How to Get Into the After-Parties at Coachella 2007
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When Coachella shuts down at about midnight, most people are tired and ready
to go back to their hotel and pass out. After 12 hours of partying in the
Coachella sun, who can blame them?
For a lucky few, a full day of concerts at Coachella is just a warm-up for yet
another Coachella tradition: The After-party! There are always a few
after-parties each night after Coachella. The ones that are held right there
next to the festival grounds are usually thrown by one of the festival's
sponsors - often a music magazine such as Urb, Spin, or Filter. Sometimes
there are other sponsored parties thrown at hotels or rented estates nearby.
And then there are always some private "mansion parties" thrown by peeps who
out a nice big pad and invite over friends after Coachella.
But after-parties are not open to the general public. You have to be invited.
Not only do you have to be invited, but you usually have to RSVP as well.
So how do you get invited in the first place? Read on...
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STEP 1: GET THE INVITE. They say it's all about who you
know, and that's pretty much the case when it comes to getting invited to
these parties. If you're a subscriber to a magazine sponsoring an
after-party, there's a chance they might send you information if you're on
their mailing list. But usually they have a list of "insiders"
family and friends, record label execs, promoters, etc) who get invites.
Often it works like this: You'll get an invite via e-mail, which you have
to respond to get on the list. Then, at the festival, you have to go by
that sponsor's booth and RSVP in person, where they'll check your name off
the list and you'll get a ticket or wristband and instructions on where to
go later that night. The Filter party, traditionally held the Friday night
before the festival (maybe Thursday this year?) is held at a "secret"
location. You park at a local casino, and a shuttle bus takes you to/from
STEP 2: FIND A CONNECTION AND WORK IT. If you're not an
"insider" who gets invited to this kind of stuff, then you have to work to
become one. If you live in or near LA, chances are you know somebody who
has industry connections. Or know somebody who knows somebody. Or know
somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody. You gotta work any angle
you can, and make new friends. You'd be surprised how well the
straightforward and honest approach works, as long as you're friendly. Let
peeps know that you'd really like to get on the invite list for the
Coachella after-party. Use some charm and be persistent, and eventually
you'll get hooked up.
STEP 3: MAKE FRIENDS AT THE FESTIVAL. Same goes for the
private after-parties. If you're at the fest and wanting to keep the night
going, start asking peeps if they know of any after-parties. Talking to
strangers is perfectly acceptable at Coachella - most people there are
really friendly. But chat them up a little first before you start
interrogating them about after-parties. Chat about the band you're
watching, ask where they're from, where they're staying, etc. Then ask if
they're gonna be partying afterwards, or if they've heard of any parties
going down. Keep talking to peeps, and eventually you'll get tipped off to
a party somewhere. The key is to be cool, respectful and friendly, yet
STEP 4: GO ONLINE. For the private after-parties,
sometimes you can get the low-down before you even leave for Coachella,
just by reading the messageboards. Sometimes people will openly discuss
the details of their party, maybe because they're planning to charge a
cover. Other times, if you just use the fan forum to let people know
you're looking for an after party, and you don't come off as a total jerk,
someone will send a private message with details.
STEP 5: KISS ASS. If you know a certain sponsor is having
an after-party, you could always hang out their sponsor booth during the
festival and kiss up to their peeps, seeing if you can charm your way into
getting on the list. Worth a shot, you never know if it will work unless
STEP 6: THROW YER OWN! Why grovel and beg to get into
someone else's party, when you can party on your own? A lot of people will
get a big group together and rent out a vacation house, and keep their
party goin' until tha break of dawn. Word.