The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will return to Indio Valley for two consecutive weekends of cross-genre programming to be held across April 15 – 17 and 22 – 24 of 2022. The dates, confirmed by festival coordinators on June 1, validate prior speculation that the next iteration of the California event would take place in April of 2022.
The revelation of the 2022 dates marks the end of a long and tumultuous period for the festival’s parent company, which was forced to postpone Coachella three times in less than one year due to COVID-19-related health concerns. The successive postponements culminated in an absence of Coachella operation for the first time since 2000.
Headlining acts for the original 2020 dates were in high demand, including Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and, prospectively, Rage Against the Machine. Though the performers for the festival’s formal reactivation have yet to be named, those planning to attend the desert event can register here for access to the 2022 advance ticket sale. Tickets will go on-sale June 4 at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT.
The next iteration of Coachella will be held in April of 2022, according to insight from “two industry sources with knowledge of the situation,” Variety reports. Notably, representatives for Goldenvoice (Coachella’s promoter) and AEG Presents (its parent company) either declined to respond or did not reply to Variety‘s requests for comment. If the Indio Valley affair is indeed making the move to April 2022, Stagecoach, which traditionally takes place the weekend after Coachella, will likely follow suit, Variety reports. At present, Coachella organizers have not responded to the claim that the festival will be postponed to 2022.
In January, Coachella officials announced that the event’s April 2021 dates—April 9 – 11 and 16 – 18—were cancelled, marking the third time in less than one year that the festival was forced to postpone due to COVID-19-related health concerns. Speculation swirled that Coachella would push its 2021 installment to October, though no Coachella affiliates confirmed the supposed plan for a fall relocation.
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The stateside return of live music events has proven to be a moving target as COVID-19 cases have periodically spiked across the country all year long. As such, all major events saw forced cancellations in 2020, and now, 2021 looks to be in jeopardy too, as Coachella is reportedly planning to push its dates…again.
According to a new report by Rolling Stone, Coachella will be postponed a third time. Sources who have spoken directly with the festival’s promoters—AEG and Goldenvoice—told Rolling Stone that they were told to abandon the April dates and prepare for October 2021. One of those sources claimed that the fest is “100% moving.” “Frankly, they were supposed to announce [the new dates] over Labor Day,” the source said. “They hadn’t. And they were supposed to announce at the end of September — they hadn’t.”
What’s more—industry insiders are also expecting other major events properties to follow suit, with festivals like Governor’s Ball and Austin City Limits also reportedly looking at weekends in October 2021. Once source explains,
“It’s going to be really challenging for the artists to decide because multiple factors always come in. What does the paycheck look like, what does the moment look like? Most, if not everyone, are watching what Coachella does. A lot of people are going to wait to see what they do before they really solidify their plans and either have to compete with artists or renegotiate.”
With 2021 cancellations and postponements already trickling in, what Coachella does may prove to have a domino effect on other major festival brands in the US next year. We’ll likely know how the cards are going to fall very soon, though the outlook on 2021 is shaky at best.
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A Coachella VIP ticket costs twice as much as a regular general admission ticket at $1000. So – is the 2x price worth it?
There are some misconceptions about what comes with VIP tickets. First – what VIP tickets DOESN’T get you:
Golf cart rides
Front of stage access
To access the perks above you’d need an artist pass, backstage pass, production crew pass. None of these are available for purchase – except with the Yurt resort camping package which comes with 2 artist passes. This package starts around 25k though so it’s not for the plebs.
VIP entrance – the VIP entrance is a shorter walk from the parking and rideshare area. It’s about 15 minutes compared to 30 min to the regular GA. Security here is also significantly faster than the general admission – if you hate waiting in line and tend to arrive at peak hours, the 2x premium might be worth the price.
VIP Bathrooms – These special bathrooms have air conditioning and are generally cleaner than the portapotties / general bathrooms. Wait times are minimal. You can find these in the VIP area and teh VIP rose garden. If you’re anywhere else in the festival there will definitely be toilets closer to you.
