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Coachella: How To Get Into the Concert Spirit

How to Get Into The Coachella Spirit


March 16, 2007

To have a great time at Coachella, you have to be in the right frame of mind. You have to go in with a positive mindset.

(Wow, I sound like a motivational speaker or something.)

Basically, you gotta get psyched up, man!

Perhaps you're on the fence about whether making the trek out to Coachella this year will be worth it. Maybe you forgot how much fun it is. My friend, you need to snap out of it. What you need is a little Coachella fix. Do the following steps and your soul will get a refill of the Coachella spirit, and you'll be more anxious than ever for April 27 to get here...

Things You'll Need

  • DVD player
  • TV
  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • An imagination

Instructions

  • STEP 1: WATCH THE COACHELLA MOVIE. This 2 hour film had a nationwide theatrical release in early 2006, and is now available on DVD in your local Blockbuster, Best Buy, on Netflix, etc. It's mostly music performances from the first 6 years of the festival, intercut with interviews with artists and fans.

    It's phenomenal! VERY well done. I have a large collection of live music DVDs, and this is my favorite. I can watch it over and over. It really captures the "spirit" of Coachella, and what it's like to be there.

    You can watch a trailer at http://www.coachella.com/movie/
  • STEP 2: WATCH SOME HIGHLIGHTS. Go to http://www.youtube.com and just do a search for "Coachella" and look at some of the clips. Find some clips from your favorite past performances. You can find clips from just about every artist who's played the past few years!

    Some of my favorite clips are:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdB7h4DDdyQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRXHDfleR54

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Q8x3KNEbg
  • STEP 3: DISCUSS ONLINE. The official Coachella message board at http://www.coachella.com/forum/ is very busy, with thousands of Coachella fans discussing all things Coachella and various other topics. Most of the peeps on there are genuinely excited about the festival and love talking about it with other fans. But if you've never posted there before, be warned: it's not exactly a bastion of civil dialogue. There are a lot of sarcastic smartasses on there who love to "stir the pot" so if you express an opinion on there, be prepared to get teased, mocked, and goofed on. Don't take offense, it's just an internet messageboard. Ignore the wiseasses, and you'll find plenty of people on there providing useful information and interesting opinions.