Nowadays, the yearly music and art festival, Coachella, has probably become one of the most famous festivals in the world (if not the most, really). While it’s open to people from all walks of life, it’s become especially trendy with young Millennial and Gen Z women looking to strut their stuff.
This girl seemed to have partied so hard that she literally couldn’t keep it down. Darling, don’t forget this weekend is supposed to be about the arts, not how many drinks you can chug.
Just Keep Swiming
Glastonbury festival, for those not immersed in the fest scene from across the pond, is a five-day performing arts festival with many major international headliners over the years — like David Bowie, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and many many more. 2005 was an especially memorable year.
The camping grounds were hit with a massive amount of rain in a very short period of time, flooding both the tents and stages. Luckily, the event coordinators did a great job and no one was majorly hurt, but everyone did spend the week treading water.
Anyone who’s spent a day in any kind of festival will freely admit that it’s freaking exhausting. After walking around for miles and dancing for hours, fest-goers will drop anywhere just to get some shut-eye.
This guy seemed to have found the world’s smallest tent to rest his eyes for a few minutes. With this mini contraption keeping rain or sun from his head, he’s sure to catch some Z’s.
A major part of festival culture in recent years has been fashion. Everyone wants to rock an outfit that’s gonna draw the eye and rack in as many Instagram likes as possible. This Jurassic ensemble was sure to get some major attention.
But, it seems our dino forgot to take into account the hazards of partying too hard in a full-body outfit — no convenient exit strategy. There are really only two takeaways here… always choose comfort first, and know where the nearest T-Rex-sized bathroom is.
Festivals are divided into two — those that are family-friendly and those that no person would ever think to bring a child to. Coachella is obviously a kids-free zone. Yet, for some crazy reason, people still think it’s ok to bring little ones to a place where adults just want to let loose.
Alessandra Ambrosio, former Victoria’s Secret model, clearly thought that she’s the exception. Look, we’re sure her kid is very well-behaved, but we bet both her and all the people around her would have more fun if she was somewhere else.
Festivals are not just about who’s the best dressed or who took the best Insta-pic — they’re about being a part of a massive crowd of people, all feeling connected through the power of music. So, why would this dude choose to separate himself from that experience?
Look, to each their own. Still, not only is a concert kind of a weird place to play on your phone (no matter how addicted you are), but it’s also pretty disrespectful to the band who are probably giving their all for you on stage. Show some respect, sonny!
One of the most shocking flops in festival history is without a doubt the by-now-infamous Fyre Festival. With the help of paid influencers, the festival was marketed as an exclusive VIP experience on a private island in the Bahamas.
All that the super-important celebrities and social media stars found when they made their way there was a complete and utter mess. The luxurious accommodations they were promised ended up being a half-built tent city, with the other half in shambles.
Some festivals, like Burning Man, cater to the hippie crowd — they’re all about the tree-hugging and artsy freedom of expression. So, you would think that saving this tree would be right up their alley.
Instead, it’s been turned into a poor stump and converted into a pseudo-inspirational, quotable photo-op. An Instagram moment should never trump nature conservation. Clearly, this plant-turned-set piece is neither a tree… nor free.
Deep Dark Secret
We won’t lie, we too have partied a bit too hard at a festival once upon a time. After a full day of running around, dancing, eating, and drinking (possibly one too many drinks), we’ve just collapsed from exhaustion.
While this happy camper might look like he’s sleeping in the worst position you could possibly be in, we bet that to him, it feels like the fluffiest bed in the world. Rest up, fest friend — you’ve earned it!
Glastonbury isn’t the only shindig to be plagued by temperamental weather — many European festivals get bombarded with unpredictable amounts of rainfall. But, neither a light drizzle nor a heavy downpour will stop these revelers from having a great time.
This Olympic swimmer has dived headlong into the muck to enjoy the show. But, while it’s not great seeing a guy have to wade his way through all that water, it’s so much worse seeing all the trash the festivalgoers had left behind.
Showered With Awkwardness
A big issue during multiple-day festivals is the matter of hygiene. With thousands of people crammed together, all dancing and sweating, everyone is bound to get more than a little dirty. But, there are never enough showers.
