What the ____ is up Coachella!
I’ve always believed that you never know what you’re missing…until you’ve actually experienced it. Well, last weekend, not only did I experience, but I ate, slept and breathed the 2012 Coachella Music Festival! In the words of the hologram version of Tupac “What the F#$k is up Coachella!!!”
For a couple years now I’ve been hearing about Coachella, but never really knew what it was about. When I got invited to go, I thought, ok this should be cool, and I was going to get a chance to see some musical acts that I’m pretty much obsessed with. I think by now, you all know that I basically live for EDM (electronic dance music), so naturally I was crazy excited to check out Calvin Harris, Avicii, David Guetta, Justice…but let’s not forget hip hop legends Snoop, Dr Dre and special guests(who I will mention later).
Well, let’s just say, I had NO idea what I was in for! I was definitely excited…but nothing could prepare me for 85,000 hardcore music fans all in one massive field.
The energy surrounds you as you take the (long) walk to the venue. It is SOOOO cool to be in an environment where people are there solely for the MUSIC!!! And music, I herrrrrrd! There were 6 stages set up, and I spent most of my time flip flopping between the main stage and the Sahara tent, which is where most of the EDM acts played. Of course they were at opposite ends of the field, so I got a nice little workout in too;)
I drove to Coachella, CA on Friday morning from Los Angeles with my west coast bestie, Lulu! She’s really a bestie on either coast, but she’s my numero uno on the westside. On the 2 1/2 hour drive, we had our own music festival happening. We listen to everything from country to rock to teeny bop!(our most recent song on repeat is Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen). Anyways, I was lucky enough to stay at a beautiful house(seen below) set on a PGA golf course only 10 minutes from the Festival. We went with a decent sized crew which made everything even more fun! Buddy system!
So Friday night, we hit the EDM tent pretty hard! Started off with Alesso, Madeon, Afrojack, and then moved over to the main stage to catch Swedish House Mafia! Since it was my first night at the festival, I was not only in awe of the sweet tunes my ears were hearing but also what was happening around me! The weather was cold, wet and windy, but everything inside that tent was on fire!
Night 2, we got a little more serious, and that night was all about one thing, NEON Carnival! This was THE party to hit up after the festival on Saturday night and was worth every bit of madness it took to get there! It was the perfect combination of music, rides and drinks all set at a (ahem) quaint Indio airplane hanger!
The last night of Coachella was really one of the most memorable nights of music I’ve ever witnessed. I was lucky enough to be in the sound booth for both Calvin Harris and Avicii’s sets! I have seen both of these artists several times in the past couple months and it’s always a unique and different experience/performance every time. It’s really refreshing to see artists WORK hitting the crowd with fresh new mixes and not just the same old thang! Of course, the last set of the weekend belonged to Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre!…oh and Eminen, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar and the late, great, but seemingly alive, Tupac(I’m sure you’ve all heard a little something about that magical performance). Everyone that knows me, knows I love me some hip hop! It was definitely a hip hop extravaganza like I’ve never seen! I can’t lie, when 50 starts going “go shawty, it’s your birthday”…gets me every time!
Monday morning I left Coachella, mind blown. It was more amazing than I could have imagined or explain to you. If you ever get the chance to go..take it!! I didn’t know…and now I do! I’ll be back next year and hopefully one of these years, I’ll get to perform!