Coachella: A Vacation at Home

Fellas, grab your Hawaiian shirts and boardshorts and ladies, get your face paint and glitter because Coachella Fest is right around the corner! The annual music festival will be joining the valley for the 19th year in a row this coming April 13-15 and April 20-22. Like every year, the festival will be headlined by big-name artists and this year’s lineup includes The Weeknd, Beyonce, and Eminem.

“I am disappointed in Coachella this year. The lineup has a lot of EDM which is nice, but not a lot of underground rap. I wish they would give the underground scene a better chance at performing at the festival” said Willhelm Wallace ‘18 addressing the lineup. Tasty, but unreasonably expensive food and drinks will be scattered throughout the polo grounds. All different kinds of art will be on display for the viewing pleasures of all the festival attendees.

Over 99,000 people will flood into the Polo Grounds to experience the music, art, and other festivities over the two-week span. When waiting in between sets you can head over to one of the many food booths. Fat Dragon will be serving up an orange chicken bowl. Danny Trejo’s own, “Trejo’s Tacos” will be making their famous tacos and of course, After’s will have their signature “cookie monster” dessert.

Along with great music and food, Coachella also has tons of art on display. Last year the festival had boxy animal figures that stood six-stories tall by Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan and over 30 statues that resembled a giant coral forest by the Brooklyn-based studio, Chiaozza.

Like they’ve done for over a decade, festival-goers will have a chance to have their art on display by entering the TRASHed program. With TRASHed you design a recycling bin to encourage others to recycle. Over 50 artists will have their bins on display for the two weeks the festival goes on.

Coachella Arts & Music Festival is definitely something you don’t want to miss. There is going to be a lot to see and do and there is nothing else like it in the valley. You can get tickets to this giant playground right in our own backyard for around $400.