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On Your Mark, Get Set, Coachella 2014

January 9, 2014 at 11:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

HOLY SMOKES, you guys. The dates have already been announced for Coachella 2014 and ticket sales begin tomorrow! They've timed it perfectly; now is the perfect time to make California desert plans when much of the country is snowed in or blown about by icy winds.

The dates you need to set aside in your iCal are: April 11-13 and April 18-20.

As with Coachella 2013 and 2012, 2014's version will be split into two identical weekends of performances from musicians old and new (Outkast is reuniting!), with a hologram or two thrown in for max viral appeal. The only thing that won't be identical are the attendees, since you have the option of hitting up the first weekend and being surprised, or hitting up the second and being well prepared. Either way, we recommend you start phoning your choice Palm Springs hotel now to inquire about early booking deals.

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Whoa. Coachella 2013 Dates and Ticket Details Just Announced!

May 14, 2012 at 3:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

HOLY SMOKES, you guys. The dates have already been announced for Coachella 2013 and ticket sales begin next week! Didn't everyone just, like, get over their hangovers from the desert orgy music festival this year?

The dates you need to set aside in your iCal are: April 12-14 & April 19-21, 2013.

As with Coachella 2012, 2013's version will be split into two identical weekends of performances from musicians old and new, with a hologram or two thrown in for max viral appeal. The only thing that won't be identical are the attendees, since you have the option of hitting up the first weekend and being surprised, or hitting up the second and being well prepared. Either way, we recommend you start phoning your choice Palm Springs hotel now to inquire about early booking deals.

Lest you forget, Coachella is an event that's ticketed in advance. The first tickets will go up for sale online through the official Coachella website NEXT WEEK. Specifically they state, "Advance passes go on sale beginning this Thursday, May 17th, 2012 10:00 am PDT through the following Thursday, May 24th, 2012 10:00 pm PDT."

Count your pennies, kids, and see you there?

[Photo: vonlohmann]

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The Celeb PDA Fest Continued for Coachella's Second Weekend

April 24, 2012 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Love was still in the air during the second weekend of the 2012 Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA.

Katy Perry and her new boyfriend, Florence + the Machine guitarist Robert Ackroyd, took a break from making their own music on Sunday to share PDAs and catch a few other acts, including Rihanna and Calvin Harris.

Other couples caught roaming the fields of Coachella this weekend included Dita Von Teese and The Hurts frontman Theo Hutchcraft, Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, and Penn Badgley and Zoe Kravitz.

If you missed the annual music fest, check out Coachella's Live YouTube Page for some of this year's best performances, without the crowd PDAs blocking your view.

[Photo: JustJared]

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Coachella is for Celebrity Lovers, or, rather, Celebrities in Love

April 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Love was in the air for celebrity couples at the 2012 Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA over the weekend.

Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger were spotted sharing some PDA alongside The Vampire Diaries' hottest real-life couple, Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev during Justice's set on Sunday. Ian and Nina, who usually keep mum about their relationship, were surprisingly affectionate throughout the show.

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One Coachella Down and One To Go

April 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Coachella is dead! Long live Coachella!

As the first year that the desert music festival is doubled to cover to weekends, 2012 seems to be thinning the buzz. THANK GOD. Hey, we love Coachella and everything, but now that festival-goers can chose from weekends, all the social media madness from Indio, California is now spread out. Alas, there were a few things that went down these last three days to put Coachella into the national conscious (and get people psyched for 2013--jeez).

To start, H&M staged a "Kiss for a Cause" tent, which served three purposes: one, for every tweet or instagram you did using their hashtag, H&M would donate $1 to AIDS research; two, H&M used some of the photobooth puckers on their own streams, making a few good-looking folks mini-famous for the day; and three, everybody got to see what everybody else was wearing in the hot weather (answer: fringed leather vests & faux-navajo prints).

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Booking Flights for Coachella 2012: Yikes.

January 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Without a doubt, the one huge travel story today is the scramble to plan for Coachella 2012, the music festival in the desert outside Palm Springs, CA. For the first time, the massive 3-day party will be split in two—two weekends, that is. If you can't make it April 13-15, there's now the option of catching the same acts, on the same stages, with a different crowd around you, on April 20-22.

Headliners of the fest are: The Black Keys, Radiohead and, most anticipated by far, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg who will close each weekend with a Sunday performance. Other acts due to hit the many stages include Bon Iver, Cat Power, The Arctic Monkeys, Feist, La Roux, Girl Talk, Santigold and really so many others we don't feel like typing them out. (But here's a Spotify playlist to get you in the mood).