This festivalgoer found a pretty brilliant, if somewhat uncomfortable solution — pitch a shower in a tent. It’s a good thing most tents today are made to be pretty waterproof. Though, honestly, changing to our birthday suits in something so flimsy has us sweating even more.
Full Weight of the Law
Festivals are known to be pretty chill places, most of the time, as everyone is there to have fun and wind down. In this hippie atmosphere, meditative movement has always been a fan favorite, and AcroYoga is a natural progression of that.
Look, we’re glad the ground security guys are having fun too, but they should be doing more protecting and less flying. The woman who’s acting as a base there seriously has our respect, though!
Waiting for the Other Shoe
As every veteran festivalgoer knows, good shoes are probably your best friend during those long days on your feet. They have to be sturdy enough to work as some good insulation against the rough ground, while still being comfy enough to stand in all day.
This guy probably thought that a good-old pair would do the trick, but clearly, they just weren’t up to the task and left him sole-less. Spending the rest of the weekend practically barefoot is definitely a fail in our book.
Festival days have this unique quality of being both extremely full of things to do, but also being over in a flash, and they leave you more exhausted than you ever thought possible. It’s why it’s so common to see people practically passed out, sleeping in any odd place they can find.
It’s hard to know what happened to this dozing dancer — maybe he got cold and figured all this trash would keep him warm, or his friends thought it would be hilarious, or just everyone was too tired to notice a guy sleeping by the garbage. Either way, we hope his dreams weren’t trashy, at least.
To be honest, porta-potties are always a fail. While they might be a practical solution for something as temporary as a festival ground, they’re small, they lack ventilation, and they’re used by thousands — making them an unhygienic nightmare.
So, we totally support this person’s choice of protective gear in the face of these biohazards. Truthfully, we can’t believe we didn’t think of it first! Bet her friends are thinking the same thing and are hoping to borrow it.
Peace and Love
Cute, funny, or flirty signs have become a common sight at concerts and festivals — some people just like expressing themselves through large letters on cardboard. We’re all for self-expression, but some signs just leave us baffled.
We’ve heard of “free hugs” signs, but we just don’t understand how “free shrugs” are supposed to work. Does he shrug at us? Do we shrug at him? Is it a mutual sort of dance? Do we need to think up something ambivalent for him to react to with nonchalance? Guess we’ll never know.
Fyre Fail: Going Up in Flames
Fyre Fest failed in more than just the accommodations. The attitude toward the guests was generally atrocious — all these influencers and celebs were promised a once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience, filled with luxurious perks and goodies.
Instead, they got all their luggage thrown and dropped off of a container in the middle of the night in pitch-black darkness. While full valet service was promised to the fashionable guests, what they got was as far from that expectation as possible.
Most people choose to come to festivals with friends — make a weekend hangout out of the occasion and make a fun shared memory. This means it’s pranking primetime for those friends who are forever young at heart.
Clearly, this guy chose his adventure buddies poorly this time around, as they’ve somehow managed to ducktape him firmly to a tree. And from his expression, looks like they’ve all gone to enjoy the shows and left him stranded. It’s gonna be a real struggle getting out of this pickle.
Anyone who’s ever been at any kind of concert knows that you’re gonna sweat buckets, and end the night super dirty. But, there’s an expectation that most of that ickiness and grime is going to be your own yuck.
These music lovers definitely didn’t expect to be sprayed with some unknown toxic-waste-like substance that should’ve stayed in the Nickelodeon studios. We don’t want to know what that gross slime is coming out of.
In 2014, Akon headlined the Peace One Day festival in the Congo. But, apparently, he was worried about contracting a disease. So, he decided to perform the majority of his show from the safety of a large plastic bubble.
Only, it seemed like he forgot to take into account the fact that a giant ball isn’t the most stable thing to stand in — he spent quite a bit of time flailing about on his back. Not exactly the most dignified show.
The Show Must Go On
For many smaller bands, performing at major festivals is not always easy — especially if they’re competing in their timeslot with a major headlining act. They can absolutely find themselves performing to an audience of zero. Putting all that effort into your music and then lacking listeners can really suck.
