Coachella 2014: Weekend One Party Recap

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Ed Carrasco / OC Weekly
Guests at the Filter Magazine Kick-Off Party
Just because you didn't score a Coachella wristband this year, doesn't mean you had to miss out on the Coachella Valley fun. In fact there where are enough pool parties, day clubs, and after-hours events to keep you partying all weekend long while seeing some of your favorite acts on the Coachella bill outside of it's Empire Polo Field gates. As round two of the festival creeps up on us however, don't expect the party scene to be as grandiose as it was last weekend. Most of the lavish (and celeb-filled) soirees such as the Lacoste or Vestal Village only pop up on weekend one. Here's what we saw in the Palm Springs heat over the past weekend to give you a better idea of the Coachella party scene and maybe help you better plan your pilgrimage to the desert next year.

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LED Dayclub at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs
The Party: LED Dayclub

The Venue: The new Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs

Time of Day: The party starts at 11am, but most of the headlining acts don't go on until past 3pm.

Difficulty Getting In: Tickets are $40-$125 for general admission (depending on the day/artist) and go all the way up to $6,000 for a private poolside cabana.

The Crowd: A little bit of everything--from the EDM crazed fans, hipster chic, and VIP types. (We wished it was more of the LED events crowd who knows how to freakin' party though.)

The Swag: Sponsored by G Pen they were giving out bags and other goodies in their upstairs suite.

The Music: Electronic dance music heaven with Dirty South, Kastle, A-Trak, Duke Dumont, Disclosure, The Martinez Brothers, Justin Martin, and David Guetta week one. Skrillex and friends, Martin Garrix, TJR, Michael Brun, Deorro, Tiesto, and Showtek weekend two.

Overall Vibe: Since this is the official Goldenvoice pool party lots of the Coachella EDM artist made their LED Dayclub debut. Their sets were much different however, so expect more chill pool vibes rather than the untz untz untz you hear in the Sahara Tent.


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DJ Harvey at The Saguaro Desert Weekender Sunday
The Party: The Saguaro Desert Weekender

The Venue: The Saguaro Palm Springs - a Joie de Vivre hotel

Time of Day: 1pm - 7pm

Difficulty Getting In: Just an RSVP at thesaguarodesertweekender.com (and standing in a decent size line if you're not a VIP)

The Crowd: Basically the cool kids in LA --from the sexy gays, hipsters, and everything you would expect to see at a Club Called Rhonda.

The Swag: As if the eye candy isn't enough, their sponsors offer free beer to yoga in the A.M.

The Music: The stuff you like to get funky too--Peanut Butter Wolf, Plastic Plates, and DJ Harvey on weekend one. Pete Tong, Kidnap Kid, Justin Jay & Ardalan, Jon Dadon, and Kedd Cook weekend two.

Overall Vibe: There's a reason why Resident Advisor to Rolling Stone are official sponsors of the Saguaro Desert Weekender. It's got the vibes of an exclusive Coachella pool party minus the pretentious feel. You can sip cocktails poolside next to Solange to Dillon Francis and nobody really gives a fuck as long as the music is good.


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