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The Road(trip) to Coachella: Playlist + Planner

April 7, 2014
Written by: Foujan Volk
Editorial Director

It’s that magical time of year when the beautiful people converge on grassy lawns and desert oases to worship at the feet of the music gods. Welcome to festival season. SXSW and WMC have come and gone but Coachella – the mother of all festivals – is a less than a week away. Though the drive from LA to Indio isn’t long, it’s essential to hit the road locked and loaded. You’ve gathered your festival-friends and have wristbands in hand, but what now? Pack, Party, and Pause.

Start with the essential six Ss:


The party starts long before you step foot on to the polo grounds – it kicks off the second you hit the road. We’ve put together our favorite tracks from Coachella artists past, present, and perhaps future(?) to get your mind right and serve as your soundtrack to the madness that is Coachella. And trust us, it’s the only mix you’ll need for the road.

Whether your route home includes a car or a jet plane, spend your Monday with some much-needed post-festival R&R. Our recommendation: the SLS Beverly Hills. Lounge by the Altitude Pool, get pampered at Ciel Spa, and dine at The Bazaar by José Andrés before returning to your suddenly-much-too-small apartment.

See you in the desert!