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Looking Back: The 2006 Coachella Valley Music Festival

Empire Polo Field, Indio, CA

SF Stationís indie correspondent sends us her thoughts and candid photos capturing her recent trip to the 2006 Coachella Valley Music Festival.

Following the trail of dust, we came up on a herd of people that must have been half a mile long. Our mouths gapped open as we continued on into the parking area filled with what we guesstimated to be about 3000+ vehicles! Dreading the journey inward, we loaded our backs down like camels.

Two and a half hours later we found a spot in the midst of what we called 'Tent City'. In every direction around us, all we saw were tents, tents, and tents! With a little teamwork, our tent was pitched just as the sun crept upward, giving off the most vibrant neon orange and yellow.

It was 6 A.M. and people were still piling into tent city. Coachella would start in 6 hours, so we knew some sleep was in order.

At 7:30 A.M. we were up again as the growing unbearable desert heat was nature's alarm clock. 'Tent City' had turned into party city when breakfast was offered up under the same tent as the Bloody Mary's.

We journeyed into the Coachella music festival grounds to be greeted by 10 times as many people! At times, the unbearable sun scorned down on us making the shade tents the perfect shelter about every other hour while music echoed from every direction.

When night fell upon us, so followed the temperature only to bring out even more people. Frustrated that it was impossible to get near the stage, we had to except the fact that a grass area about a quarter mile from the stage was our best chance at enjoying the show. Altogether, it was an experience definitely worth having and that will be remembered.