After all, one can never be too prepared when it comes to this rock 'n' roll endurance test, which is now a three-day lost weekend of bands, bands, bands.
However, the best way to prepare for Coachella is to reflect on some of the fest's best performances over the last nine sunstroked years.
And 2004 is perhaps THE best year to begin.
First, 2004 was the year of the much-ballyhooed reunion by Pixies. This reunion launched a noble Coachella tradition in which everyone from the Jesus & Mary Chain to Gang Of Four to this year's Verve have gotten their act back together at the festival.
2004 was also the year that Beck made a surprise appearance in the acoustic tent, and a little band called the Killers played the tiny, not-entirely-packed Gobi Tent at 2pm. And 2004 was also the year of big-deal headliners like the Cure, the Flaming Lips, and Kraftwerk (the latter of whom are playing Coachella this year, too).
However, 2004 will probably go down in Coachella history for the astounding main-stage performance by one of the world's best festival bands, period: Radiohead.
By the way...Coachella tickets are still available! But they're hot (literally) and going fast. Get them at http://coachella.com/tickets.