Coachella or No-Chella?

Is California’s biggest indie festival of the year worth the hype?


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The stage at Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

  “I think Coachella can definitely be way too glamorized, but from what I’ve seen from influencers, it looks like a lot of fun and I think if you have the time and money to go, it’s probably worth it,” explains Triton alumni, Meghan Volpone.

  One of California’s most famous deserts, the Colorado Desert, annually hosts the most publicized music and arts event on social media bringing roughly 250,000 people together from all over the globe.

  “I think people now-a days literally just go just because of you know, getting an Instagram photo and saying that you went,” said senior Lydia Crowley

   With artists such as, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish and Cardi B, more and more people are willing to spend money on the insane ticket prices. Along with cost of the tickets, there is the expectation of a crazy out-of the box outfit for each day that celebrities plan many months ahead of the event. The event spans over two weekends in April, both of which are three days long.

  The main reason people are so drawn to this event is for social media purposes. It’s become more popular over the years due to the increase of celebrities that attend this festival. Some of which include Youtube stars, Musicians, and actors.

  The Triton Voice has decided to breakdown the event and determine if it’s worth the hype that is displayed on social media.

  Let’s take a look at the cost of the festival. General admission allows entrance to the venue and day parking lots all three days. General admission pass holders may visit the GA camping areas. For just GA, the overall cost of just the ticket is $429. Then include the price of a plane ticket to California, prices of hotels, then the uber to get you to the event and back. That has to be over $1000 dollars.

  For general admission and the shuttle, the tickets cost $509. Then for VIP, get ready, $999. VIP Areas offer specialty food & drink vendors, air-conditioned restrooms, shaded seating areas and full cash bars. VIP Areas are located at the Five Peaks tents adjacent to the Main Stage and in the Rose Garden. Is Coachella really worth it if you have to pay that much for just a ticket?

  “I have my own personal feelings about Coachella, so I would never go. It’s too hot and crowded” explains junior Marcella Hubbard-Brucher.

  It is known that California is much hotter than the temperatures seen in Massachusetts during late April. The people who attend the festival are out in the scorching heat for a large portion of their day. Several people faint, get sick or just feel physically drained before the day is even over, and all that money that is spent goes down the drain.

 “I’ve heard Coachella’s not fun, like you stand in a big field, it’s hot and you have to walk a lot,” says Freshman Olivia Rowe.

 The event itself is supposed to be about the art, but to some people it has come off as quite the opposite.

  “They don’t necessarily care who’s playing there,” said Crowley. “It’s just more about the fact they say they went there.”

  Crowley said that she enjoys some of the people who play there, but it’s definitely not worth the price of the ticket on top of airfares, hotels, and transportation.

  “See, Coachella would be the one I would definitely avoid. The one I would most definitely go to would be Burning Man,” said Crowley. “Burning Man is way different, it’s not just based around music, it’s more based around art and it’s the biggest temporary city during the summer.”

  Junior Emily Howe has a different thought about the festival’s worth.

  “I think Coachella is probably definitely worth everything everyone says it is. The vibes, the music, the outfits. You can just have fun and everyone is there for the same reason, to just enjoy the music and vibe out.”

  Youtube star Emma Chamberlain has attended for the past couple of years. In a recent video of hers titled, “An Accurate Coachella Vlog,” she explains how she and her friends attended two of the three days, but were too tired to go to day three. They stayed at the hotel and had a day by the pool. She then asked her audience the question, “Will I still go to Coachella next year?” and answered saying, “Yeah, probably.”

  The whole experience is not really one to evaluate unless someone personally attends, so if the event is worth the hype is something that Triton Voice is leaving up to its readers.