Leila Zein-Phillipson | Torrey Pines High School Senior
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“Man, how can I put this…Coachella is like Christmas on steroids,” shared TPHS senior Louis.
In recent years, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, simply known as Coachella, has become one of the most popular spring break destinations for SDUHSD students.
Coachella is a three-day festival held over 2 separate weekends in Indio, California featuring more than 150 artists and welcoming over 90,000 concertgoers. General Admission tickets sold for roughly 400 dollars and sold out in less than 20 minutes.
“It’s like a modern day Woodstock. People travel from around the world to congregate for three days of good vibes and great music,” said SDA junior Kelly.
Major headliners included a reunited OutKast, Muse, and Arcade fire. The festival also featured popular artists such as Lorde, Queens of the Stone Age, Nas, Calvin Harris, Bastille, MGMT, Ellie Goulding, Pharrell Williams and Lana Del Rey among others. Surprise appearances included Beyonce, Justin Beiber, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and Gwen Stefani.
“I think any artist or aspiring artist would strive to make it onto the Coachella lineup. It’s like selling out Madison Square Garden,” said CCA Junior Chloe.
However, Coachella is not just about the musical artists. Nor is it about taking the most Instagram-worthy photos in the trendiest outfits with a background of palm trees, desert and mountains.
Coachella is an all-encompassing sensory experience and escape from reality, even if it is only for a weekend. The festival is about sound, taste and embracing a different life. It is a mecca for musicians and music lovers of all ages.
“Whenever anything bad happens I just think to myself, at least I’m going to Coachella,” shared TPHS senior Camilla a few weeks before the festival.
Those who attend Coachella, also known as “Coachillers,” have two main sleeping options over the three days. There is on-site camping and off-site lodging. The onsite campers can spend all three days of the weekend without ever leaving the grounds. Coachella campers can either tent camp or car camp on a field no more than 10 minutes walking distance from the entrance to the festival. The camping community has access to portable showers, toilets, general stores and various food options. After the concert ends for the day, campers get to enjoy various activities, including a silent disco where campers can dance all night wearing headphones so they don’t disturb those sleeping. Those who do not choose the camping option can stay in local hotels with transportation to and from the festival provided by shuttle buses.
“Camping is like its own city. It is a whole other experience everyone has to try,” said TPHS senior Amanda who has both camped on-site and stayed offsite in a condo.
Temperatures in Indio during the day reach the high 90s and descend to lows of 60 with high winds at night.
“The only complaint I could make would be the heat during the day and the dust storms at night…and the fact that I now sound like a man from singing so loud,” shared Sammy, “But it’s all so worth it.”
For those who missed the chance to experience Coachella this year, the countdown to next year’s festival starts now.
With Coachella, Disneyland has some major competition for the title Happiest Place on Earth.