The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a two weekend celebration packed with musical performances from a variety of genres, art, activities, camping, late night dancing, and experiences you won’t have anywhere else. Coachella is one of the biggest and most well-known music festivals around the world, drawing over 250,000 attendees.
Coachella began in 1999 with founders Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen. The first festival was a two day event, headlined by Rage Against The Machine, Beck, and Tool, as well as many other popular acts including Morrissey and Jurassic 5. Although the festival did not return for 2000, it was brought back again in April 2001 as a one day event. Since then, the Festival has continued annually, growing from a single-day event, to a full weekend. In 2012 they added a second weekend, and currently, Coachella is comprised of two 3-day weekends.
In 2003, spectators were allowed to begin camping on the festival grounds at Empire Polo Club during the event. Initially, only tent camping was allowed, but today, they also have options available for car camping, RV parking, offsite lodging, and even a Safari Campgrounds area with furnished tents and yurts.
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Friday-Sunday, April 14-16, 2023
Friday-Sunday, April 21-23, 2023
Gates Open At Noon
Where: Indio Empire Polo Club
Address: 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA 92201
Find detailed driving directions here
Coachella Lineup 2023
Bad Bunny, Blackpink, and Frank Ocean will headline the festival. Calvin Harris will also be making a special appearance.
Friday, April 14 & April 21: Bad Bunny, Gorillaz, Burna Boy, The Chemical Brothers, Kaytranada, Blondie, Becky G, Metro Boomin, FKJ, Pusha T, Towe Nwigwe, Wet Let, SG Lewis, Yves Tumor, The Garden, TESTPILOT, MUNA, Maceo Plex, Two Friends, YUNGBLUD, Jamie Jones, Ashnikko, Malaa, TV Girl, Whyte Fang, Doechii, BENEE, Idris Elba, Magdalena Bay, Vintage Culture, Domi & JD Beck, Dombresk, DannyLux, Nora En Pure, Overmono, Uncle Waffles, Téo?, Mochakk, Gabriels, Saba, Dennis Cruz, PAWSA, Soul Glo, Lava La Rue, Sleaford Mods, The Comet Is Coming, Oliver Koletzki, Kyle Watson, The Murder Capital, Chris Stussy, Jupiter & Okwess, Lewis OfMan, Julet Mendoza, Desert Cahuilla Bird Singers
Saturday, April 15 & April 22: BLACKPINK, ROSALÍA, Erc Prydz presents HOLO, boygenius, $uicideboy$, The Kid LAROI, Charli XCX, Labrinth, Underworld, Diljit Dosanjh, Eladio Carrion, SOFI TUKKER, Remi Wolf, Chromeo, Tale of Us, Yung LEan, Mura Masa, Yaeji, 070 Shake, Marc Rebillet, Hiatus Kaiyote, Dinner Party, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Elderbrook, Kenny Beats, Flo Milli, Keinemusik, Snail Mail, Rebelution, Hot Since 82, EARTHGANG, UMI, Shenseea, The Breedeers, Monolink, Ethel Cain, Bakar, Donovan’s Yard, The Linda Lindas, Sunset Rollercoaster, NIA Archives, Jan Blomqvist, DRAMA, WhoMadeWho, Destroy Boys, Elyanna, DJ Tennis, Carlita, AG Club, Mathame, BRATTY, Horsegirl, Colyn, Chloé Caillet, Scowl, Francis Mercier
Sunday, April 16 & April 23: Frank Ocean, Björk, Kali Uchis, Porter Robinson, Fisher + Chris Lake, A Boogie, Dominic Fike, Jai Paul, Jackson Wang, Latto, The Blaze, Willow, GloRilla, Jai Wolf, Boris Brejcha, 2manydjs, Christine and the Queens, Rae Sremmurd, Weyes Blood, Alex G, DPR LIVE + DPR IAN, Stick Figure, Adam Beyer, Big Wild, MK, Cannons, Romy, Fordo, Fousheé, Noname, Sasha John Digweed, Sudan Archives, Knocked Loose, Camelphat, IDK, Sasha Alex Sloan, Mareux, 1999.ODDS, Pi’erre Bourne, Cassian, Joy Crookes, TSHA, El Michels Affair, Paris Texas, LP Giobbi, Momma, Ali Sethi, Minus the Ligh, Los Bitchos, Conexión Divina, Airrica
Find out who’s playing when and on what stages
- General Admission: Allows entrance to the Venue and Day Parking lots all three days. GA Pass holders may visit the GA camping areas.
- General Admission + Shuttle: Allows entrance to the Venue and Day Parking lots for all three days. GA Pass holders may visit the GA Camping areas. Includes Any Line Shuttle Pass. Bundle and save $25 or more!
- VIP Pass: Allows access into the venue, day parking lots (Preferred Parking sold separately) and the venue VIP areas. May visit Car & Tent Camping areas.
- Car Camping
- Preferred Car Camping
- Tent Camping
Art At Coachella
The Coachella Festival features a number of immersive are and design installations throughout the grounds of the Polo Field. Each year there are new installations, and some favorites from past festivals return. Attendees will find unique and extraordinary works like giant balloon chains, towers with skybridges, the 5-story tall Circular Dimensions constructed of PVC tubes, megasculptures, 4-story tall buoys, the massive La Guardiana, a pack of canine sculptures, and art by Raices Cultura.
