Every year, over 100,000 revellers descend on the grassy green fields of the Empire polo club, nestled in the Californian desert town of Indio, this location’s surrounding mountain ranges create arguably one of the most breathtaking festival backdrops in history. Although best known for its chart topping A-list headliners (and surprise guest appearances), the Coachella Valley Arts and Music festival is something of a pilgrimage for the many people who journey there, ourselves included. Just like Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Burning man, or any of the worlds biggest and most famous festivals, Coachella has certain sights and experiences that keep people returning, almost religiously, year after year.
Me and Keeley have attended the festival a grand total of 5 times, yes, I understand that probably seem’s laughable in comparison to some peoples attendance record, but when you’re coming all the way from a sleepy suburb of south west London to the Coachella Valley it becomes more than just your average weekend road trip with your raving crew. There’s visa’s, passports, wristbands, hotels, car hire, the exchange rate, suitcases, tents, camping chairs, food and booze to consider, oh and I nearly forgot there’s an 11 hour plane journey there and back with a nice bit of jet lag thrown in.
So my friends, that is the sole reason we decided it was time to sit down and share our own personal experiences (good or bad) and write this comprehensive guide for anyone embarking on a trip to one of the biggest events in the festival calendar. It will take a fair bit of strategic planning and an even bigger bit of stamina but I can guarantee it will be a decision you won’t regret.
For the sake of simplicity we’re going to break this guide up into weekly posts but rest assured it will all be grouped together as one big guide when completed. For Part 1, Preparation Vibes – Which ticket to buy, and which Weekend to go? Click here