Coachella 2011 Set Times Announced: Got Conflicts?
Coordinating set times for nearly 200 bands over three days on six stages is no simple task. It's one aspect of Coachella that always creates tension among festival-goers who've had fingers crossed that none of their favorite acts would have conflicting set times ever since the nonspecific daily schedules were released in January. And you only get 48 hours to figure out what band is playing at what time and on what stage. Granted, there are mobile apps available to make it easier but even if they guarantee functionality with or without cell reception (which is always notoriously bad at the Polo Grounds) you'll want to have back up and predetermined meeting times/places for friends.
Click here for the detailed set times and stage listings for Coachella 2011.
You can make your own customized schedule using the web-based Coachooser (which has been down on and off today) and export the data to your phone (more on mobile apps below).
It really depends how eclectic your tastes are and how intense your desire is to see specific bands as opposed to taking in the experience as a whole. The best way to do Coachella is to just do it: set yourself free, keep your eyes and ears open and let the music take you -- along with the lights and visuals (hallucinated or otherwise). Your just as likely to ruin your day crammed into the Mojave tent as you are to be surprisingly blown away by anything happening at the outdoor stage or theatre during the golden hour (roughly 6:30-8 p.m. - sunset is at around 7:15).
Circle your fave bands and know the corresponding stages and set times. There will always be conflicts, the OCRegister has a good summary here. The National (Outdoor Theatre) goes up against Duran Duran (Coachella Stage) Sunday at dusk. Wire (Gobi Tent) and Big Audio Dynamite (Outdoor Theatre) overlap on Saturday night. Chem Bros. (Coachella Stage) and Gayngs (Mojave Tent) close out Friday night simultaneously. We see no excruciating conflicts. You?
Coachella's official iPhone app has some cool features and promises the seemingly impossible: "The map system is optimized to work even when you have no internet or phone connection." If only it could hold your spot in the porta-potty line... iPhone users, download it at this link.
An unofficial Coachella app is available for download via the Android App Store for festival-goers taking it mobile with the Google-based operating system. Search the Market on your Android device for Coachella 2011 or click here. The official Coachella app for Android is available here.
In addition to the 2 main stages, 3 tents, and the Bass Oasis Dome (curated by Pure Filth the Creator's Project Tent looks like it will definitely be worth checking out. More than just a space to grab shade, this first-time collaboration features work from video game artist Feng Mengbo, Mark Essen, and more. Musical artists listed as creators include CSS, Glasser, and Fool's Gold. There's also a sound-and-light exposition co-created by J. Spaceman of Spiritualized and filmmaker Jonathan Glazer. Titled "Undisclosable," it involves some sort of cathedral and a soundtrack including a remix of "Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space."
As if that's not enough to keep you buzzing, LA-based The Do LaB is curating its own area at Coachella for the seventh consecutive year. All-day Fri, Sat and Sun lineups on The Do LaB stage include two performances by Lucent Dossier each day.
Tickets at Will Call? You'll need to start your day at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. It's open until 6 p.m. tonight and opens back up at 6 a.m. Thursday. Shuttles are provided, more info here.
If you can't make it to Indio this weekend, there's always the Coachella YouTube stream, where some of the live experience will be broadcast beginning Friday at 4 p.m. PDT.
So pack up and don't forget sunscreen. Coachella weekend forecast calls for mid-90s and hot desert sun. Bring your camera (pro lenses not allowed) and pack a small beach towel (but no blankets). All ground rules are posted here. We'll see you this weekend at the Empire Polo Grounds!
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