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Music Festival Attendees Share Their Wildest Coachella Horror Stories

June 23, 2021 148 votes 21 voters16 items

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Coming to you annually from the Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert, these music lovers and avid partiers are here to share the worst things they've witnessed at one of America's biggest music and arts festivals. Taking place over two consecutive three-day weekends, the sheer size of the event is enough to draw disaster all on its own, but once you mix that with the hot sun, strong drinks, and a generally uninhibited atmosphere... well, it's no wonder so many people have absolutely wild Coachella horror stories to share.

If you're craving even more freaky festival content, be sure to check out these lists about Burning Man and other events, too.

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    Such Sights To Show You

    From Redditor u/syd_nit:

    2012 Coachella… I'm dancing and having a great time, look over, and there's a dude butt-a** naked dancing next to me.

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    And The Darwin Award Goes To...

    From Redditor u/festivaljunkie92:

    In 2014, our neighbors came back to camp Saturday night, and one of them had found a baggy of some white stuff on the ground. So they decided to start doing it, but after a few sample sniffs couldn't figure out what it was. So they just started chanting, "Mystery drug!" as they finished off the baggy. Then they took off and weren't seen again until the next morning! We never really talked to 'em much, but they sure did like to party.

  • 3

    Gotta Acknowledge The Talent

    From Redditor u/allansteiner:

    In 2010, I had my wallet CUT OUT OF my f*cking back pocket without my noticing. It'd be difficult to explain exactly how they did it here, but the person responsible was f*cking talented. So if you're bringing in a wallet, front pocket that motherf*cker.

  • 4

    Attack Of The Ants

    From Redditor u/rkobo719

    In 2012, I get there super late Thursday night and park in an outer lot. I get back to camp Friday night and want to eat something, so I grab a box of cereal I’d opened on Thursday and grab a handful. I feel something tickling my hand and turn on the light.

    Turns out, our campsite was on top of an anthill, and they chewed through the tarp and completely swarmed the box. I freaked the f*ck out, spitting and swiping them desperately off me.