Ready to Rock: THR's Ultimate Coachella Party Guide

Coachella Style - P 2012
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Coachella Style - P 2012

At this year's desert fest, there seems to be more parties than bands -- here's what to hit up whether you're actually going for the music or not.

Coachella is upon us once again, and that means a barrage of feathers, fedoras and cut-off shorts will descend on the desert this weekend and next. And this year, there seems to be a selection of more stylish parties than ever, assuming you know the right people to get you on the list (or you wore the right shoes for fence-hopping). Whether you're actually going for the festival tunes or simply to snag a free mani and complimentary specialty cocktail next to a reality star or two, our comprehensive party guide will help you do Coachella right. 

WHAT: 11th Annual Filter Magazine Coachella Yacht Club Kick-Off

WHEN: Thursday, April 11, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Thursday, April 18 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

WHO: Presented by clothing brand Aerie, notables such as Jessica Pare, Leigh Lezark, Darren Criss and Joe Jonas are expected at the event. The first weekend kick off features live performances by St. Lucia and Penguin Prison and guests can come back to see Cayucas and Feathers for weekend two.


WHAT: ShopBazaar at Coachella, a weekend-long party to celebrate Harper's Bazaar's e-commerce website, 

WHEN: Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14

WHO: Eli Roth, Sophia Bush and Josh Henderson are some of the celebs that will join Bazaar editors at the Parker Hotel for music by DJ Mia Moretti and cocktails inspired by fashion and music. Manicure appointments courtesy of Butter London will be offered on Saturday and guests can enjoy a poolside braid bar sponsored by Herbal Essences on Sunday.


WHAT: A/X Armani Exchange Neon Carnival

WHEN: April 13 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. 

WHO: This epic full-fledged, ride-filled carnival -- located at an air field a few minutes away from the festival grounds -- has been a past party-circuit stop for Rihanna, Gerard Butler, Camilla Belle, Ashley Madekwe and Jamie Chung. This year, DJs Jesse Marco, Jus Ske and Kayper will spin while guests sip Svedka vodka cocktails. 


WHAT: BCBGMAXAZRIA and Benefit CosmeticsStyle & Beauty Bungalow

WHEN: Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14

WHO: Guests will convene at a private residence for a style and beauty lounge featuring OPI manicures on Friday and tunes by DJ Chris Kennedy all weekend. Specialty cocktails will be served and brow-shaping and beauty touch-ups will be provided.


WHAT: Hard Rock Music Lounge

WHEN: Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14

WHO: Guest such as Kelly Rowland and A-Trak can take time off from the Coachella dust and hit the Hotel Zoso in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. Live musical performances, daytime and evening brunches, and a VIP lounge for artists provides a relaxing getaway experience.


WHAT: Diesel and Edun Studio Africa at Coachella

WHEN: Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14.  11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

WHO: Diesel and Bono’s clothing collection, Edun, team up for Studio Africa (the organization celebrates and promotes creativity in Africa) for a weekend event at Tally Horse Ranch, featuring music curated by The Embassy. Bono, Solange, Emma Roberts, Teresa Palmer, Kellan Lutz, Joe Jonas, Eric Balfour, Luke Wilson and Josh Hartnett can rock out to special guest DJ sets including White Light White Heat with members of the Strokes.


WHAT: H&M Coachella Pool Party

WHEN: Saturday, April 13

WHO: Retail giant H&M presents a performance by Santigold during their fete at the iconic Merv Griffin private estate. Guests such as Diane Kruger, Josh Jackson, Justin Chatwin, Pare and Darren Criss will hang poolside, play bocce ball and ping pong, or enjoy a ride in their very own paddle boat. 


WHAT: Lacoste Live Pool Party

WHEN: Saturday, April 13 through Sunday, April 14

WHO: Celebs such as Chris Pine and AnnaSophia Robb can be expected at the two-day poolside soiree presented by the Lacoste and FIJI water. Resident DJs Ana Calderon and Chris Holmes with special guest appearances by Alexa Chung, Elijah Wood, Tennessee Thomas, Myles Hendrik and Zach Cowie will entertain the a-list at the private mansion event.


WHAT: Guess Hotel Pool Party

WHEN: Saturday, April 13 through Sunday, April 14

WHO: Abbie Cornish, Ashley Benson, Chloe Sevigny, Chord OverstreetChrista B. AllenJesse Metcalfe, Jessica Lowndes, Joe Jonas, Henderson, Katharine McPheeLouise RoeTroian Bellisario and Whitney Port can be spotted at the Viceroy in honor of legendary label, Guess. Guests can check out the line’s new limited edition festival collection and eyewear while sipping libations from Pressed Juicery. Following the poolside festivities on Saturday, the label will also host the Guess After Dark from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. at a private estate. A Patron Igloo Bar featuring Patron XO Café Hot Chocolate and Patron XO Café Marshmallows, an HD photo booth and a fashion fortune teller are just some of the highlights for the late night party.


WHAT: The Saguro Desert Weekender

WHEN: Friday, April 12 ­ through Sunday, April 14

WHO: Last year Kesha and Pete Wentz hit the event, which is hosted by Forever 21, Revolve Clothing and Swatch at the oh-so-colorful Saguro Hotel. This year, Sky Ferreira and Rick Rude are expected to attend.


WHAT: Volt Valley

WHEN: Saturday, April 13 through Sunday, April 14

WHO: Aaron Paul, Josh Hutcherson, Paris Hilton, Afrojack and Mark Foster were in attendance at last year’s Volt Valley at the Mirage featuring Bagatelle Beach. The weekend sponsored by tequila purveyor Patron, with a special activity: a ride on the brand’s hot air balloon.