Which Coachella Stages Have the Best (and Worst) Sound?

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Timothy Norris
Main Stage
It's the last day of Coachella. Your last chance to smuggle in drugs, possibly get caught, possibly make things easier on yourself in court later, and possibly be out on bail in time to see some more good shows.

But which stages are the best? The sound quality varies widely, so much so that where an artist performs can and should affect your choice to attend. Here's our ranking, from the best to the worst.

1. Main Stage

Ah, the main stage, ie the Coachella stage, our reason for living. It's the reason we bring out butts all the way out to the desert, even though L.A. denizens can see most of these bands when they come through town. There are a million speakers, they are mixed properly, and there's a beautiful backdrop. Makes even mediocre acts sound sweet.

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Ben Westhoff
Yuma Tent
2. Yuma Tent

What a great idea this was! The Yuma tent, new this year, caters to old-school-style electronic music. You know, the stuff those crazy dubstep kids would like if they had any edumacation. It has numerous advantages: It's fully enclosed, so no dust, and there's air conditioning. But perhaps the best part is the sound quality; there's no bleed from any other stages, and the system is sharp and precise. The lines to get in can sometimes be a drag, but once you're inside you're set.

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Timothy Norris
Sahara Tent
3. Sahara Tent

The Sahara is the size of a freaking airplane hangar this year, and instead of being shaped like a normal crappy tent it's round, like a giant tube, and seems sonically engineered for, like, maximum sound-ocity. Ok, so we don't have the knowledge or vocab to explain why, but it's great in there -- the sound is contained, and you don't hear the nearby Mojave (or anything else) much while you're inside.


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