No Tickets? No Problem! Our Guide to the Best Unofficial Coachella Parties

A poolside scene at the Saguaro during Coachella 2013
A poolside scene at the Saguaro during Coachella 2013
Photo by Colin Young-Wolff

Coachella attracts hundreds of thousands of indulgence-seekers, more than the festival can actually handle. So the overflow has spilled out to satellite events, independent of Coachella, which offer more intimate — often pool-related, sometimes free — opportunities to party in the surrounding desert towns, with some word-class musicians and DJs on soundtrack duties.

If you're not going to the festival — or even if you are, but want to avoid the forecasted 93-degree heat at peak times — here is a rundown of some of the more attractive extra-Coachellircular festivities. And while there are plenty of exclusive, invite-only affairs, we narrowed ours down to accessible, music-centric and fun events, mostly in the $0-$30 range.

Don't forget to RSVP or snatch up tickets before it's too late. And don't forget the golden rule: If you find a good party, stay there.

Thursday, April 9

Culture Collide Presents: Not a Pool Party (Because We Are in a Historic Draught and That Would Be Irresponsible)
Hard Rock Hotel, Palm Springs
This cheekily titled party features live performances from Eliphant, the one and only PPL MVR, Dorothy and DJ sets by Australia's Miami Horror, plus "secret guests." RSVP.

FLOODfest 2015
Location TBA
Even more "super-secret guests" headline this kickoff event presented by Flood magazine (formerly Filter). RSVP.

LED Day Club with Chromeo (DJ Set)
Hilton, Palm Springs
Goldenvoice (the creator and producer of Coachella) has teamed up with their partners LED for a second year of electronic-leaning parties outside of the festival proper, kicking off with a DJ set from Coachella regulars Chromeo. Tickets.

Chromeo: better on the decks than they are with mannequins
Chromeo: better on the decks than they are with mannequins
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Friday, April 10

Haciendays Opener: Thomas Jack
Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club, Palm Springs
Two weekends of underground dance music kicks off with an opening set by Australian tropical house pioneer Thomas Jack. Tickets.

Saturday, April 11

Refinery 29 and A-OK Collective Present Paradiso 2015
The Saguaro, Palm Springs
Performances and DJ sets by an all-female lineup featuring Alexa Chung, Atlanta De Cadenet Taylor and Ana Calderon highlight this '90s-themed, fashion-forward pool party. RSVP.

Sarcastic & The Date Farmers Present Cosmic Discoteca with Daniele Baldelli
Location TBA
The legendary Italian jock brings his Afro-cosmic-disco Balearic bag of tricks to a warehouse location in Coachella for a rare American appearance. RSVP for info and location.

Lee Foss: Part of the Hot Creations lineup at Haciendays on Sunday, April 12EXPAND
Lee Foss: Part of the Hot Creations lineup at Haciendays on Sunday, April 12
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Sunday, April 12

Haciendays: Hot Creations Presents Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Luna Cazal, and Lauren Lane 
Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club, Palm Springs
Expect housey feelings and neon, Miami Vice vibes with the Hot Natured crew. Tickets.

Thursday, April 16

Upcoming Events

Jamie xx and Jon Hopkins
Pappy & Harriet's, Pioneertown
U.K. dance/indie crossover darlings will bring their melodic, emotional wares to the Pioneertown outdoor stage. Tickets.

Hivern Discs Showcase Featuring John Talabot, Pional, Marc Piñol
Pappy & Harriet's, Pioneertown
The action moves indoors at the Pioneertown club for sets by Spanish house maestros from the venerable Hivern Discs imprint. Tickets.

Friday, April 17

Haciendays: Bromance Records Presents Brodinski & Friends
Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club, Palm Springs
The Bromance crew drops anchor with its harder, toothier take on the French touch sound. Tickets.

Or, you could be sweating your ass off in the Sahara Tent
Or, you could be sweating your ass off in the Sahara Tent
Photo by Colin Young-Wolff

Saturday, April 18

Haciendays: AMP Presents Annie Mac, Duke Dumont, Jamie xx, Kaytranada, and Redlight
Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club
The British are coming in full force for this stacked house lineup. Tickets.

LED Day Club with Skrillex & Friends
Hilton, Palm Springs
You know the drill: Ritalin-addled mindfuckery by L.A.'s Sonny Moore (spliced with dub reggae, most likely). Tickets.

Sunday, April 19

Desert Gold with The Do-Over and ¡Reunion!
The Ace Hotel, Palm Springs
The daytime party-rocking popup (whose DJs are always surprise guests) folds into another party in the evening where The Do-Over partners with ¡Reunion! RSVP.

LED Day Club with DJ Snake
Hilton, Palm Springs
Perhaps your last chance of 2015 to wild out to "Turn Down for What" while drinking in a pool and flesh-gazing. Tickets.

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