Rose Garden VIP Area – An area near the Mojave tent with roses. Good for some shots on the ‘gram but not much else. You can’t hear much music, and can’t see any stages. It is quite relaxing with a selection of high end food and drinks, but definitely not worth staying here for too long.
Main Stage VIP Area – This area is right by the main stage and has a lot of shaded areas as well as day beds to lie on. Food and drink options are excellent – definitely better than normal GA, and lines are generally much shorter. You can also get a pretty good view of the main stage. If you’ve been to Coachella you know that you can only drink in the beer gardens. If you plan on hanging out at the main stage a lot and plan to on getting lit, this VIP area is the perfect spot for you.
HOWEVER, one caveat – at night when the main headliners come on, all the VIP ticket holders end up here, which means it often ends up getting even MORE crowded than GA.
One thing to note about the VIP ticket – its generally harder to sell than the regular ticket. You’ll often have to eat a loss if you try to resell.
Verdict: Not really worth 2x the price. Especially if you plan on exploring the festival, checking out different stages, art installations etc. MAYBE worth the price if you hate waiting in lines, really need the nice bathroom, and/or want to hang out at the main stage all day.
Should I go to Coachella Weekend 1 or Coachella Weekend 2?
Coachella weekend 1 is undoubtedly the more popular of the two weekends. Weekend 1 tickets always sell out first, and you’ll always be able to trade your weekend 1 ticket for weekend 2 (but rarely the other way around). We’ve experienced both weekends – here are the pros and cons of both weekends:
Coachella Weekend 1 Pros:
Everything is a surprise – no one knows what art installations there will be, what surprise guests are going to show up, which acts will be amazing, which acts will suck – there’s definitely more anticipation and a greater payoff potential in weekend one. Weekend two does usually feature some different surprise guests but for the most part they are the same as the first weekend.
Beautiful people – All the instagram models, celebrities, influencers, etc will be at weekend one. The biggest after parties also take place during weekend 1 (though these are typically pretty difficult to get an invite to). If you have VIP tickets you’ll see more celebrities weekend 1.
Fresh looks – Weekend one features more vibrant, fresh grass that hasn’t been trampled for 3 days by 100k people. You’ll definitely get the best instagram shots on weekend 1.
Coachella Weekend 2 Pros:
Save dat money – buying resale tickets and accommodations (airbnbs, hotels, etc) are always cheaper on weekend 2.
Smoother operations – technical and operational kinks will typically be worked out by weekend 2.
Music vibes – the people at weekend two tend to be more into the music vs trying to be seen / taking selfies for the gram.
Less crowded – There will still be massive crowds and logjams at certain points throughout the weekend — especially when everyone is heading to the main stage to see Beyoncé. But overall there always seems to be less people during Weekend 2.
Whether you go weekend 1 or 2, the most important factor is the group you go with!
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Camping at Coachella is a completely different experience from staying at a hotel or Airbnb. If it’s your first time at Coachella, we suggest you camp. Get a taste of the whole experience, and soak it all in. However be warned that you will definitely need to sacrifice some creature comforts if you decide to camp! Here are some of the pros and cons of Coachella car camping:
Easy Access – just a 10 minute walk to the festival. You can come back into the camp grounds at any time if you forgot something. Wake up early to catch an artist and come back and take an afternoon nap.
Easy pregaming – Wake up and party – drinking, games, music and walk over to the festival when you’re lit!
Save money – car camping is significantly cheaper than staying at a hotel or Airbnb
Keep the party going – there’s tons of activities and after parties in the Coachella campgrounds.
Temperature – it can get really hot during the day and sometimes really cold at night.
Long shower lines – if you arrive during peak hours be prepared to wait 1-2 hours to get clean. We recommend showering at night if you’re willing to leave early. The majority of showers open at 7 AM and close at 7 PM. There are limited 24 hour showers available.
Late night parties – campground after parties can definitely be rowdy. We highly recommend bringing earplugs.
Must arrive early / leave late – it can take a while to check in on Thursday and leave on Monday. If you’re in a rush to get out you definitely should not camp.
