What's It Like Being the Hippo CEO at Coachella?

Categories: Coachella

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Timothy Norris
The Corporate Headquarters art installation at Coachella
By: Andy Hermann
One of the most-talked about art installations at this year's Coachella has been the Corporate Headquarters, a three-story structure smack-dab in the middle of the festival, with a helicopter perched on top. Inside the structure, actors dressed in office attire and hippo masks work furiously on... well, something. Actually, they mostly just seem to eat things and bump into one another. Occasionally, they stick Post-It notes on the windows to spell out messages, like "Hi" and "I'm the Hipo" [sic].

Just like in the real corporate world, there's a definite hierarchy. On the ground floor, mailroom workers toil away on menial tasks; on the second floor, cubicle workers try to look busy; on the top floor, a Hippo CEO lords it over everything.


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The Coachella Experience: In Stop Motion Form [VIDEO]

Categories: Coachella, Videos

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Timothy Norris/OC Weekly

"The Coachella Experience" is tough to define, because the behemoth annual festival means different things to different people. For some, it's all about a sunset ferris wheel ride. For others, it's about dancing your heart out in the Sahara tent all damn day. For me, it's about beer and Spicy Pie pizza.

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Why Coachella Weekend Two is Way Better Than Weekend One

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Christopher Victorio
By: Katie Bain
Hey! Everyone that just got back from Coachella! Did you have a great time? Did you hear a ton of excellent music? Did you hit up a bunch of hip pool parties, make out with that mega-babe you met in the beer garden, get your new Reformation outfit onto the Free People blog, Instagram until your thumbs hurt, dance until your feet were sore, and and sit in four hours of traffic on your way home yesterday afternoon while slightly hungover and completely exhausted? Yeah you did.

Weekend one attendees, we thank you for going out there and popping the proverbial Coachella cherry, for being brave enough to face the insane levels of anticipation and thrust yourself flower-crown first into the dusty gauntlet of the festival.

Excellent work. Well done. You all looked great. Now please excuse all of us who are currently finalizing our exodus plans for weekend two, which is definitely the better of the two Coachellas.

Incredulous? Hear us out.

See also: Seven Types of Douchebags You Meet at Coachella


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The 50 Most Beautiful People of Coachella 2015

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Christopher Victorio
By: Sarah Purkrabek
The temperature isn't the only thing that's sizzling at Coachella. With their tanned bodies, gym rat physiques, and seriously on-point bohemian/ethereal/fairy-style choices, Coachella-goers know to look their best while they're in the desert.

Both the festival itself and the parties that go with it have some of the most desirable attendees of any multi-day event. How they managed to stay this fabulous, we don't know, but here they are: The most beautiful people of Coachella.


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Early Acts Worth Getting Sunburnt For at Coachella 2015

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Timothy Norris
Action Bronson: An early act with smart taste in hats
Showing up to Coachella around noon is a dermatological nightmare, but sometimes seeing a few performers is worth the sunscreen and aloe you'll be using for the rest of the weekend. Here's who we'll be sacrificing our skin to see.

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Why Should People High Five Each Other More Often at Coachella?

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Nate Jackson
Jason Eppworth giving a high five down low.
Smack!...Smack!....Smack! "Woooo! Coachellaaaaaaaahhh! Gimmie five!"

That's the sound of a loud, burly Kentucky man high-fiving his way through the sunburned Sunday crowd on weekend one of Coachella. Though he appears to be just another dude with a GA wristband, right now he's feeling more like one of the beloved performers of Indio's massive, three-day festival. Not just because he sorta looks like Action Bronson. It's because of the rapid swell of energy he's giving and receiving as he walks through the crowd. Standing about 5'9 with a husky, country boy build, truck driver Jason Eppworth's thick brown beard glistens with sweat. He sports a backpack, blue shirt, and a matching backwards University of Kentucky hat.

Just up ahead are his two truck driving compatriots--a wiry, fit black dude with glasses named Maurice "Bull" Bullard also from Kentucky and Rob Record, another large mountain man from Nashville with a heavy beard, backwards hat, Slayer shirt and sunglasses. The three twentysomethings with syrupy southern accents form a loose conga line as they roam through the festival collecting high fives from a blur of endless festival goers. For the last three days, they've been trying to high five everyone they see at Coachella. Literally. Everyone.

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Tips For Coachella Weekend Two, From Survivors of Weekend One

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Timothy Norris
By: Andy Hermann and Besha Rodell
L.A. Weekly's Coachella team had a blast rocking out to AC/DC, getting our swerve on in the craft beer garden and stepping over passed-out bros in the Sahara tent. But we would have had an even better time if we had gone into the weekend armed with just a little more knowledge of how this year's festival would play out. Fortunately for you, you can learn from our mistakes. Here are 11 tips for how to navigate Coachella like a pro.


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People on Drugs Review the Art at Coachella

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OC Weekly/Christopher Victorio
Papilio Merraculous by Poetic Kinetic, in its Day 1 stage
When Coachella coverage bounces around every year, there's plenty of focus on the headliners, buzz bands, fashion, and the people in attendance, but very little mention is paid to the attractive visual art displays that dot the polo grounds. This year, 14 new installations made their debut at the festival and sparked interest and conversation among attendees. It seemed imperative to get some outside perspective on these pieces, and being that Coachella is event where it seems everyone's under the influence of something, we asked some people in their inebriated states to discuss their views of the art.

Turns out, festival goers can be pretty deep about art in their inebriated states (or really random), so these interviews have been edited a bit for length and clarity.

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The Worst of Coachella 2015, Weekend One

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Timothy Norris
We didn't have too many lowlights at Coachella this year, but a few minor annoyances and major bummers did stand out. Let us vent about a few them right now.

See also: The Best of Coachella 2015, Weekend One

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The Best of Coachella 2015, Weekend One

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Timothy Norris
The first weekend of Coachella was ridiculous. Our backs are a little sore and we're definitely more than a little exhausted. But scrolling through the memories of this year's excitement is the perfect remedy to nurse a Coachella hangover. Here are best things we saw over the weekend.

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