Set in the desert of Southern California, this is the big dog of the festival scene, host to cutting-edge acts and sturdy old warships. Actors and It Kids sip from coconuts in the V.I.P. area while ravers, Mexican Goths, and indie waifs graze the scorched grounds.

DON'T MISS: Gorillaz, Thom Yorke, MGMT, Vampire Weekend

WHERE TO STAY: a sixties-era party pad—with a kidney-shaped pool and guest rooms for friends (

WHERE TO SHOP: Bon Vivant, for the sort of loud, mid-century housewares that inspire Jonathan Adler (

WHAT TO BRING: a Band of Outsiders polo and lots of sunscreen

EXPERT TIP: "If you aren't watching a band, you should be at a party. Two big ones are the Jeremy Scott party—last year they had it at Frank Sinatra's house—and the T-Mobile party, where tons of celebrities show up. You can bluff your way in if you act the part." —Los Angeles DJ Steve Aoki

DATE: (April 16-18, Indio, California)

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