As the warm breezes of spring begin to blow across the Southland, Los Angelenos know that can only mean one thing: it’s time for Coachella! The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is set for two weekends this year in Indio, California at the Empire Polo Club. Fans travel far and wide to be a part of the festivities every year as the annual event brings the biggest names in rock, indie, hip hop and EDM to the people across several stages.
Coachella At The Empire Polo Club
81800 Avenue 51
Indio, CA 92201
Guns N’ Roses
This year, Coachella is all about reunions. It has been over two decades since the original line up arguably one of the greatest bands in the history of rock and roll took stage. This year, Guns N’ Roses is reuniting with Slash, Axl Rose and Duff McKagan taking the stage together, but not with the full original line-up as many fans had not so secretly hoped for. Izzy Stradlin recently announced that he was not participating in the reunion tour and drummer, Steven Adler has been unusually quiet since the Coachella announcement was made. Possible replacements for the two: former GNR guitarist and drummer, Gilby Clarke and drummer, Matt Sorum.
GNR aren’t the only act reuniting this year for Coachella, as James Murphy announced he is bringing LCD Soundsystem back together at this year’s festival as they prepare for the upcoming release of a studio album later this year. Five years ago, LCD Soundsystem performed a farewell concert at Madison Square Garden as chronicled in the documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits and it was captured on the live album, The Long Goodbye.
While no official announcement has been made, there is a very good chance Coachella attendees will be treated to an N.W.A. reunion during Ice Cube’s performance. The rapper went on record to say, “I’m gonna try to bring the members of N.W.A. together. Give everybody a little history lesson on Ice Cube and N.W.A., West Side Connection, everything I’ve been doing over the years.” While no one knows for sure if this will happen, it sure will be amazing if it does.
But we all know the real magic happens throughout the festival when the surprise guest performances pop-up on stage. Since Coachella is a serious celeb magnet there is no telling who perform. The buzz on the street is getting louder surrounding a possible impromptu performance by Taylor Swift considering It’s a given she’ll be there since her BF, Calvin Harris is headlining Sunday night.
Friday April 15th & 22nd
LCD Soundsystem, Ellie Goulding, the Kills, Of Monsters and Men, Robert DeLong, Years & Years, and Jack Ü
Saturday, April 16th & 23rd
Guns N’ Roses, Ice Cube, Halsey, Courtney Barnett, Gary Clark Jr. Silversun Pickups, A$AP Rocky, and James Bay
Sunday, April 17th & 24th
Calvin Harris, Sia, the 1975, Rancid, Edward Sharpe, Matt and Kim, Chris Stapleton, Cold War Kids, Pete Yorn, the Vandals, and Beach House
Festival attendees will be treated to the sounds of Despacio in the desert all weekend long, and incredible art installations by Alexandre Arrechea, Robert Bose, Jimenez Lai, Date Farmers, Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt, Katrina Neiburga & Andris Eglitis, Philip K. Smith III, Do Lab, and Lucent Dossier. As for what each is contributing, it will have to be a surprise, but be sure to spend some time checking them out.
One of the very best attractions of Coachella has nothing to do with the live music performances. Do not miss out on the opportunity to experience Outstanding In The Field, the 4-course meal cooked by celebrated chefs in the iconic Coachella Rose Garden. Choose from one of two dinner seatings featuring a rotating roster of rockstar chefs for Outstanding In The Field and gain access to the VIP Rose Garden for the entire day of your dinner. Also included is a welcome cocktail, beer or wine.
Those already going to Coachella can purchase add on tickets for the Outstanding In The Field dinners for $225 per person. And those still looking for Coachella passes can purchase bundle packages for $624 which includes a General Admission pass + dinner, or $1124 for a VIP pass + dinner.
Weekend 1: Friday: Nyesha Arrington, Antonia Lofaso, Elia Page; Saturday: Michael Hung, Chris Oh, Kris Morningstar; Sunday: Daniel Ovadia, Jose Manuel Manos, Francisco Ruano.
Weekend 2: Friday: Tal Ronnen, Michael Voltaggio; Saturday: Steven Fretz, Brendan Collins, Lincoln Carson; Sunday: Jamie DeRosa, Jonathan Sawyer, Bradley Kilgore.
Coachella general admission ($375) and VIP ($899) passes might be sold out (with the exception of Outstanding In The Field bundles,) but KROQ wants to send you! Listen every Monday through Friday and be caller 20 at (800) 520-1067 at 5pm between now and Coachella for your chance to win a pair of 3-day passes. The winner will also score access to the KROQ Coachella House with one grand prize winner driving home in a new 2016 Jeep Renegade.
