I got a last-minute ticket to Coachella, the festival as famous for its flashy outfits and Instagram-heavy attractions as its music. Here's what it's really like to attend.
- The Coachella Music & Arts Festival takes place over two weekends in April at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
- I decided to go to Coachella for the first time this year.
- While I loved the musical performances and felt that the event was well-organized, I probably won't be attending again as it is too much hassle to arrange all the logistics - and too much money to attend the festival.
- Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories or check out more of our coverage on this year's edition of Coachella.
I'll be honest: I never really thought I'd go to the Coachella Music & Arts Festival.
Living in New York, I never thought it made much sense to ship out to Indio, California, for one of Coachella's two weekends of music and fun.That's without getting into what Coachella is supposedly about, which, according to varying reports, is both a glittering entertainment-industry party and a bunch of Orange County teenagers skipping school to drink. The weekend has become such an event for social media influencers, models, and celebrities that some have dubbed it the "influencer Olympics."
When Business Insider asked me to cover the festival, I was determined to go in with as little preconceived notions as possible. And, with this year's Coachella lineup featuring Childish Gambino, Anderson .Paak, Janelle Monae, and Tame Impala, some of my favorite artists, it was hard to not get amped up.
By the end of the weekend, I had seen some incredible performances, discovered amazing new artists, found my way into an ultra-exclusive afterparty, danced the night away at a hidden stage, and was convinced I probably wouldn't ever come back.
Here's what it was like: