The Seven Types of People We Love at Coachella

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Heidi Darby
"Mirv" and "Deej" are festie besties

It's no secret that Coachella has become a playground for bros, celebutantes, and music elitists, but laced within the throngs of entitlement are the survivors who represent the positive side of Coachella culture. Considering the unrepentant cynicism that surrounds Coachella these days, it's not surprising that our quest took some digging. After scouring the polo fields we discovered that there's still Coachella-goers who are more interested in the music and the adventure than the photo ops. We've reconnected with the seven types of people we love at Coachella, so set aside your sneer and try and catch up with these folks.

See also: The Seven Types of Douchebags You Meet at Coachella

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The 10 Coolest Totems at Coachella

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Willie T
By: Sarah Purkrabek
This year, Coachella explicitly denied totems entry into the festival. These celebrity faces and odd things attached to sticks are useful for helping keep groups of friends together in big crowds, and they're especially ubiquitous at EDM events like Hard Summer, EDC and Ultra.

The ban on totems, though, didn't stop Coachella-goers from smuggling in their means of staying connected. Here are the 10 best totems we've seen so far at Weekend 2.


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Coachella Turned Me Into a Garbage Man

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Daniel Kohn
Coachella is always thinking of clever ways to make us pick up our damn trash. Their bright-colored, well-labeled trash and recycle bins are everywhere. And in the past, any do-gooder or broke festival goer could pick up a standard amount of 10 water bottles to trade for a new one to sip on. But this year, the eco-minded folks at Coachella figured out how to play on our sense of capitalism and test our physical endurance. And, in my case, it tested the desire to walk away with a $25 Coachella t-shirt without paying a dime. This year, a few days before I arrived in Indio, I noticed that there was this new challenge where if you recycled loose bottles and cans, you could take home prizes--including said t-shirt.

It seemed like a good idea to meander throughout the grounds and do everyone a public service by literally picking up their recyclable garbage. Others, though, had their eyes on bigger prizes, like a Coachella sweatshirt (800 water bottles) or even VIP upgrades (1800 water bottles!) for this year and the entry to a raffled to win wristbands to next year's extravaganza.

As Walter Sopchak so eloquently put it in The Big Lebowski, "This isn't 'Nam, there are rules." That held true for this competition as well. There was a no dumpster diving, which on top of being gross, was a grounds for disqualification. Only items on the field were fair game. The same goes for the separation between garbage collected in the campgrounds versus the venue. No crossing the streams.

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What's It Like Being the Hippo CEO at 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]

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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 Jeffrey Epperson 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, also from Kentucky--a wiry, fit black dude with glasses named Maurice "Bull" Bullard and Rob Record, another large mountain man 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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