Hello. Sorry, I have been a terrible friend. I left and didn’t even bother to say goodbye. And, now that I’m back, all I have are Coachella stories, which ruined your life last month when they saturated every social channel possible. For that, I’m especially sorry. I can only hope that you can find it in the kindness of your heart to forgive me. Moving forward, I will be better. But, first, those Coachella stories!
After years of ongoing hype for this festival, I finally went to Coachella for the first time this year. I have to admit that part of the reason that I was less inclined to participate sooner was because of this whole “basic” brats and bros stigma that has become associated with the event. However, once I discovered that Muse was headlining, my friends and I quickly rallied together to get tickets after the line up was announced. Plus, it was the perfect excuse to go visit my hometown in Los Angeles. Double win!
To summarize, I had so much fun that I barely even took any pictures. Luckily, my friend Jayson was gracious enough to share his photos to capture the event. We saw an incredible number of acts at Coachella 2014 ranging from hip hop to rock to pop to EDM. It was an awesome and refreshing experience to be able to enjoy so many different types of music and raw talent. The best part was that many stages were close together so it was realistic to catch part of one act and part of another overlapping act. This helped cut the despair and disappointment of having to choose one great act over another.
One of the stages at Coachella had some of the most ridiculous A/V equipment I had ever seen. It was almost unfair that this stage was so over-the-top compared to main stage itself.
Day and night, the festival grounds were just gorgeous. Surrounded by art installations and palm trees, the whole festival would transform throughout the evening. The best view could be seen from the iconic ferris wheel (if you were willing to bite the bullet of $8 per person).
This giant spaceman also moved around from stage to stage.
Of course, as would be expected in a music festival so close to Hollywood, you get your fair share of celebrity spottings.
With Weekend 2, we lost the element of surprise for several musical acts but also saw other unexpected guests. For example, Pharrell had brought out Usher and Jabbawockeez on stage for his performance. The other advantage of Weekend 2 was knowing who was worth seeing based on their performance at Weekend 1. We lucked out tremendously on the weather since it was hot only for a few hours of the day and warm for two of the nights. No sandstorms, thank goodness!! It was great to meet so many people on the campgrounds who were super friendly, helpful and easy going. It had many elements that were reminiscent of Burning Man. Overall, California sunshine, great music, and great company. This is all anyone can ask for.
Thanks for all the fun and see you next year, Coachella!