Planning tips and survival guide for music festival getaways

Aside from writing and traveling, music plays a big role in my life. You see, international artists RARELY go to the Philippines and if they do they tend to come during the end of their careers. That’s why when I began my expat life in the U.S.A. I also began a full throttle music binge. Having lived in LA for most of my time in the US afforded me access to great music venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theater, Wiltern and smaller ones like the Viper Room, Hotel Cafe and Troubadour. I’ve also traveled outside of LA to attend concerts or to see artists that I love. On top of that, I make it a point to check out local music when I’m traveling overseas.

However, I have never been to a music festival. I finally had the chance to attend the 2011 Coachella Music and Arts Festival last weekend. I was with fellow music aficionado Alex of Europe to La La Land and you can check out a day to day account of our first Coachella experience at her blog. It took some planning but I am happy to report that Alex and I survived the three (3) full days under the desert sun. We had a blast and I think it was due to the fact that we came prepared.

This is why I have decided to put together a guide with tips on how to make the most of your music festival getaway. Note: click on images to enlarge.

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