What are the different Coachella camping options?
Car camping is Coachella’s most popular camping option by far, as it allows festival goers to park their vehicle alongside their camping space. This gives fans the opportunity to build their own humble abode among their campsite, and have their car nearby for easy access to personal items, food, and any other festival essentials. Car camping spaces are 30’X10′. While only one vehicle per car camp site is allowed, unlimited guests can dwell in your camping space. The more the merrier! If you plan on bringing an additional vehicle, Camping Companion parking passes are available for purchase. But if you want a space that’s close to all the festival happenings, plan to arrive early – car camp sites are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Preferred Car Camping
Preferred Car Camping is an upgraded version of your normal car camping pass. Preferred Car Camping allows you to park in a reserved space near the venue’s entrance, nearby the Ferris Wheel. Coachella attendees can arrive at their own pace, since these spots are reserved. Plus, camping close to the iconic Coachella ferris wheel makes for a spectacular festival view.
Do you love some good ol’ fashioned camping? Don’t have a car? Traveling to Coachella from another country? Tent camping is ideal for building your own DIY oasis in the middle of the desert. These camping sites measure 15’X10′ with the option to include as many guests and tents within the campsite as you’d like. While pitching a tent may sound gritty, Coachella offers many amenities that are available for campers to use throughout the festival such as showers, free Wifi and charging stations, portable restroom facilities, medical aid, and even a general store.
Lake Eldorado & Safari Camping (Glamping)
Are you looking to go “glamping” this year? Coachella supports your decision, with options to lodge at their Safari Campgrounds or along placid Lake Eldorado. Fans can reserve furnished tents, yurts, and lakeside lodges, perfect for those looking for a little more privacy during their festival getaway. This camping option comes with additional perks too like shuttles to local supermarkets and the option to keep your car at a nearby off-site parking lot. This experience doesn’t come cheap however – Safari Tents begin at 9500 for two people.
Getting Coachella Camping Tickets
Coachella camping tickets are sold separately from the regular festival tickets. Passes are transferrable and easily sold. A regular car camping spot is $102 + fees, a preferred camping is 266 + fees. A tent camping spot (for those without cars) is $102 + fees You need one camping pass per vehicle – but you can have as many people / tents in a single spot. If you have multiple vehicles but don’t want to buy an extra camping pass, you can have extra car(s) get a Camping Companion Pass which is $55 + fees.
General Coachella Camping Tips
First thing’s first: Know who you’re camping with. That way, you can split up who brings what and save some money because, let’s face it, Coachella ain’t cheap. Each camping spot is 10’x30′, and you can pack a fair amount of people in there. For a better solution, have multiple people with their own car camping passes in your group. You only need one per space, so getting a second one doubles the number of people you can camp with, not to mention doubling the room to set up your dream campsite.
If you have multiple campsites, you’ll have to caravan down to Indio to ensure you drive in right next to each other. Otherwise, there’s no guarantee you’ll get spots next to each other. If you’re not leaving together or it’s a longer drive, set a meeting point at a grocery store near the grounds to reconvene.
Once you arrive, you’ll appreciate having that case of beer. The security line is just one big tailgating party. Guards are tearing apart entire cars, in some cases taking off paneling to check inside (so make sure you hide your stash well), which takes some time. Get out of your car and meet some people, and pray you chose the line with the lazy volunteer who’s not being paid enough to care.
You should fill up your gas tank again before you go into the grounds, since you never know when you’ll need to run your car and you can’t leave once you’re there. The campground opens at 9am the day before the festival. If you’ve done everything right so far (and if you’ve read to here, you should) and you’ve arrived early enough, you’ll get a prime spot close enough to the festival to avoid too much walking, but far enough away from the gates that you avoid the casual looters and the crowds of the main pathways.
Feel free to pimp your camp – put up strings of lights and inflatable toys — this will look cool as shit, but it’ll also make camp easier to find, especially in the dark when you’re stumbling back with a ringing in your ears. Also, stake down your tents and canopies! If the weather acts up like it did in 2012, it’ll be more than the answers blowing in the wind.
