Forget the common musical event. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival can easily be defined as a giant aggregator of independent art, newborn trends, innovative street food. The Italian Eye will guide you through the wonders of this colossal divertissement: just put some flowers in your hair and follow us.
580 thousands tickets sold in less than 40 minutes. The entire valley of Indio, California, covered with the behemoth structures of Empire Polo Fields. An annual countdown that has finally come to an end. Save the date for the weekends of 14th and 21nd of April: the Coachella Festival is ready to rock.
With a nickname such as “21st century Woodstock”, this event has reached worldwide fame in just a few years, becoming the top destination to escape from the rest of the world and dive into music and innovation.
Before departure: what to wear in Coachella
The quintessential place to see and be seen, the Festival yearly welcomes flocks of international influencers, from Kendall Jenner to Gigi Hadid, from Chiara Ferragni to Jared Leto. And they are all dressed Coachella-style: a mix between Californian hippies from the ‘70s and Ibiza’s jet set, blazing with fringes, floral prints, soft maxi dresses and denim shorts. It’s not by chance that people at Mango and H&M decided to launch clothes and accessories collections (remember: flower crowns are a must) dedicated to the event.
If you don’t have a bodyguard carrying your bags, don’t forget your backpack with water, umbrellas or ponchos and tons of sunscreen.
Music at Coachella 2017
In spite of its fashionista side, Coachella was born and still remains a temple of music. The line up never stops, concerts follow one after the other, the 6 arenas play from 11 am to 11 pm. Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar are the stars of this edition, but over a hundred other names keep them good company: what about Travis Scott, Empire of Sun, Tale of Us, Nicolas Jaar, Tycho, Lorde, Justice, New Order, Future Islands?
What to do at the Coachella Festival
An event dedicated to free spirits and 360 degrees entertainment couldn’t be music only. The Activity Field of Dreams was created as a space for the most fanciful activities you can think of: from pie eating competitions to silent disco (where you dance with headphones on), from joke contests to hula hoop meetings, going through rock/paper/scissors championships and bad dance movements, ending with a match of water balloons.
If you are looking for something less adventurous, why not opting for a stroll through art and installations? You could run into Mexican-ispired sculptures by The Date Farmers, or contemplate the astonishing juggling of Lucent Dossier. Not even garbage (!) can escape this art attack: the winners of TRASHed – Art of Recycling program competition will see their creations embellishing the bins of the entire valley. All while a balloon chain created by Robert Bose crosses the sky above the Festival.
Where to eat at Coachella Festival
Dozens of options will suit your palate. Uncountable food trucks offer flavors from all over the world (Sicilian pizza, ramen, signature hot dogs, vegan burger and so many more), but the real go-to places for Coachella’s gourmand are the pop-up restaurants: internationally renowned restaurants that have been translated – smaller in dimensions but not in delicacies – on the Festival’s field. Chefs included.
Pok Pok LA (Chef Andy Ricker): a window opened on Thailand directly from your plate.
Commissary (Chef Roy Choi): a celebration of home made food and sharing culture.
Rosaline (Chef Ricardo Zarate): a Peruvian cuisine immersion without having to climb over the Andes.
Outstanding in the field: a sumptuously decked table long as far as the eyes can see, a four course menu, a team of chefs that will make your head spin (two examples: Antonia Lofaso of Scopa Italian Roots and Kris Morningstar of Terrine), for a dining experience in full farm-to-table style.
Where to have a drink at Coachella Festival
Eureka! Beer lovers will rejoice with their totally-made in USA drafts.
Caña Rum Bar: 250 different kinds of rum, directly from a secret spot in LA.
Mixi Bars: the ideal place to have a cocktail that is on point both in design and flavor.
Where to sleep at Coachella Festival
Camping: a true Coachella experience can’t be complete without camping just a few steps away from your favorite performers. You can chose between bringing your own tent or car right on the Festival field or accomodate in one of the two additional sites: Lake Eldorado with its native American style cots, or Safari Tents, with fully furnished Shakir tents and golf cart shuttles to reach the Festival.
If camping is just not your thing, don’t despair. A wide choice of hotel and resorts is ready to welcome you, perfectly located to attend the musical events.
The Chateau at Lake La Quinta (78 – 120 Caleo Bay, La Quinta, CA. +1 760-564-7332). Romance by the lake, with a stunning view on the desert. The inner Mélange restaurant is run by executive chef Nestor Ruiz.
Embassy Suites La Quinta (50-777 Santa Rosa Plaza, La Quinta, CA. +1-888-386-1126). Here every room is a suite, designed to relax after the concerts’ fatigues. You can rest in the open air atrium or go adventuring some more, maybe visiting the nearby Joshua Tree National Park.
How to get to Coachella Festival
By air. A dedicated shuttle service is scheduled from the airports of Palm Springs and Los Angeles.
By ground. You can choose between dedicated Valley Shuttle Services from various spots in the country, or take a Uber / Carpool for more social adventures. Your own car would still do, of course.