The Worst of Coachella 2014: Weekend One

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Timothy Norris
Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way.

Saturday Night Dust Storm (above)

Conditions may not have been as bad as they were during last year's Red Hot Chili Peppers set, but Saturday night's dusty conditions were still pretty awful. The winds starting picking up when the sun started going down, and by dusk, the sky had turned a coffee-stain brown and festivalgoers were wiping desert residue from their eyeglasses and exposed skin. Dust gets everywhere -- in the cracks of your smartphone, for starters, and then, later, in your scalp, nose and bronchial tubes. It's a disgusting affair and a reminder to bring a handkerchief next time. -Adam Lovinus

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The Best of Coachella 2014: Weekend One

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Timothy Norris
Round one of Coachella is over and damn, was it a good one! We're all sore, sunburned and smiling. Here's the best of what we saw during another memorable weekend in Indio.

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The 50 Most Beautiful People at Coachella

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Colin Young-Wolff
So many Coachella-goers spend months before the festival working on their tans, their outfits, their figures and their breezy poses.

There's a real glut of fabulousness, we have to say, both among those in attendance at the Polo Grounds and the parties surrounding the festival. Here are the 50 most beautiful people we saw at Coachella.

See also: The Cutest Couples of Coachella

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The Cutest Couples of Coachella

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Timothy Norris
By Mary Carreon
There are certainly plenty of single people wandering around the Coachella grounds; the volume of Craiglist "casual encounters" can attest to that.

But there are also ten tons of couples, the vast majority of whom are completely adorable. Here are the cutest we saw.


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Here's How Much Celebrities Are Getting Paid to Wear Stuff at Coachella

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By Paul T. Bradley
Perhaps you've heard about all of the crazy sponsorships celebrities are getting to simply show up to Coachella and wear clothes.

Glee actress Lea Michele is said to receive $20,000 from Lacoste to wear the French fashion label's clothes, while Spring Breakers star Vanessa Hudgens is getting paid $15,000 by McDonald's to attend the three-day event, reports New York Daily News. Since Lacoste and McDonald's are set to throw their own respective parties, it's likely their deals include attending those bashes.
But that's just the beginning! Our VIP tipster Bradley T. Paulson brings us a whole rash of super celebs who have gotten way crazier sponsorship deals. More »

The Story of a Man Sent to Coachella Jail

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Colin Young-Wolff
Coachella: It's not all dancing in the desert. (This person did not go to Coachella jail.) See more photos: Coachella 2013: Divine Desert Dwellers.
The following is an account of what goes on at "Coachella Jail," from our sister paper, the OC Weekly.
We told you earlier about the ways folks try to sneak drugs into Coachella. Also, we told you about how to avoid trouble with the police. But what if, despite your best efforts, you're arrested? Or even taken to Coachella jail? Yes, it is a real place.

See also:
- We Hang Out With Some Crazy Marines Drinking Their Asses Off at Coachella
- Worst of Coachella 2013: Weekend Two
- Best of Coachella 2013: Weekend Two

We got the story on it from a guy we'll call Derek, who was arrested for possession of pot and cocaine in 2009. It went down like this:


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We Hang Out With Some Crazy Marines Drinking Their Asses Off at Coachella

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LP Hastings
Jimmy English (left) and Tidas Friday: Two champions of day drinking at Coachella
The following comes from Nate Jackson, of the RFT's sister paper, the OC Weekly.
In full grips of the dry desert heat, the fine art of day drinking at Coachella becomes a game of survival of the fittest. Sweltering temperatures in the high 90s aren't necessarily ideal conditions to bombard your liver with alcohol. And unless you've been used to trekking through sand in the Middle East in full combat gear, it's very possible you're not ready to do the amount of guzzling that you think you are. Fortunately for Jimmy English and Tidas Friday (two Marines who thought it best to keep their real names a secret), they're already used to such conditions. Less than two months ago, they were lacing up combat boots and shouldering 60-plus pounds of equipment in a rumbling military convoy in Kuwait. It's hard to believe now--considering neither one of them is old enough to legally rent a car--that they've been repairing tanks and other military vehicles as mechanics in the Marine Corps for several years each.

But for the last couple years, two weeks of their leave time while they're in the service is dedicated to one thing: A roadtrip to Coachella. They didn't seem psyched to see any artist in particular this weekend (though we did follow them around to check a few acts like Dam Funk and Alt-J ),but they are definitely serious about was blowing off steam no matter who was playing. And by that, we mean drinking as much as humanly possible--brutal sun be damned.

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Worst of Coachella 2013: Weekend Two

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Timothy Norris
Here's everything that bothered us about Coachella's second weekend. Hey, at least there was no dust storm!

Native American Headdresses
These have still not gone away. In fact, one particularly irritating woman (not pictured) wore a towering feather mohawk weave, a sartorial statement that combined racism with rave gaudiness. On Friday, she pushed her way in front of us, obstructing our and everyone else's view of the show. Congratulations, lady, you're Coachella's worst person! -Andrea Domanick

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- Best of Coachella 2013: Weekend Two
- Best of Coachella 2013: Weekend One
- Worst of Coachella 2013: Weekend One

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Best of Coachella 2013: Weekend Two

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LP Hastings
Butterfly?!
The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High
Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, aka all of them -- were particularly impressive this year. There was the tesla coil, the crane that was formerly a flower but now a praying mantis, the giant florescent snail, the golf cart that looks like a jellyfish, as well as remote controlled sharks and butterflys (above). There was also a structure designed to look like a mid-century, Palm Springs modernist mansion, called the Mirage. Projections onto the house created the illusion of a swimming pool, and a swinging cocktail party. Then there was the "Coachella Power Station," at which guys in hippo masks and white lab coats stood in a glassed room, like mad scientists, playing around with computer, video, and stereo equipment. Occasionally, they danced to Ricki Martin. -Ben Westhoff

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- Worst of Coachella 2013: Weekend Two
- Best of Coachella 2013: Weekend One
- Worst of Coachella 2013: Weekend One

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Here's How People Are Trying to Sneak Drugs Into Coachella

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This guy didn't bring any drugs into the festival, but his blasé attitude was not embraced by security officials.
Coachella weekend two is this weekend. Here's a report from our sister paper, the LA Weekly.
If you're at Coachella, chances are you experienced full throttle security measures attempting to snatch any drugs you might have. As usual, these include three tiers of security checkpoints, at which eventgoers are frisked and searched. It can all feel a bit personal, particularly considering that drugs and Coachella are practically synonymous.

But the on-site cops' attempts to snatch our crops haven't, of course, stopped many people from trying to have the best darn weekend of their lives, pharmaceutical-style. Here are some stories about attempted smugglings.

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- Best of Coachella 2013: Weekend One
- Worst of Coachella 2013: Weekend One

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