As the first weekend of the famed music and lifestyle festival known as Coachella comes to a close, the dazzling lights and enchanting beats of weekend two, April 18th – 20th, are still upon us. If you happen to be one of the lucky ticket holders (it’s officially sold out) you’re in for three days of incredible music, mouth-watering food, and awesome activities that will leave you with enough memories to last until ‘Chella 2015.
Since Fugoo’s got you covered whenever (and wherever) music is involved, we thought we’d share our favorite Coachella tips, pointers, and even a playlist, to ensure that you have the most epic weekend possible. Read on, party people.
Where to Stay
Your best bet for getting to Coachella is carpooling with friends, buying an overnight parking pass, and spending the weekend camping in the on-site campgrounds. It’s the only way to get the full festival experience, and you won’t have to worry about driving home or back to a hotel exhausted each night. Plus, it’s not your typical campground: This one comes fully loaded with free Wi-Fi (perfect for rocking out after-hours with your stylish portable wireless speaker), plenty of showers, and its very own Farmers Market. But if you insist on dreaming only from the comforts of a fluffy hotel bed, daytime parking at Coachella is complimentary. Just don’t bother staying off-site with plans to take the bus or train to the festival grounds – you’ll be in for a 3 mile walk from the transit stop.
What to Bring & What to Buy
Once your lodging is secured and your friends are confirmed for carpooling, it’s time to pack. With temperatures frequently reaching into the upper-90s at the Coachella site in Indio, CA, water, sun block, a hat and sunglasses are necessities. Outside food and beverages aren’t permitted into the festival, but bottled water is sold on-site for the same price as it was during Coachella’s debut in 1999 – just $2.00. Still, for the sake of sustainability we recommend bringing your own bottle and snapping it to your backpack with a carabiner clip, right alongside your waterproof Bluetooth speaker. Cameras with removable lenses are another item not permitted at the festival, but with today’s high-tech cell phones, who really needs a fancy digital camera anyway? #CoachellaSelfie !
If you get to the festival and realize you forgot your cell phone charger, never fear: Free charging stations are offered throughout the grounds. (But don’t worry about your portable wireless speaker dying during the day – it’ll stay charged with up to 40 hours of battery life, which is over half the weekend. Talk about great portable speakers for camping, right?)
Who to See
Let’s be honest – the heart of Coachella is the music, and this year’s lineup is sure to please. Weekend two includes performances by Arcade Fire, Outkast, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Ray, Lorde, and Skrillex, just to name a few. And since you’re spending all your time at work this week daydreaming about the weekend anyway, here’s a fun way to help pass the time: Click over to the Coachella website, where you can view the complete list of artists and curate your own Spotify® playlist with their tracks. That way, when the festival comes to a close each night you can keep the party going at the campgrounds by pumping your own custom playlist on your Fugoo portable wireless speaker. Here’s what we’ll be playing:
1. Smooth Sailing, Queens of the Stone Age
2. Madness, Muse
3. ATLiens, Outkast
4. Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, Skrillex
5. Coming of Age, Foster the People
6. The Wire, Haim
7. Enjoy the Ride, Krewella
8. Video Games, Lana Del Ray
9. Losing You, Solange
10. Don’t Forget Me, The Head and the Heart
What About the Extras?
If the all-star music lineup, eclectic food booths, dazzling art installations and non-stop parties aren’t enough to keep you entertained, Coachella offers a variety of other activities that will have you feeling festive in no time. We’re talking about a Beauty Bar that offers free blow drying and hair styling all weekend (who wouldn’t want that after camping out for two days?), a Hula Hoop contest on Saturday, a “Bad Dancing” contest on Friday, and of course, the famous Coachella Ferris wheel, with ridiculously amazing views of the entire festival and surrounding valley.
We hope having these tips (and having your Go Anywhere, portable wireless speaker ) in tow help to make your Coachella experience one to remember. In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below: What tracks would you include on your Coachella after-party playlist?