Whether you’re still upset that you did not snag a ticket to the one of the world’s biggest festivals or you’re in a major post-Coachella slump, all hope is not lost. You don’t need major music acts or crazy art installations to have a good time with your friends. With these tips you can save 300-plus dollars and bring Coachella to campus.
1. Create your own dorm room stages One of the best parts of attending a major music festival is the ability to hop from one stage to the other, indulging in a variety of different acts. The multiroom setup of dorm hallways is perfect for recreating the Coachella experience. Blast some beat-heavy EDM, bust out some multicolored string lights in one room and fist pump until you can’t feel your arms anymore. Layer some blankets on the floor picnic-style for a more laid-back setting to sway to your favorite indie singer. Just watch out for the furniture if you attempt your own mosh pit.
2. Embrace the signature Coachella style Coachella is not just about music. The hippie-chic look is a trademark of this event. Don’t have the funds to spend on new wardrobe? Pick some flowers and braid them into your hair for a cheap and easy flower crown alternative. Take some tips from the people over at YouTube and make your own flash tattoos. Sleep in your clothes to get the slightly wrinkled, relaxed aesthetic for which designers charge hundreds.
3. Have an “authentic” camping experience Make the grass at Sunset Village your own private campgrounds. Grab a tent, some sleeping bags and a few friends, and fall asleep under the stars. (Since this is Los Angeles, though, the “stars” may just be the lights flashing from the planes flying to the Los Angeles International Airport.) If you’re low on camping gear, creating a fort out of pillows and blankets in your floor’s lounge is a solid alternative.
4. Flood social media Finally, Coachella is not Coachella without the flood of artsy attempts at Instagram photos and overly excited tweets. Just because you didn’t attend the real thing doesn’t mean you can’t brag about your own campus Coachella. After all, pictures or it didn’t happen.