Fans, DJs & Artistic Recyclers: Win Your Way To Coachella 2011

Coachellla DJ mixer

We told you about the Coachella 2011 fake poster rumors getting squashed with Kayne West, Kings of Leon and The Strokes headliner announcement. And now here’s a mega post on the lowdown about all the fun contests going on this year, including a chance to win a trip to party in the desert and help contribute to the Coachella experience.

Like last year, the contests will give fans, aspiring DJs and artistic recyclers all a chance to win their way to Coachella.

The Coachella contests are sponsored by Global Inheritance and it’s a pleasure to share them with you because we’ve explored several of the fan-centric, artistic and interactive elements represented in the contests before on Live Fix.

We’ve wondered about the memory of Coachella fan experiences in time lapse and the rise of a new kind of family vacation that ushers in the next gen music scribes.

We’ve seen what sort of things can happen when the concert experience gets interactive, artistic and green.

And we’ve examined the phenomenon of the fan-to-artist transformation, too.

If you want to take a shot at winning Coachella tickets and the right to perform in front of 75,000 fellow fans, you better get on it and check out the details of the contests below.

Here are the details of the Energy Factory Sweat Shop Mixer contest:

  • You cannot perform on your own. You’ll need at least 12 friends to power all your equipment.
  • Your friends will be running on hamster wheels, riding bikes, turning hand cranks, riding seesaws among
    other things to power your turntables and sound system.
  • There are limited time slots, so all DJ’s confirmed will need to put down a $50 deposit. If you arrive on time and perform your DJ set powered 100% by friends or family or people you meet at the camp grounds… you’ll receive a 100% refund plus a cool Sweat Shop Mixer t-shirt that is of course sweat shop free.
  • You cannot suck.
  • If you’re friends are in great condition and you’re ruling the decks….this time period can be extended.
  • Coachella will curate the music hard drive so you’re getting the best of the best to spin.
  • Set times are 40 min long.
  • If you (and your friends) are up for the challenge, give them a taste of your tunes and send your proposed Coachella set mix to:

Coachella also notes that the Sweat Shop is a massive undertaking that requires the collective effort of electricians, engineers, electrical engineers, energy experts, designers, web programmers, architects, movers, mathematicians, truckers or the second coming of MacGyver.

So, if you have any of those skills and want to lend a hand, send an email to:

TRASHed at Coachella

Coachellla TrashedART

This second Coachella “TRASHed” contest is a call out to those of you who love mixing live music with visual art.

My trips to Rothbury, Pitchfork and Lollapalooza over the years have given me tons of visual inspiration as I walk the grounds taking a break from the music to soak up all the trippy and abstract art installations.

And as an amateur sketcher, I’ve mentioned before how I’ve scribbled sketches of my favorite live music moments on my moleskine so that I can look at them later and quickly get the emotional gist of the show to write the review. So I’m excited to see how this contest turns out.

Here are the details explaining how you can be a part of TRASHed Coachella and submit your artwork to be considered to design one of the 20 artist to help design the recycling bins used at Coachella. If you enter or know someone who will, please drop a comment or send me an email.

  • Everyone from Hunter S. Thompson to Fugazi has represented during the past 7 years.
  • There’s two rounds of competition. Winning Northern America and then the world competition.
  • 20 finalists will be selected each receiving tixs and vip passes for Coachella Festival 2011.
  • The “non-offensive” redesigned bins will be placed in schools throughout Southern California after Coachella to inspire the future recyclers of the world!
  • On February 20th, 20 artists and 5 alternates will be selected to redesign 96 gallon recycling bins.
  • No admission fee, but any bad idea or artwork will be passed along internally at your expense.
  • Send links to your artwork, concept and/or website to:


Coachellla carpoolchella

Continuing our exploration concert road trips, here’s what you can win in you participate in Carpoolchella:

  • Carpool with four (4) or more to a vehicle and you might win…
  • PHOTO PASSES (get up close)

Here’s what you need to do:

Participate by simply writing the word CARPOOLCHELLA on a 8×11 piece of paper (or larger –
Get CREATIVE and be easy to SPOT). You can also just easily PRINT THIS CARPOOLCHELLA PDF and place on the dash and arrive at the festival anytime over the weekend before 2pm on Sunday.

During the weekend (Thursday – Sunday), a SECRET SPOTTER will be out at the parking and camping entrances watching people drive in. At random times, random cars with 4 or more people with a CARPOOLCHELLA sign on their dash will be approached for questioning and might possibly win a VIP ticket/pass for Life starting in 2011 or one of the other prizes drawn randomly (listed above).

How Did It Turn Out Last Year?

Check out the video below to see last year’s contest and DJ mixer, to get more info on the Official Lineup, Fake Poster fun, fan forums and the 2011 Coachella mobile app go here.

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