Beyond sets from Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala, Coachella 2019 made its mark. As the 20th anniversary of the annual Indio festival, the kickoff weekend brought attendees the very best when it comes art, food, drink and, of course, back-to-back music sets. Weekend 1 is done, but the follow-up weekend will be here in just a few days and there are plenty of go-to spots that are worth incorporating into your daily schedules. From one-of-a-kind art installations to must-visit spots to give our bodies some TLC and places for tasty treats, iHeartRadio has compiled a list of essential spots that you have to visit while on-site of the event!
AMEX Card Member Lounge
Photo: Koury Angelo for American Express
If you're an American Express card member and looking for a place to kick back during the chaos of Coachella, you might want to turn your attention over to the AMEX Card Member Lounge. This one-stop shop will help you escape from the heat and treat you like the VIP that you are. Beyond services from celebrity nail artist Britney Tokyo and sneaker care cleaning services by Jason Markk, this lounge will give you all the TLC that your body needs. Charging stations, dedicated lounge seating, a bar and more will be available to your convenience. Plus, there's a complimentary ferris wheel ride for you and a friend with the tap of the Coachella wristband. Click here for more information!
Photo: DON IDIO
As you can imagine, music sets are just one part of the Coachella experience. Set your sights on the art like Spectra and you'll be treated to a whole different world. This seven-story art installation allows festival goers to ascend through six spirals of colors and view the Coachella grounds from the tip top. Spectra is also the only resident art exhibit at the Indio affair. It first set place on the grounds in 2018 and will appear until 2020. During the day, sunshine hits the Perspex window panels of the piece, illuminating the installation to new degrees. Conceptualized by UK-based creative studio, New Substance, Spectra is hard to miss from the outside, but worth seeing from the inside.
Cupcake Frozie Factory
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Cupcake Vineyards returned to Coachella 2019 as the official wine sponsor of the festival and the vendor brought along some new treats to the grounds. Over 21? Head over to the Cupcake Frozie Factory for plenty of goodies, including the first-ever frosé with your selfie printed on top. That's right. Not only was there a number of options like their newly-launched wine in a can to help you cool off from the Indio desert, but Cupcake also offered a very Instagram-able moment for your feeds and Ashley Tisdale got in on the fun, too. "We are honored to be the first-ever beverage in a can available at the festival in Coachella history," Eben Gillette, Vice President of Marketing for Cupcake Vineyards, said in a press release. "Our cans are the perfect portable, shareable, and unbreakable solution to enjoying delicious wine outdoors, so there’s no better place than Coachella to show festival-goers a new way to enjoy Cupcake wine."
Absolut Planet Tent
In efforts of pushing forward a sustainability-focused mentality, the Absolut Planet tent added a little purpose to the festival party. If you're over 21, you can head on over to the hot stop for some Absolut Grapefruit cocktails, music from DJ Storm and Daisy O'Dell, free Wi-Fi and some reliable air-conditioning. "The Absolut Planet tent at Coachella will bring people together to celebrate a more sustainable society for all," Simon de Beauregard, Director Engagement, Pernod Ricard. Its purpose falls on the brand's commitment for Earth Day. In addition to the interactive oasis, the tent saw a zero waste agenda to exclude napkins, plastic straws or stir sticks from the bar.
The Antarctic Dome
Visit the Antarctic Dome to feel just as cool as the pit stop sounds. If you need an escape from the heat, head over to the fully immersive, 360 degree sensory experience that's designed to "electrify the cortex in a group setting," courtesy of HP workstations. When it comes to specifics, the 11,000 square foot structure is meant to stimulate attendees with audio-visual adventures with art and content programmed exclusively programmed by Coachella-endorsed digital artists.
The folks behind CALVIN KLEIN created a rather surreal representation of the house featured in the brand’s Spring 2019 campaign, which features Shawn Mendes, Noah Centineo, Kendall Jenner, and A$AP Rocky. The #MYCALVINSHOUSE sets up like the perfect getaway for festival goers to clear their mind of the outside chaos. Head into the '70s-inspired house for photo opps and limited quantities of customizable CALVIN KLEIN t-shirts.