The Craziest, Most Over-the-Top Experiences You Can Have at Music Festivals

Personal concierges and private entrances > Porta Potties.

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Part of the charm of music festivals is leaving with lifelong memories, a whole weekend's worth of dust and filth in your hair, and sore quads from squatting over toilets with half a foot of refuse on the floors. But wouldn't it be even easier to be #grateful if you didn't have to wait in a holding pen with a few hundred thousand people nor miss an act waiting in line to get a slice? Here, the most exclusive experiences you can have—if you can show 'em the money.

Your Own Air-Conditioned Yurt at Coachella

When it's 100-plus degrees of dry heat and they're out of tequila (which happened this year COUGH), A/C becomes a commodity for which you might pay "price upon request," three of the most intimidating words in the English language. But this package (opens in new tab) also offers tons of other sick amenities, such as artist access so you can get close enough to pretend you don't give a shit about being in touching proximity to Skepta, maid service, security, and a personal golf cart driver to save your shoes.

"Dinner with at Least One Performer" at Fyre Festival

Sold, especially if it's with Migos—and you've got $400K to spare. Even at its most basic, the "immersive festival" in the Bahamas (opens in new tab) isn't for the light of wallet, but the Artists Palace (opens in new tab) is about as all-access as you can get without having the connects to get those things offered to you for free. Transportation to the island "once owned by Pablo Escobar" is all taken care of (think yachts and choppers, not economy class), as is running into celebrities and possibly the models involved in the cool but vague marketing campaign. And who knows? Maybe a Kardashian-Jenner or two might show.

A Private Tour Bus for You and 7 Friends at Bonnaroo

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If you've always wanted to play Mick Jagger but haven't got the talent or stamina for it, there's always the Tennessee festival's Roll Like a Rock Star plan (opens in new tab). A decked-out tour bus. A private entrance to the festival. Parties and open bars. Whatta life.

A Super Fancy, Mood-Lit Igloo Tent at Firefly

Cool Tents™ + logistical help + free booze + meeting/standing quietly near your personal heroes = the gist, essentially, but this glamping experience (opens in new tab) comes with a Himalayan pink salt lamp for your nerves and clogged nasal passages (opens in new tab). Plus, if it already looks that good in the 360-degree tour, just imagine how lit it is IRL.

A Gold Toilet at Austin City Limits

Jury's out on whether they'll offer the contest again this year, but in the past, C3Presents has given six lucky winners access to a private bathroom with a highly Instagrammable gold interior and chandelier. Sounds fun, but the best bit is that only a handful of people can use it—and you get to handpick who. Compare that to the usual case, in which it is dark, you're afraid to think of what particulates you're inhaling, and there's a 50-50 chance the flush won't work. (Caveat: The ones you can access with a Platinum pass (opens in new tab) are temperature-controlled, so that's nice too.)

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Chelsea Peng
Chelsea Peng

Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.