You'll Never Believe What Coachella Looked Like 10 Years Ago

Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Drew Barrymore were just a few of the celebs that flocked to the desert in 2009.

By McKenna Aiello Apr 11, 2019 12:00 PMTags
Alessandra Ambrosio, Coachella 2009Michael Bezjian/WireImage for Heineken

Years before Vanessa Hudgens popularized the flower crown and Taylor Swift made "Bleachella" a thing, Hollywood flocked to the Coachella Valley Music Arts and Festival for an oasis-like experience unlike any other. 

Despite Coachella's evolution from alt-rock extravaganza to pop culture paradise, a shared love of live music (admittedly combined with a burning sense of FOMO) is what attracts stars and non-celebrities to the 330-acre polo field in Indio, Calif year after year. 

Such was the case for the 2009 desert expedition, where then-It couple Reese Witherspoon and Jake GyllenhaalDrew BarrymoreAlessandra Ambrosio and more A-listers partied the weekend away to the soundtracks of Paul McCartneyThe Killers and The Cure

So in honor of the festival's hotly-anticipated 20th anniversary, we threw it back to a Coachella where Instagram didn't exist, snagging an invite to exclusive after-parties wasn't a priority and you probably didn't plan your looks months in advance. 

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Check out our gallery below for all the must-see Coachella moments from 10 years ago. 

Jake Gyllenhaal & Reese Witherspoon

With her 2006 divorce from Ryan Philippe in the rearview, the A-list actress cozied up to her Rendition co-star and beau of about two years under the Coachella Valley stars. Just a few months later, the pair would go their separate ways.

Kristin Cavallari

Little did fans of The Hills know then, but K. Cav would soon make her reality TV comeback when Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt's wedding aired on the MTV series. Lauren, who?

Alessandra Ambrosio

A tried and true Coachella vet, this supermodel has attended an impressive eight festivals over the years. 

Adrian Grenier

In the midst of his Entourage fame, the hunky actor found some time to mix and mingle in the desert. 

Drew Barrymore

lewk. This Hollywood VIP's feather hairpiece and white eyeliner screamed the year 2009. 

Anne Hathaway & Adam Shulman

The Oscar winner donned her finest Boho-inspired threads for a weekend trip with her longtime beau.

Kate Bosworth & James Rousseau

Years before she and Michael Polish tied the knot, the actress attended Coachella with her model boyfriend.

Tara Reid

The American Pie star is never one to miss Coachella, 2009 included.

Paris Hilton & Doug Reinhardt

Oh, how times have changed! The heiress (rocking a pair of gold ballet flats and oversizes sunnies) turned out for the desert fest with her then-boyfriend, who starred on The Hills.

Paul McCartney

The legendary rocker headlined the 2009 festival alongside The Killers and The Cure

Joss Stone

The singer-songwriter, who rose to fame in the early 2000s with hits like "Right to Be Wrong," brought her soulful energy to the stage.

Nicky Hilton & David Katzenberg

Two years before their split, the socialite and producer took their romance to Coachella. 


Just four months before his shocking death, the beloved DJ would perform one of his final gigs. 

Annabelle Wallis

The Peaky Blinders star channeled her inner festival babe in a satin slip dress and beach waves.

Dita Von Teese

The burlesque dancer brought her signature retro style to the Indio, Calif. desert.

David Hasselhoff

Clad in an Ed Hardy camo jacket and straw hat, The Hoff partied the weekend away.


At the peak of her "Paper Planes" flame, the British rapper performed to a sold out crowd.

Steve Aoki

The world-famous DJ took acid wash and sequins to a whole new level during the 2009 fest.

Flavor Flav

Fresh off the surreal era of reality TV known as Flavor of Love, the Public Enemy rapper brought his unique music stylings to the desert.

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