We’re back from Coachella Music and Arts Festival. During weekend one, dozens of exclusive, invite-only parties had their doors open (rather closed) for A-list celebrities, industry people, and devout partygoers such as yourself. Here’s where we caught it all:
Bolthouse Productions hosted the 8th annual Neon Carnival at the notorious airplane hangar in Thermal, CA not too far from the festival. Provided by Don Julio, attendees had a taste (or ten) of special cocktails created for the event, such as the “Ash & Ice”, consisting of Don Julio Blanco, fresh lemon juice, lavender, raw honey, and activated charcoal. Damn tasty. The bar had all sorts of wonderful cocktails curated by mixologists at Don Julio.
“Like A Boss” Cocktail by Don Julio Mixologists
Bumper Cars was a challenge after a few drinks. One guest dropped their phone on the platform, allowing the rubber-bumpered vehicles to it run over. The moral of the story? Don’t Instagram and drive. As we were in the poor-turning car, we saw DJ and producer Zedd in the vehicle ahead of us. We made sure to give his car a little thump (no pun intended).
Other celebrities were walking around and enjoying the illuminated scenery such as Drake, Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul, a well-hidden Leonardo Di Caprio incognito, and more.
The dance floor was flood of lights and party people. DJ Ruckus, DJ Politik, Jessie Marco, and Kayper catered to the attendees with classic hip-hop/R&B tracks and thumping house music. VIP and bottle service guests were served Don Julio 1942. Not too shabby.
All in all, this is THE party.
We interviewed a few guests at Neon Carnival and asked about their experience:
Alex: “It’s my second year at Neon Carnival and it’s an absolute s***show. I’m a tequila guy and this is seriously the best of both worlds. It was totally worth bouncing from the festival and coming here as early as I could. Can’t wait for next year.”
Laura: “It’s my first year here, and everyone tells me that Drake is here. I haven’t seen this many celebrities in one place before. I would have never thought I’d be at a carnival in an airplane hangar filled with celebrities and alcohol. I’m totally gonna make this my desert priority when I’m here for Coachella!”
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It’s showtime! The great, desert getaway is HERE. Whether you’re spending the majority of the time on the festival grounds or jumping from party to party, we have all the details for your desert-raging needs.
One of Coachella’s most exclusive parties is Neon Carnival, hosted by Bolthouse Productions and Levi’s. After 8 successful years, this party has established itself as one of the best parties of Coachella weekend 1. From challenging Clint Eastwood on the water gun shooting game to being mocked by Chuck Liddell on the Strongman game, expect a memorable experience at the party. Thanks to all that open space in Thermal, Neon Carnival can fill it up with all your favorite carnival rides, multiple Don Julio bars, a ferris wheel, and a massive stage featuring residents DJ Politik, DJ Ruckus, Jessie Marco, and Kayper.
Highlights: I went to the festival with a broken hand just days before the desert getaway in 2015. As I walked from booth to booth at Neon Carnival, celebrities like Jared Leto, Steven Tyler, and Chuck Liddell noticed my cast. Jared Leto was obliged to sign, Steven Tyler was ecstatic to sign it, and Chuck Liddell asked how I broke it in predictable, not-so-lighthearted tone. In addition all the awesome encounters, I have to admit bumper cars was pretty difficult, considering I had to multitask “drinking while driving” with one hand.
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Join Emily Ratajkowski at Foray’s day party featuring Brody Jenner and many more on decks. Many socialites and celebrities will be at the event to kick off Coachella weekend with desert fashion vibes. RSVP is private, so it’s a no go, kids.
April 13-16: Vestal Village
This invite-only party is held at a secret location in the desert, divided into a camp ground and pool party. Amenities include pop-up restaurants, outdoor bars, horseback riding, campfires, and much more!
Goldenvoice and Sound Nightclub present Day Club Palm Springs, a massive daytime pool party featuring artists like Nicky Romero, Skrillex & friends, Mad Decent, Madeon, Dillon Francis, and many more. To ensure a wild experience, purchase your tickets HERE!
April 14: Goldenvoice x Framework Present: Rhonda, Queen of the Desert
Desert Gold — Ace Hotel & Swim Club and B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen’s desert oasis during Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — is set for another edition of cosmic, sun-soaked bliss. Now entering its ninth turn around the sun, we’re flooding the visual sphere with works by Modern Construct.
RSVP for the Do-Over is on a separate link located HERE!
April 13: Young Turks in Palm Springs
“Young Turks in Palm Springs will feature DJ sets from Jamie xx, Four Tet and Ben UFO, along with performances from Francis and the Lights, Kamaiyah and Sampha, along with special guest PNL. The show is going down Thursday, April 13 at the Palm Springs Air Museum.”