Activities Tent: The Activities Tent features DJs, giveaways, games, and all kinds of fun.
adiClub @ Coachella: Download the adidas app to get access to members only events here.
Amex Lounge: Card members and up to three friends can access the Amex Lounge for limited edition merch, sweets, tarot card readings, a hydration station and bar. Each day offers something different for card holders so check back daily.
Ascension: Operated by RayBan, visit this dreamscape with light, sound, and color.
The Boutique Powered by GV Black: Powered by Black brands and designers from Southern California with exclusive collections available only at Coachella.
Camp Lounge: Visit the Camp Lounge to access complementary wifi and knock out some work or access your social media accounts. Perfect for relaxing and getting in some down time before heading back out to the festival.
Camping Eats & Drinks: Grab food and beer to go from all types of food trucks. Located in lot 8.
Carpoolchella: Global Inheritance hosts this design challenge encouraging groups of 4 or more to travel and camp together and deck out their ride.
Coachella Art Studio: Stop in to get creative and make your own work of art.
The Dome: Nightly music from 10PM to 1AM for fun and dancing. Plus yoga, fitness, and sound baths in the morning.
Energy Playground: Global Inheritance provides Energy SeeSaws for people to plug in their phones, charge it up, and burn off those extra calories from beer and festival food.
Ferris Wheel: Take in the view of the festival grounds and Coachella from the giant Ferris Wheel.
Field of Dreams: Fun games and activities all day every day.
Global Inheritance Recycling Store/10 for 1: Festival-goers can stop in to trade bottles cans and cups for upgrades, merch, experiences, and food vouchers, and the opportunity to win Coachella Prize Packages.
Heineken House: Get up close to a special lineup of musical performances and grab a beer while you chill at Heineken House. Features a fun space for photo-ops, elevated seating, and an expanded beer garden.
The Antarctic: Powered by HP: A 360-degree immersive experience highlighting efforts to create a sustainable future. The perfect spot to cool down after a day in the desert heat.
The HP Lounge: Celebrates the artistry and artists behind the creators of The Antarctic. Provides opportunities to learn about eco-friendly efforts, space to hydrate and cool down, recharge your devices, and access spectacular photo ops.
POSTed Studio: Feeling artsy? Stop in and create concept art for posters that advocate for environmentally-focused causes. Sponsored by Global Inheritance, prizes will be awarded daily for most creative poster designs.
POSTed Studio Speaker Stage: Visit the speaker stage for Ted-talk style workshops featuring favorite artists and environmentalists.
Records & Record Store Day: Find your favorite music at the record store featuring more than 25,000 new and vintage vinyl albums.
The Salon: Stop in to get cleaned up at the salons DIY space to prep for a day at the festival or a fun night at the after party.
StockX Coachella Collection: Shop for exclusive merch.
TRASHed Coachella – Art of Recycling: See the work of more than 50 artists who transform basic recycling bins into pieces of art.
The Turn Down: An ambient oasis with lowkey grooves where you can chill out and recharge.
Camping At Coachella
Camping will be open beginning Thursday at 9Am through Monday at 10AM. Once vehicles have entered, there will be no exit from Friday at 9PM through Sunday at 2AM. A noise curfew will be in effect at all campsites at 1:30AM.
Car Camping: The car camping option includes a 30-foot by 10-foot campsite for campers to park their car and pitch a tent. Only one car per site is allowed, but people and tents per site are unlimited. Campers and vehicles will be searched at check-in. Portable restrooms are available in all camping areas. Preferred car camping gives passholders sites located closest to the venue entrance. Car Camping is available only to regular passenger vehicles.
Tent Camping: Sites for tent camping at 15-feet by 10-feet with unlimited tents/people per site. Cars are not permitted in the tent camping area. An overnight parking spot in a nearby lot is included. Camping is open beginning Thursday at 9AM through Monday at 10AM. A noise curfew will be in effect beginning at 1:30AM. Portable restrooms are available in camping areas.
Lake El Dorado Lodge: Book a tent or lodge at Lake El Dorado for a more private camp experience. Accommodations here include cots and bedding with flush toilets and showers available. Sites at Lake El Dorado are available only to guests, not to all festival passholders. Includes a nearby parking space. There are a number of accommodation options here with VIP packages, and includes festival passes.
Safari Campgrounds: Resort-style tents and yurts with air conditioning and fully furnished rooms, shower access, VIP access, private parking, 24-hour security, and golf cart transportation are just some of the amenities offered to those staying at the Safari Campgrounds. Guests will enjoy mini-fridges, power outlets, towels and linens, and more. A noise curfew is in effect here beginning at 2AM.
What To Eat At Coachella
Coachella features a variety of dining options across the festival grounds including food trucks and featured restaurants. There is a variety of cuisines including vegan and gluten-free foods. Here are some of the highlights for 2022.
- Indio Central Market: Grab a seat ina shaded food hall and enjoy more than a dozen carefully-curated vendors with various international flavors.
- 12 Peaks VIP
- Rose Garden VIP: Outstanding in the Field is a roving restaurant without walls. The intimate area allows you to take refuge (and a seat!) at the festival while you mingle with other guests over a full-service, four-course family style meal, a cocktail and ample regional wine.
- Craft Beer Barn: Craft Beer selections.
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.