It’s been three years since the masses last descended on the grounds of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and its sister country music festival, Stagecoach, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
Coachella officially returns for two weekends, April 15-17 and April 22-24, with headliners Billie Eilish, Harry Styles and Ye (formerly Kanye West) and Stagecoach is back April 29-May 1 with Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Luke Combs.
Both events – which are hosted annually by Southern California concert promoter Goldenvoice and attract between 75,000 and 125,000 fans per weekend – have been forced to postpone multiple times and change their lineups in due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given that all major gatherings have been canceled for nearly two years, even the most seasoned goers can get a little rusty when it comes to getting back into multi-day festival shape.
As the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations declined in Southern California, Coachella and Stagecoach announced in February that, in accordance with local guidelines, they would no longer require vaccines, tests or masks. COVID-19 for attendees. However, there are still a few precautions in place and important things for fans to know or remember before heading to the festival’s sprawling grounds to party over the next three weeks.
KNOW THE RISKS
With variants of COVID-19 still rampant, the official Coachella and Stagecoach websites warn that all attendees must assess their risk to determine whether or not to attend the festival and that by entering they voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID. -19. He says people shouldn’t attend if they feel sick or show symptoms of COVID-19. Long before the virus-forced mask mandates, Coachella and Stagecoach attendees wore face masks, bananas and neck warmers to those festivals because of the dust. Although not a requirement, festival producers still recommend covering your face to protect yourself from desert dust. To learn more about the festival’s health and safety protocols, visit coachella.com or stagecoachfestival.com.
UPDATED BAG POLICY
The bag policy has changed from previous years for both festivals and large bags are not permitted. However, medium-sized backpacks (about 18″ high, 13″ wide, and 8″ thick), small purses, purses, totes, and fanny packs can be brought , but will be subject to search. Small umbrellas (not umbrellas) and beach towels and blankets (60″ x 30″ or less) are also permitted. Lockers are available on site and have become keyless this year, allowing mobile tickets to be scanned at check-in. Lockers, which must be reserved in advance through the festival websites, come in medium, large, and extra-large sizes and cost between $55 and $80 for the weekend.
BRING THE NECESSARY
As the temps can soar into the triple digits on some days, it’s important to stay hydrated. Guests can bring empty plastic reusable water bottles (not metal, glass, aluminum or steel) that hold 40 ounces of water or less to refill at a variety of water stations throughout the site. These are very long days in the sun, so sunscreen or sunscreen should be applied and responded to regularly. However, the site does not allow spray cans. Only bottled lotion will make it inside.
There are plenty of places on site to rest in the shade as well as areas to swim in for a bite to eat, something cold to drink and usually a place to recharge a cell phone thanks to the dozens of vendors on site and festival activations. It’s also not a bad idea to wear light clothes during the day and pack a light jacket or hoodie for the evening, a hat, lip balm, baby wipes, hand sanitizer hands, earplugs and a phone charger, all of which are permitted. the place. There is also a general store on site to buy any items that might have been overlooked.
If you are going to Stagecoach, you can also bring a portable low profile chair. If you’re going to Coachella, the floor is your friend.
WHERE TO GET HELP
As these are the biggest festivals to return to the region since before the pandemic, Goldenvoice has stepped up its Every One campaign, launched in 2019, to promote safety, support and inclusion. The festivals have implemented a strict policy of non-tolerance to any form of verbal or physical sexual harassment nor to any discriminatory act inducing homophobia, racism, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, sexism or appropriation cultural. All participants agree to this code of conduct when purchasing wristbands.
Several trained members of the Every One Community Care team will travel on site and will be available at information kiosks to offer their services to anyone in need. The Every One tent will be staffed with trained counselors and certified therapists for anyone in need of support or even a moment of calm if the sudden return to ‘normal’ becomes overwhelming.