January 13, 2014


Georgie Okell's 5 Reasons Coachella Is Kind of a Big Deal

Frazer Harrison
Frazer Harrison

It is fast becoming one of the biggest festivals in the world, extending from a weekend festival to a two weekend extravaganza last year, and now Coachella has sold out in record time, with all general tickets for both weekends gone in under three hours. Since the festival’s inception back in 1999, it has continued to grow. I've been wanting to go to this festival since my first year at college (in Scotland, during exam period, which made it a little inconvenient) back in 2004, but still haven't made it. If you, like me, have been promising yourself you would go, maybe this year should be the year.

1. Reunions
The organizers of Coachella have surpassed themselves in recent years with pulling together bands to reunite and headline, from Pixies to Pavement, and now OutKast. Whatever their magical powers of persuasion are over these artists (my guess is: money), these sometimes once-in-a-lifetime reunions make the desert jaunt worth it.

2. Holograms
Just because an artist isn't around anymore, doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to go and see them play a show. In 2012 Coachella got people talking with their now infamous Tupac hologram. Who knows, maybe Michael Jackson will be coming to a festival stage near you soon.

3. New Artists
Coachella has always been a well curated festival and often a huge jump off point for new artists, if you are lucky enough to be going this year, bands you should be checking out include: MS MR, The Preatures, John Newman, The Magician, and Laura Mvula.

4. Celeb Fans
If you want to do a bit of celeb spotting this spring, there's nowhere better than the desert plains of Coachella. Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron, Alexa Chung, and my own personal fave Kristen Stewart, are all regularly spotted wandering around the festival

5. The Art Part
People often forget about the art side of Coachella - whilst you're in the desert you might as well get a bit of culture in your life and check out some of the installations and visual arts on offer to counteract the raging you did the night before.