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Coachella

Coachella's population almost triples during the festival

Coachella

[ When ]April, Annually

[ City ]Indio, California, USA

[ Good For ]Music fans, celebrity spotters

[ Weather ]Usually hot and sunny

[ Crowd ]Around 77,000 per day over 6 days

[ Cost ]$$$

[ Sex Work ]

Illegal except for a few states

[ Sexy Score ]    

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an enormous music festival held over two weekend each April in Indio, California.

Getting There

Coachella is held in the Californian desert, about 210kms west of Los Angeles. Other nearby major cities are Las Vegas and San Diego – these may be cheaper to fly to. Once there you can fly to a number of regional airports close to the site or there are loads of options for driving or catching a coach. Parking can be tough so the coach option is probably best.

Where to Stay

Get your camp on. Coachella has an incredible variety of camping options, from the standard BYO tent option to lake-side Tipi’s to fully decked out safari lodges. Accomodation options start from $US85 for camping through to a massive $US6,500 ($AU 7,000 approx)! This is on top of your ticket cost, which start at $US375.

(2014 prices – subject to change)

Sexy Score

The unofficial dress code at Coachella is bohemian hippy, so expect plenty of flesh on show. If the heat, music and good vibes don’t get you going – the tiny Daisy Dukes will!

Sex in other Cities Tipsheet
  • Dress sensibly. It will be hot and dusty so dress comfortably in clothes you don’t mind throwing away afterwards. If it rains, that dust will turn to mud, so a poncho and wellies wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
  • Download the official Coachella App to your phone. Not only will it give you the line-up and schedule, but you’ll be able to take photos from within the app, tag your friends and gather an impressive looking visual memory of your weekend.
  • Prepare for the rain and dust. Bring snap lock bags for everything – your mobile (best to bring an old one), your wallet, your food and your torch.
  • Bring a good quality torch. Finding your tent is one thing, finding the zipper on your sleeping bag in the dark is a whole ‘nother catastrophe.
  • If you actually go to sleep – put your valuables inside your sleeping bag with you.
  • Don’t forget the sun protection. You’re in the desert...
  • Organise some meeting points with your friends. It’s inevitable your mobiles will run out of battery so you’re going to have to do it the old fashioned way.
  • Call your friends rather than text – hard to do near a stage for sure – but text messages may not get through for hours because of the network demands. Try creating a code with your friends – one missed call means ‘call me back’, two means ‘go to our meeting spot’ and three means ‘meet at the tent’.
  • There are mobile recharging facilities around the site, but again, these will be busy. Turn your phone off as often as you can.
  • Don’t take your digital SLR. Not only do you risk damaging it with dust/water/mud/moshing, anything with a detachable lens is considered professional equipment by event organisers.
  • Protect your valuables. Keep them on you (in your FRONT pockets) and don’t put all your cash in the same place. Don’t leave anything irreplaceable in your tent unattended.
  • Pace yourself, Coachella is a marathon, not a sprint. You’ll never forgive yourself for missing day 2 if you write yourself off night 1.
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What could go wrong

The heat may reduce the amount of clothing at Coachella, but it can also seriously reduce your health if not managed properly. Drinking water at every opportunity and re-apply your sunscreen to make it through the weekend. Get plenty of food into you too.

Where to get help

There are clearly marked first aid areas all around the site. You can’t miss them, but it’s worth studying the map first – a bit like finding your nearest exit on the plane on the way there!

Credits

Header image: Christopher Polk, Getty Images

Want to know more?

Sex on holiday happens. Whether planned or not, away from home we lose at least some of inhibitions and may take more risks than we would at home. This is ok, it’s what makes travelling so exciting – and just accepting it before we go is the first step to planning.
 
To help you get home with no more than a bruised bank account and awesome memories, here are some useful tips:

  • Carry condoms. Pack condoms before you leave home. Condoms aren’t always readily available or good quality so grab some before you leave and carry a supply in your handbag or wallet. Holidays and a sense of freedom doesn’t make you less susceptible to STIs so take care every time you have sex.
  • Have an STI test before you go and after you get back. Click here for testing locations.
  • Sex workers in other countries are not always in a safe environment or hold the same standards of safer sex and STI testing as they do in Australia. Use condoms and insist on using them.
  • Holidays can encourage us to try drugs and drink more alcohol than we might at home. Your body is still your body, regardless of where you are – know your limits and keep to them. Drugs and alcohol can impair our ability to keep our wits about us and recognise dangers – in a foreign place this becomes even more important. 

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  • Comment Link anonymous Tuesday, 02 December 2014 03:20 posted by anonymous

    for anyone that hasnt been.. BOOK AND GO

  • Comment Link anonymous Tuesday, 02 December 2014 03:19 posted by anonymous

    also on my bucketlist!!