CREATED Apr. 13, 2012
INDIO--The Black Keys, Swedish House Mafia and Refused are among Friday's big headliners, but if you don't have tickets, there are plenty of other Coachella parties you can attend.
The festival is of course the main place to be, but you have to get a wristband to get in so a lot of fringe parties are popping up from Palm Springs all the way to Thermal. Some are exclusive and hard to get into others anyone can go to. Either way there's something for everyone this Coachella weekend.
A steady stream of music lovers flooded the streets and sidewalks in Indio. Ready to take on 49 bands on 5 stages for 12 hours straight.
"Yes I'm stoked," said festival-goer Hunter McCormack.
But other party people opted out of Coachella Fest and into the Hard Rock Hotel Music Mansion.
"We're here at the Hard Rock Hotel Mansion Party and as you can see its crazy," Mix 100.5's Bradley Ryan said. "Dia Frampton from "The Voice" is hanging out. The Hives are in there eating. There's celebrity DJ's. There's just all kinds of great sponsors. Heineken's here Spin Magazine is bringing artists back and forth in the festival. It's a great time today."
The crowds, chaos and consumption of Coachella Fest pushed these music lovers to the serenity of the three day house party.
"The vibe is way more chill," said Jason Macdonald. People aren't concerned about consuming, you know everyone is just here getting hooked up eating lounging.
"We're just hanging out, it's pretty mellow you know? It's not as wild. People are more sober and in tune to what's going on around them," Jon Buscemi said.
Former contestant on NBC's hit talent competition "The Voice," Dia Frampton, brought her talents to the valley, performing at Thursday nights pre-party.
"The pre-party for Coachella was really fun it was all acoustic which are my favorite types of shows kind of more intimate shows and it was really cool to be a part of Coachella in a certain way and I hope next year we can actually play the festival that would be a dream come true," Former Contestant on NBC's "The Voice," Dia Frampton said.
The festival runs all weekend long and again next weekend.