Once you’ve arrived at your camping spot, we recommend putting up the canopy so you can work in the shade. If you have multiple campsites, you’ll want to line up all your canopies to maximize shade. Stake them down. Next we usually set up the tent / sleeping area. Try and figure out where the shade will be in the morning and drop your tent there. Get your tables, chairs, and trash bag set up. Crack open a beer and enjoy.
After you’ve got your campsite set up, walk around the campgrounds to get a lay of the land. Look for bathrooms, showers, water stations, the general store, and take note of landmarks that you can use later on at night to find your campsite – colored towers, unique cars, unique campsite with flags, etc.
Every year there are stories of people who come to Coachella to steal things. Keep valuables locked in your car!
What should I bring if I’m camping at Coachella?
EZ up/ canopy – Specifically you want a 10×10 straight legged canopy. I bought the “amazon basics” one when it was on sale for around 70 bucks. You can even get one last minute in Indio but they may sell out. I consider one for each campsite to be mandatory or you will get roasted the moment the sun comes up.
Tent stakes – I always bring at least 8 plastic tent stakes for my EZ up and tent and usually bring 16 to double them up if winds are high. Metal tent stakes are not allowed as they can injure the horses if they are left behind when the venue goes back to its other use as a polo field, they will get confiscated if security find them when searching your car as you enter
Food and cooking gear – Propane is the only fuel allowed and it must be less than 20lb. There are many stove options on amazon but check your local camping store for discounts. My favorite portable stove variety is the type with two burners and a flat top grill. Check the cooler section for tips on managing your refrigeration. Personally, I usually cook a decent meal Thursday night then just have a snack in camp and splurge on food in the venue for the rest of the weekend, you can get plenty of awesome food for around 10-15$ per meal.
Beer/liquor/mixers – if you drink. You are officially allowed one case of beer or box of wine per person but the guards at check in are known to be inconsistent with this, sometimes allowing more and sometimes less. Bringing liquor can be inconsistent but my method (which has never failed me) is this: empty out a plastic container of a similar colored liquid (iced tea, water, juice), replace with liquor and bury in the bottom of your cooler. NO GLASS.
Beer koozies – A little insulation to keep your drinks from getting warm instantly in the desert heat.
Some source of electrolytes – sports drinks, powders, whatever. Pedialyte is a tried and true festival favorite, chug some before bed and when you wake up to help stave off hangovers and dehydration.
Cups / plates / utensils – No metal knives.
Camp stove – if you plan to cook – only propane is allowed.
Tent – I don’t consider this to be mandatory but I personally use one. Many people feel more comfortable just sleeping under a canopy as the tent can get very hot in the morning, others sleep in their car but that can have the same issue. If you have allergies or are more sensitive to dust you will probably want a tent to better avoid the dust, especially if there’s wind.
Combination locks for your tent – this way everyone can get in without needing to hand off a key.
Air mattress and pump – Much more comfortable than sleeping on the ground, also keeping off the ground helps you stay warmer. Double check that the pump works and the mattress doesn’t leak.
Rubber mallet – for the tent stakes. You can improvise but the mallet is much easier. Lend it to your neighbors if you see them struggling to pound their stakes with a shoe or something.
Backup car keys – you don’t want to find yourself in this situation. There are locksmiths on site just in case.
Jumper cables – In case yours or a neighbors car needs a jump after sitting for several days. Lots of people end up with a dead battery from sitting in their car’s AC but I consider blasting your neighbors with exhaust to be a dick move. Coachella does have people on site that can help with this but it can be slow and expensive, they do have AAA on site if you have that.
Backup contacts/glasses – And a case to keep them in.
Packaged wipes – wipe your face, wipe your pits, wipe your butt. Very nice to have.
Toiletries – Towel, shampoo, soap, toothbrush/paste, whatever. The showers are fine but the lines are long unless you get the timing right.
Flip Flops for showering.
Saline nasal spray/rinse – Even if using a mask to fight the dust all day I find that something to rinse out your sinuses at the end of the day really comes in clutch.
