I had written this blog post in 2013 this post is only in reference to my first year at Coachella in 2013.
This was my first time ever attending the Coachella Music & Arts Festival . This post is strictly on my experience and what I take from this lovely weekend.
I had absolutely no expectations of the weekend/event and what I was getting myself into. But, because of the natural excitement of going on a trip my sibling and I had overslept. We had initially planned on getting on the road at 9am. Checking into our hotel early and heading over to the festival around 12noon. Ha! That of course did not happen. By the time we woke up gathered our belongings, went to the bank, picked up some refreshments it was way past noon. We actually had a pretty smooth ride to Palm Springs, CA no traffic and the warm Cali sunshine guiding us. We arrived at our hotel approximately around 3:30om checked in changed and immediately headed over to the event.
I was fairly surprised at how well organized the event was. We were guided towards “day time parking” we had no trouble immediately being assisted by festival employers to a safe spot. We strolled into the event and were greeted by the 1st security check in. We were told that we may bring empty water bottles to fill with water inside the festival. But, any liquids in the bottles prior must be emptied out. I thought this was a decent trade for not spending close to $6 on a bottle of water at a festival.
We received a 2nd security check in but, the organizers’ of the event were respectful and gracious. Unlike some events like the Swedish House Mafia’s event at the LA Historic park & EDC where you are frisked harder than an airport security screening. I was surprised at how respectful and dutiful the Coachella employees were.
We strolled onto the fresh green grass onto the Empire Polo grounds and as I saw the Ferris wheel I knew we had arrived!
The entire polo grounds were turned into a wonderland of pop-up stores for various merchandise you can purchase, refreshment areas, food vendors (which were AHHMAZING) you had everything from Ruth’s Steak House to, wood-fired pizza and garlic lobster fries! I did not meet one individual whom was rude, obnoxious, unhelpful my entire 3 days at the festival. The “Beer Gardens” were strictly for 21+ individuals where you were able to purchase Heineken or Absolute vodka only. Since these were the only alcohol vendors. I stuck with my Heineken all weekend.
There was so much to do within a 3-day span of time it was pretty difficult to do everything you really wanted or even see everything. There were mini-lounges where you could relax listen to music, cool off to some air-conditioning. The one downfall was finding your friends! If you were not with a group of friends and had a “meet up location” there was a high probability you would loose them. The cell reception was not bad at all. Just trying to get online was a bit difficult at times when crowds were larger. Friday was not as bad but when Saturday & Sunday came along and more festival goers attended it became scare.
I saw many individuals carrying large balloon animals & flowers on long sticks and wondered “Why the heck they would be doing this” I realized later it was a great way to look for your friends if you had lost them in a crowd of moving people. There was absolutely NO way of finding your friends even if you stood on a trash-can or table. All you saw was a sea of moving bodies (ha-ha).
My recommendations are definitely have a place where you can find your friends if you lost them. I preferred the beer garden right in front of the Sahara tent. There were a few stages with various acts playing throughout the day. The main stage, outdoor stage, Yuma (which was thrown by Muse Lifestyle & Co.) it was basically Sound Nightclub at Coachella. I thought this was pretty cool but, I wanted to be at a festival rather than a “nightclub” but, the air-conditioning helped even getting away from the strong winds at times. The Mojave tent was pretty neat listening to Bauer drop the Harlem shake #Coachella version.
My personal favorite moments of this event was Fedde La Grand and jamming out with my friends, relaxing on the grass when The XX came on, getting my groove on to Red Hot Chili Peppers, enjoying some Wu-Tang Clan, and dancing in a sandstorm to Eric Prydz. Yes, it was literally a sand-storm; it became extremely windy on the last day of Weekend 1 and we didn’t care. We all purchased some bandanas to cover our mouths from the wind and just danced till the last beat!
- Take light items- blankets cheap ones you can find at Forever 21
- Fanny pack, light backpack
- Sun tan lotion, sun block etc.
- Hand sanitizer, wet ones
- Comfy shoes for walking, maybe light pair of back flip flops store in your backpack
- Sunglasses, bandana, hat
- Meet it location with your friends
- Back up battery for your phone!