Hundreds of thousands of music fans will make the annual trek to the desert this spring for Coachella, one of the world’s biggest festivals. 2015 headliners include Drake, Jake White, and AC/DC.
Coachella is the quintessential desert festival experience, a So Cal rite of passage and frenzied three-day weekend of music, art and dancing. Massive sound systems, incredible art installations, and a dynamic lineup of multi-genre performers make Coachella one of the world's top music festivals. More than that, it's a journey to the height of youth and music culture, a colorful celebration of cacophony under the purple skies of the Mojave Desert.
Get out your neon feathers, slather on the sunblock and head out to the desert for the mega festival Coachella. Covering two weekends in April, this famous celebration of music and art seems to get bigger every year. Expect to encounter massive sculptures and interactive art installations throughout the festival grounds, along with outdoor music stages and the tents that you know and love: the Gobi, Mojave and Sahara. You’ll also find The Do Lab’s water stage in the middle of the field for afternoon cool-downs, and plenty of fresh So Cal cuisine for sale at the food booths. Line up for artist meet-and-greets, take a nap in the grass, and meet your friends on the dance floor to make moments you’ll never forget. Whether you’re camping in the Coachella fields or staying at a plush condo in the valley, you’ve got three full days of epic festival glory to seize the day like never before. This year’s lineup showcases the genre diversity of the festival, which presents a dynamic selection of music: rock, hip hop, folk, rap and of course – EDM. Drake, Jack White and AC/DC are the festival headliners for 2015, a curious mix of rap, indie rock and heavy metal. Dance fiends will have their fill of beats, with DJ performances including Carl Craig, Claude VonStroke, David Guetta, Pete Tong and Squarepusher. Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer Experience and Tyler the Creator round out the party with their unique appeal. Known for mixing music genres and artists with major appeal, Coachella is a must-do for any serious music fan, dance addict, or art lover.
Coachella's origins date to the early 90s grunge era, when Pearl Jam was boycotting venues controlled by Ticketmaster. They were forced to leave Los Angeles and perform way out at the Empire Polo Club in 1993. This validated the site's viability (and profitability) for hosting large-scale events – and in 1999, Coachella was born.
First time at Coachella? Be prepared with the right clothes and you'll have a better time. Be sure to bring essentials such as a backpack, bandanna (for dust), watch (for constantly checking time slots), sunglasses, hat, shorts plus an extra pair of shoes and extra socks (just in case it rains).
Empire Polo Field
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