Lighting – headlamps make it easier to get to the bathroom – general lighting for the campsite.
Cooler – I freeze ⅓-½ of my water bottles the week before the fest. It helps the ice last longer and eventually turns to nice cold water to drink. If you have a large group with multiple coolers you should split them into “frequent open” and “infrequent open” groups, this conserves ice as it will melt quicker if you are opening the cooler more frequently. Keep more perishable things or things you are saving for later in the weekend in the infrequent open cooler, keep things like drinks in the frequent open cooler. You can even get dry ice if you want to keep things frozen.
Earplugsand eye mask – essential for sleeping.
Folding table(s) – Ideally big enough for beer pong.
Chairs – I usually just bring a mix of whatever beach / camp chairs are in my garage or my friends have on hand.
Bluetooth speaker – Be careful as speakers that are too big/loud can be confiscated. As far as I know there is no hard and fast rule on this, as with many things at Coachella you may get away with a lot or you may get rolled by a power tripping security person.
Camp games – cornhole, hacky sack, paddle ball, beer pong, etc.
How is the Security for Coachella Camping?
Keep in mind that the vast majority of security staff are just normal people working a temp job for minimum wages – waking up early, standing for hours in the heat, and dealing with a bunch of drunk obnoxious people all day. Most of the time if you follow their instructions and show them some respect you won’t have any trouble.
Your first encounter will probably be car camping check in where two to three people will look through your car and maybe give you a pat down – say please/thank you, maybe offer them a water/gatorade, and follow their instructions. Usually they will at least look through your interior (glovebox, center console, etc) and open a few bags and coolers but several times I’ve had them basically glance through my window and wave me through. At the other extreme I have seen people get their car absolutely tore up from the floor up, I suspect this is often due to sketchy behavior or finding one piece of contraband and looking for more. Try to avoid making yourself an easy target – don’t complain or act sketchy about having to take out/unpack things, don’t have obvious paraphernalia like bongs or “snuff spoon” necklaces, and have one representative who is at least somewhat sober to talk to security.
There are also security walking around the campsites. If you see people on police horses be very careful – these are usually actual police. If you get caught with any contraband just apologize and hand it over. Always de-escalate.
You will also have to go through a security checkpoint each time you enter the festival grounds from the campgrounds. This will typically involve a bag check, a metal detector, and a pat down. It’s usually pretty mild – try to find a line that is moving pretty quickly.
Keep in mind that in the area after the checkpoint there is usually security watching for people reaching into their socks / pants for stuff.
Coachella Camping FAQ
Are Camping Passes transferable?
Anyone can buy a Camping Pass. They are not tied to a festival order. You can give your Pass (spot) to whoever you want if you’re not going to use it.
Are showers private?
Separate male, female and all-gender private showers will be available. ADA accessible shower trailers will also be available.
Do I have to sleep in a tent?
No. If you are Car Camping, you may sleep in your car, on your car, next to your car or in many other creative sleeping places as long as they follow all camping rules and are within the lines of your allotted camping spot. If you are tent camping, you may sleep on the ground in your spot without a tent if you really want to. If you’re sleeping in your car, keep in mind that it can get very hot as soon as the sun comes up. Works best with a pickup truck bed or larger car such as a hatchback or SUV that’s easier to ventilate. You will want to cover the windows and possibly put a canopy over the car.
What if I have to leave Sunday night right after the show?
Cars cannot be moved from camping between 9pm-2am so you can either pack up when you get back and leave once 2am comes or pack up and move to general parking before 9pm and leave from there whenever (avoid this option if possible as it really fucks with parking on Sunday).
How big is the car camping spot?
The coachella car camping spot is 10×30 feet.
How close are the campsites to the venue?
All camping areas are adjacent to the festival site. However, comfortable shoes are recommended as the camping lots are quite LARGE.
Will there be a general store in camping?
Yes. There will be a General Store located in the Camping Center (as well as satellite stores in other Camping Lots.
Can I bring a bicycle?
