How to Keep Track of Your Friends at Coachella 2007
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I don't think you should read this article. Seriously. Because, quite
honestly, I think trying to keep a group of friends together at Coachella is
more trouble than it's worth. It's really more difficult that it sounds,
especially if there are four or more in your group. There are so many
different options at Coachella, there's no way you're all going to want to see
the same bands all day long. And every time someone in your group wants to use
the bathroom or get something to drink, the whole group gets held up. I say,
if you fly solo, or at least keep it to a dynamic duo, you'll be able to get
much more out of Coachella. See the bands YOU want to see, eat when YOU want
to eat. When you're with friends, you have to be constantly looking around to
make sure they're still with you. When you're on your own, you can just GO at
your own pace! Just keep it simple and tell your friends you'll meet them at
at the end of the night.
However, I understand that there's a lot of you who probably don't want to
take my advice. You really want to share the Coachella experience with your
friends, don't you?
OK then, follow these steps
Things You'll Need
FRS radios (walkie-talkies)
A pen (you may have to smuggle it in)
STEP 1: PLAN AHEAD–IN WRITING. Make sure everyone in your
group has a schedule. Take the time to all sit down together and discuss
which bands each of you want to see throughout the day. Take a pen and
write each of your friends' initials next to the bands they're planning to
see on YOUR schedule. This serves two purposes: 1) you'll have an idea
where each of your friends will be throughout the day, and 2) you'll be
able to recognize if there are certain bands that you ALL want to see.
Also, write down what each of your friends is wearing from the waist up
(i.e. "Gary - gray t-shirt, red bandana") It's much easier to find your
friends in a crowd if you know what they're wearing, and your cheat sheet
will come in handy.
STEP 2: PICK A LOCATION. If you all want to meet up, like
before a band you all want to see together, pick a time and place to meet.
Be as specific as possible. "Let's meet at the main stage around 9-ish"
will NOT work! You gotta say something like, "Let's all meet directly
under THAT Heineken banner at exactly 9:10 PM." Write it down in your
schedule/cheat sheet in case you forget.
STEP 3: DON'T RELY ON WIRELESS PHONES. A lot of people
assume that they'll be able to simply stay in touch with friends via cell
phones and text messaging. Don't make this mistake! When you have 50,000
people with cell phones all in one spot, the local cell towers can't
handle all the traffic, and you'll probably get "system busy" error
messages all night long. If you're able to get through on a cell phone,
consider yourself lucky... DON'T rely on it!
STEP 4: USE WALKIE-TALKIES. Some people use FRS (or GMRS)
2-way radios to stay in touch with each other. These are like little
walkie-talkies smaller than the palm of your hand. They're easy to use.
Almost all the FRS radios made in recent years have 14 channels and 38
"privacy codes" to filter out all the other people using the same channel.
You can get a 2-pack of radios for less than $35 if you shop around.
STEP 5: CLOTHING COORDINATION. Have you ever been in a
big city and seen a group of tourists all wearing matching, brightly
colored t-shirts? They do that to make it easier to keep track of their
group. You could do the same at Coachella... like a team uniform! Team
Coachella! Go Team!!! Too cheesy? Well, maybe just do matching hats or
matching bandanas. It really does make it easier to spot each other in a