This past Saturday marked April 1st. To most adults it’ll be just another Saturday. Children will be celebrating April Fools Day. To festival-goers, however, the first of April marks the beginning of Coachella month.
We will be out there for Coachella 2017 weekend 2, and we couldn’t be more excited to be back again. Here are some reasons why:
1. Southern California
The first thing on everyone’s mind this month is the festival, but even people who aren’t going have a chance to enjoy the Coachella spirit. Because of the high volume of artists who have not one, but two gigs in SoCal in less than two weeks, so many of the artists on the lineup book side gigs in LA and other parts of the area. Goldenvoice specifically sponsors many of these shows as a part of the yearly “Goldenvoice Presents April” event series, but many other venues host artists from the lineup as well. For instance, Sound in LA is hosting 6 artists from the lineup in less than two weeks.
2. Yuma Tent
Speaking of artists booked at Sound, it’s pretty much guaranteed that all of those artists will play the Yuma Tent. The Yuma lineup amazing this year. Tale of Us, Hot Since 82, Solomon, Dixon, and more, will be in there. Plus, the Yuma itself gets better every year. The pumping air conditioning, the plush couches, and the top notch sound system have made it an oasis in the desert.
If you’re interested in electronic music, watch Radiohead. They catalyzed a whole generation of musicians with their use of electronic sounds.
4. Beer Gardens
Festivals that have beer gardens often get a lot of flack, and rightfully so. After all, not being able to drink a beer while you walk around is a bummer. But on the flipside it also creates a nice shift in dynamic from the rest of the festival. For example, Coachella will always been an all-ages festival. People bring their families every year whether you believe it or not. Because of this, it’s nice to go in the beer garden and enjoy the vibe of an older crowd. The beer gardens also offer other amenities like shade, tables, chairs, dedicated restrooms and food stands. Plus, every beer garden has speakers aimed towards them so you can enjoy the stages closest to them without leaving.
5. Do LaB
To those outside of the festival circuit, the Do LaB isn’t anything besides a stage at Coachella. While this interpretation doesn’t come close to the accomplishments of Do LaB over the last few years, the stage at Coachella is a symbol of their success. The lineup for this year’s Do LaB stage was just released this week, and it is by far one of the best to date. Check it out here.
6. Hans Zimmer
Every year at Coachella there are a few wild-card bookings; bookings that just don’t make sense being at such a mainstream “festival.” These bookings are basically Goldenvoice telling the world, “We know great music no matter what people think of us.” This year, one of those bookings is Hans Zimmer. Fans of his epic film scores were already bewildered when Zimmer announced a tour (even more so when many of the dates sold out). Now the Oscar-winning composer will bring his new live show to Coachella. Goldenvoice released a very brief video depicting what to expect from the performance. You can watch that video here.
7. Silent Disco
Campers rejoice because the Silent Disco will be back at Coachella this year. Non-campers are welcome too, but for campers the Silent Disco is a sacred place. There are never any recognizable DJs on the lineup or anything like that, but that’s one of the reasons it’s so great; no one is paying attention to that. Everyone is literally in their own world with a pair of headphones. Enjoying tunes. Chilling out until the sunrise (or at least close to it) before heading back to camp.
8. Heineken House
There is still one Coachella lineup that has yet to be released: the Heineken House. This is like the Do LaB’s mainstream cousin. Instead of the wacky and the weird, the Heineken House has the party starters. A-Trak, Diplo, and Doctor P are just a few of the big names that have graced those decks. The best part of the Heineken House though is how well insulated it is. Think of it like the ultimate beer garden. Other than having its own stage, it’s 21-and-up, there is Yuma-level AC, and it never gets too packed. Security does an excellent job maintaining capacity, but unfortunately that can lead to some long waits.
9. Everything Else
Coachella has lots more fun opportunities, all of which are listed in the welcome packet that comes with the tickets. Without gushing too much, Coachella is known for being one of the most well put together festivals on Earth, and it has lived up to that reputation time and time again. Obviously there are plenty who disagree, but that kind of negativity is what people come to festivals to be rid of. So rid yourself of negativity and have a blast.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will take place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on April 14-16 and April 21-13. For more info go to Coachella.com.