Yes. You may ride a bicycle into and around the camping areas. No bicycles will be allowed in the Venue.
Where do I lock my bike?
Do not lock your bicycle to gate openings and closings or any art installations or it will be considered surrendered. Look for the designated bicycle parking on the festival maps.
Can I bring family to the camping area?
All campground attendees must be 18 years of age or older, with ID. Or, if under 18, all attendees must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. (See below for information on Legal Guardianship) Every camper must have their own festival pass.
Can I bring a guitar or other musical instrument?
Acoustic instruments only will be allowed into camping. Please be courteous of your neighbors and abide by the noise curfew. If security asks you to quiet down, please do so, damn it.
How many people can fit in a car camping spot?
You are allowed as many as you can jam in. Four people can fit comfortably but tightly in my experience but three is the sweet spot, you could possibly squeeze one or two extra sleeping in the car or getting real snuggly. Make sure you are measuring the footprint of your tents so they fit.
What if I’m staying at a friends campsite? Where can I park my car all weekend?
You can buy a companion parking pass. This allows you to park in a lot adjacent to car camping for the weekend. It costs $60.
How do I get the best camping spot at Coachella?
Get there as early as possible like around 4AM or earlier, stay nearby/circle, watch employee movement, and monitor social media for news of cars being allowed to start lining up. The timing of when this happens changes a lot and luck plays a huge part. Or buy preferred camping which guarantees you a good spot.
Can I enter the camping area if I don’t have a camping pass?
Yes. There’s lots of fun stuff in the camp center like the silent disco, yoga, dodgeball, etc.
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Heading to the desert and wondering what to bring? As Coachella veterans, we’ve compiled a list of items to bring over the years. In general we recommend you travel light and try to be as comfortable as possible – this will ensure that you have the best Coachella experience.
Essential items to bring to Coachella:
ID + Wristband and passes (shuttle camping etc) (duh)
Sunscreen (spray bottles are not allowed in the venue)
Light jacket – it sometimes gets cold at night.
Comfortable shoes – never bring news shoes to Coachella! You’re going to be on your feet for up to 8 hours – comfort is paramount!
Earplugs – especially needed in Yuma and Sahara tents.
Cash / credit cards – Apple / Google pay is also available but it occasionally goes down
Water bottle / camel backs – these need to be empty when you go into the festival – no glass or metal bottles
Suggested items to bring to Coachella:
Hats + sunglasses
Banadana / dust mask
USB power bank / battery (for recharging on the go)
Blanket (for sitting down)
Hand sanitizer / wipes
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Coachella has a long list of prohibited items, as well as a long list of allowed items. Before filling your party pack, make sure the item you’re bringing is allowed, or else you may have to toss it when going in! Please note that your mileage may vary depending on who’s checking your bag. You may occasionally be able to slip some items through depending on how thorough the search is. However we wouldn’t recommend bringing anything on the prohibited items list unless you’re willing to throw it away.
You can go here for a fully updated list of banned items.
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Empty when entering Venue.
How do I bring my medical prescription?
All prescriptions must be in properly labeled containers that match the holder’s ID (No pillboxes!).
How do I bring insulin or other medical-related items or supplies?
You should identify yourself to security as you wait to enter the Venue. Security will locate the medical staff adjacent to the main entrance who will assist you in providing a secure area to store all items. Medical-related items that are not available for purchase on site, food included, may be brought in. You may be asked to provide an official doctor’s note or prescription detailing the necessity of the item.
Can I bring weed/cannabis into Coachella?
Weed / cannabis is not allowed at Coachella.
Are strollers allowed at Coachella?
Yes. But, only if it’s for an infant or toddler.
What are considered “professional” cameras?
Professional cameras are any cameras with a detachable lens. No DSLRs either.
Are e-cigs or vape pens allowed?
Single-use minis (a.k.a. cig-a-likes) are okay. Mid-sized e-cigs and vape pens are okay. However, no liquid refills will be allowed into the Venue. APVs or mods are okay in camping, but will not be allowed into the Venue.
Can I bring a sign or a totem?