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$1,000 Per Person for a Private Jet to Coachella? Heck Yes.

April 5, 2011 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (2)

Raise your wristbanded right hand if you're heading to Coachella from April 15-17! That's scary soon, and we know some of you haven't quite figured out how you're getting to the massive party music festival in Indio, California. Some will pile into minivans without A/C, many will fly in and rent cars only to leave them unused in the desert sun the whole weekend, and a few will be smart and go all out with a private jet.

We're all about private jets when the price isn't astronomical, and $1,000 per person round-trip sounds pretty alright. JetSuite is on the affordable end of private jet airlines, started by some of the same folks behind JetBlue. Instead of blue bubbles painted on the plane, however, JetSuite sports a snazzy red racing stripe on their shiny new Embraer Phenom 100s, with interiors designed by BMW.

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Flight Deals to Coachella Are Going...Going...

Where: 81-800 Ave. 51 [map], Indio, CA, United States, 92201
February 3, 2011 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

When the Coachella lineup of heavies, like Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, the Strokes, Kanye West and Nas, was announced, many devoted Coachella fans probably scrambled to buy their tickets. Now it's all just a countdown until it's time to hit the desert. But if you want to rock to three days of live music, you gotta book your flight ASAP.

We did some digging and found several deals that will get to you the music festival, which takes place from April 15 to 17. The closest Coachella Valley airport is Palm Springs International Airport, which luckily does have a small amount of daily flights to manage the influx of travelers...somewhat.

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Coachella 2011's Dates and Band Line-Up Have Hit the Net

January 19, 2011 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

We haven't even made it through SXSW yet and already the music and culture scene is a-buzz with another festival: Coachella. For the uninitiated, Coachella is a weekend-long music party in the desert, nearest the town of Indio, California. It's the closest thing we have in these modern times to Woodstock, and the demographics are pretty much the same. So pack your mustache wax, your most thrift store-looking muscle tee and forget the sunblock, because the palest person who gets the most sunburned wins.

This year, the "Coachella Valley Music and Arts Fest," as it's formally called, will be held April 15-17 and the line-up of performers only dropped yesterday:

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How To Get Tickets To Coachella 2010

December 21, 2009 at 1:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

Let the countdown to denim cutoffs begin. The dates for California's biggest music festival, Coachella, were recently announced, sending fest fanatics into a tailspin. We know Coachella die-hards to be as devoted to those three days in the desert as cult members, so this slice of news is quite the big deal.

April 16, 17, and 18 2010 are the days to set aside for a weekend of indie rock outside, electro in the notorious Sahara tent, and random "celeb" sightings. In 2009, we were graced with the presence of Tara Reid and Paris Hilton, for instance. Also, expect a fake version of the Coachella line-up poster to surface within weeks.

Now how to get those tickets...

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Start The VW Camper Van And Get Going To Phish-Fest

October 1, 2009 at 10:38 AM | by | Comment (1)

Phish has been rocking out all summer long after announcing that they were back from retirement. Now they are looking to celebrate the season with Phish Festival 8, another installment of their sporadic get-togethers. The band, along with those who follow them around, are headed out to Indio, California from October 30 to November 1.

Think of this year’s festival as a sort of musical way to celebrate Halloween. The band is planning to cover a classic album in its entirety, but so far, their choice of album remains a secret. We’ll trust that they’ll pick something that their fans will enjoy—sorry Annie Lennox, this probably isn’t your year to be honored. Besides the cover concert, they will also be featuring an all-acoustic set on Sunday at noon. This concert brunch will also feature coffee and donuts for those with the munchies.

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Coachella '09 Proves to Be Recession-Proof

April 20, 2009 at 1:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Were you one of the estimated 151,000 people who attended the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this weekend? If so, were you surprised at the absence of elbow room? While final attendance numbers haven't been released yet for this weekend, organizers say this year's crowd matched if not exceeded last year's, which was scheduled prior to the global economy falling apart. Twitter user @leximaven had a simple explanation: "music fans, like me, view fests as vital to happiness."

One person who wasn't so happy: Singer Morrissey, who walked off the stage Friday because he was disgusted by the smell of barbecue wafting over the crowd, saying "I can smell burning flesh and I hope to God it's human." The former member of the Smiths, who is now a vegetarian, went on to cancel his Oakland show but was spotted in a bar at a show later that night, causing his fans to cry even more than usual.

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