Pool float maker Funboy, the celeb-favorite brand responsible for the Taylor Swift-approved inflatable swans, has partnered with Smashbox Cosmetics to host a pool party at a private Palm Springs residence from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Funboy has also created a special collection of metallic lip floats in honor of Smashbox’s new Metallic Lip Glosses — perfect for an Instagrammable float-o op.
REVOLVE is pleased to present #REVOLVEfestival, a variety of aspirational style and entertainment experiences with special-guest appearances and surprise performances. REVOLVE will present its second annual #REVOLVEfestival, a two-day daytime desert party with multiple brand activations, performances and special guests. Additionally, #REVOLVEfestival will present DESERT NIGHTS, an exclusive VIP, invite-only festival after hours turn up at a top secret location.
This year, #REVOLVEfestival will include the influential music brand, Billboard, who will host interviews and live content capture via-the Billboard Artist Lounge, with carefully curated artists to deliver the ultimate music festival experience for audiences around the globe. Those unable to attend the events can tune in on billboard.com to get updates and watch daily happenings throughout the weekend.
Get refreshed before heading into the festival with the following: 02 station, IV hookups, Organic Juice bar, Acai & fresh fruit, more food & drinks, pool, hammock village and more at the Laguna Seca Estates with Livby.
Five Victoria’s Secret Angels (Jasmine Tookes, Martha Hunt, Alessandra Ambrosio, Taylor Hill and Josephine Skriver) will be hosting a private bash in Indio on Friday afternoon, complete with a DJ and beauty stations. The event is over at 6 p.m., which gives guests plenty of time to hit the Polo Fields for Radiohead’s performance.
We’re less than 2 months away from the mass desert migration for 2016 Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Whether you’re going weekend 1 or 2, we have all the details for your desert-raging needs. This list will be updated periodically, so check back with us every week for details on all the exclusive party RSVPs and how YOU can get in. Here we go… #ClubSodaDesertSessions
4/14-17: Vestal Village
We’re curious to check out the new location for the awesome event that Vestal has been hosting for the past few years. Enjoy some fun in the sun, take a dip in the pool, and grab some drinks! This event has been consistently great. Sorry, RSVP is via invitation only…
Vestal Village is a 4-day exclusive living environment taking place at a secret location in the desert valley outside of Palm Springs from April 14 – 17th.
4/16: PopSugar + ShopStyle “Cabana Club”
Sorry folks, this one is invite only.
4/15: Foray Oasis
Sorry folks, this one is invite only.
4/14-18, 21-25: BaseCamp
Base Camp will take place during all three festival weekends (april 14-18, april 21-25 & april 28-may 2). the Base Camp property is located 6 miles south of the Polo Fields and features 40 acres of camping, swimming, music, art & much more. welcome to Base Camp.
Yet another year of Neon Carnival. You know the drill. Lots of celebrities, thumping music, drunken carnival rides/attractions, and a strict guestlist policy.
4/15-16: The dFm House
Another year at the dFm House at Coachella 2016. Expect some fun in the sun by the pool. Make room for this event in between your desert-raging itinerary.
4/15-25: Desert Gold 2016
Ace & friends bring you the 3rd annual Desert Gold at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, California, during Coachella weekend, April 14 – 17. This year we have a ridiculously awesome line-up of bands and DJs, parties, DIY crafting with Havaianas, pop-up shops, free Rudy’s Barbershop haircuts, Sailor Jerry cocktails, Feel Good Spa specials and our new late night menu at King’s Highway and the Amigo Room.
Save the Date. We will be throwing our annual Palm Springs kick-off event on April 14 with Dan Deacon, James Supercave, Magic Wands, plus DJ sets by A Dance in a Panic, Andy Rourke of The Smiths, KAV, DJ Clifton, Blonde Ambition, Golden Touch, and a special surprise guest.
4/17: Day Club Palm Springs & Sound Presents: All Gone Pete Tong
Get your tickets to this wild pool party at the Hilton Palm Springs to see Bob Moses, Dubfire, Lee K, Nicole Moudaber, Pete Tong, and Thomas Jack. Enjoy the thumping bass in the desert sun as Pete Tong & friends tear it up. Tickets HERE!
4/16: Pandora Indio Invasion
Pandora is coming back to the desert for the third installment of our Indio Invasion. Join us for an afternoon of fun in the sun. Take a dip in the pool, savour some tasty treats and jam out with a special DJ set from Walk The Moon!
Get there early. First come, first serve basis. It’s gonna be a wild one. RSVP HERE!