But, when it comes down to it, any band that truly respects their craft would play in front of any crowd, no matter how big or small. So, mad respect for these true musicians who knew that even an audience of one is still worth their time.
Ring Around the Rosie
We already know that festivalgoers create a ton of trash — while many festivals claim that recycling and garbage reduction is a high priority, when it comes down to it, trash cans and recycling bins are usually few and far between at these events.
This sleeper’s friends decided to do something positive with all the leftover cups on the ground, and play a prank on their friend. Picking out just the red cups must’ve taken ages. We appreciate that commitment to the joke, we just hope they cleaned up after themselves.
With everyone trying to have a good time, officers are necessary in order to keep the peace, but they can be a major buzzkill for those partying with slightly less conventional means. It looks like this trooper, though, has gotten in the spirit of things.
This cop seems to be having a horse-sized amount of fun horsing around on his mighty steed. Plus, that mask also acts as some great sun protection. As sweet as this, we think we’d still rather party away from this display.
It’s a Cat-astophe
Let’s be real — there’s no denying the fact that Coachella is a fashion show as much as it is a music festival. So, you’d expect all attendees to dress for the occasion, right? Well, after one look at this guy, you might think otherwise.
Whether or not he was trying to turn heads, that’s exactly what he did. Correct us if we’re wrong but does it not look like this dude bought his whole outfit from Walmart? It’s as if he walked into the store and grabbed the first thing he saw from the sales rack.
Muck is just an occupational hazard in festivals — with weather patterns being completely unpredictable months in advance when coordinators begin planning a festival, it’s impossible to know if the festival will be showered in sunshine or rain.
Plus, don’t forget that all major festivals take place outdoors where soil is in abundance. Put water and earth together, and you’ve got guaranteed slush puddles all over your pretty festival. These two seem to have embraced this party pooper and sunk fully into the dirty experience.
Letting Our Hair Down
Like birds, in order to find a mate, human males utilize a tool called ‘peacocking’ to draw the attention of the human females when meeting on the mating grounds (a.k.a the festival). While some use extravagant clothes, others choose to fluff up their plumage (a.k.a hair) with unique shapes.
Consider this hopeful specimen who is signaling to all the single ladies that he is, in fact, looking to put a ring on it — or, at least, have a good time — during this special season of Coachella. It really is quite an impressive display.
Fyre Fail: Someone’s Getting Fired!
Back to the Fyre Fest Saga — and this time, let’s talk about food. Most festivals bring in all sorts of food booths, with food trucks being a particular favorite in recent years, but the actual dishes are usually easy street food that can be had on the go. In other words, some fun, some basic.
But, Fyre Festival promised its guests a gourmet luxury chef experience. It was supposed to be the foodie experience of a lifetime. Unfortunately, the reality didn’t come on a silver platter. Instead, they got a styrofoam disaster. Yuck!
Festivals are full of people with similar interests, at least when it comes to their music taste. It means they’re a great place to find love, even if it’s only for a few days (or hours). And, once you make that special connection, who would blame you for sharing that love with the whole world?
But, PDA (Public Display of Affection) really isn’t as cute as most enamored couples believe it is. We don’t all need to see your beloved hickey or know what you’ve been up to moments before. So, remember kids, keep your lovemaking to yourselves.
Location, Location, Location
Camping 101 — always scour the land for a good place to pitch a tent. The ideal spot includes the windows facing west so you don’t get woken by the rising sun, close proximity to public toilets but not close enough to smell them, and a nice clear area around for a bit of privacy.
We pity the fool who chose this truly trashy location as the perfect spot to rest their head between shows. We’re not sure even 20 showers and laundry cycles would be enough to wash out this stink, but that’s what you get for not paying attention.
All That Tassels Isn’t Gold
Burna Boy, the Nigerian Grammy nominee, has taken the festival stage by storm with his awesome sounds. Too bad his fashion sense isn’t on the same page as his musical style. Surprisingly, our issue isn’t with the pattern or color of this suit.
