I’ve managed to bag myself four tickets to Coachella in 2014, oh yes.
*Read all about my first time at Coachella!*
This was done with a totally unnecessary amount of research, and there were a whole rollercoaster of emotions involved in the process. It started with curiosity and ended in shaking hands, a racing heart and a little scream of joy.
I don’t know why buying a ticket to Coachella had to be so complicated. As much as I looked I couldn’t find any cohesive advice out there for anyone from the UK wanting a Coachella ticket. All I could find out on the matter was that if you didn’t get a ticket in the Coachella presale you were better off looking at weekend two.
But now, with four tickets to Coachella in hand I like to call myself a pro, and here’s the epic tale of how I managed to get my hands on them.
Guide to getting Coachella tickets for UKers
September to January – try to research how to get a festival ticket – no information on sale dates all I know is I need to sign up to be in with a chance, and it’s pretty competitive. Apparently they go on sale some time at the end of January.
January 4 – sign up so I’m ready and will get any announcement emails. Look around for more information – unsuccessful and only have message boards to go on.
January 9 – wake up to an email saying the line up is out and tickets go on sale 6pm GMT TOMORROW! Facebook friends, share the good news of the Coachella line up and tell them to be ready.
January 10 – feel nervous all day, been dreaming of going for years. 5:45pm comes around and at work. I have two screens so on one I had the countdown screen with a Facebook chat to my other two friends behind it on a tab. On my main screen I had the gateway page into the site and just kept refreshing it.
For some reason I couldn’t log in to the account I created so I wrote out my card details and address into a Word document to have ready.
There was still 30 seconds to go and my hands were shaking, I clicked refresh and it worked! It let me in 30 seconds before they were due to go on sale. I acted fast. I had to wait in the queue for about 5 minutes, talking to my friends as I waited. They were in too.
The screen kept flickering and my heart would jump thinking it was going to the payment screen. Finally it did. The copy and paste document was a brilliant idea. I was all paid and checked out 1 minute later. Relief. I phoned my boyfriend and we waited for the confirmation email to come through. Boom. In my inbox.
Told my friends and they weren’t past the queue yet. Disaster! I got them to fire over their details and had a go for them – I was straight in there. Their account worked although didn’t automatically fill with the payment data they’d already loaded which was annoying. No stopping me though. I quickly got them to send it over and two minutes later, they’d got their confirmations too.
In the end getting a ticket to Coachella was pretty simple – so long as you are ready and waiting for the whole of January to act on their email.
With international shipping, a car pass between four and the actual ticket the whole thing ended up at xxx each.
If you’re planning to get a Coachella ticket in 2015 here are a few key things to note
- You can’t change weekends
- No refunds or exchanges
- You can only order two per billing address
- If you want to camp you need to buy a festival pass and a camping pass, but obviously you can’t have a camping pass without a festival pass.
Good luck for Coachella 2015!
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