Those festival attendees who are already going and scored the coveted VIP Coachella passes will have access to the VIP areas including views of the main stage, VIP cash bar, increased food options and restrooms equipped with sinks. VIP is certainly the way to go with no lines or waiting, and an on-call concierge to help guide you to the best private parties surrounding the grounds via shuttle.
Driving: Coachella is 125 miles east of Los Angeles in the Inland Empire. Those coming from the SoCal coast can hop on the I-10 East taking Exit 142 Monroe Street exit in Indio. Follow Monroe to Avenue 51.
Parking: There is plenty of parking adjacent to the festival grounds. Make sure all passengers in your vehicle have a festival pass secured to their wrist. Lost/stolen wristbands will not be replaced. No exceptions will be made.
Coachella also offers VIP parking available in LOT 1. All limos, party buses, SUVS, and shuttles must have VIP parking credentials upon arrival. Shuttles and golf carts are available to take you to and from the festival through a private-access gate.
Bus & Train Information: The nearest bus stop and train station are approximately 3 miles from Empire Polo Club in downtown Indio.
Drop-offs: Taxi, UBER, Parent and friends can pick up and drop off festival attendees at the corner of Avenue 52 and Madison. Pedestrian access is also available on Avenue 49 and Monroe. Under no circumstances will pedestrian festival access be granted on Monroe Street between Avenue 49 and Avenue 52; and Madison between Avenue 50 and 52.
Shuttles: Valley Music Travel offers airport shuttles between LAX and the festival grounds as well as the box office for Will Call and several of the area hotels.
Car, Tent Parking and Campgrounds
Coachella is famous for offering spots for both car camping and tent camping. You are permitted to have as many passholders in one spot as you can comfortably fit. The Car Camping spots are 10’ x 30’ and Tent Camping Spots are 10’ x 15’. There are no in/out of your camping spot though. So, once you are there, you are staying put. Needless to say, saving spots is prohibited, so make sure to arrive together if you’re planning on camping together.
Campgrounds include: free showers, an internet cafe with free wifi, cell phone charging stations, access to a general store, satellite stores with ice, portable toilets, a farmers’ market, supermarket shuttles and free water refill stations.
Lake Eldorado is an exclusive campsite boasting a 24-hour concierge, tee pees, tents, lakeside benches with umbrellas, free showers, separate check-in, private access to porto potties and flushable toilets, in/out privileges Thursday and from 2am to 10am on Friday through Sunday. Each reservation comes with one parking spot, and each cot comes with a sleeping bag and pillow which are yours to keep.
Fully furnished luxury Shakir style safari tents with air conditioning are available for your Coachella experience and offer: off-site private check-in, restrooms and showers, golf cart shuttles, breakfast and late night snacks, Concierge, security and Safari Guest passes which could lead you backstage!
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
68900 Frank Sinatra Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Enveloped within the Santa Rosa Mountain range, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage offers a true luxury desert experience, as well as offering striking panoramic views of the greater Palm Springs. Perched 650 feet on a hilltop reflecting the region’s picturesque open-air surroundings, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage offers contemporary guest rooms, lavish amenities and incredible service to create a relaxing desert oasis. The property is also home to two signature restaurants, and three swimming pools overlooking the Palm Springs Valley.
Renaissance Indian Wells Resort
44400 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210
Located only 8 miles from the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival, Renaissance Indian Wells Resort is offering Coachella packages including the “Any Line, Anytime Shuttle Pass” making it a hassle-free 16-minute drive to the festival. This shuttle pass will allow you the flexibility to ride directly from the hotel, to the festival and back. Before heading to the festival grounds, guests can hang out in the guest rooms and suites equipped with lavish amenities and private balconies, or make a splash in one of the most inviting pool experiences in the region.
JW Marriott Desert Springs
74-855 Country Club Dr
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Perfect for those looking to make your three-day trip into a true vacation, the resort features five pools and the largest full-service spa in Southern California so guests can relax before or after the festival. The JW Marriott Desert Springs is along the Coachella shuttle bus route and it’s currently offering a special rate inclusive of breakfast so that festival goers can power up on carbs and protein for the day ahead.
For the chosen ones, Vestal Village is an exclusive, private, invite only event divided into two parts throughout Weekend 1 of Coachella. Amenities include: mountain hiking, horseback riding, swimming pool, fishing lake, RV hookups, tent camping, VIP camper check in, two outdoor stages, campfires, showers, horseshoe pits, and free shuttles running every 15 minutes to Coachella. There is also a pop-up restaurant (breakfast, lunch, dinner), hosted bar, and pets are welcome. Vestal Village will play host to bands and DJs performing throughout the duration of the three day event. Details and lineup are kept secret, but previous performances include Nick Waterhouse, Eagles of Death Metal, Shiny Toy Guns, Beach Party, Robert DeLong, Magic Wands, LA Riots, Golden Ghosts, and Hindu Pirates.