Look, we don’t love the suit’s shades of yellow and black — reminds us of an over-ripe banana. But, that’s all fine. What we hate with a passion are those tassels! Tassels should only be allowed to exist on curtains at old people’s houses or on cowboys. You know we’re right!
Back of the Line
So far, we’ve had one or two complaints toward festival organizers. Nothing major really, but this one might be a biggie — why are there never enough sinks?! We don’t often realize it in our day-to-day lives, but sinks are seriously important (and underrated)!
We use them to wash ourselves and our stuff, to drink from, or to cool down on a hot day. All of these are seriously important necessities for a festival! And so, the line to the few sinks that are provided is always longer than any of us want to wait.
You Should See Her in a Crown
Coachella is full of A-list celebs — some on the different stages, but many just take the two-weekend festival to chill and decompress like everyone else. Let’s be honest, though. While celebs are real people just like us, they’re also kinda not.
It means they’re always gonna be watched and judged even if it’s their ‘day off.’ And we’re definitely judging Billie Eilish’s outfit here. The puffy designer vest paired with the neon-lime shirt is enough of an eyesore, but add those furry pants, and ouch!
Camo clothes should only ever be worn during tactical stealth maneuvers by army people. There’s really no reason to ever encounter the strange pattern in our daily lives — besides, if we did, it would scare us terribly because we wouldn’t see it coming (hehe, get it?).
So, sludge-monster-camo-man, surprising people by jumping out of your hiding place with your gross personal hygiene is just not cool. That girl certainly didn’t appreciate that icky surprise. Now, (please, we beg you) hit the showers, soldier!
For those not used to it, camping can feel like a daunting task. Add to that the stress of setting up camp mid-festival, and you’ve got all the right ingredients to turn what should be a fun time into a harrowing experience.
This not-so-happy camper clearly forgot their handy-dandy scouts’ guide, and so, pitched their tent all wrong. A rookie mistake clearly. Hopefully, nobody was trapped inside by this avalanched tarp, and the importance of structural integrity was finally learned.
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Like we’ve said, festivals are no strangers to the occasional summer rain or shallow flood. But, this sudden lake is on a whole other level — sea level, that is. It’s a real shame that all these festivalgoers aren’t going to have a dry bed tonight.
But, at least some of them are clearly making the best of a sucky situation. These two boating buddies have found a way to keep the chill vibes by flowing with the current and hydrating themselves with some cool beverages. Cheers!
Fyre Fail: Soggy Saga
So, obviously, Fyre Fest did not live up to anyone’s expectations. Just take a look at what was advertised as a specially prepared chef experience. We did a better job of making a school lunch like this when we were 10!
In the end, Fyre Fest was considered such a hoax that the organizer ended up doing jail time. After years of claiming innocence, in a recent interview from jail, he finally admitted that he knowingly lied to get the money for the festival. We’re so glad liars never prosper!
Rags and Riches
Look, we have a certain tolerance for being scantly clad at Coachella — the festival puts such an emphasis on strange fashion that it’s a given to see some weird outfits. And we get wanting to wear something short and light in the hot California summer sun.
But, Tyrina (who attended Coachella with Saint JHN) has taken both to an extreme. She’s beautiful and all, obviously, but can you really call that cut-out rag a dress? And what is up with that Mickey Mouse handbag?! We’re not even gonna talk about that creepy hat.
Who Let the Dogs Out
While Burning Man wouldn’t be most people’s first thought when it comes to music festivals, we’re gonna mention it — because we just cannot get over this crazy canine costume! Who thought it was a good idea to go all Cruella de Vil in the middle of the desert?!
Clearly, this furry thought it was the perfect look for the occasion, although we’re not really sure why. We do appreciate his commitment to the concept, but we really hope that the 101 dalmatians aren’t out there somewhere missing their fur.
Tierra Whack, darling, we know Coachella is all about making a statement with your fashion choices. But, what statement is this tomato jumpsuit making exactly? Instead of a vegetable garden, this outfit just comes off as fruity to us.
To be fair, though, it’s nice to see that at least someone took into account the strong California sun and brought a large brim hat! Too bad she doesn’t actually have it on. Dear Coachella people — hats aren’t just an accessory, please use them.
