Huzzah, outdoor music festival season has started! Crowds! Disgusting port-a-potties! Overpriced water! Blistering temperatures! And, oh yeah, tons of awesome bands playing in the same space! Each festival season, this highly lucrative meshing of art and consumerism kickstarts in Indio, California, with the two-weekend-long Coachella Music Festival. Located just a few hours away from Hollywood, Coachella is also where the celebs head to let down their hair, expose their navals, channel their designer hippie vibe, smoke pot in public, and culturally-appropriate as much as possible. Let’s review who’s been spotted this year thus far, by learning what happens when celebs go to Coachella…
The Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California, draws in celebrities from far and wide. But perhaps the most unexpected celebrity attendee, um, ever? Clint Eastwood, who attended the music festival with daughter Francesca. No word on whether he complained about the racket or brought along his favorite “chair.” [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
Question: Is there any occasion in which R. Kelly joining some band on stage to perform “Ignition (Remix)” doesn’t lead the internet to explode with a chorus of “OMGBESTTHINGEVERRR!!!”? I think not. And R. Kelly getting on stage with Phoenix at this weekend’s Coachella Musical Festival is no exception. Above, Kelly and the band attack “Ignition” remixed with “1901″ and “I’m A Flirt.” Not gonna lie, I died a little inside.
Once all of us get set into these winter blues, pretty much anything that’s accompanied by warm weather is welcomed with open arms. There are tons of things to look forward to, but the most exciting take place outdoors. What better way to break into the warmth with great tunes and huge, partying crowds? The music festivals of 2013 are starting to build up the anticipation, so we wanted to give you a guide to the most popular festivals coming your way:
Coachella: Formally known as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, it takes place each year in Indio, California at Empire Polo Club. This year it takes place on two weekends in April (4/12-4/14 and 4/19-4/21). Festival-goers have to purchase wristbands for each weekend they want to attend. Tickets go on sale on Jan. 29, and the prices range; weekend passes range anywhere from $300 to over $500 (with camping included), and can be purchased on the official Coachella Festival website (click for more information and a detailed description of the lineups for both weekends). Along with the crazy-awesome tunes you’ll be hearing, each year the festival installs unbelievable modern sculptures all over the grounds to incorporate art with music, just don’t climb on them. Read more…
I thought I could count on Emma Roberts to keep things sleek, chic, and under control, but not so. Coachella would be the perfect opportunity to let your freak flag fly, and Emma seems to have taken up that offer. Girlfriend is looking less than her usual classy self in a bizarre boob tube she might have put through a paper shredder before changing her mind, not to mention those unbuttoned cut-offs. Seriously, I want to know what she was thinking. I can’t help but approximate, in the spirit of Coachella, that drugs may have been involved in the creation of this outfit. Thanks, drugs!
Sigh. The 2012 Coachella Music Festival has come to a close. Let’s put on some Neon Indian and look back at the celebs who donned cut-off denim shorts and fringed vests and sweated away under the hot Indio, CA sun this year, shall we?
From what I’ve heard, things can get pretty weird at Coachella. This is especially true for Vanessa Anne Hudgens (does she still use the “Anne” in her name? I really don’t know). The music festival, which now spans two sold-out consecutive weekends and also happens to have officially jumped the shark, is essentially the trust-fund hipster’s corporate-funded version of Woodstock, so I guess she’s dressed somewhat appropriately given the setting. Here’s the thing: she looks like the sordid love child of the Brooklyn-bound L train and Forever 21, or maybe even a “Hippie Girl” Halloween costume. Neither of these are a good look.
I’m just gonna put it out there — Coachella has jumped the shark. Vanessa Hudgens wore a Native American headdress and Tupac Shakur — you know, allegedly dead Tupac — performed with Snoop Dogg. How? As a hologram. I mean come on. Can’t the man fake his death and rest safely on an island with Biggie in peace? [via Crushable]
Coachella just kicked off music festival season, which means ironic teepees, face paint, and other ridiculous ripoffs of Native American culture abound. Take, for example, this feathered headdress, which is currently being sold by Free People for $438. Cultural appropriation issues aside, how annoying would it be to stand behind someone wearing this during a show? Umm, ma’am? You’re totally blocking my view of Bon Iver. [Free People]
It’s Coachella time! Coachella! You’re missing it! So am I. But what are we really missing by not being out at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California? Some bands? Sure. But how many people really go to Coachella for the bands? As festival-goers begin straggling in for the first of two weekends of pool parties, industry events and oh yeah, music, we caught some classic Coachella scenes. Just so we’d know what we’d be missing.