The Ultimate Coachella Survival Guide

Hey, Aztecs! Excited for weekend two of Coachella 2017? Before you go out and make new memories, be sure to follow my personal “do’s and don’t’s” for Coachella 2017 for the optimal time of your life.

Don’t be afraid to wear whatever you want.
I hear people say, “Coachella is turning into more of a fashion show than a music festival,” (or something along those lines) all the time. My response to that? Wear whatever you want. If you want to dress boho chic? Go for it. Want to wear your heels? It might be a little painful if you’re standing all day, but if you really want to wear them, go for it! Dress for yourself, and don’t think twice about what others think.

Just keep in mind that it’s going to be really warm (especially when you’re deep inside a crowd of hundreds of people), and that there will be a lot of walking, standing around and dancing!

Create a meet-up spot for you and your friends.
Do you and your friends want to see different sets that are happening at the same time? Before you split up and head to your respective stages, create a meet-up place. Whether it be at different art installations, bathrooms or some other area, this will help reunite the group without any worries. It’ll also save you a lot of battery on your phone because you won’t have to constantly check up on everyone. Just simply arrange to meet somewhere at a specific time.

Being present in the moment is better than being on your phone.
As much as I love being on my social media accounts, I always follow this one rule: don’t drown everyone in excessive concert postings. I find it best to limit yourself to a couple posts a day, so that you can be present and really enjoy the festival. It’s better to become entranced in the different music, light shows and awesome surroundings that Coachella provides. I’d also like to add that people spend $400 on a ticket, and should really take in every little moment.

Create a game-plan for each day – but break that plan too.
To really get the most out of the three days of Coachella, it’s best to figure out in the morning (or night before) what sets you want to see, and plan out which stages you’re going to. However, Coachella’s about relaxing, having fun and spontaneity. If you’re passing by an artist or band who has an appealing sound, check them out! You never know what new music you might discover. It’s Coachella – just go with the flow.

Chill out at the Do Lab.

An incredibly underrated stage, being at the Do Lab is possibly the best memory I have of Coachella. If you’re tired, exhausted, hot, and in dire need of some fresh air… head on over to the Do Lab. Not only does the Do Lab feature weird characters spraying you with these strange, misting guns (pictured above), but they also have great music from underground DJs. For example, I was cooling down at the Do Lab when I discovered Tokimonsta, in 2015. Tokimonsta brought out Anderson .Paak, and then I realized how awesome Anderson .Paak was. The moral of the story is that you can discover a lot of new music. And, the Do Lab is a pretty spacious place compared to the other stages, which can only mean one thing: more dancing!

That’s all I have for today, Aztecs! Be sure to wear your sunscreen, charge your phones and bring your own toilet paper and seat covers!

Ashley Bajet,
signing out.

Featured Image: The Odyssey

 

Now Listening: Coachella PART TWO

Happy hump day homies! I hope everyone surviving the stress of the end of the semester thus far. In addition, I hope all you Coachella goers had a super dope time. To all the Weekend 2 goers, good luck, have fun, and drink lots of water! If you tuned in last week, you were able to read two set  recommendations for each day at ‘Chella 2016. This week you’ll be treated to a part 2! Here’s a whole new list of top notch sets.

FRIDAY

Sufjan Stevens

Pronounced Soof-Yawn, not Suf-Jan, Stevens is a Detroit based singer/songwriter whose musical talent varies from lo-fi folk to electronica. His most popular song Chicago, came from his number one album Illinois. Sufjan Stevens released an Carrie & Lowell in 2015 after a three year hiatus. Refined and exploratory of the narrative of his life, this album was accredited as Best New Music from Pitchfork. Stevens will be playing at 8:45 on Friday to all of you trying to catch his set.

 

Purity Ring

Electro pop duo from Alberta, Canada, Purity Ring pulls inspiration from contemporary R&B and hip hop to create a dynamic sound. The future of electronica music, Megan James’ vocals combined with Corin Roddick’s instrumentals creates a sound that borders both delicacy and danger. A novelty to say the least, this sonic sound will play at midnight on Friday!

