Music festivals rarely last long enough to navigate generational shifts.
But the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which launches its 19th installment on Friday and runs over the next two weekends at Indio's Empire Polo Club, has more or less pulled it off.
Promoters have widened its music offerings to better grapple with social issues such as lineup representation and have also had to learn to navigate logistical headaches such as harassment and substance abuse. In turn, Coachella has transitioned from a scrappy Gen X rock outing to a perpetually sold-out fixture of late-millennial life in SoCal.
Leave the flower crowns and fringe at home this time around. Music festival dressing really is about color selections, creativity and looking effortlessly thrown-together with the right amount of style.
The must-haves? Pack sexy tops, a hands-free carryall bag, sparkling nail colors and the requisite floaty robe to be worn over denim cutoffs along with a great pair of booties, a stylish hat and multipurpose jewelry.
That’s just for starters. Also, you’ll want to have statement shades, distressed denims and a short-sleeve shirt in a fun print. Just remember this: If you’re going to Coachella, Beyoncé’s fans come dressed to impress no matter the venue. So may the fashion forces be with you.
The members of Portugal. The Man have made a habit of representing rock in spaces dominated by pop and hip-hop.
Last year, their song "Feel It Still" — a maddeningly catchy number about being "a rebel just for kicks" — peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot 100 behind rap hits by Post Malone and Cardi B. In January, "Feel It Still" beat "Despacito" and a Chainsmokers track to win a Grammy Award for best pop duo/group performance.
And then there was the band's recent gig on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" amid the smiling likes of Mariah Carey and Camila Cabello.