Wait for It
Many a festival fail in the past has included bad planning of entrances and exits by organizers. In fact, several festivals were discontinued due to overcrowding and the creation of dangerous bottlenecks, with some mass exits ending in tragedy.
But, mostly, it’s exhausting to stand in line for so long just to listen to some tunes. While this line is specifically from Coachella, it’s hardly the only festival to suffer from this — Ultra, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, and many others have lines like this. So, take a deep breath and just try to be patient.
Instead of a Tent
We all know that feeling of needing to use the bathroom during the night, and getting frustrated that you can’t get any sleep. Well, this guy found a solution: he simply slept on the port-a-potty instead of getting up all the time.
While this probably wasn’t the most comfortable bed, tents aren’t all that great either. This is probably the lesser of two festival evils. Bonus points: this way, there’s no need to wait in line for the bathroom!
Just a Quick Nap
This is what happens when you’re really too old for festivals but you want to go anyway. This guy really, truly, wanted to party but his body just wasn’t up for it. Instead, he’s sitting on his lawn chair napping – not unlike a grandfather on a front porch.
Maybe this poor man should stop trying to fit in with the kids and just accept that he’s not that young anymore. Maybe he can take up knitting?
That moment when you realize that you should’ve calculated a bit better… We see what this guy was going for, here, and it looks like it could’ve been really cool. Unfortunately, he overestimated his ability to leap very far and he’s about to look incredibly uncool – and badly hurt.
Crowd surfing really only works if you’re close to the crowd, and the safety railing isn’t in the way. This is most definitely going to be a painful lesson learned…
”Nice Guys Finish Last”
These guys have thoughtfully done all women, everywhere, a huge favor. They’ve made it perfectly clear that they’re not people who any self-respecting woman should spend time with, so no one has to waste her energy trying to figure it out.
Really, it might just be easier for them to hold up a neon sign saying ‘never been in a relationship’. It’ll have the same effect as these outfits and it’ll probably be cheaper, too!
Why is this guy so bothered by what women choose to wear to music festivals? Does it affect his life in any way? Besides, as evidenced by the “nice guys” we’ve seen in this article, men don’t always make the best fashion choices either.
As long as clothes aren’t offensive, or trying to objectify another person, people should be free to wear whatever they want without judgment. We kind of think that this guy just wanted to wear that outfit and he’s using the sign to pretend he’s wearing it ironically.
Father of the Year
We’ve all seen photos of a guy at a musical festival, with a girl on his shoulders. Well, this is just like that, except totally different.
While we’re all for spending some quality time with one’s daughter, we’re not really sure that a music festival is the best place to do that. Something tells us that this guy is going to have a lot of explaining to do when he sees his kid’s mom.
Telling it Like it Is
Let’s be honest: she’s probably not wrong. This woman is simply telling it like it is, and sometimes, the truth is uncomfortable. We don’t think that the DJ really appreciated this sign, but people who paid a lot of money to see a live show probably did appreciate it.
While we’ll probably never know if DJs actually mix live or not, we’re inclined to believe that this woman is correct. After all, it’s a victimless crime.
What a Mess!
This is what festival grounds look like after it’s all over. Not exactly ideal, is it? Some of this is the festival organizers’ fault, as there don’t seem to be enough trash cans on the premises.
That being said, the festival-goers could just walk a bit extra for the sake of disposing of their trash properly. Or, at the very least, they could’ve stayed at the end to help clean up. Maybe we should make it a social media challenge?
Maybe You Should Be?
This person’s mom thinks that they’re camping, instead of at a music festival, and maybe they should be camping? If you’re young enough to need to lie to your mom about where you are then you’re too young to be at a music festival.
This person’s only saving grace is that people do sleep in tents at most festivals. In that sense, we guess they’re not technically lying. We see what they did there!
Well, This Is Awkward…
It seems that this festival’s goal was to make everyone jealous of those with the weekend package. Unfortunately, that plan has backfired in a huge way. Instead, the weekend pass looks like a pathetic waste of money, as literally, no one has opted for it.
