Dying to go to Coachella but can’t get any of your friends to go with you? Friends with a bunch of broke asses who can’t afford Coachella? Bought tickets with your girlfriend and now you broke up? Questions about going to Coachella alone are actually some of the most common questions about attending the festival. The point of this article is to go over why going to Coachella is not only OK, but potentially even better. Trust me, it’s not all bad: let’s look at all the good things about attending Coachella alone.
The most aggravating thing about Coachella is the conflicts, which become exponentially more likely if you are with a group. Everyone has different music tastes and everyone will want to see different artists at Coachella. If you are at Coachella alone you can march to the beat of your own drum: whoever you want to see is who you will see, and you don’t need to miss a show to placate someone else in your group. For me this is the most appealing thing about going to Coachella. I have many memories of being at one stage for a show I didn’t want to attend and longingly looking off in the distance at the stage I did want to be at. Solochella allows you to see every artist on the lineup you want to see. I think you will find if you research going to Coachella alone that this is the number one thing people love about going to Coachella alone.
I’ve never gone anywhere before where people are so friendly and just promoting good vibes as Coachella. You will meet people from all over the world at Coachella there to have a good time and enjoy good tunes. You can easily make a friend in the crowd while waiting for a show. My main point is just because you are going to Coachella alone doesn’t mean you are going to be isolated the whole weekend and not speak for 72 hours. You will likely meet people, chat it up with them, and make some new friends at Coachella. If you are camping at Coachella this is even doubly true: lots of people in the campgrounds become friends with your neighbors. There is over a 95% chance if you simply go up to your neighbors and explain the situation and bring some beer you will become quick Coachella buddies.
If you really don’t want to be alone I really suggest you go to the Coachella Reddit page. They always have people planning meetups, which you could easily attend and make some friends. There’s also many people there going with groups that offer to take in people going to Coachella alone. Lots of people go to Coachella looking to interact with people they didn’t know before, you will be OK I assure you.
I assure you if you go onto the Coachella forums or Coachella Reddit page you are going to see a ton of people talking about going alone. I am writing this article because it is such a common question. Tons of people go to Coachella alone, you will not be abnormal at all if you meet people and tell them you are going alone. Personally I have a lot of respect for people who go alone; it shows you aren’t deterred from doing something you want to do by something as insignificant as having to do it alone. Anyways, there will be tons of people there alone and you can likely make a friend of some of these people.
In general, about 60%+ of your time at Coachella is going to be spent watching live music. There is limited interaction with your friends or group during the shows anyways. Being at Coachella alone isn’t a big deal since most of the time you will be enjoying the shows and not talking to anyone.
Anytime you go to Coachella with a group there is a lot of wasted time. Someone will get separated from the group or everyone will want to meet up for beers or get a group photo. This is all fine and dandy but while this is going on your missing action at one of the Coachella stages. I would also say don’t underestimate how much time it can take just to get your whole group together at Coachella – limited phone service, huge crowds, etc. – it can be quite the ordeal. When you roll to Coachella solo you don’t need to waste your time on this nonsense and can spend more time wandering the fields, looking at the art, or seeing a show at one of the Coachella stages.
This one is sort of related to the last one: if you go to Coachella alone, when you are ready to leave you can just leave. You don’t need to gather your group together so you can all leave together or wait for someone to run to the locker. You, and you alone, decide when you head home from Coachella.
This one is huge for me. I have been known to be particularly fond of the bottom 3 or 4 lines at Coachella. One of my favorite parts about Coachella is being able to find new artists that I wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. Every year I find a ton of bands on the bottom lines I desperately want to see at Coachella. The problem? These bands typically play sometime between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. We typically stay in Palm Springs for Coachella so it takes awhile to get in, so to make these shows we have to get up fairly early. This would be fine for me, but the group generally votes against it. If you go to Coachella alone you can head off to Coachella whenever you please.
Whether it is for Coachella or not, planning a trip with a group can be stressful. Just finding a house or other accommodations is a pain as you need to take into account everyone’s budgets and preferences. When you go to Coachella alone you can just pick wherever you want to stay for the weekend and not worry about what anyone else wants. Of course, the negative side is you don’t have a group to split the costs with so there is definitely a tradeoff here. I discuss this more below.
Now I don’t want to make it sound like it’s all rosy, or everyone would go to Coachella alone. The biggest drawback to going to Coachella alone is likely the costs if you aren’t camping. If you don’t camp at Coachella you will need to get a hotel or a house. Event Track currently watches prices for about 15+ music festivals and accommodations for Coachella are the most expensive in the country: there are limited hotels and houses for the huge Coachella crowd so things can get expensive. If you do go to Coachella alone, and do not want to camp, you have limited options.
First, you can eat the costs and just book an expensive hotel or house. This will be expensive but obviously it’s an option, which may or may not be an option for Coachella based on your financial situation. Second, you could book a house on Airbnb where you don’t have the entire house to yourself. Plenty of people who live near Indio (where Coachella takes place) have large houses and rent out a bedroom. This can actually be quite reasonably priced and you can find a good deal, especially if you book Coachella early. Third, you can go on the Coachella forum or Coachella Reddit page and post your situation. Plenty of people have a big house for Coachella and have extra space to take in people. This is a win-win for everyone as they save some money and you get a cheaper place to stay and some potential friends. Obviously this comes down to how comfortable you are with this type of situation, but it works for a lot of people. As always with Coachella accommodations I just suggest you try to figure it out sooner rather than later as prices only go up for Coachella.
Going to Coachella alone is perfectly fine, and really not that abnormal to be honest. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by how many people attend Coachella each year by themselves – you will not be an oddball by any means. I certainly wouldn’t let it be the reason you don’t attend Coachella – go and you will have a blast!