Why Coachella Is Still Worth It

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Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 8:35 AM
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  • Timothy Norris
  • Look out, you might get some Lana on you!
Like life, death and taxes, you can count on incessant whining after the Coachella lineup is released every year. The festival has jumped the shark! It's no longer about cutting-edge, underground music, but rather about ecstasy-ing to giant, mainstream acts. (That and offensive "fashion" statements.)

The trump card in recent years has been the expense. Tickets are now $375 (if you can get one), and that doesn't include transportation, coconut water or the Innovative Leisure-branded sweatshirt you buy when you remember it gets cold at night.

But Coachella is  still worth it. Here's why.  

See also: Why Coachella Is No Longer Worth It
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  • Shield your eyes!
First, there's the lineup, which this year, like every year, is really, really good. The problem is that internet whiners focus on the negative. Boo hoo, you don't like Lana Del Rey. So don't see her. That attitude is kind of like going to see a show at the Echoplex and crying about the band playing upstairs at the Echo. Coachella has five six stages, six seven if you count the Do Lab, and more than 150 acts scheduled. I'm not saying the lineup is perfect; it's not at all. But even if you dislike, say, 80 percent of it, you can still find 30 acts on the bill that you want to see. (If you need more than 30 good bands at a festival, you need to lay off the greenies.)

But wait, what's that you say? You have super-obscure taste, are always craving something new, and are easily offended by sell-out artists who so much as sip a free Red Bull backstage? Good for you. Have you ever heard of the Internet? Because that's an easier way to find out about new music than driving 120 miles east through windstorms that may topple your car. (Or, once you arrive, your tent.)

Did you know some people go to festivals to hear bands they're familiar with performing songs they like? And when a bunch of said bands are all in the same place at the same time -  and when some of them are your absolute favorites, reunited especially for this occasion -  that tends to be a pretty cool experience. 

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