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Why Coachella Is Still Worth It

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Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 8:35 AM

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click to enlarge Yes, we know you don't like this music. So go see some of the other music - TIMOTHY NORRIS
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  • Yes, we know you don't like this music. So go see some of the other music
As for the cost, well, I'm lucky enough to get a press pass, but you know what? I'd buy a ticket even if I didn't. (Hint: wait until the last minute and buy weekend two passes on the secondary market.) You can say Coachella is only for rich kids, and you wouldn't be wrong, but it's cheaper than many other "destination" concerts, like those cruise ships, or, I don't know, Mexico.

As for the inconvenience; yes, it is a pain to drive out to the Coachella Valley, though if you don't go during rush hour it's not that bad. And though there can be long lines to get in and out, they've gotten better and are still are nothing near the horrors of Electric Daisy Carnival. And though camping is a bummer for anyone who's not 19, with the immune system of a goat, there are other reasonable lodging options. A shit ton of part-time retirees rent their houses, for starters, which becomes cost-efficient when you cram in enough people. (Just don't wait until April to lock one down.)

Ok, fine, so it's a logistical pain in the ass, but that's part of the experience. You'll notice that the most Coachella haters are the ones who haven't actually been there; even the most cynical of attendees tend to have warm and fuzzy memories of the experience. Why? Because there are huge masses of people who are all, legitimately, simultaneously, psyched about the same thing. When you hear those first janky chords of "King of Carrot Flowers," your endorphins are going to go nuts, even if you've made as many jokes about Jeff Magnum's love for Bulgarian folk music as I have. And that's because it's a punishing, hot, inconvenient event to attend. It generates a high that's different from the kind you get after driving across town to the Bootleg. It's better.

And when you combine that with another kind of high -  the kind you get from drugs -  then you're really onto something. Just make sure, I guess, that you don't end up making out with Skrillex.

See also: Why Coachella Is No Longer Worth It

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