Coachella 2012: The journey to the desert is underway


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Coachella kicks off its 13th year Friday, and many fans and bands are en route now.

The Times will have wall-to-wall coverage from Indio.

Follow our coverage on Pop & Hiss as well as on Twitter at @pophiss. Readers are invited to share experiences and photos on Twitter using the #latcoachella hashtag. Over this weekend and next, we’ll be posting some of our favorite reader social media submissions.

COACHELLA 2012: Full coverage of the music, parties and people


If you’re still getting ready, here are a few things to keep in mind:

There’s no secret route into the festival.

Ask yourself these questions: Are you playing on a Coachella stage? Do you work at Goldenvoice? Are you a charter member of the Empire Polo Club and riding to the festival on your horse?

If not, turn off your computer and start driving now. There is no side residential street you can take to beat traffic. Indio knows all your tricks and will thwart you.

Bring cash.

Seriously, listen to this advice.

Yes, we know you’ll feel like a drug kingpin walking around with a bunch of currency tucked in your socks. But the ATM fees are ridiculous, the machines are often on the fritz, and you don’t want to be the guy trying to split a bar tab across a bunch of credit cards with a six-deep line behind you.

We’ll have more tips later. Below is a look at some tweets from fans on the road or about to be.



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