A year of planning, not knowing if it would live up to the hype of being THE music festival of the year to top all. Was it worth it? YES.
So many special guest appearances, stages, artists, art installations, booths… the only thing I wish I could do is rewind and relive it all over again—or at least have more time to explore everything.
We arrived Thursday, and I unfortunately had to kick off the weekend with an unexpected trip to the ER for a skin allergy I could no longer contain with OTC meds. This was my first time to the ER and it was depressing. I’m glad I went the night before all the Coachella madness started. I’m also thankful my sister was with me.
But after that little hiccup… the rest of the weekend was just pure magic. It’s hard to say if I would’ve felt the same if the lineup was a less than desirable one but for my first Coachella, the lineup was EVERYTHING. Poor Outkast… I am a kid who enjoyed Outkast in the early 2000s but even I felt a little deflated during their performance. Why would you perform every song from your album as if you guys hadn’t taken a break? Yes, I knew “B.o.B.” but that was it. I was waiting and waiting for the more popular songs like “Sorry Ms. Jackson” or “So Fresh, So Clean”… but they came way too late. It wasn’t until I gave in to my fatigue and left the venue did I hear something I could sing along to.
Saturday should’ve been a redo because of the windy conditions that night. The cold wind and dusty conditions made it difficult to enjoy the festival, but we stayed long enough to hear Muse’s “Knights of Cydonia” a.k.a. their Guitar Hero song. Thankfully Sunday only had 15 mph winds, and the day went by in amazing blur.
My Coachella family of friends made the trip. The hosts of the rental we were staying at enhanced our trip by greeting us in the morning with breakfast and topping our nights off with warm meals. Oh but there’s more.. they shuttled us to and from the festival!!! It was like having the coolest rental parents ever!
I just hope this doesn’t set the bar high for my future festival experiences.