One of the most defining characteristics about Coachella is that it takes place in the desert.  There is absolutely no shade, save for what’s created by tents or various giant sculptures, so the sun beats down hard, making the already hot climate almost unbearable.  Loose, light clothing is uniform and the key accessories that will save your trip are a water bottle, sunblock and chapstick (I promise you one of the worst parts of your body to get sunburned are your lips).

For some great tips and logistics in a nutshell, check out KROQ “Locals Only” DJ Kat Corbett’s Web In Front piece this week “Surviving Coachella”

And Classical Geek Theatre’s “Coachella Survival Tips!”

The weather also plays a big role in setting the tone of the festival – warm, lazy, relaxed and a bit sweaty.  Just like the tunes below.

Coachella 2010: Desert Heat by TAtunes

When and where to feel the heat…

The Specials – Fri April 16, Coachella Stage @ 6:20pm

Fever Ray – Fri April 16, Mojave Tent @ 11:10pm

Bad Lieutenant – Sat April 17, Gobi Tent @ 8:15pm

Flying Lotus – Sat April 17, Gobi Tent @ 10:45pm

Pretty Lights – Fri April 16, Sahara Tent @ 7:50pm

Portugal. The Man – Sat April 17, Gobi Tent @ 2:15pm

Pavement – Sun Apr 18, Coachella Stage @ 7:45pm

Local Natives – Sun Apr 18, Gobi Tent @ 2:10pm

The Soft Pack – Sun Apr 18, Mojave Tent @ 12:55pm

Jets Overhead – Fri Apr 16, Mojave Tent @ 1:00pm

And because I want to be Zooey Deschanel when I grow up…

Performing Fri April 16 on the Outdoor Stage @ 5:45pm