RSVPs, RSVPs, and more RSVPs. Welcome to the ultimate source for all your Coachella party essentials. From endless amounts of booze, long bathroom lines, mid-day drunks, and the freshest beats, Coachella parties introduce a new variable to your desert itinerary–acquiring as many wristbands as possible and suffer through a typical case of FOMO. In the past, some of the best parties have been hosted in the desert, such as Jeremy Scott/Adidas Coachella party, Lacoste‘s “Beautiful Pool Party”, Flaunt Magazine‘s “Virgin Sacrifices”, Bolthouse Productions‘ “Neon Carnival” and many more. Which is the best? You decide. Where do you find out about the events? Right here. How do you get on a list? We got it… well, some you gotta find for yourself. Nonetheless, check back with us frequently for play-by-play updates and RSVP info! #ClubSodaDesertSessions
4/11: The Zoe Report + Dolce Vita present a pool party on Saturday, April 11 hosted by Rachel Zoe @ the dFm house. RSVP HERE!
4/11: Neon Carnival, Coachella’s most legendary/exclusive party, will take place Coachella weekend 1. Hosted by Bolthouse Productions, this party has become the celebrity hub of Coachella. Celebrities like Steven Tyler, Jared Leto, Shaun White, Clint Eastwood, and many more have made an appearance at the carnival. RSVP is invite only. Sorry..
4/11: People Style Watch and Revolve present Festival x Fashion hosted by Nikki Reed.
4/11: Pandora Indio Invasion and T-Mobile will be hosting a pool party on Saturday Coachella weekend 1. Hang out by the pool, grab some drinks, and soak in the Indio sun before heading over to the fields. RSVP HERE!
4/11: Cosmic Productions and The Date Farmers will be hosting Discoteca Coachella party featuring Daniele Baldelli. RSVP HERE!
4/9: Culture Collide presents Not A Pool Party kickoff Coachella weekend 1 at the Hard Rock Hotel. Culture Collide music festival was hosted by Filter Magazine, introducing a variety of diverse artists from around the world. The festival coordinators will be hosting a party this year at Coachella. Details and lineup coming soon. RSVP HERE!
4/9: Flood Magazine presents Flood Fest Thursday night Coachella weekend 1. Location will be announced closer to the event. Stay tuned for big news on Monday. RSVP HERE!
4/11: 1OAK and Tinder present A One of a Kind. RSVP not available.
4/10-12, 17-19: LED Day Club returns this year with another 2 weekend event that will take place at the Hilton Palm Springs, featuring DJ sets by Chromeo, Odesza, Flosstradamus, Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Chvrches, DJ Snake, and special guests. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, Feb. 11. Buy your tickets HERE.
4/10-12: Vestal Village will be happening again this year at Coachella weekend 1. Line up and details to follow soon. Sorry y’all, this one requires an access code.
4/10-12, 17-19: LED Presents and Goldenvoice presents Haciendays Coachella weekend 1 and 2, featuring sets by BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Bromance Records with Brodinski and friends, Jamie Jones, and many more surprise guests. Tickets are on sale so snag ’em while you have a chance! Get them HERE!
4/10-11, 17-18: SocialNightlife presents the 2nd annual Zero Gravity Coachella after-hours party.
For two weekends during the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Zero Gravity will feature a mixture of top talent, emerging artists and special guest appearances on April 10th & 11th and April 17th & 18th. The Zero Gravity afterhours party will run until the early morning hours at the county fairgrounds in Indio, CA, fewer than two miles from the Coachella festival. The party will provide a fun and exciting late-night experience with performances both by well-known and up-and-coming DJs.
4/12: Sabochella by Sabo Skirt Party
The dFm is heading back to the desert this April with our Aussie friends SABO SKIRT. Save the date for #SABOCHELLA on Sunday, April 12 + stay tuned for special announcements! Stressing about your Coachella outfit? Sabo Skirt is giving away $250 wardrobe vouchers to 4 lucky babes. Tag #Sabochella in an Insta of you and your BFF in your hottest festival style to enter. RSVP HERE!
4/11-12: Refinery29 + A-OK Collective will be hosting Paradiso pool party at the Saguaro Hotel both weekends at Coachella. More information and GA RSVP to come later.
4/10-12, 17-19: Desert Gold at the Ace Hotel Swim Club in Palm Springs returns with an other awesome event. Sign up for the Weekend 1 RSVP and Weekend 2 RSVP.
During 2015’s two Coachella weekends, we host our seventh annual sand rave Desert Gold at Ace Hotel & Swim Club. It’s a celebration of sun and sound and creative dreaming in all its wild and anthemic manifestations. Our Copper Anniversary’s got inspired poolside DJ sets by dublab, a Do-Over dance party, pop-ups by Moon Juice, Five Leaves and the world’s largest independent record source Amoeba Music, a fresh MOMO mural and so much more. It’ll be weird and wild, and we want you there with us, golden auras aglow.
Snag yourself a room while you still can HERE! More details later.
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