Coachella is, once again, the music festival of the 2019 season, what with its can’t-miss fashion statements, A-list concertgoers, and top-tier headliners like Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande, and Tame Impala.
Of course, making it all the way to Indio, California from mid-to-late April isn’t easy for everyone, whether your flower crown is at the cleaners or you simply can’t afford the tickets…and the cross-country trek.
Rather than experience yet another year of Coachella FOMO, we wanted to imagine what it would be like if the festival made its way to the City of Brotherly Love and became, say, Phillychella. Or maybe even Coachellphia.
When you think about it, Philadelphia would actually be a perfect host city for the three-day, two-week spanning event. Hear us out: not only would concertgoers get to avoid the oppressive California desert heat by partying in the sprawling (and shaded) Fairmount Park, but Philly’s got world-class food and culture to spare.
There would simply have to be our hometown staples such as cheesesteaks from Dalessandro’s, soft pretzels from Miller’s Twist, and water ice from John’s, but imagine the possibilities of food trucks. They could feature culinary favorites like the pulled pork from Fette Sau, edamame dumplings from Buddakan, or kouign-amann from Bake Life Cake Shop. Philly is a food city so the possibilities are truly endless.
And while foodies would wait in line for hours for lychee lemonade from Little Baby’s Ice Cream or veggie burritos from Cafe Ynez, a music festival is all about the music. Lucky for us (and everybody else) there are so many famous musicians from Philadelphia that would perfectly fit the bill.
Imagine a diverse lineup with the likes of Philly natives like The Roots, The War on Drugs, Jill Scott, The Disco Biscuits, Circa Survive, Lil Dicky, Musiq Soulchild, G. Love & Special Sauce, and Gritty. (Yes, that Gritty. No, he’s not a musician and, no, we don’t know what he’d do exactly, we just know it would be epic.)
While he’s not a Philly native, Coachella rumors would no doubt be swirling that Made in America curator Jay-Z would make a cameo on the Phillychella stage. After all, he’s turned our fair city into a live music destination to be reckoned with and he’d make some unforgettable duets with inevitable Phillychella headliners like Meek Mill, Pink, and Will Smith.
In other words, Coachella was destined to be a Philadelphia music festival, so we’ll be waiting here with open arms.