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Desert Oases: Coachella-Goers Cool Off By The Pool

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It’s that time of year again, festival-goers: Time to pull out the cutoffs and Minnetonkas and take to the California desert for Coachella. But let’s face it, only amateurs spend the whole weekend at the concert. The rest of us will be stopping in for a few sets—Lykke Li, Ida Maria, Girl Talk—before retiring to a lounger at one of the Palm Springs pool parties. The Viceroy has been the king of Coachellas past—GQ took over the hotel for the past two years, and Lindsay and Paris hosted before that. This year Jelly NYC (of Williamsburg Pool Party fame) will be bringing some East Coast flavor with sets by Doug E. Fresh and Spank Rock. The Cobra Snake kids will be crowding the star-shaped pool of the Riviera Resort for the Music Loves Fashion party, which last year included Steve Aoki and about 15,000 of his closest friends. But our money is on the scene at the recently opened Ace Hotel’s Desert Gold bash. The chain hails from Portland (like quite a few of the Coachella bands), and up-and-comers like Cave Singers and Justin Power will be taking up residence beside the pool. Cool off with boozy sno-cones in a hammock while listening to the release of the new Sonic Youth album, and then hit up an after-party in one of the suites (all equipped with record players). They’ve even got souvenirs covered: limited-edition tees by Joshua Tree artists will be on sale at a Levi’s pop-up store. If, like several big-name bands, you just want to wash away the desert dust with some privacy and 400 thread-count sheets, you could head to the Parker Palm Springs. But that’s no way to kick off the summer concert season, is it?

Photo: Courtesy of Ace Hotel

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