If you are a music lover and you like to go to a festival sometimes, you probably already heard about Coachella. It is a very famous and popular festival for all kinds of people to visit. In this article, we will answer some of the most important questions you might have about Coachella.
What is Coachella?
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, also known as simply ‘Coachella’, is one of the biggest festivals in the world. It is a multi-genre music festival, which means that there are many different kinds of music to listen to. The music that is played on this festival is very diverse. There is something to find for everyone, every taste in music can be found and it takes place on 6 different stages at the same time, so you can also choose where you want to be. You can find artists in rock, indie, hip-hop, pop and electronic dance music. Speaking of artists, Coachella is home to some of the world's greatest and best-known artists.
Besides the music, Coachella is also known for its fashion. There are always many celebrities and influencers, who of course want to be photographed with the most beautiful outfits.
Where is Coachella?
The festival Coachella is in The United States, California. The exact address is the Empire Polo Club in Indio. In case you are not very familiar with the area, it is about 30 minutes east of Palm Springs. Most people come to Coachella by plane and then take a shuttle bus or other means of transportation. If you want to go to the festival with your own transport, keep in mind that the traffic is always terrible on the Monday morning after the festival, because everyone wants to leave the festival grounds at the same time. So keep in mind that you probably have to wait for a long time. In California, where the festival is located, it is usually very hot in April. If you want to survive the heat at Coachella, you have to make sure that you stay hydrated and bring some sunscreen.
How much does Coachella cost?
A weekend admission to Coachella will cost you about $430. You can also buy a VIP pass, to make the whole experience a bit more glamorous. The advantage of a VIP pass is that you do not have to wait in such long lines, there are VIP restrooms, the food options are way better, there are open bars, you can listen to the music from a smaller distance to the best stages, and there is a four-course seated dining experience. But everything comes with a price, so a VIP-pas costs you about double the price of the normal ticket, which is already very expensive. And this is all just the entrance to the grounds. If you can’t or don't want to pay the amount at once, they offer you the option of a 50/50 payment plan, allowing buyers to pay 50% at the time of purchase and 50% one month later.
Other costs are the travel expenses. This of course depends to a large extent on where you live. Most people fly to Coachella, so you have to buy plane tickets. You also have to go from the airport to the festival, so you also have to pay transportation.
Because it is a weekend, you also have to pay for accommodation. There are several options to choose from. You can stay in a 4-person tent with simple beds at the Lake Eldorado Camping, for about 800 dollar per night, including the entrance to the festival. Would you rather sleep more luxuriously? You can also sleep in a hotel. Depending on the luxury of the hotel, this will cost you around 1000-1200 dollar per night, also including the entrance to the festival and a shuttle bus between the hotel and the festival.
During the weekend, of course, you also have to eat and drink. Someone who eats and drinks normal amounts spends about 200 dollars on food and drinks during a weekend at Coachella.
Buying Coachella tickets
It is not easy to get a ticket for Coachella. This is because the festival is so popular in the whole world. People from every corner of the world want to visit Coachella! The tickets are usually sold out within an hour, so make sure you are on time and who knows, you might get lucky. In principle, people of all ages are allowed to visit the festival, there is not a Coachella age limit, but if you are under 18, you must be accompanied by a legal guardian. There is also a minimum age of 18 for camping on the campsite.
This year the festival will be held during two weekends in April. In 2020 Coachella will take place on 10-12 April & 17-19 April.