Coachella is arguably one of the biggest music festivals you can go to and nearly every millennial is dying to go. Coachella always has the biggest artists performing and the most celebrity sightings. Everyone who’s anyone is at Coachella whether they’re performing or they’re there as a fan and if you’re going this year here is your guide to survival from outfits to places to stay.
Coachella: A History
Coachella is a 10 day-long music festival during April and is held in Indio, California. It has been happening every year since 1999 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Founded by Paul Tollett, Coachella host artists ranging from hip-hop to EDM and not just any artists, the biggest artists in their respective genres.
Some of the biggest names in contemporary music have performed at Coachella most notably Beyonce, Madonna and Tupac’s infamous ‘return’ to the stage.
This year’s line-up includes the headliners Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean. Some of the other artists gracing the stage are Calvin Harris, Big Sean, Lewis Capaldi, Charlie XCX, Flume, 21 Savage, Lana Del Rey, and Lil Nas X.
Ticket prices usually cost around $400 but it can be thousands for VIP tickets and transportation, food and drink and a place to stay all are a factor when considering whether to go to Coachella.
Where To Stay
Hotels sell out fast near Coachella but there are still some good deals left.
1. La Quinta
La Quinta is a luxury hotel located in Coachella Valley that offers world-class spas, is a leading golf destination, has 41 pools and yoga retreats but who has time for that when Coachella is 15 minutes away and they have rooms starting at around $200 a night. Book your room now before they sell out.
2. 7 Springs Inn & Suites
7 Springs Inn & Suites is a hotel with great amenities and convenient location walking distance from Coachella Valley, rooms for the Coachella week start at around $250 and are selling fast!
3. The Crown Jewel
The Crown Jewel is a vacation rental that is currently available for the week of Coachella. This condo has a pool, a kitchen and a washer and dryer and is a 1 bed 1 bathroom that sleeps two. This is the perfect condo if you’re going to Coachella with one other person or a significant other and you will save a lot of money being able to cook your own food in the kitchen. This vacation rental is a great deal at only $149 a night with a minimum of a three-day stay. Get it before it’s too late!
4. Casitas Las Rosas Vacation Rental
This condo in La Quinta California is one bedroom and 1 bathroom but can accommodate 4 people. This property has a pool, a kitchen, a washer and dryer and air conditioning-everything you could possibly need. This condo is about 15 minutes away from Coachella and is a good deal for four people at $383 a night.
5. Chimayo Vacation Rental
This 1 bedroom 2 bathroom condo has access to 33 pools and a hot tub, a golf course and a full kitchen. At this condo, you are around 30 minutes away from Coachella. This condo is going for $169 a night during Coachella week, which is a hard-to-beat deal. Book yours now!
What To Wear:
1. Flare Pants And A Halter Crop-Top
You’ll be looking so groovy and concert ready in patterned flare pants with a halter crop-top and necklaces.
Not sure where to find this look? We like these Ivy $ Main Floral Flare Pants from Tillys. These pants are $26.99 and can be found on the Tillys website or in their store.
This White Plunge Ring Detail Bralet is almost identical to the one pictured and can be found on the Pretty Little Thing Website for $18. If You’re not sure you want white, this top is available in 12 colors and will look perfect with the pants up above.
2. Oversized Graphic Tee And Thigh-High Boots
Nothing says rocker chick like a graphic tee and thigh-high boots- well, this outfit has both. You’ll look great in the day and night time in this outfit and it will slim and elongate your whole figure while looking super cool at the same time.
Not sure where to find this outfit? We like this Nirvana Unplugged T-Shirt Dress from Urban Outfitters. This Shirt comes in one size and is available on the Urban Outfitter’s site for $39.
For this outfit, we also like these Many Over-The-Knee High Heel Boots by Marc Fisher. These boots are on sale for $99.99 and are available on the Macy’s website.
3. High-Waisted Leather Skirt and Crop-Top Tee
This outfit with a high-waisted leather skirt with stars and a loose-fitting crop-top tee will look perfect any day of Coachella. You’ll be able to chill during the day and party at night in this concert-ready outfit.
This skirt by Nasty Gal is very similar to the one above and will look great with a loose-fitting crop-top. The Truth Star Faux Leather Mini Skirt is available on the Nasty Gal site for $22.50
How To Survive
For those of you first-timers to Coachella, the most important thing is to have fun and make sure you’re taking advantage of all the money you spent on tickets and board but here are some tips to make sure you have a good time
Budget your money
Nothing’s worse than running out of money or not even having money for essentials like water and food as those can be really expensive at a concert. You also want to save money for things that are going to make you have fun like beer and mementos. Make sure you factor all those costs in when saving for the concert.
You don’t want to be that person that’s lying down on the floor or throwing up in that corner or even worse, get carried out in a stretcher. It’s all good to drink and get a buzz to have fun but you don’t want to overdo it. Go slow during the day and make sure you have had something to eat and are drinking a lot of water and then at night you can turn up and go crazy-just make sure you’re not too hungover to get back out there the next day.
Prepare for Transportation
Ubers and Lyfts are going to be crazy during Coachella and not everyone will be walking distance from the concert. The surcharge can be ridiculous for big events so prepare to leave a little early, hang out for a while after until the rush goes down or call for a ride ahead. In cases like this, a taxi might also be a lot cheaper than rideshare.
Have fun and be safe!