Want to get in on the Coachella party action this weekend?
A number of brands and venues are keeping the fun going during the festival’s second weekend: Continue Reading
Our friends at PopSugar and ModaMob were scouring the Coachella festival grounds and off-site parties for celebrities and the famous fashions they wore to weekend one. Continue Reading
I wasn’t expecting to go to the festival this year, so of course, any Coachella weekend is better than no Coachella weekend. But as I thought about the bad rap the inaugural repeat weekend got — hotter, fewer special guests, etc. — I realized that there are also plenty of pluses that, for me, outweigh the element of surprise that the weekend-two crowd may miss out on. Continue Reading
Celebrities, DJs, gift bags and free alcohol will abound at a series of parties scheduled throughout the next 10 days. throughout the next two weekends.
Most of the parties are free, 21-plus and require an RSVP — but if you’re persistent or know a friend-of-a-friend, you could have a shot at getting in anyway. Even if you RSVP, though, show up early. Some of the parties hit capacity quick, and your name on the guest list doesn’t guarantee you entrance.
Here’s a sampling of some of the biggest and best parties along with a few tidbits about what to expect and which celebs you might see at each venue:
Ever wanted to take a sneak peek inside those exclusive, invite-only Coachella parties? Well, Reuters‘ cameras got into a whole bunch of ‘em this past weekend.
The news service takes us inside the Mulberry party at Parker Palm Springs for a close-up look at the bash featuring performances by Kasabian and Wild Belle:
If that wasn’t star-studded enough for you, feast your eyes on this clip reel stitched together from some of the weekend’s other parties surrounding the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for video of Lindsay Lohan, Katy Perry, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and more:
At the Neon Carnival Saturday night, people came to play.
Less than 10 miles from the iconic Coachella ferris wheel, a second ferris wheel lit up an invite-only after party in its third year.
Gerard Butler, Emma Roberts and Whitney Port were among celebs who hit the Armani Exchange and T-Mobile Neon Carnival Saturday night. The ferris wheel, along with a tilt-a-whirl ride, giant slide and bumper-car game, went up on the grounds of the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal.
Into the morning hours, guests played carnival games for stuffed animals, rode rides and danced.
And thank goodness for the dancing! The event, along with every aspect of my first Coachella, was cooler than usual and 75 heaters dotted the premises. The real hot spot was in the middle of the dance floor, though, where guests danced to Google Play Magnified artists and DJs.
The carnival celebrated the launch of the new Armani Exchange Color Pop collection of brightly colored watches that will retail for $100. Nina Dobrev (“Vampire Diaries”) pushed the collection with this photo tweet, asking followers to help her choose which she’d wear out.
It showcased the T-Mobile’s new smartphone HTC One S as well.
Other famous guests included New England Patriot Bret Lockett, Chord Overstreet and Harry Shum, Jr. of “Glee,” Jamie Chung of “Real World San Diego” fame, Ian Somerhalder (“Vampire Diaries”) and Kellan Lutz (“Twilight”). Armani Exchange tweeted an Usher arrival.
Brent Bolthouse, the event’s producer (you might have caught his “Hills” cameos as Heidi’s boss), tweeted that it was the best party he’s ever done.
Went to a Hennessy V.S.-Details party at a beautiful, modern estate in Rancho Mirage last night thinking maybe that’s where the stars hang out.
I heard Paris Hilton, David Hasselhoff and actor-musician Jared Leto were among a handful of celebrities attending Coachella’s wet opening day. I saw Bob Forrest, the Thelonious Monk frontman and “Celebrity Rehab” counselor (with the wide-brim hat) and thought I saw Justin Timberlake in a dark hoody. But there was no evidence on Twitter that Timberlake was there and Twitter is God.
I parked my car and walked 150 yards to the Hennessy party around 12:30 a.m., just after Asher Roth was supposed to give a midnight show. What I saw was a pool party with a lot of L.A. hipsters and no Asher. The pool had a desert-landscaped island to let you know you were in the desert. The affair was catered by a French fries company from Montebello. I left at just before 1 a.m. after having a strawberry-flavored Hennessy drink that I must say was out of this world.
Roth apparently performed just after I left. Perry showed up at 2 a.m. I probably wouldn’t have recognized her except for the fact that she was reportedly surrounded by her six-person entourage at all times. She wore dark glasses and sported sleek black locks instead of a more traditional multi-colored do. A publicist said she had attended the M83 set at Coachella, but I didn’t see her in that melange, either.
The off-site parties aren’t sanctioned or endorsed by the promoters of Coachella, but Goldenvoice Vice President Skip Paige says they give tickets to L.A. management companies they do business with. Those managers give tickets to Hollywood stars and publicists set up photo opps at those parties as if they were the Academy Awards.
The parties and Coachella have become an important place for pop culture stars to be seen.