The 12th annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is just days away and you music fans across the world are tweeting in anticipation. The three-day music festival is one of the hottest-literally, it’s in the middle of the desert-and most anticipated festivals in the United States. The festival, held at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California from April 15 to April 17, has over 100 mainstream and up-and-coming acts scheduled to perform with Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, and Kanye West headlining.
If you already have your tickets then all you need now is helpful advice on how to survive the festival.
Dress the Part
Look great and feel comfortable in the extreme desert weather. It’s blistering hot during the day and chilly at night so pack accordingly.
Dress in layers to transition from day to night . A light, airy dress paired with a blazer, hoodie, or sweater will keep you looking cute and comfortable. A relaxed and low maintenance look for both guys and girls is linen shorts with a button-down shirt.
Ladies, ditch your stilettos. Apart from looking crazy and out of place you won’t be able to walk in the grass and dirt. Dress your look up with some bright, stylish flats instead.
Go easy on the makeup. It will be sliding down your face after an hour of being in the heat. If you absolutely have to wear it opt for a light foundation with SPF protection.
Get Around and Stay Connected
There are several ways to get to and from the festival but be prepared to wait in traffic and long admission lines if you drive. Although parking is free during the day, it might not be worth your time.
Purchase shuttle passes if you’re not camping on the grounds. Surrounding hotels offer shuttles that run between the hotel areas and festival grounds until the end of each night’s performances. If shuttle tickets are sold out rent a bike, take a taxi, or walk.
If you absolutely have to drive, carpool. Save some time and make some friends by finding a ride at PickupPal.
Don’t rely on your cell phone. Have a designated meeting place since there won’t be reliable cell phone reception in the desert. You and 70,000 other people will be fighting for a signal. Turn your phone off or put it on ‘airplane mode’ to avoid draining your battery.
Don’t Be Stupid
There’s going to be tens of thousands of people attending each day so it’s bound to get crazy. Like most festivals there will be police checkpoints within a mile of the festival grounds directing traffic and searching vehicles upon entrance.
Don’t bring anything illegal or banned. Be sure to know what you can and can’t bring by checking out the Coachella website.
Keep your wristband on at all times. Don’t tamper with or remove it otherwise you’ll have to buy a replacement and it’s highly unlikely there will be any left.
Avoid heatstroke. Don’t get too tanked early in the day and stay hydrated. You don’t want to be that wasted guy at Coachella 2011.
Have fun and good luck surviving three days in the desert!