For those of you who are quivering in anticipation for the upcoming weekend 2 of Coachella, make sure you get some insider tips for maximum enjoyment.

Looking for some awesome opening bands? Here were three that really got the crowd going:


This indie duo of Suzanne Santo (vocals/banjo/violin) and Ben Jaffe (vocals/guitar) is a great way to start the weekend.

Other Lives:

3 violins. cello. harmonium. auto harp. guitar. bass. trumpet. 2 percussionists. keyboards. an antler adorned with bells. need we say more?


Louisiana indie/pop group GIVERS is a refreshingly optimistic new sound. And any lady who plays the drums and sings is pretty cool too.

We Are Augustines:

This band is about to take off, just ask David Letterman.

Real Estate:

This upbeat indie band is already making some waves in the music scene. Make sure not to miss them on Sunday.

Other words of wisdom:

The Shins, Bon Iver, and Radiohead all play at the same stage on Saturday. If you’re hoping to start the evening off in the crowd and slowly push your way up front for Radiohead, be prepared for 5+ hours of standing. Use the facilities way beforehand, and come ready for some audience sing-a-longs. Last weekend, 15 minutes before Thom Yorke took the stage, the people up front started a spontaneous a cappella version of Bohemian Rhapsody, complete with guitar solos and drum breaks. Before the end, 1000’s were singing along.

Damn that sun gets hot, and weekend 2 is in for 100 degree weather. Before the music gets started, check out the Arts & Crafts tent in the Camp Center to escape the heat, test your sobriety, and make some Coachella souvenirs.

Because drinking sometimes happens at the festival, it’s good to treat your body with some care the morning after. Green Drink, a food tent run by Morning Star Ranch in car camping lot 8, makes an amazing concoction of grapefruit, kale, apple, spinach and yerba mate. It’s the perfect way to start off an otherwise “slightly rough” morning.

This year you can bring any empty container and fill it with water for free at any of their water refill stations inside the festival grounds. The water doesn’t taste amazing, but it beats buying $2 waters all day.

As usual, don’t forget that there is a campsite “lock down” on Sunday evening. This means that no one may leave the car camping areas (by car) between 10pm and 2am, so no need to rush back after Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.