No signs are allowed. This includes all handheld signs or signs and items attached to poles or pool noodles or apparatus used to display anything above the head. All instances of the above will be subject to surrender and not returned.
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Music festivals. Perhaps one of the most fun and exciting events one can experience in their lifetime. These music festivals have become an intergral part of our society and culture. They provide us an opportunity to see our favorite DJs and performers all in one place. Music festivals have given me and many others the chance to see DJs that we normally wouldn’t, because a festival brought them close to our town. Today we’d like to celebrate these festivals and thank them, specifically the ones in California. Whether planning your first Cali festival or looking for a new one, this list should help you find what you’re looking for. With that being said, let’s get to it!
This music festival is perhaps the most famous California music festival. Although not known for having a deep and diverse cast of EDM artists in their line up, Coachella attracts the biggest stars in EDM. The venue is spectacular and attracts celebrities from all over. Partying next to supermodels and famous instagramers has never been so much fun.
Nocturnal Wonderland (San Bernadino) – September
Nocturnal Wonderland. Many don’t know, but this festival is America’s longest-running dance music festival and a Southern California highlight. In many ways, for artists coming off of the summer tour circuit, Nocturnal Wonderland represents the next chance to test and try out new music. The crowd is super high energy and fun as everyone comes here to pay tribute to their favorite EDM artists. The Insomniac-powered festival typically features five stages, a vibrant setting full of lights and color, and music until midnight.
Escape Psycho Circus (San Bernadino) – Halloween
Looking for the best Halloween party? Look no further. Insomniac’s horror-themed music festival is the perfect Halloween event. In true Insomniac fashion, Escape: Psycho Circus is an immersive experience. The festival features themed stages, sinister sights, and a heavy dose of bass are ensure a lasting impression on those who dare enter.
Lightning in a Bottle (Buena Vista Lake) – May
Few festivals embody the cultural spirit of central California’s Lightning In A Bottle (LIB). This EDM electronic festival features much more then your favorite EDM artsits. LIB offers interactive art, yoga classes, and meditation workshops. The LIB has become one of the most popular and different EDM festivals in California. The venue is spectacular and welcoming. The LIB team have also done a lot to reinvest back into their community and culture, managing to build up a dedicated following year after year.
Hard Summer (San Bernadino) – August
In its formative years HARD Summer became a peak summer draw for any electronic music fan. From the biggest headliners to attention-grabbing undercards, curation and branding have been consistent strong suits. In 2019 Hard Summer broke the record for biggest festival in Fontana, California history, as 170,000 people attended the event. Hard Summer is a unbelievablly fun festival that is a must attend for any EDM fan.
Beyond Wonderland (San Bernadino) – March
Insomniac festivals are all about community, atmosphere and providing their guests with the best soundsystem money can buy. Beyond Wonderland is argued to be the best of the best of EDM festivals in Cali. The fantasy theme of the festival is widely embraced by its patrons creating a setting that keeps attendees savoring every moment. The experience is unrivaled and with the success of Nocturnal Wonderland, Beyond Wonderland became a sister-brand that would bring the focus back toward the fantastical environments that brought Insomniac its fame.
Countdown NYE (San Bernadino) – New Years Eve
California is truly fortunate to have multiple New Year’s festivals to choose from. In particular, we should give Countdown NYE a special look. The extraterrestrial-themed festival does not hesitate to bring the heavy hitters. The festival attracts the biggest names in EDM and hosts one of the best New Years Eve parties in the state. When looking to celebrate the new year, Countdown in San Bernardino has you covered.
Dreamstate Socal (San Bernadino) – November
Insomniac’s Dreamstate SoCal calls to trance fans from all over the world – and there are a lot of them. From uplifting to psytrance, many forget that trance music is an umbrella that includes numerous different subcultures. Dreamstate puts the spotlight on these trance subgenres and explores them from the unique perspectives of popular DJs that are not often seen elsewhere. The festival is world reknowned and celebrated by die-hard EDM fans.
