Are Out-of-Town Festivals Worth the Hassle?

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Benjamin Leatherman
Seasoned festival-goers at McDowell Mountain.
Music festivals have been around for decades, and they're only becoming more popular. Each year, millions of fans fly around the world to attend more than 270 fests of various genres in the United States alone. They aren't a cheap experience, either: between festival tickets, travel, hotels and basics like food and water, you end up dropping anywhere from $500 to $1000, and beyond (ahem: This might be a good time to check out our list of 11 Ways to Attend a Music Festival on a Budget.)

Which raises one inevitable question: is it really worth going to festivals out of town?

The act of actually getting to a festival out of the Phoenix area can be a love/hate relationship... or at least it is for me. (Please, PR friends--don't revoke my press applications! You can't see this, but I'm batting eyelashes that aren't nearly as convincing after a peace-treaty whiskey shot.)

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The Best of Coachella 2013 Week Two

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LP Hastings
Butterfly?!
The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High
Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, a.k.a. all of them -- were particularly impressive this year. There was the Tesla coil, the crane that was formerly a flower but now a praying mantis, the giant fluorescent snail, the golf cart that looks like a jellyfish, as well as remote controlled sharks and butterflys (above). There was also a structure designed to look like a mid-century Palm Springs-modernist mansion called the Mirage. Projections onto the house created the illusion of a swimming pool, and a swinging cocktail party. Then there was the "Coachella Power Station," at which guys in hippo masks and white lab coats stood in a glassed room, like mad scientists, playing around with computer, video, and stereo equipment. Occasionally, they danced to Ricki Martin. -Ben Westhoff


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Was Coachella 2013 Worth the Drive from Phoenix?

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Oliver Scherillo
Coachella can take a lot out of a person.

If you went to Coachella last weekend, you're probably still sunburned, dehydrated, and physically exhausted. Sleeping in your own bed is a glorious feeling after camping out or crashing on a friend's hotel room floor, but some aches and pains are bound to persist. Fortunately, if you had a good-enough time at the festival, none of that matters. No pain no gain, right?

$349 is a fairly steep price, and all the driving and hanging out in the sun is exhausting. So was seeing Blur and Wu-Tang Clan worth it?

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The Weirdest Campsites of Coachella 2013

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Kai Flanders

The Coachella campgrounds are the Wild West of the festival. They are the sort of place you can imagine Hunter S. Thompson running around with his pants around his ankles. Drugs are more plentiful than food and going to bed before 4 a.m. is considered an early night. Campers built incredible structures to house their debaucheries, though not all of them held up in the face of Sunday's sandstorm. Here are some of the most dementedly wonderful Coachella campsites. Hopefully they inspire the Weekend 2 campers to step up their tent game.

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Brochella! Here Are the Best T-Shirts the Dudes Are Wearing

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As we mentioned earlier, the bros are freaking bringing it this year! Sure, we all know about the women who wear just about nothing, but the guys are getting exceedingly creative, particularly when it comes to their funny T-shirts. So it's time to give the men some props for combining humor with style. Here are Brochella's best T-shirts from weekend one:

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New Order at Coachella, April 13, 2013

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Oliver Scherillo
New Order
New Order

While over at the main stage, the bulk of the Coachella crowd was enduring Phoenix with the hope that Daft Punk would come out -- they instead got R. Kelly -- a smaller but perhaps more enthusiastic crowd got a first-rate greatest hits set from New Order Saturday night.

See also: Doing Drugs at Coachella? Here's How to Avoid Trouble With the Police


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Doing Drugs at Coachella? Here's How to Avoid Trouble With the Police

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Timothy Norris
This dude's actually drug free. But he still knows his rights
Hate to say it, but some of you at Coachella are going to be approached by police officers assuming you have drugs. Well, you just may, but guess what? You still have rights, man.

See also: Everything You Need to Know About Coachella

Cameron Bowman is here to help! As a music festival lover and attorney at San Jose firm Valencia, Ippolito & Bowman, he's a legal expert on this kind of thing. Bowman, aka The Festival Lawyer, talks below about the best ways to protect yourself if you're approached by the fuzz at the fest.

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Worst Idea Ever: Travel Dating Site Calls Coachella a Great First Date

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By Katie Bain

Ladies travel site Misstravel.com recently named named Coachella the number one music festival at which to go on a first date. For so many reasons, this is a terrible idea.

Issue number one is that unless you have a day-pass scenario worked out, a first date at Coachella means that you're automatically signing up to spend three days and nights with the person you're hanging with. Call us old fashioned (or maybe just picky), but that's a big commitment to make to someone with whose last name you probably don't even know yet. What if they start to annoy you on the drive to Indio with their constant talking and incessant requests to pull over and find a bathroom? What are you going to do then, besides try to ignore the sinking feeling in your stomach that the next three days of your life are going to suck?

See also: Coachella 2013 Lineup Announced

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Modest Mouse Is Coming to Phoenix

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It's been a hot minute since Portland-based indie rock stalwarts Modest Mouse put a record out (the band's latest EP, No One's First and You're Next came out in freaking 2009). Songwriter Isaac Brock insists new material is coming (but you know, he named his record label Glacial Pace), but for now it looks like folks itching for a lonesome crowded fix best catch the band live.

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Don't Want to Go to Coachella? Good Thing All These Coachella Bands Are Coming to Phoenix (Pt. 2)

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Phoenix is scheduled to perform Monday, April 8, at Marquee Theatre.
Last week we ran a list of Coachella bands headed to Phoenix around the festival's dates. Well, since then the list has grown, including big name acts like Phoenix, The Postal Service, and Tegan and Sara. So allow us to fill you in with a comprehensive list of Coachella acts headed to the Valley of the Sun.

See also:

-Stop Hating on the 2013 Coachella Lineup
-Didn't Buy A Coachella Pass in Time? Good Thing a Bunch of Coachella Bands Are Coming to Phoenix

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