Good news, I survived my fourth Coachella! The last time I went to the desert was in 2010, so it’s been a good six years since I’ve been back to one of the best music festivals ever put on. My Aussie sister from another mister was in town for her 30th and since it was on her bucket list and she coincidentally was going to be on this side of the planet during Coachella, we sort of had no choice but to attend. The Mister Project was headed down with a gang of his friends so we hopped in the car with them once we arrived in LA and made our way to Indio, CA. Once we got to the desert, Deanna and I took on Coachella. I knew the weekend would be amazing, but Deanna was blown away by how incredible it really was. There was spectacular music, some incredible fashion (and some terrible fashion), phenomenal art installations, THE best people watching in all the land, celeb sightings and the most beautiful backdrop to any fest I’ve been to. It’s basically three days of whatever you want it to be. You can chill and enjoy the ambiance or you can party your feathered pastied boobies off and feel like utter sh*t the next day. Deanna and I did a very happy medium of both….minus the pasties. We took the three days to enjoy life, laugh our pretty faces off, party in the desert and experience everything that is Coachella. This is how….
Each day we would ease into the day with a light breakfast, coffee and this view.
At La Quinta Resorts we had the option to chill at our pool or party at the Plunge Pool before heading to the polo fields. Knowing myself, I knew if I partied hard before the fest I would have been a full on hot mess and for sure would have passed out too early in the day. Just like I did that one time at my own house warming party. Ugh! No thank you. So, Corona Lights at our chill pool it was. Oh and poolside hydrating face masks to get refreshed for the day.
My Coachella Fashion
The next priority was to get showered and dressed. What you wear is part of the Coachella experience. You see it all. From bohemian babes in fringe to men dressed in fur coats and daisy dukes to ladies wearing bikini bottoms and feather nipple pasties – the possibilites are endless. And yes, feathers. Quite unique in my opinion. Basically, there are zero f*cks given. For me this year it was about keeping it simple, comfortable, yet desert chic. Statement pieces in the form of a black velvet 90’s choker (so happy they’re back!), a vintage kimono, my favorite Brixton hat and this cool ass necklace from World Market were my version of that lady’s furry nipple pasties. Gotta have your statement pieces people. P.S. Most of my basics were from Target. All hail the red bull’s eye!
He wanted to show off his cleavage.
Our Desert Game Plan
We had a game plan everyday. Arrive around 4:30, grab a beer in VIP and people watch on a cozy spot on the grass. Once we were ready to explore and see some shows, we would set out for an adventure into the gigantic venue that is Coachella. And I mean gigantic. I don’t quite remember it being as big or packed with people the first three years I went, but it has certainly grown in size and population. During the day, it’s wasn’t so bad, but at night when you are trying to get from one side to another, you best hold onto your friend for dear life or else you won’t be seeing them again for a while.
The first day we hit up the big ass Ferris Wheel. If you go to Coachella, get on the damn wheel. It’s the coolest aerial view ever, especially with all of the massive art installations. It also helps you to get a lay of the land. Now throw in some seriously high winds/dust storms and you feel like you might die. #totallyworthit
Speaking of art… Unlike any music fest I’ve been to, each year Coachella brings some seriously cool ass art to the table. I won’t lie…the humongous, illuminated origami crane from 2010 was a favorite of mine, but regardless, this year did not disappoint. Often what you see during the day, transforms into something vibrantly lit up at night – which brilliantly enhances any drugs the concert goers may be on. Fair enough. Here is some of what the desert surprised us with this year.
The lineup was incredible. There was so much to see, it was impossible to actually see it all. Underworld was a massive dance party. They took it down. He has some pretty unique 90’s dance moves to top it off. If you get the chance, see them. You won’t regret it. In regards to Guns N’ Roses, I felt a bit sad for Axl who was set up on a huge throne due to a foot injury. Even he said, “I feel real f*cking lame right now, but at least I can still screeeaaaam!” And he sure can people. They actually sounded great and according to Deanna, I was crushing on Axl hardcore. Hey, what can I say, I was feeling it. Plus, it’s Axl freaking Rose. He was full on sexy back in the day. Beach House sounded beautiful as usual, no surprise there. If you don’t know them – listen to their album Teen Dream. I promise you will be in love. Favorite album ever. I dragged my partner in crime super close to the stage for Savages, who are pretty awesome and pretty hardcore too. So hardcore in fact, they freaked Deanna out. Deanna is hard to freak out. Bat For Lashes was a bit too slow, so we ditched that stage and decided to move on. Cold War Kids always sound good. His voice carries very well in an outdoor setting. I would love to catch them indoors sometime soon. If you love to dance, Calvin Harris will be your hero. He puts on a killer dance party. I bet he loooooves Taylor Swift’s sweet dance moves. Blah. One of my absolute favorites was 2ManyDjs. Hands down. They did a David Bowie tribute to Rebel Rebel that people went utterly crazy for, including me. They should have been one of the bigger acts for sure. Such good dance tunes. Oh, and Miike Snow…they always put on a frigging blast of a show, always. All in all the music was phenom. I’m bummed we missed a few acts I really wanted to see, but you can’t see em’ all.
When I went to Coachella from 2008-2010 I was dying for some celeb sightings. I’m a celeb news and photos ho. I heard a rumor that some people in our group saw Mitch Buchanan, aka David Hasslehoff, back in 2008, but not me. And being a huge nerd for Baywatch back in the day, this would have made my day. But this year, this year was different. Granted weekend one was jammed with celebrities (ie. Leo, Rhiana, Kendall, etc.) there were still some celeb stragglers that came to weekend two. The first celebrity I saw is one of the other sisters’ big crushes, Scott Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood. In photos he is a real dreamboat, in person, he’s good looking. The male bartender asked for a selfie and Scott happily obliged. I would have asked for one as well, but I didn’t want to upset his posse of ladies. Based on who he was with, I gathered he is definitely a boob guy. Wowza! Next as I was walking through the VIP area I made full on eye contact with Taylor Lautner, the werewolf from Twilight. What a cutie! He was with a guy friend and was definitely more low key than his fellow celeb, Scott. Now, on the last night is when something incredible happened. Deanna and I were having a drink in VIP when I swear, and Deanna will attest to this, Paris Hilton floated past us. And I don’t mean the part about seeing Paris Deanna will attest to, I mean the part about her floating past us. I could barely believe it. She was like a GD Coachella fairy. I also couldn’t believe she was by herself and how tiny she was. I thought she would be super tall surrounded by tons of people. Albeit shorter than I expected, still quite beautiful. Sadly, I only got a selfie with some guy that made Buzzfeed’s craziest dressed list from Coachella. #goodenough
All in all, I would give Coachella an A+. I mean, where else can you yell, “This is not a drill, does anyone have any marijuana for sale?!?” (medicinal is legal in CA) and people come running to give you handfuls for free. Amazing. The service, security, churros, shuttle drivers, set up, cleanliness, art, music, you name it – it all rocked. Yeah it was f*cking crowded, but who doesn’t want to be at Coachella? Got to make room for us all. Deanna lost her phone and I came home with a killer cold – but was it worth it? Hell yes! Whether you want to go to the desert to chill out on the grass and feel the vibes of some great music or go to the desert to go absolutely bonkers and dance your pretty face off in the Sahara tent for three days, it’s your call. Good work Goldenvoice, fingers crossed I see you next year. #nevertoooldforthedesert #orglowsticks
Don’t forget to stop and see this guy as you leave Indio to head back to LA. Followed by In-N-Out…animal style.
What music fests are you going to this summer, TSPeeps??? Do tell.
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