something in common, a love for good music and artists. Step outside your comfort zone, talk to people, make friends, and make memories.