13 photos from one of Coachella’s most notorious after-parties

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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival’s 2016 first-weekend run was quite a success. Big names such as Guns N’ Roses, LCD Soundsystem, and A$AP Rocky were among the acts who graced the stage – and even more celebrities attended, Instagramming and tweeting from their VIP parties.

After Saturday’s closing shows, the rager kept going at the seventh-annual Neon Carnival, one of the most notorious after-parties held during Coachella weekend. The party is unaffiliated with Coachella, but it has fallen on the night between Saturday’s and Sunday’s shows for years.

This year, in order to avoid insane traffic on the way to the party’s location at a private airport, VIP guests jumped into their jets and helicopters to make it on to the scene.

Taylor Swift, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Jared Leto, The Weeknd, and Alexander Wang were all among those spotted partying at the carnival.


The party is often described as a “magical carnival”, complete with a Ferris wheel, ball toss games, bumper cars, and more.

What an amazing night at neon carnival!! #neoncarnival #neon #coachella #coachella2016 #festival #goodtimes

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It’s hosted on a landing strip at the Desert Resorts Airport in Thermal, California.

it was all a dream ???? #neoncarnival

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It was a packed crowd.

View from the top of the ferris wheel of the best dance party at Coachella. #neoncarnival

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Some fans had a difficult time getting from the stages to the party. WWD reported that Uber requests were through the roof, and those who didn’t have access to private planes or helicopters were kept in a holding area while they waited for their cars.

Source: WWD


This year the party was co-sponsored by Tinder, which provided Matchmaker-themed rides for two.

The Tinder Matchmaker #neoncarnival #coachella

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Paris Hilton danced with Kyle Richards of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and Richards’ daughter, Farrah Aldjufrie.

#FamilyFun at the #NeonCarnival ???????????????????????????????? @KyleRichards18 @FarrahBritt

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The model known as “chanelwestcoast” to her 2.1 million Instagram followers showed off her outfit on the dance floor.

Last night at #NeonCarnival ????

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Fashion blogger Gina Ybarra flaunted her outfit before the sun set.


Australian model Adelaide Kane came with her crew.

Re-gram @laysladeo Before I lose service… #neoncarnival last night with my hunni’s ????

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The lit-up ferris wheel served as the Neon Carnival’s backdrop.


The party was far from over at 3:30 a.m.


If you don’t get on the guest list beforehand, don’t bother trying to get in. Brent Bolthouse, whose production company puts on the event each year, told The Wrap, “We don’t sell tables and we don’t sell tickets.”

Best party of the year #neoncarnival #coachella #lokai

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Bolthouse has said that Neon Carnival is his proudest accomplishment.

the ferris of them all ????

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Source: The Wrap