So there was Week 1 of Coachella! AKA, Coachella Valley Fashion Week, basically (for all of you who generally keep most of your clothes on. While SXSW, Ultra, and a few other music festivals have already happened, the beginning of Coachella marks the start of Music Festival Season! I don’t know about you, but I already have my tickets for Governors Ball NYC and SF Outside Lands. Music festivals are THE BEST. So let’s talk Do’s and Dont’s
DO dress appropriately. I get it, you’re in the desert, it’s unbearably hot, and you’ve worked on that summer body for awhile now (AKA you’ve been on a liquid diet for the past week). So naturally you want to flaunt it. My advice: keep it classy. Leave something to the imagination. Where’s the fun if you’ve exposed all of your goods already. Likewise, for the SF Outside Lands go-ers, we all know that Golden Gate Park gets blanketed by fog, no matter what the forecast is. That being said, prepare for the cold.
DON’T be afraid to take those fashion risks. This is the time you’ve been waiting for. To wear that leopard print crop top with that chain headband, and neon yellow high waisted shorts and compliment it with a fannypack. Why the f*** not? This is the only time you can get away with looking like, well… anything. The beer soaked grass is your runway. YOU BETTA WERQ!
DO familiarize yourself with the bands. You don’t want to be that dude who doesn’t know if alt-J is a band or some type of abbreviation. There are a lot of people who actually go to see their favorite bands play. At the very least, fake it.
DON’T be a groupie. I mean, its inevitable band groupies pop up. But chill. Also, a lot of celebrities A-D listers, go to Coachella, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, SXSW, because they’re human beings and they enjoy the arts and music and getting drunk and being trendy too! I love LiLo just as much as the next person, but I’m sure she just wants to kick back under the Indio sun, and enjoy some Major Lazer, sans paparazzi and fans flocking around her. After all, Coachella was her last little hurrah before rehab.
DO make a fool out of yourself. Music can only provide us with so much entertainment.
DO make a creative totem / group marker. I don’t think Coachella allows these anymore, but the greatest artistry I’ve seen has been the totems / group markers at Outside Lands. You know what I’m talking about? When you’re in a huge group and need to find where your homies went, you just look in the crowd and find your group’s marker or flag or totem or whatever. Best one I’ve seen so far was King Joffrey’s head on a stick. Amazing.
DON’T say you’re poor. I do this all the time. Well, I don’t ‘do’ it, but I spend a lot of money on concert tickets and music festival tickets to find myself near broke. You do it too I’m sure. Dish out $400 for a festival pass, more or less $300 for airfare, outrageous $$$ on booze etc. and even more ridiculous amounts of cash money on your ultimate outfits for the weekend. Boo hoo, you’re poor. How unfortunate.
DO take craploads of pictures and Instagram them all. Because you love making people jealous! “Look where I am and where youre not!” “Look how fashionably trendy and cute I am in 90 degree desert heat!” People won’t be bitter at all.
DON’T worry. Have a great time. Do you think anyone gave a flying sh** at Woodstock? Peace.