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?

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Kids + Drugs = The Coachella Experience

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cutest Couples of Coachella

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Timothy Norris
There are certainly plenty of single people wandering around the Coachella grounds; the volume of Craiglist "casual encounters" can attest to that.

But there are also ten tons of couples, the vast majority of whom are completely adorable. Here are the cutest we saw.

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The Best Way to Experience Coachella? From the Couch

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By Lilledeshan Bose

For the first time in a decade, I opted out of Coachella. There were a bunch of reasons: maybe it was the weak lineup, maybe I'm going through concert fatigue (three shows a week for 10 years can do that), maybe (gasp!) I'm really just too old for the neon and the Native American appropriation that happens in the desert for six days each April.

If my husband weren't going I would've totally forgotten that the festival was happening this weekend. Still, in keeping with my propensity to hashtag everything instead of actually being in the moment, I figured I should check out Coachella's live streaming YouTube channel to see what I was missing out on.

As it turns out, #Couchella2014 was the best idea I've ever had. Let me break it down by listing the pros and cons of NOT going to Indio this year.

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Here's How Much Celebrities Are Getting Paid to Wear Stuff at Coachella

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By Paul T. Bradley

Perhaps you've heard about all of the crazy sponsorships celebrities are getting to simply show up to Coachella and wear clothes.

Glee actress Lea Michele is said to receive $20,000 from Lacoste to wear the French fashion label's clothes, while Spring Breakers star Vanessa Hudgens is getting paid $15,000 by McDonald's to attend the three-day event, reports New York Daily News. Since Lacoste and McDonald's are set to throw their own respective parties, it's likely their deals include attending those bashes.

But that's just the beginning! Our VIP tipster Bradley T. Paulson brings us a whole rash of super celebs who have gotten way crazier sponsorship deals. 

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The Five Funniest Coachella Craigslist Ads For Hookups and Casual Encounters

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Looking for love
There's something undeniably erotic about Coachella. Perhaps it's the triple-digit heat that gets you hot and heavy, or maybe seeing some of your favorite bands all in one weekend gets your juices flowing. Or, most likely, you're in your twenties so you're perpetually horny by default.

But who has the time and energy to charm that cutie in front of you during the Replacements' set? You have three short days here, so you gotta cut to the chase. Smart festival goers who think with their head hop on over to Craigslist for their festival, er, festivities.

Here are five of the most...interesting personal ads on the site from those looking for a little festival fuck.

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Coachella: Band and Drug Pairings Guide

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Timothy Norris
By Adam Lovinus

Ever since sunshine acid saturated Woodstock back in 1969, music festivals and recreational pharmaceuticals have gone together like wine and cheese. Which is why we'd like to recommend a few pairings for those so chemically inclined, a fine list of musical acts coupled with good stuff sure to provide complementary and contrasting flavors for your mind's palette at this year's festival.

Now of course, all of this is at your own risk, we don't endorse any of it, and the author is speaking strictly from a SWIM's (someone who isn't me) sense of experience here cobbled together from the stories of others. That said, the festival is two weekends. Plenty of time to get a solid drug collection together.

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