Coachella or Bust; Guidos Running Rampant in L.A.

The people behind Coachella, the king of the West Coast festival circuit—and one might say the country—have announced the dates for 2010. You’ve got till April 16, 17 and 18th to save up a whole ton of your pennies for the purchase of the $269 three-day pass. That’s a lot of pennies, which is why the fest is offering layaway as an option for the second time ever. Layaway—so 1955 and yet so appropriate for our debt-ridden, cost-conscious times. The fest is also mixing it up in other ways: You’ll be able to “car camp” for the first time ever, which spurs memories of Grateful Dead concerts. Will Coachella camping become a roving counter-culture? Will you be able to get weird home-cooked burritos or get your hair wrapped with multi-colored thread? Probably not, but the idea is intriguing.

The “car camping” spots are going to be 10ft. X 30 ft., which means that there’s plenty of room on the grass to pitch a tent. RV’s and tents-only have their own areas, but everyone can mix and mingle.

Also new and interesting: ins-and-outs through the day. No longer will you be forced to stay inside the fest during the three hours when those bands you don’t really like are playing; you can now go back to your tent—or someone else’s and chillax. Start saving people!

Also, completely unrelated gossip tidbit: I hear through the nightlife grapevine that the Guidos from MTV’s runaway hit Jersey Shore are running rampant all over L.A. this week, trying their damndest to get into clubs and finding tacky Guidodom —even with a small fame attached—isn’t enough to get them in (which is even more sad, because Hollywood’s clubs are already pretty low on the food chain IMO). It would be like not being able to get a table at Red Lobster on Friday night because you’re not cool enough. If you have direct contact with the Guidos when they are in town, do send along a tip!

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photo by Chris Miller

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