Top Ten Summer Music Festivals

Coachella, Indio, California
Coachella, Indio, California
Light and art displays brighten up the night at Coachella (Chris Miller/courtesy, Coachella)

1. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (Mid-April)
Indio, California
Since Coachella launched in 1999, the multi-stage musical marathon has become the official opener of the summer festival season. Each April, more than 100,000 music fans head for an overheated stretch of Southern California, despite typical daytime temperatures in the upper 80s. That may not sound hot, but between the crowds and the all-day exposure, festival veterans have learned that survival depends on plenty of sunscreen and copious amounts of water. For those willing to brave the heat, the payoff is the chance to catch one of the largest gatherings of cutting-edge and indie artists in the country. Camping options range from onsite luxury safari tents ($6,500 per person) to basic 10x15-foot tent sites ($82.50 per spot). And if you'd rather dodge the heat at the end of the day in an air-conditioned hotel room, the festival's website has a list of several area hotels. Los Angeles International Airport is about 150 miles away.

Hot Tip: "Coachooser" is a scheduling application that can be downloaded to your iPhone, so you can make sure to catch all of the acts you want to see.

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Published: 23 May 2009 | Last Updated: 15 May 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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