Hot. Sticky. Sweaty. Music.
From '80s Brit alternative rock, powerhouse DJs, rappers featured on your mix CDs in middle school, and this year's hottest indie acts, Coachella is bringing a wide variety of performers to the Indio Valley beginning on April 12.
The Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix, and Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining, backed by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Lumineers, Wu Tang Clan, Bassnectar, Social Distortion, the Postal Service, Modest Mouse, Jurassic Five, and more. With a lineup like that, no wonder passes sold out in a matter of minutes.
But Coachella is just one of the many music festivals happening in California this year for music lovers to attend.
Downtown Los Angeles' FYF Fest brings in cut-off-short-wearing kids ready to jump in the pit. Last year’s tickets cost $89, about a third of the price of Coachella tickets.
Strictly a hip hop fan? Not a problem. San Bernadino’s Paid Dues has you covered. This year, Murs, Dom Kennedy, Scarface, Immortal Technique, TECH N9NE, Macklemore, De La Soul and Nipsey Hussle will be taking the stage.
Then there is the annual alternative punk and rock festival, Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off at Club Nokia on March 28.
If you start heading north, you have the option of San Francisco’s Outside Lands and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, both held in the famous Golden Gate Park. Outside Lands has the same type of layout as Coachella and similar pricing. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is a free festival featuring bluegrass bands as well as sporadic big names such as Patty Smith and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and John Paul Jones.
This year’s Bottle Rock Napa Valley brings four days of the region's best wines to festival-goers, along with performances from The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Flaming Lips, Janes Addiction, and The Shins.
How do you choose from the smorgasbord of options? According to Santa Monica College students, price is a big factor in the decision-making process.
Evan Schunk, 22, says he grew up listening to the Postal Service and would love to see them at Coachella, but claims "I’m not rich," so he will not be attending. Though he has never attended Coachella, Schunk has been to Outside Lands, and prefers the all-weekend experience over a single night show.
Most large-scale music festivals cost around $300, while a solo concert ticket price normally averages around $60.
Chris Perkins, 23, says he’s planning on attending Paid Dues, but not Coachella.
"I wish I could, but it’s too damn expensive," he says.
For some students though, these festivals are worth every penny.
Lindsy Warner, 20, has been attending Coachella for the past two years, and is planning on keeping this tradition going.
"It's worth the money for me because it's a once in a life time opportunity," Warner says. "You can't not have an amazing time while you're there."
These festivals showcase other things besides music, whether it be art, sustainability, comedy acts, up-and-coming artists, or award-winning wine and food.
So find the one that fits your niche, and start saving up that loose change in your tip jar.