Aside from the impressive set list and epic party atmosphere, Coachella is quite possibly the best place to people watch, um, ever. You’ve got the true hippies, the total scenesters and the girls who look like they stepped straight out of a Coachella style collage. Like, how do they even do it!? If this is your first year attending, trust us, you’re in for a real treat. Brace yourself because here are eight types of peeps you can absolutely expect to meet.
Music, shmusic! The only thing the fashionista cares about is playing dress up in the desert, and let’s just say her enviable outfits never fail to bring all the street style photographers to the yard. If you’re not her, she’s the girl you want to be. She’s chic, she knows it and she’s definitely not afraid to show it. She somehow manages to make a floral crown or fedora look fresh again. Meanwhile the struggle is real for you.
The Coachella Veteran
After a decade of dedicated attendance, this vet has certainly learned a thing or two about music festival survival skills. You can almost always find him or her lounging poolside with fellow OGs at a sick Indio, California house during the day, then around 5:00 p.m. or so, slowly making the trek to the VIP section, where they’ll drink, dance and chill in peace.
Has a serious case of FOMO (the fear of missing out), for real! Typically dressed to the nines, a scenester is that one guy or girl who always seems to show up at every dope party and is often the life of it. Not only do Coachella scenesters like to see and be seen, but they also wouldn’t be caught dead not kicking it in VIP or documenting their adventures on social media. They’re a blast in a glass, and if you’re friends with one, you can bet your ass you’ll be rubbing elbows with A-listers at the hottest parties all weekend long.
The College Bro
Beer, babes and never-ending pool parties? Coachella is like music to the ears of a college bro! This too cool for school dude perpetually has his shirt off, typically travels in packs of five or more equally scantily-clad friends and can generally be found making a lot of noise (or just making out with someone), chest bumping other bros or arguing over who has the best tan.
The Music Snob
You almost forgot there was music at Coachella, but rest assured, the music snob didn’t. He or she will be the first to complain about the set list (happens every year), but will also introduce you to some crazy cool, up-and-coming bands you would have never known existed. The music snob marches to the beat of his or her own drum and is, like, so unimpressed by your lack of music knowledge (sorry, not sorry!).
The Hardcore Raver
A mainstay at the Sahara Tent, the hardcore raver makes a career out of attending EDM shows around the world and is super tight with a girl named Molly (yeah, you know the one). Telltale signs of a Coachella raver include intense happiness, flailing of the limbs, entranced dancing, Day-Glo attire and a love of large crowds.
The True Hippie
While the true hippie is few and far between at Coachella these days, the open fields and sound of live music still lure some out, if only for the authentic camping experience. You won’t find these folks chilling poolside. No, they’ll be the ones moving and grooving to the music from sunup to sundown, guaranteed.
Celebrities…they’re just like us! From Z-listers to the Kardashian-Jenners, expect to spot a slew of celebs at Coachella. That is, if you can afford a VIP ticket. Most will try to blend in as much as possible (the ones you actually care to see anyway), so you really have to keep your eyes peeled and, obviously, play it cool when you catch a glimpse.