 

SATURDAY

Alvvays

An indie pop band from Toronto, Canada, pronounced like “always”, this band creates sound that is fuzzy, jangly, and collective of how one feels throughout their quarter-life crisis. Combining the tunes of a 60’s AM radio and an 80’s post punk discord, Alvvays captures the woozy feelings attached to the humor and heartache of seeking intimacy in a large and foreign place. The achingly liberating lyrics provide some sort of sentiment to youth. Playing at 3:25 on Saturday, this band is definitely worth checking out!

 

Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels is a hip-hop duo consisting of NYC rapper/producer El-P and Atlanta based rapper Killer Mike. The underground hip hop rappers are a crossover between new school and old school and are surely evolving the game with their bold lyrics, sick beats, and no BS attitude. Viciously aware and proud supporters of Bernie Sanders (!!), Run the Jewels has a sound out there that is yet to be touched. Definitely check out their set on Saturday at 4:55!

 

SUNDAY

Matt and Kim

Formed in 2004, the American indie duo Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino are full of infinite energy. Dancey  beats and anthemic lyrics, this is the band you’ll want to play at your next party. Explosive with synthy riffs, their most popular track Daylight is perfect for that feel good playlist. With surprisingly simple song melodies and hooks that you can’t help but to sing along to, Matt and Kim are upbeat, easygoing, and energetic. Playing at 4:55 on Sunday, this set is definitely worth checking out.

 

Beach House-

Dream pop duo from Baltimore, Beach House is both dark and alluring when it comes to their sound. Formed in 2004, Beach House has six full length albums and an incredible discography. Poetic and fascinating, this band has an ability to tell a story and evoke emotions that play with idle youth and the bittersweet residue left after it’s gone. A truly magical sound and fantastic band, Beach House is playing at 8:15 on Sunday evening and they are definitely a set worth seeing.

Now Listening: Coachella 2016

Hey All! Welcome to another week of Now Listening with Lala. For those of you who live under a rock, Coachella weekend one is in TWO DAYS!! Countless artists, both old and new, including  upcoming and established performers are headed to the Polo Grounds right now. The lineup is jam packed with artists ranging from electronic house to dream pop to urban contemporary rap. So I’m going to give you the low down on the must-see artists for this magical weekend.

FRIDAY

M83

Playing at 7:55 on the Coachella Stage, M83 are not newcomers to the ‘Chella scene. Performing in both 2005 and 2012, this will be their third rodeo.Known for their track Midnight City, The ambient pop group just released a new album called Junk. Glitchy, sleek, and psychedelic, M83 is sure to put on an amazing set that will not want to be missed. Here is one of M83’s new tracks below.

 

Sheer Mag

Make your way over to the Mojave stage at noon to check out this up and coming rock band. Formed in Philadelphia in 2014, Sheer Mag embodies punk and 70’s classic rock. Riffy and soulful, these fuzzy soda pop punk rockers are both dynamic and gritty. Believe me when I tell you that Sheer Mag is the next big thing.

 

SATURDAY

BADBADNOTGOOD

Playing at 10:55 on the Gobi Stage, BADBADNOTGOOD are an instrumental hip hop group from Toronto, Canada. Known for collaborations with rappers like Tyler the Creator and Frank Ocean, BBNG are all keyboards, all synthesizers, and all around awesome. Their jazzy interpretations of hip hop tracks are both mesmerizing and funky. Sure to be a great opportunity to dance the rest of the night away, BBNG is sure to be a highlight of Coachella this year.

 

Unknown Mortal Orchestra-

On at the Mojave Stage at 8:10, this is the first Coachella for Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Although these babes are not new to festival scenes, UMO has played for both Outsidelands and FYF in the past. Formed in 2010, this psychedelic and experimental pop group has jazzy vibes and standout lyrics. Synthy and saturated, I can’t imagine anything less than an amazing set from this band. Make sure to catch em!