This is a pretty embarrassing fail on the marketing team’s part. Something tells us that next year’s festival signs will look a little bit different and include a lot less money-shaming.
A Fashion Fail
There are some festivals in which people dress up in crazy costumes, and there are others in which you wear pretty much whatever you wear regularly. Unfortunately for this festival goer, they seem to have misunderstood the dress code for this particular event.
They came all dressed up and in full costume, only to find that everyone else was just wearing their everyday clothes. Now, that’s awkward! Let’s just hope that this person’s other outfits are more in line with the vibe.
Every White Pant Wearer’s Nightmare
This poor girl is living out every white pant wearer’s nightmare, as blue paint has gotten on her shorts. This, folks, is why you should never wear white pants to a music festival!
It seems like this sign was painted right before people showed up for the festival, and that’s really the organizers’ fault. At least this woman has a good attitude about the mishap and chooses to laugh instead of cry.
Calves of Steel
This woman either has calves of steel or she’s never been to a music festival before. We know that we wouldn’t want to spend the entire day standing, dancing, and walking around in a pair of heels. Forget fashion, when it comes to music festivals, comfort is truly the way to go!
We applaud this woman’s unwavering dedication to her look but we also suspect that she’s going to opt for sneakers next time.
This guy came to a music festival expecting to dance, meet new people, and see his favorite artists live. He probably didn’t expect to discover that he’s a father but… here we are. We hope that Mathias was happy about this unexpected news and went to go meet his son and reunite with his baby mama.
Or, he could’ve run away screaming. Or maybe he didn’t even come to the festival that year, at all. We really need a follow-up about what happened to this family!
We appreciate that this guy thinks the substances referenced on his T-shirt have made his life better – but his current condition implies otherwise. It seems that overusing these illegal substances has actually made his life completely unenviable.
Of course, there are way worse things than being at a festival and having access to noodles. That being said, he doesn’t exactly look like he’s living his best life. If anything, we’d take this photo as a warning sign of what will happen if one uses substances they shouldn’t.
Most festivals nowadays claim to be extremely environmentally conscious — claiming that the majority of the trash that so many people make in those few days of the event is being recycled responsibly. Sadly, it’s almost never the reality.
Instead, all those beautiful open spaces where these huge crowds pass through are left looking like trashed battlegrounds. While some of it is definitely the festivalgoers’ fault, it’s on the organizers to make sure there’re enough trash cans and recycling bins, and there never are!
In the Spirit of Things
A lot has been said about cultural appropriation in recent years, and fashionable festivals like Coachella are considered some of the worst offenders. Usually, it’s pretty easy to know the difference between appropriation and appreciation — basically, someone else’s culture is not your party accessory.
But, this dude really didn’t put any effort into this ensemble. It looks like he found it while rummaging in the Halloween section at Party City. Honestly, he probably did. Maybe, next year he’ll dress up as a cowboy…
This Shirt Is Bananas
By now, it’s become almost expected that festival outfits are going to be eccentric, if not outright bananas. We’ve seen a lot of ensembles — from the kooky to the disrespectful, to just plain old bad fashion — but this one is especially fruity.
This ripe bro might have dressed to the nines in yellow-ish costume and accessories, but with how much sunlight he’d gotten in the festival, his face is more of a blushing red apple than a mushy banana. Fruits might need sunlight, but this guy needs sunscreen ASAP.
Remember that old advice — don’t judge someone until you walk a mile in their shoes? Well, during festivals, you walk way more than a mile — which is why the choice of footwear is so important. The best choice is gonna be both comfortable and fashionable.
But, clearly, this naïve gal made a poor judgment, and instead of a pretty and trendy white pair of Converse, she ended up with terribly mud-stained sneakers. This is one festival her shoes are never going to forget.
Often innovative and always provoking, festivals have really become the place to go to see all the new fashion trends before they hit the general population. But, some of those looks can be a bit… out there.
Take these two in their matching star-spangled leotards — this Coachella Duo looks like they’ve just gotten back from representing America in the Olympics at the crazy outfits race. So, with those ridiculous outfits, we’re positive they must have gotten the gold!