#Couchella2014: A Curmudgeon's Guide to the Best Coachella Experience Ever

Categories: Coachella

Lilledeshan Bose
My son watching the Goat rebroadcast on the iPad: I told him to look for daddy at Coachella!
•WORKING-MOM and A.D.D. FRIENDLY: Once at home, my 3-year-old wanted to watch Frozen while I wanted to watch Haim, so I set up the stream on my iPad. There's a no-electronics rule at our dinner table, so I placed the iPad on a shelf within glancing distance and ate in peace. Did I lose any of Haim's searing intensity watching them that way? No. In fact, that brings me to my next point...

•BETTER ACCESS TO ARTISTS: I'm 5-foot-flat, so unless I had a photo pass at Coachella, I was relegated to watching the bands on the big screens adjacent to the stage. With #Couchella2014, I could see each and every one of Este's snarly bass faces up close, in HD. YES! Not only could I concentrate on the artists and what they were doing, I could also focus on the overall music better because the songs were all being streamed in such good quality. No leaking through of music from other stages, no annoying bros singing at the top of their lungs beside you. 

Lilledeshan Bose
Outkast with my oatmeal.

•COMFORTABLE: At the real festival, I'd have to  zip around from tent to tent to try to catch bands in 100 degree heat. My feet would hurt, I would get sunburnt, get beer spilled on me and have to squeeze in with 10 other people in a hotel room. At my #Couchella2014, I could play Plants Vs. Zombies, go in my own flushable bathroom, sleep in my king-sized bed, wear pajamas, eat dessert from my fridge and be in air-conditioned bliss the whole time. I didn't even have to stay up to watch Outkast -- I fell asleep when they showed the snoozefest that was Girltalk on the main stage. Not that it mattered -- I woke up at 8 a.m. and found Outkast's whole set already uploaded on YouTube. Watched it with my oatmeal this morning!

BUT, there is one major CON to Couchella...after the jump

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