How the Hell Do People Afford Coachella?

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Christopher Victorio for LA Weekly
Coachella 2015
Sierra Blackford really wanted to go to Coachella. But it wasn't easy.

The 23-year-old Hawaiian singer-songwriter juggled three jobs — waitressing, playing gigs at local bars, and working in a slipper store — to save enough for her concert tickets, heavily discounted airfare (she knows somebody in the industry), camping fees, and food.

Blackford has no complaints, though. Talking just moments after Hozier's uplifting set, she said she couldn't put a price tag on the transcendence she experiences at Coachella. This two-time festival veteran said she found inspiration being surrounded by "great art and great music," as well as the fifteen friends she came to the desert with.

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Shit People Actually Said at Coachella

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Christopher Victorio for LA Weekly
Festival fiends at Coachella
You know those "Shit People Going to Coachella Say" parody videos on YouTube? Screw that. Reality at Coachella 2015 is stranger and funnier than what any Funny or Die wannabes could come up with. Here are 25 of the most memorable things our professionally trained eavesdroppers have heard on the polo grounds this year.

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Standing Up to Pee at Coachella: A Tale of Triumph

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It was shortly after Charles Bradley's stellar Friday-afternoon set. Four coffees sat heavy in my bladder and I had already spent our meager per diem on 2.5 beers.

It was time to break the seal.

When used for their intended purpose, Porta-Potties are hardly a pleasant experience for either sex. But they can be especially tricky for women. Men only have to squat half the time — women have to for both excretory functions, and it can get a little messy. With no seat-covers, it can be a pain to hover over that giant, cavernous hole of used Heineken and digested Spicy Pie pizza.

You hold on to the door handle for dear life and pray you don't accidentally touch the seat or spray on your sandals. The struggle is real, so this Coachella, I decided to give standing up a try. Enter the aptly named Stand-Up.


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Coachella Cabbies and Their Amazing Stories

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Photo: Kai Flanders
Naser Herzallh and his not so yellow cab.
After the music shuts down each night, thousands flock toward Coachella's taxi stands, located at the end of the long, winding "yellow path" -- a 20-minute walk from the polo fields. (As Jeff Weiss called it: The molly trail of tears.)

Once you arrive, the wait can be almost two hours long, and the drivers are in a state of constant hustle. Considering they're picking up some of the richest, most entitled, most drugged-out young people on the planet, their stories are as good as you might imagine.

See also: Just How Dangerous Is Coachella?

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There Were Drones at Coachella

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Photos by Timothy Norris
The drone is in the sky on the right.
Remember that April Fool's post earlier this month, about drones at Coachella? Well, it turns out it was prophetic. Those hovering propeller-powered crafts have indeed arrived at Coachella.

They could be spotted this year floating surreptitiously above the crowds, during performances by MGMT, Outkast and others. So what's the deal?

See also: Just How Dangerous Is Coachella?

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Just How Dangerous Is Coachella?

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By Andrea Domanick

On Thursday, Coachella attendee Kimchi Truong died after an apparent overdose. It's believed to be the first death tied to the giant annual festival since 2008 -- though the actual number is hard to ascertain, since the Riverside County Coroner's Office says it does not track them.

But as always happens when a young person ODs at a music festival, parents and onlookers alike are wondering: Just how safe are these bacchanals? Should they be shut down entirely? Or should we just be glad there aren't more fatalities?

See also: Kids + Drugs = The Coachella Experience


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Kids + Drugs = The Coachella Experience

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Photo Timothy Norris
Oakland resident Kimchi Truong was 24. She passed out on the Coachella grounds last weekend, likely due to an overdose. Her death, Thursday was shocking. But what's really shocking is that this kind of thing doesn't happen more often.

This story is about very young people doing a shit-ton of drugs, but let's start with the old folks of the Coachella Valley. Fooling themselves into believing they're not going to die, they populate ticky-tacky communities behind guarded gates, with giant televisions, preposterously lush lawns and mammoth green hedges. They've bought into the illusion that this is a lush paradise, rather than a punishing desert that will remain hospitable only as long as politicians willingly waste the diminishing stash of Western water. The men, who are tan, and the women, who take walks in the morning, came from greater L.A., arriving to places like Indian Wells and Palm Springs to escape the smog, traffic, crowding and chaos.
How betrayed they must feel, then, when the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival brings the riff-raff back to their doorstep for two weekends every year - the biggest, most unruly traveling circus imaginable.

See also: 10 Signs You're Too Old For Coachella


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10 Signs You're Too Old For Coachella

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Age, of course, is a state of mind. But it's easy to feel like you've aged 30 years after three busy days at Coachella. Whether you've gone to the festival since the first year in 1999 or just started going a few years ago, the festival can feel a bit, well, different than when you were in your teens and 20s. If so, you might want to check and see if you just might be getting too old for this shit.

See also: The 50 Most Beautiful People at Coachella

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The Worst of Coachella 2014

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Photo: Timothy Norris. Check out our complete coverage on Coachella 2014 here.
Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way.

See also: The 50 Most Beautiful People at Coachella


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The 50 Most Beautiful People at Coachella

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Colin Young-Wolff
So many Coachella-goers spend months before the festival working on their tans, their outfits, their figures, and their breezy poses.

There's a real glut of fabulousness, we have to say, both among those in attendance at the Polo Grounds and the parties surrounding the festival. Here are the 50 most beautiful people we saw at Coachella.

See also: Cutest Couples of Coachella

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