Tips for Coachella Music Festival

Coachella is just around the corner… actually it’s HERE for all you Weekend 1 festival goers! Here are just a few tips and reminders to make your experience a more pleasant one:

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1. Stay hydrated!
Water is essential for life. Make sure you drink lots of it because the sun and the dancing can take a lot out of you. Bring a CamelBak or water bottles to fill up, there are several free water stations spread throughout the festival grounds.
Bonus: Tip a chill bartender and ask if you could fill your water pouch with ice (YMMV).

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2. Be shady!
No, I don’t mean be untrustworthy, sneaky, or backstabbing. What I mean is bring a hat to shield yourself from the sun and sunglasses so you can see when it’s bright outside.

3. Keep your body temperature low
The temperature will increase during the peak hours, you can seek refuge and free air conditioning at the tents such as Heineken House (21+) or the Antarctic Dome. Also, bring your own fan or spray bottle to keep yourself from overheating, especially if you are day drinking.

4. Sunblock is your best friend
It gets hot in the desert (obviously) and you want to enjoy the weekend without burning and peeling of your skin because that’s not cute.

5. Bring a bandana to cover your mouth and face
Winds in the high desert can pick up an abundance of dust. Bring a bandana to cover your mouth and face from it, you don’t want to end up getting sick with black snot.

6. Wear comfortable shoes
You will be on your feet most of the time, dancing and walking from stage to stage. Make sure you wear shoes that you can walk all day in and don’t mind getting dirty.

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7. Pack a blanket
The Polo Fields is an actual field (surprise!) and is great for a picnic or laying down on the grass. It is relaxing to sit down and gaze up at the clouds while your favorite music artist is playing live music in the background. This part was a highlight of my Coachella experience. Weekend 1 typically will have grass but come Weekend 2, there is only dirt. Regardless, having a blanket to set on the floor and claim as your little area is nice to have. You can lay down or sit with friends without having to worry about bugs and dirt.

8. Keep an eye on your belongings
Phone thieves are at large. Make sure you store everything safely and tightly. It is best to keep your items in your front pockets if you don’t have a fanny pack or a bag. You don’t want your stolen items to ruin your experience.

9. Locate the flush restrooms
One thing I hate about festivals is the dreadful porta potties. Luckily, there are actual restrooms on site with many stalls and flushable toilets. HALLELUJAH! The bathroom facility is next to the Do Lab.

10. Germs and hygiene are a real thing
Nothing is worse than getting sick. When there are a lot of people congregating together, it is inevitable for germs to spread rapidly. Bring wipes and hand sanitizers because it can and will get dirty out there, especially if you are using the porta potties and sitting on the ground.

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11.Set a meetup spot and time stamp your texts
If you lose your friends or part ways, set meeting spots and times to catch up with them later. The reception will be spotty so make sure you time stamp your texts when checking where they are.

12. Purchase a battery pack and a cellphone charger
Your phone will drain battery life quickly with all of the photo taking and video recording. Make sure you have back up battery juice to meet up with friends and post your photos on Instagram (if you can get reception). If you don’t have a power bank, purchase one, it is a good investment. There are also outlets placed throughout the festival for you to recharge your electronics, but make sure you bring your wire.

13. Don’t forget to recharge
Often times you can get carried away at events that you forget to eat. This is important to keep yourself from fainting and feeling weak. Remember, Coachella is a marathon, not a sprint. Plus, the food at Coachella is actually pretty tasty (shout out to Crab Fries!).

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14. Let yourself be flexible
Don’t get too caught up with your schedules on who you want to see that you end up missing things that are happening around you. There are small surprises (such as special guests) that are sprinkled throughout the festival.

15. Be mindful of others
If you see someone in trouble, help get medical attention. After all, we are all human and we should look out for one another.
16. Most importantly, HAVE FUN and GET HOME SAFELY!

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Tomorrowland Experience

It’s been 4 years since I embarked on my incredible journey to Tomorrowland. It was an amazing experience that I never truly got to share with everyone! Since Tomorrowland 2018 is right around the corner, what better time is there to share that than now? Hopefully, I could shine some last minute light on what to expect for the festival goers and help those that couldn’t snag tickets this year imagine what it’s like to embark on this journey to the Holy Grail of festivals.

Camping at Dreamville

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Gather up your crew and pitch a tent at DreamVille. This is the best way to make new friends with other people from all around the world.

There are different accommodations available in DreamVille suitable for all budgets, group sizes, and packing needs. There are packages anywhere from Magnificent Greens, where you need to bring your own tent and sleeping bags, to the Cabana and Mansion Packages that come equipped with beds and shelter.

My friends and I were lucky enough to score a Friendship Garden Package which consists of a reserved camping area large enough for 10 people with 10 wristband tickets. This would be the best option to camp together and be a little more secluded from the Magnificent Greens since it was a clusterfuck there.

At the Friendship Garden, they have secluded bathrooms where the toilet paper is always stocked and the porta potties are cleaned multiple times of the day. There are showers but you do need to pay for them! Don’t worry about food, there is a marketplace where you can buy your necessities with tokens as well as ready to eat food.

You are able to leave Tomorrowland whenever you like to go back to the campsite when you are tired and need to replenish your energy. But be warned that it is a pretty long walk from the entrance to camping! Sometimes they leave bikes around for you to take from place to place.

Pre-party at DreamVille

Being in DreamVille, you are allowed to start your party on Thursday with “The Gathering” which is only available with a camping wristband. The Gathering was a lot of fun and it gets you pumped up for what’s to come!

Go crazy, go wild, go out of your mind! But not too crazy that you can’t attend the rest of the festival.

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Make Friends with Your Neighbors and Everyone Around You

After my crew and I got settled in, pitched our tents, and relaxed for a bit, we were ready to start our long, fun day ahead of us. Remember to not be too consumed with your plans, and let the magic of Tomorrowland take you on a spontaneous ride. Make friends and talk to everybody you can, they are generally really welcoming and can surprise you. We made friends with our Belgium neighbors and hung out with them during one of the days at Tomorrowland! The campsite on the other side of us are from London and ’til this day I still keep in touch with them. Tomorrowland is a great place to make connections and start new friendships.

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Represent Your Country

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Bring your flag and rep it proudly! It’s awesome taking a look around and seeing where everyone is from. The world may seem like an enormous place but at Tomorrowland, it felt like it’s a small world, after all. (Maybe Sherman Brothers were right all along.) You also instantly click with those from the United States of America since you have a common similarity!

Although I repped being American and Californian, I have learned that people respond better to being a Californian rather than an American (I don’t blame them). They are also great conversation starters and it’s so funny to see what the world thinks of where you are from. From everyone that approached me, they refer to America as “McDonalds” and “cheeseburgers”, whereas California is known for “Los Angeles” and “Hollywood”.

Make Memories and Take Photographs

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Remember to take a lot of photos, after all, it is a once in a lifetime experience! You will be so glad that there are photos and memories to look back on! Remember to embrace everything around you and enjoy the moment.

Do Not Let the Weather Ruin Your Fun

 

Remember to dance in the rain! During our time at Tomorrowland, it rained on and off! The booths gave out free ponchos to protect you from the rain so you can keep on dancing!

The sun doesn’t really set in Boom, Belgium until basically 11 PM and at night it is FREEZING cold. Make sure to pack for every type of weather.

Admire the Art, Details, and Surprises

The backgrounds for each stage changes every day! It’s amazing and so beautiful the work they put into making Tomorrowland so magical. The sets that you may be looking for will not be the same the next day. It is so fun to see what surprises they bring. At first, I was so confused until I realized what was going on. The presentation and attention to detail at Tomorrowland is top notch. There are also many surprises embedded in the program and lineup, as well.

Other Miscellaneous Information

 

At the end of the night, Tomorrowland is TRASHED. But everything is lit up so magically. Remember to pick up after yourself! After all, there is just one Earth and we need to take care of it as much as we can.

Be mindful of your belongings! Do not be too carried away with your fun that you are not looking after your stuff. Even though there are good people out there, there are also bad people to balance out the good. Lock up important things (such as your passport) and other items when you don’t need it. Someone from our group had his backpack slashed at the top and bottom, losing his camera and other items.

Bring a lock if you are camping to lock up your tents because there are thieves that go around when people are at Tomorrowland to see what they can get their hands on.

Have questions about Tomorrowland and my experience? Don’t be shy! Leave them in the comments below.

 

Steps to Purchasing Tomorrowland Tickets

So you want to go to Tomorrowland and don’t know where to start? Here is a guide of how I got to enjoy Tomorrowland 2014!

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Disclaimer: I’m unsure of how it all works nowadays. If things changed from 2014 until now, then I’m sorry I provided old information and tips.

Step 1: Register for the ticket sale. Have all of your friends register, even your friends that aren’t going register. Make sure you register a Tomorrowland Account during pre-registration, they DO close the registration, so make sure you do this ASAP! You won’t be able to register if you miss the pre-registration!

*The first 20 people that register from your country has the opportunity to get the guaranteed tickets (Good luck to the people in the USA!)

Step 2: Look at all of your options and determine which is best for you. Make sure you figure out how many people are going with you, how much you’re planning to spend (your budget), how you would like to be accommodated (hotel/hostel? camping? glamping?), and how would you like to spend your time traveling in Europe. All of these things are necessary to consider before any of the tickets and packages goes on sale.

You can choose to purchase a festival ticket OR go on the Global Journey. Global Journey packages are more expensive but they have accommodations such as plane/train/bus tickets, hotels, etc. Make sure to look at their website to see which packages they offer and if they are within your budget. Global Journey is a more likely way for you to get to Tomorrowland, as every package INCLUDES a Tomorrowland Ticket. If you do not wish to get the Global Journey packages or miss it and they sold out, your only option will be to purchase the Tomorrowland festival only tickets.

I was lucky enough to be included with a pretty big group full of friends of friends so we had a total of 10 people (and then some). We were trying to go straight for the Dreamville Friendship Camping, which is an area designated for only group camping (10 people in each spot).

Personally, I would REALLY recommend Dreamville camping because it’s where I met a majority of new international friends and it’s very convenient to be able to walk back and forth to the campsite to freshen up. I really did enjoy Dreamville Friendship Camping because it was a lot more organized than the regular Magnificent Greens (where you pick your own spot to pitch your tent). It seemed like there was a lot of people getting their tents and campsites trashed, broken into, and peed on with the regular one. It just really looked like a huge clusterfuck, tbh. If you do opt-in for this, make sure to choose your spot wisely (away from any walkways).

Step 3: Create your battle plan and know when the Tomorrowland ticket sale date is. After you confirm how many people are interested in going with you to Tomorrowland, decide which package or tickets you want to go for and make sure you set a reminder for the dates that it goes on sale. Be at your computer at LEAST 10 minutes prior to the ticket release time (I was sitting on standby at least an hour ahead of time but you don’t need to do this). I believe ticket sales start at the beginning of February (at least that’s when mine was).

Make sure you have a credit card with a high enough credit limit to purchase your package or tickets. Also, notify your bank if needed, that you will be purchasing something out of the country and they do not block the sale.

Step 4: Gather all of your friends. Increase your chances of getting Tomorrowland tickets, as it’s almost like winning the lottery (except you have to give money instead of getting money). You need to increase your chances by opening many different browsers (Chrome and Firefox are recommended) on your computer and having as many people help you purchase tickets as possible. We had all 10 of us plus other friends help us buy tickets. Everybody was on a 10-way phone call so we were able to update everybody on real-time who got in.

Every second counts! Make sure you are using a fast internet connection (nosmartphoness!) and you could increase your chances by going on multiple devices (other computers and laptops). My friends went for the Ethernet cable instead of Wi-Fi since we wanted to be extra careful and secure.

Step 5: Once someone gets in, make sure all of the information is inputted correctly. Once you’re in, be as concise and quick as possible. After the sale is confirmed, CONGRATULATIONS!! you can celebrate and then start planning for your trip to Tomorrowland. If you do not get a ticket, there are several of other options you can do – buy from a third party, go on the unofficial ticket exchange, or wait to try again next year! I would not recommend the first two as there is a possibility you could get scammed but if you’re desperate, I guess give it a shot? Be careful though!

Tomorrowland was a pretty life changing event and I was glad to be a part of the journey and experience. More about my experience in a later post! Stay tuned!

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Yesterday is History, Today is a Gift, Tomorrow is Mystery.

Have questions? Leave them down below in the comment box.

Relive Past Memories at Warped Tour

Heard the news that Vans Warped Tour will no longer be a full cross-country tour and 2018 will be the last year. I’ve always been into rock music before everything else, so hearing this made me a bit nostalgic and sad. Warped Tour was the start of my music festival going experience. It was responsible for many things, such as the first time I crowd surfed and moshed, and a few of my friendships that still last to this day. Although I haven’t gone to Warped Tour in forever (back when Cash Cash used to be rock instead of EDM), I will always cherish the memories I made there.

This year, I think I will be attending one of the dates as a final farewell. Saddened that Pomona is on a Thursday and SD is on a Friday though. See you out in the sun, drenched in sweat!

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Here are the dates:

6/21 POMONA, CA
6/22 SAN DIEGO, CA
6/23 MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
6/24 VENTURA, CA
6/26 PHOENIX, AZ
6/29 LAS VEGAS, NV
6/30 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
7/01 DENVER, CO
7/03 ST/ LOUIS, MO
7/05 BONNER SPRINGS, KS
7/06 DALLAS, TX
7/07 SAN ANTONIO, TX
7/08 HOUSTON, TX
7/10 NASHVILLE, TN
7/12 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
7/13 CAMDEN, NJ
7/14 HOLMDEL, NJ
7/15 HARTFORD, CT
7/16 PITTSBURGH, PA
7/17 TORONTO, ON
7/18 CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH
7/19 CINCINNATI, OH
7/20 DETROIT, MI
7/21 CHICAGO, IL
7/22 MINNEAPOLIS, MN
7/23 MILWAUKEE, WI
7/24 INDIANAPOLIS, IN
7/25 DARIEN CENTER, NY
7/26 SCRANTON, PA
7/27 MANSFIELD, MA
7/28 WANTAGH, NY
7/29 COLUMBIA, MD
7/31 CHARLOTTE, NC
7/31 ATLANTA, GA
8/02 CHARLOTTE, NC
8/04 TAMPA, FL
8/05 WEST PALM BEACH, FL

 Tickets on sale Feb 26 at 10AM local time!