 

SUNDAY

Melody’s Echo Chamber-

Catch this French musician at 7:15 on the Mojave stage if you’d like to be mesmerized out of this world. A dream pop/psychedelic project of Melody Prophet, Melody’s Echo Chamber started as Prophet had a dream that the acoustics in her bedroom projected an endless delay. Collaborating and working with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, MEC includes enchanting synth and dreamy lyrics. Be sure to check her out this weekend!

 

Girlpool-

On at 1 o’clock at the Outdoor Theatre, Girlpool is a alt punk band from L.A. This drummerless duo is nothing but electric riff and rock. Taking from sounds of the early 90’s and empowering it with playful punk and flair, Girlpool has mysterious power. I would highly recommend checking out this set.

 

That’s all from me this week. If you’re going to Coachella this weekend, have fun and stay hydrated homies! ❃

Brianna’s Fauxchella

The sun is getting warmer; the flowers are starting to bloom; the fringe is coming out of storage! A combination of all three of these elements can only mean one thing… festival season is now upon us.  This weekend will be Weekend 1 at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Now I’m a struggling college student trying to stay on top of my Netflix bills, so with that being said, no. I have never been to Coachella, but I hope one day I can dance in the desert to the sounds of EDM and classic rock. Since I can only dream about this music festival I was offered to do a collaboration with TickPick since they are my resource for purchasing tickets fee-free.  Together we came up with a personal “fauxchella” that will fill my eardrums for this weekend. Here is my pick if I were to come up with a festival lineup:

Pearl Jam 

Now I am a big, BIG fan of Pearl Jam. They have been playing and performing together for ever 25 years. They have been on multiple world tours, selling out venues all over the globe. Now I haven’t seen them perform live, but it is definitely on my bucket list. I’ve read about their concerts, and I’ve seen tons of snippets online. Performing live is in their blood, and they know how to do it. Frontman, Eddie Vedder, instantly connects with the audience by singing straight into their eyes, giving away tons of tambourines, and sharing his setlist with the crowd. He is also known for sharing multiple bottles of wine with whoever is closest with an empty glass. Pearl Jam continues to rock, and they would be that perfect classic rock to headline for my line up. Sidenote: It is one of my dreams to get a tambourine from Eddie… so Eddie, if you’re reading this I am your biggest fan. Come over to my house for dinner after the show – whenever you’re in San Diego next.

 

Fleetwood Mac

I’m keeping that classic rock vibe going and to co-headline my lineup next would be Fleetwood Mac. I feel like they have some real happy grooves that will get the crowd going. Many songs from their 1977 album Rumours would be absolutely perfect. Also Stevie Nicks’ wardrobe from the late seventies will fit in just right from the flowy wraps and flower patterns.

Drake

Before you even say it, yes I know. Two classic rock bands and then Drake?! Yes! His rap songs will round out perfectly. The grooves to his songs will give a nice combination of different musical genres. Some of my personal favorite songs are Energy and one of his more recent tunes Right Hand. I feel like his lyrics are relatable, and the crowd would have fun watching him.

Ellie Goulding

I would be so excited to finally see Ellie Goulding perform live since she is like a festival queen! Some of my favorite songs from her are Army, I Need Your Love, and Love Me Like You Do. She is also able to collaborate will various DJs like Calvin Harris. She would be awesome at my festival because the whole crowd could jump up and down in anticipation of the beat getting dropped.

The Chainsmokers

Lastly I would have The Chainsmokers to add some more electric tunes to my festival. I like them a lot because their music is upbeat and deep. I can totally imagine myself checking out the art side of the festival with some Roses in the background.

 

I think that my personal fauxchella would be fun to go to – lots of options for any music lover out there. I want to give a big thanks to TickPick for reaching out to me and giving me something to think about! My personalized graphic is amazing! If my festival ever were to actually happen you could pick up your concert tickets on their website or if you are more into sports you could get the hookup on their NFL tickets page!

Have fun at all the music festivals coming up! Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen!