When it comes to planning, few music festivals require the detail-oriented preparation as Coachella. Of all the decisions you must make, who to stay with can be the most crucial of them all. Sure, it’s important to plan your band schedule, but there’s always another act if you miss one or two. But if you choose the wrong companions, your whole weekend can be shot. Here’s a break down of the various personalities-types you want to include in your Coachella posse. Strike the right balance, and you’re all set for a great weekend.
Someone has to mail in the deposit money for the vacation house that you will call home for the weekend. Plus, there’s tickets to be secured, beer to be stocked, and carpools to be, um, pooled. Hell, I’ve seen these alpha-personalities do other people’s laundry mid-weekend. Otherwise referred to as the Den Mother.
They inevitably get the first pick of bedroom—as if anyone is going to be sleeping all weekend. A good fun couple can be your best friends all weekend. But beware, a bad couple means inevitable fights and drama.
The Party Guy
This is the person who will drive The Organizer crazy. The dude who is three beers down before the rest of the house even wakes up in the morning. It’s tempting to just write this dude off and let him run wild all weekend, but don’t sell him short. He might make the best breakfast of anyone in the house.
There is nothing like the first time. But since you can’t relive that magic moment, do the next best thing and bring a first-timer to the desert. You’ll get to feel the vicarious excitement through their ever widening smile. And you’ll get to spend the weekend as a sort of sage expert to this wide-eyed Coachella virgin.
This is the man with the plan, and the big floppy hat and comfortable shoes. He knows exactly what he wants out of his Coachella, and he know how to get it. He will be the first one to head to the concert, and the last one home. And he will try to take the newbie under his wing.
The Single Guy
Yes, Coachella has more beautiful girls per square foot than any other music festival in North America. This dude might act like he’s here for the music, but his every waking moment will be spent strategizing to find the gal of his Coachella-dreams.
The Single Gal
True story. Last year, my single guy friend stayed with us at our Coachella house. There he met a single gal who came with some other friends. They didn’t hook up that weekend, but now they’re getting married this Memorial Day. And they have been promoted to The Couple, with first choice of bedroom.