Day 1 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 11, 2014 in Indio, Calif.
More than 200 million people now use Instagram Stories, the social media outlet announced Thursday (April 13), and in celebration of the milestone, Instagram is introducing new Stories features that allow users to interact with their friends and followers in a more creative way — just in time for Coachella.
One new feature is the selfie sticker, in which users can take a mini-selfie, apply different frames and then put the completed selfie sticker on other photos. Additionally, Chicago, London, Madrid and Tokyo are getting their own geostickers designed by local community members.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off weekend 1 on Friday, and because the festival is particularly known for its Insta-worthy glamour, here is a Coachella guide to Instagram, tailored specifically to digitally navigate you through Indio’s two biggest weekends.
Who to follow if you’re at home during Coachella
If you were dying to hear Kendrick Lamar rap “HUMBLE.” live or see whether Lady Gaga was a proper replacement for Beyoncé but are stuck on your living-room couch instead, fear not. There are plenty of Instagram accounts to follow, and doing so could feel the same as being there — without the sweltering heat or the inevitable development of a week-long desert cough.
Both Coachella and Instagram will be posting real-time updates and behind-the-scenes content on their accounts for both the homebodies and concertgoers to enjoy.
Some of this year’s top performers like DJ Khaled (@djkhaled) and Lorde (@lordemusic) are all about the ‘Gram, and their posts are sure to be entertaining. Other good accounts to follow are headliners Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar), Radiohead (@radiohead) and Lady Gaga (@ladygaga), as well as Kehlani (@kehlani), Gucci Mane (@laflare1017), Tory Lanez (@torylanez), Tove Lo (@tovelo), Chance the Rapper (@chancetherapper) and Martin Garrix (@martingarrix).
How to make the most of your Coachella Instagram Story
If you managed to actually get tickets for the festival — which sold out in less than three hours — props to you. While you’re there, using filters on the Instagram Story tool can take your social-media game from basic to uniquely curated to highlight your experience.
Instagram Live is a good way of recording a whole set for your at-home followers, and you can use the new “hands-free” mode to take a video without having to hold down the record button the whole time. So your thumb can rest while you sway along to Lorde’s new song.
Since stories disappear after 24 hours, be as candid as possible. And be sure to tag your location with the new weather and time-stamp stickers, because everyone knows a Coachella post doesn’t count unless your followers know you’re there.
How to condense your multitude of potential posts
In just one weekend, concertgoers will have three different outfits to share, not to mention the stages, Ferris wheel and other colorful sights the festival sets up. Instead of posting 20 separate photos, using the album feature could be useful — and probably less annoying to your followers.
You can share up to 10 photos and videos in a single post, but good luck narrowing down from the 500 options on your camera roll.
Last year’s most popular filters at Coachella were Ludwig, Crema, Slumber, Amaro and Valencia. This year, maybe try Lark, Reyes or Juno, which are some of the more subtle newest filters. Bringing down the intensity might even allow you to get away with a #nofilter look. Your secret is safe with us.