Hard Day of the Dead (San Bernadino) – November
For festival goers seeking something in between Halloween and the holiday season, HARD Day of the Dead is perhaps your best bet. This one day event brings huge EDM artists and upwards of 70,000 fans together to celebrate “Dia de los Muertos.” The EDM played has no focus, which is fantastic for those looking to diversify their experience.
Groove Island (Catalina Island) – October
Unlike Fyre Festival, Whet Travel, the company behind Groove Island, has over a decade of experience organizing some of the most successful dance music cruises and island parties, all 43 of which gone off with hardly a hitch. Rather than attempting to build an entire islands worth of infrastructure and accommodations, Groove Island tapped into the already robust local economy of the city of Avalon. The local community was incredibly warm and welcoming, and the food and accommodations were excellent, to say the least.
“It’s a fully immersive experience on Catalina… We rented the majority of the hotels, Airbnbs, part of the campground, the [Descanso] Beach Club, the casino, the country club, plus ferries, helicopters, yachts and so forth to get people on the island,” said Jason Beukema, the founder of Groove Island.
As guests arrived on the island by way of the Catalina Ferry, they were greeted with a view of the beautiful Avalon Bay and the city of Avalon – what would become their own personal paradise for the next three days. A popular tourist destination for well over a century, Avalon is home to a top-notch assortment of restaurants, beaches, spas, land and ocean adventures, as well as a whole slew of awesome recreational activities. Some of the most exciting opportunities (aside from the music, of course) included an escape room with Sam Feldt, soccer with Mark Knight, a zipline course with Dillon Nathaniel, and an ocean snorkeling adventure with Chus & Ceballos.
CRSSD (San Diego) – March, September
CRSSD is a 2-Day Festival in downtown San Diego, and happens TWICE a year! They’ve always got a star-studded line-up across three stages, in a beautiful venue, and dozens of after-hours events to choose from after the festival ends. I’ve been once myself, and had an unbelievably fun time! It’s one of the best music festivals in San Diego, and shouldn’t be missed if you’re heading to southern-California when it’s going down!
Splash House (Palm Springs) – June & August (2 weekends)
Splash House is what you get when you mix up fun-loving people, with some rocking LA pool parties, and an escape to sunny Palm Springs, California. It’s a little slice of paradise where friendships are forged as people dance to the best in house, disco, and electronica.
Splash House takes place across three hotel resorts in both June and August. Buy a ticket and you get admission to all three, plus shuttles running between all weekend. Buy a hotel package and you can enjoy a room just steps away from the stage in addition to access to all three resorts.
By night, we take flight at the Palm Springs Air Museum for our After Hours program – a pair of open air parties back-dropped by vintage aircraft and a glowing airport tarmac. After Hours admission is sold separately and may be purchased with or without a Splash House ticket.”
Outside Lands (San Francisco) August
Outside Lands Music Festival is one of the most popular music festivals featured in San Francisco and is known for being Northern California’s largest music festival. The established late summer attraction draws a diverse mix of EDM talent. Outside Lands feels like a pop-up city with a mission to showcase the best of the Bay Area. In addition to the top-tier music played, Outside Lands has expanded, including a dedicated food and wine area, a comedy and podcast tent as well as much, much more.
The Untz Festival (Brown Valley) October
The Untz festival brings a diverse offering of underground bass music to central California for their very own music festival. The Untz have staked their ground in promoting the exploration of hidden talent. True to their reputation, lineups have helped their calling serving as blueprints for the best in up and coming bass music. If you’re looking for new and upcoming artists/sounds this is the place you want to be.
Snowglobe (Tahoe) – New Year’s Eve
Last but definitely not least on our list is Snowglobe. If you’re looking to escape to California’s colder climate for the holidays, you may want to book those New Year’s plans at the SnowGlobe Music Festival. Winter festivals have been growing quickly in popularity, and SnowGlobe’s focus on Lake Tahoe’s snowboarding and skiing have been a contributing factor to this popular trend. With an average of 10,000 attendees, the event has a cozier feel while simultaneously drawing in the main stage acts consistent with festivals much bigger.
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