First off my apologies for being absent from the blog for so long. This can be easily explained by one word – COACHELLA. Yes, that beautiful yearly event in the Indio desert that welcomes all the bohemian, dance and music-loving folk of California and beyond to come enjoy a variety of bands, musicians, dj’s, acts, art and parties in a span of three days. While I have planned to attend this festival for the past three years (at least) this year marks the first that I actually swallowed the almost $400 cost of a ticket and embarked on the journey, and let me tell you… I am SO glad I did.
While I am not by any means a socialite or celebrity or anything of the sort, in my job as a LA public relations account executive I would like to think that I am a sort of tastemaker – someone who always must have their hand on the pulse of what is new, hip and attention-worthy. As such, Coachella was something that I felt I had to experience and now that I have I am definitely planning on doing it again!
For those who have never been let me give you a little Coachella tips, tricks and general info-
– Coachella is designed to incorporate an array of musical performers ranging from rappers to rock groups, electronic acts, acoustic performers, dance DJ’s, and huge headliners like this years, Kanye West
– Being that the music is so ecclectic, so is the crowd. At Coachella you will find people of all backgrounds, descents, style-types, sizes, etc. The people I encountered this year range from a man dressed entirely in a head to toe Gumbi costume, to Disney star Vanessa Hudgens, Victoria Secret model Lily Aldridge, and more
– IT IS HOT. The Indio desert is not one to be taken lightly. The sun is scorching and given that the concerts begin at about noon and last until about 1am it is highly advised to lather on the sunblock (I am now suffering like a crispy potato chip as a result of not doing this. Shame on me)
– The parties are half of the fun. While the music is amazing and you have to decide which acts you want to make it a priority to see beforehand, the parties that accompany the festival are an integral part of the experience. This year I attended the G by Guess Fool’s Gold party at the Oasis Beach Club and I had a fantastic time! Other parties going on included the 944/ SBE party and the Do Over. Either way there is no shortage of events to choose from.
– Wear comfortable shoes During the festival I made the mistake of losing a shoe and ending up in a wrong sized pair of mandals (man-sandals… don’t ask). This tradegy not only lowered my outfit ten cool points, it also left me with blisters the size of a small baby. Ouch 🙁
While there is no way that I could convey my entire amazing Coachella experience in one blog post, I definitely will say that I advise everyone try it at least once.
Reporting 5 shades darker, slightly sick and still in pain in my feet,