Going to Coachella Weekend Two? Here's Some Advice From Survivors of Weekend One

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Timothy Norris
Follow our advice and this could be you this weekend.

By Andy Hermann and Besha Rodell

Our Coachella team had a blast rocking out to AC/DC, getting our swerve on in the craft beer garden and stepping over passed-out bros in the Sahara tent. But we would have had an even better time if we had gone into the weekend armed with just a little more knowledge of how this year's festival would play out. Fortunately for you, you can learn from our mistakes. Here are 11 tips for how to navigate Coachella like a pro.

That first band on the schedule you really wanna see? Yeah, you're not seeing them.
Just accept it: Unless you're a drill sergeant attending Coachella with your platoon, or a lone wolf with no troops to rally, there's no way you're getting everyone out of the hotel or campground, through the gate, across the sprawling vastness of the Empire Polo Grounds, and into the Mojave tent for Haerts at 12:30. Everything at Coachella takes twice as long as you think it's going to take, and there's no getting around it. Just relax, settle into Coachella time, and know that, even if you miss half the bands on your must-see list, you're probably still going to hear more good live music in three days than you'll hear the entire rest of the year.


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Why Should People High Five Each Other More Often at Coachella?

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Nate Jackson
Jason Eppworth giving a high five down low.
Jason Eppworth giving a high five down low.Smack!...Smack!....Smack! "Woooo! Coachellaaaaaaaahhh! Gimmie five!"

That's the sound of a loud, burly Kentucky man high-fiving his way through the sunburned Sunday crowd on weekend one of Coachella. Though he appears to be just another dude with a GA wristband, right now he's feeling more like one of the beloved performers of Indio's massive, three-day festival. Not just because he sorta looks like Action Bronson. It's because of the rapid swell of energy he's giving and receiving as he walks through the crowd. Standing about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with a husky, country boy build, truck driver Jason Eppworth's thick brown beard glistens with sweat. He sports a backpack, blue shirt, and a matching backwards University of Kentucky hat.

Just up ahead are his two truck driving compatriots--a wiry, fit black dude with glasses named Maurice "Bull" Bullard also from Kentucky and Rob Record, another large mountain man from Nashville with a heavy beard, backwards hat, Slayer shirt and sunglasses. The three 20-somethings with syrupy southern accents form a loose conga line as they roam through the festival collecting high fives from a blur of endless festival goers. For the last three days, they've been trying to high five everyone they see at Coachella. Literally. Everyone.

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Coachella 2015 Band and Drug Pairings Guide

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Timothy Norris
Not saying these people are on drugs or anything.

By Adam Lovinus

Time for weekend two of Coachella 2015, or amateur hour for doing drugs in the desert. Hopefully by now you've got your stash procured already. If not, there's always Palm Springs Craigslist if you know the right search terms. If you think consuming drugs at Coachella is serious business, well, that's because it is. Buy the ticket, take the ride as the good doctor once said.

This year we took set times in consideration with substances so you can pace yourself and avoid mixing anything too lethal--since we got complaints about being irresponsible last year. If you're still pissed, double up the dosage.

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The 50 Most Beautiful People of Coachella 2015

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Christopher Victorio
Just the beginning

The temperature isn't the only thing that's sizzling at Coachella. With their tanned bodies, gym rat physiques, and seriously on-point bohemian/ethereal/fairy-style choices, Coachella-goers know to look their best while they're in the desert.

Both the festival itself and the parties that go with it have some of the most desirable attendees of any multi-day event. How they managed to stay this fabulous, we don't know, but here they are: The most beautiful people of Coachella.

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10 Musicians Who Should Be Playing Coachella

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Melissa Fossum
Hey, we can have our dream Coachella reunions...

It's tough to complain about any Coachella lineup, but people inevitably do. Often bringing together some of the best rock, rap, EDM, and pop artists in the world, Coachella does a pretty good job of collecting many of the best of the best.

Since we're all whiny pessimists anyway, here are 10 artists who should've been toward the top of the bill for this year's Coachella.


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You're Never Too Old for Coachella

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Timothy Norris
Marc Ballon with Charles Bradley

"You can ask me anything. You've opened up to me, and now I will open up to you."

Charles Bradley, the 66-year-old soul singer extraordinaire, spoke those words to me a couple hours after his fiery Friday afternoon Coachella set. I had just told him how much his spellbinding performance had moved me. "I saw James Brown in the 1980s," I told the former JB impersonator. "You were every bit as good, man."

Bradley put his arm around me, pulled me close to him, and kissed me on my neck.

It was perfect.

I had come to Coachella to write about the festival through the eyes of a 52-year-old AARP member with a suburban home, two kids, a wife, a dog, thinning, gray hair and an expanding waist. This weekend would also answer a question that had gnawed at me: Had I become too old to rock 'n' roll?


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Take Your Giant Music Festival and Shove It

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2015 just might be the year the major music festivals lost their collective souls.

The lineups for Coachella and Bonnaroo have been released, and they both absolutely suck. Seriously, Coachella is only four hours away and I could probably a finagle a free ticket, and I still won't go. Shoot, I wouldn't go if it was in Glendale.

Now, some music writers would get all deep into the lineup on why it's bad, but forget all that noise, I'm going to start from the top. How are you trying to sell me on Drake being a good headliner for Coachella?

Just look through the amazing headliners that fest has pulled -- Rage Against the Machine, Jay Z, Daft Punk, and Bjork just to name a few -- and putting Drake into that club seems like bad practice.

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Best of Coachella, Weekend Two

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Timothy Norris
Billie Joe Armstrong Joins The Replacements

Early in The Replacement's Friday night set, Paul Westerberg welcomed Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong as their honorary member. Armstrong, matching the rest of the band in plaid suits, seemed beyond giddy to be onstage with his idols, joking "Dreams really do come true." Westerberg was splayed out on a couch for most of the set, letting Armstrong sing lead on several songs. No Green Day tunes were played, but who needs "Longview" when you've got "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out." -Kai Flanders


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Drones at Coachella

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Timothy Norris
Nope, not a joke.

LA Weekly made an April Fool's post, about drones at Coachella. Well, it turns out they might have been 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?


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15 Things I Learned at Coachella

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Ed Carrasco
Coachella ended. What did we learn?

2014 was a year of Coachella firsts for me -- it was my first time camping and not going as a member of the press. It was a series of highs and lows all bundled up into one fun, yet exhausting weekend. I'm still coughing up dust, but I can say this was one of the most fun Coachellas I've attended yet.

I learn something new every year I go to Coachella, so here are my main takeaways from my fourth year at the festival.

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