Preparing For Coachella Music Festival 2019
I wish we had a crystal ball and could tell you what the lineup is for the 2019 Coachella Music & Arts Festival but we are limited to what info they provide. We can say with confidence that they will not disappoint, as they never have. So in the meantime, we have a little guide below to help you prepare for one of the best festivals of the year!
What is Coachella?
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. It was co-founded by Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen in 1999, and is organized by Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Live. The event features music from many genres including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as amazing art installations and beautiful sculptures.
All across the festival grounds, several stages continuously host live music throughout the weekend. The main stages are the: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, and Sahara Tent; a smaller Oasis Dome was used in 2006 and 2011, while a new Yuma stage was introduced in 2013 and a Sonora stage in 2017.
Coachella showcases some of today’s most popular and established musical acts, as well as some of the best emerging artists and even some great reunited groups. Coachella is one of the largest, most famous music festivals in the United States and all over the world. Each Coachella staged from 2013 to 2015 set new records for festival attendance and the 2017 festival was attended by 250,000 people.
Getting to Coachella
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is located at:
Empire Polo Club
81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA 92201
Obviously getting to Coachella depends on where you are coming from and where on the festival grounds you are trying to get. As this requires a lot of details and paying attention to them, we will leave it up to their site to guide you there. One thing they noted on their site, which can really get your weekend kicked off in a lame way is that “Not following directions may result in being directed in circles due to road closures, no left turns, etc.” – So check out the Coachella site their site on how to get there, cool?
The Art Installations
We could not go any further without mentioning how amazing Coachella’s art installations are. They basically construct a small town and fill it with some of the most awe-inspiring art installations you have ever seen. Many of the art and sculpture pieces are interactive and provide a visual treat for the attendees. Throughout the years, the art has grown in scale and outrageousness in some amazing ways.
Paul Clemente, Coachella’s art director since 2009, said, “I think the level of detail and finish and artistry and scale and complexity and technology, everything is constantly getting notched up, ratcheted up. We’re obviously constantly trying to, for lack of a better word, (to) outdo ourselves and make it better for the fans.”
They have absolutely done that. The art has continued to get better year after year and each piece is worth stopping and spending some time admiring.
Coachella Packing List
If you plan on camping at Coachella, which we certainly recommend, we have prepared a short list of items you will need. When it comes to camping festivals they can be an absolute blast, but if you don’t have the right gear things can get ugly. Here are several items we found to be not only useful but absolutely essential for camping.
- This Coleman 4 Person Tent is everything you need at a great price.
- For larger groups, here is a 9 person tent option from CORE
- Here is a great sleeping bag to stay cozy at night
- A wool blanket is the way to go as a backup source of comfort and warmth
- An air mattress will certainly make your slumber a more comfortable one
- A few foldable chairs will make chilling at the campsite much more enjoyable
- A cooler is obviously a must have
- Keep em hydrated with a Camelbak MULE
- A headlamp is an essential item that most forget to bring
- A lantern with a cell phone charging station? Yes, please
- A waterproof Bluetooth speaker is a must
There are a lot more items that anyone going to Coachella will want and if that is you, you should check out our Ultimate Music Festival Packing List.
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