by Christian Redl

It’s here, it’s here! It’s finally here! It is the day more coveted than Christmas to hipsters around the world: the release of Coachella’s festival line-up. Dust off your leather jacket, put on your plastic-framed glasses, and head out to California from April 13th-15th and April 20th-22nd, for this three-day party in the remote Coachella Valley. But don’t forget your sunscreen, hipsters don’t tan.

For many years, this festival was unheard of, attracting the headlining acts of underground bands, and kept from society for fear of becoming larger than life. Well, that time has come. In the past few years, the word of mouth has spread, and now the most unlikely of acts are hitting up the main stages as this event looms ever closer. What has been a concert for hipsters and Indie lovers has blossomed into something far more magical. Coachella now celebrates all types of music lovers, and caters to them all! This is perfect for people like me who listen to just about everything.

On the first day of the festival, you can watch The Black Keys tear up the main stage, wind down with an afternoon with the Arctic Monkeys, and then, for my fellow dubstep lovers out there, rave all night to the likes of Swedish House Mafia and Datsik. Radiohead is making a headlining appearance on day two of this glorious event, along with artists like Bon Iver, AWOLNATION, Feist, Miike Snow, Zeds Dead, and Manchester Orchestra. But if you could think of one man or group to send attendants off with happy thoughts, you would be like me and almost faint at the sight of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg being the main event of the last day of Coachella. Yes, everyone will be satisfied, which is the spirit of Coachella

The mood of this festival changes as the day goes on, with excitement in the morning and a more relaxed and tiresome crowd in the afternoon. But at night, what goes on in the Coachella Valley stays in the Coachella Valley. There are statues created by artists put on display that use animatronics and breathe fire for the audience to appreciate, and the tents come alive with the sounds of subsonic bass as you see a sea of glow sticks and strobe lights in the distance.

No matter who you are or where you come from, you are welcome. So, go grab a tent, buy a plane ticket, and visit this majestic scene, pitched out under the California sky where the music lives on.