Didn’t manage to snag a ticket to this year’s sold-out Coachella? You’re not alone. But you may still be able to squeeze in a weekend of festival fun thanks to a few parties taking place tangentially (though not officially) related to the music festival. The massive bashes of years past seem to be out of fashion, with smaller private parties supplanting big-brand sponsored soirees. That said, there are a few open-to-the-public events going down, and they’re a lot cheaper than a $500 dollar wristband scored on Craigslist. Here are a few of the best bets in the desert for those heading out sans tickets. Act fast: These are likely to fill up almost as fast as the main event.
The Oasis Beach Club (formerly known as Coachella Beach Club) looks to be the top draw for many this year, with great talent playing music poolside at a swank house near the polo grounds in Indio at Bermuda Dunes. DJ Vice and Roger Sanchez are just two of the names set to play poolside at the Blackberry and Oxygen Network-sponsored bash, where guests will also have the chance to check out the G by Guess style lounge.
Naturally, drinks will be on hand to help sun-splashed hipsters beat the heat: Titos Vodka, Tres Sietes Tequila, Coca Cola, Hint Water, and VnC Cocktails are all on board as sponsors. The $150 tickets are sold out, but the House of Hype Oasis Beach Club just launched a new set of tickets for a still-reasonable $225 for a limited time. And if you’re truly inclined to procrastinate, you can also buy at the door – $300 dollars for a weekend pass or $100 for a day pass. Sam Keywanfar, President of House of Hype, who’s overseeing the Oasis Beach club, says of his party, “Coachella Music Festival is one of our favorite events to activate around and we look forward to producing an action packed weekend filled with premium programming including performances by the worlds biggest DJ’s, interactive brand activations and top of the line production elements including mind blowing laser and light shows.”
Although Playboy and other magazines are also throwing invite-only parties this year, a safer bet might be a bash that goes down every year at Coachella, Filter Magazine’s annual event.
The Filter Yacht Club is sponsored by T-Mobile and boasts names like Blaqstarr and Dam Funk for guests who RSVP in time. Sure, there’s free food and drinks, but the best part of this party is surely the remote control boat races in their lagoon. That alone is worth the (free) price of admission.
Finally, never to be outdone, the Ace Hotel is hosting Desert Gold at Ace Hotel and Swim Club all weekend running concurrently with Coachella. An incredible lineup, including Flying Lotus on Friday, is on tap all weekend at the Ace in Palm Springs, with Yowie, Musicbleep, and Doc Martens sponsoring Saturday’s festivities (think free haircuts by Rudy’s or a chance to make your own flip flops poolside). Sunday’s line-up here looks equally fantastic, with everyone from Cass McCombs to Drop the Lime entertaining.
All the pricing — $25 a day for non hotel guests — and RSVP info for parties at the Ace can be found here, and you can bet this party will be the best of the weekend for those who really like to have fun in the sun with minimal hassle.