I've just returned from the valley of music and arts. If you follow me on Instagram, Friday was the perfect Coachella day ever in the history of Coachella (like I could say what is the best Coachella day, I've only been to two). But let me tell you why. First off, it drizzled!! Holy moly it cooled down the desert and I was a very happy camper. I love the rain and I like the cold. To have both in Coachella was the perfect combination. Secondly, there was probably half of the Coachella goers actually in attendance that day. WHY? It's Friday, people haven't got off work yet. Two: it's raining and no one wants to get wet. Three: the line up wasn't too thrilling. Four: They just weren't ready. Five: They came later in the day. Six: they were actually there but they had to go fix their tents? I dunno, this could be an exhaustive list of reasons why Friday was pretty empty. I stayed for about 3 artists and walked around the place.
Art pieces: Light up Mirrors. Giant Astronaut (replaced the Snail), Giant Robot, Giant light bender thing. Garden caterpillar.
Pluses about Coachella 2014:
- FINALLY HAD FLUSHING TOILETS! OMG that was the best thing to know ever. I actually used the restroom on site! WARNING! It starts to smell really bad by day 3. I'm guessing it's because the portapotties haven't been removed/replaced and man, BEWARE.
- MORE SHADE! They had more areas that shaded Coachella goers in the Terrace area and by the outdoor stage. Last year people were dying from the lack of shade and exposure to the sun
- FOOD! No I didn't try all of it. But the ones I did try were legit. Like the Cousins Maine Lobster truck and Salt and Straw from Portland, Oregon. I got the lobster roll and it wasn't the best lobster roll I've ever had but I liked that they had HUGE chunks of lobster in it. Wish the portion was bigger. NOT WORTH THE PRICE! $16?? I literally ate 5 bites of it and finished it. I was so sad. I got the Coffee and Bourbon ice cream from Salt and Straw and it was literally the best coffee ice cream I've ever consumed. Coffee is the only ice cream I enjoy eating. Go figure. That's an extensive story I might share with you another time but the point is, if you're ever in the Portland area, GO GO GO! This was also expensive $7 a scoop. HOLY F!#$! Geezus. If you go broke at Coachella, it doesn't surprise me. I must say it was worth it only because my travel plans do not involve Portland in the near future.
- Cousins Maine Lobster Truck: http://www.cousinsmainelobster.com/
- Salt and Straw: http://www.saltandstraw.com/
- WATER WAS MORE ACCESSIBLE! I finally got to fill my bottle because there wasn't a freakishly long line. Not sure if it was my particular location I picked or because they just got with it. Bought 2 water bottles aside from refill due to forgot it the first day and desperation (waited for Lana and need water stat!).
- I feel like there was less weed. My assumption that Easter landed on 4/20 so people were less obligated to get high. UNLESS it was because it was towards the end of the weekend. Who knows.
- YELLOW PATH WAS AWESOME. They cut out some BS paths of going around things so it was a shorter walk. So that added to my relief.
- Tell me why Lana was on the Outdoor Stage? Why?! It was chaos! Pure chaos! I've never seen an audience so crammed and dedicated to see an artist aside from Gaga. Call me ignorant but GEEZ! People were hopping the VIP gate and shoving to get the front. Definitely should have been on the Coachella Stage.
- Why do people think it's okay to violate other people's personal space? Like dude keep your hands to yourself and no one will get hurt. Just because it's dark and you think people don't know you doesn't give you the right to touch other people. Fuck off.
- THE HEAT KILLS ME. Waiting 4 hours for Lana drained me. There was no breeze and it just wouldn't cool down. The universe should hear me and fix this shit.
- Still waited super long to get in. Literally I feel like the organization of this aspect should get better. Not sure how but there has to be a better way to check people or make it go faster.
I tried to crab fries which was interesting. Would I buy it again? Probably not.
The line for Kogi was ridiculous. If you live in the LA area this was so not worth waiting for Kogi. Who am I to say cause the Maine Lobster truck is too but I never heard of it. POINT IS. If you're in LA, try the Kogi truck outside of Coachella. Cheaper prices and shorter lines (depending on what day you find it).
Did I care about fashion this year? I tried. But my comfort trumped style so I opted for lighter pieces. Even though I did choose to do my make up. For a shorter list of musts see below, for more detail keep reading. WIDE BRIM HAT IS SUCH A NECESSITY! Although my body was dying my head stayed cool and sweat free because I wore a hat. I applied sunscreen every 3 hours so I didn't burn. I wore combat boots to keep dust out of my shoes. I brought a light weight scarf to also keep dust and smoke out and it worked magnificently as a shading aid. Also wet that sucker and you have a personal AC. Downside. It dries ridiculously fast but it makes a world of a difference when it's wet and you have it wrapped around you or over your head. I can't stress bringing cash enough. I thought last year they had more card options but this year it was cash only for a lot of the sites. Not sure why it changed but it's just what I noticed. ATM machines suck. They take your money so bring it ahead of time!
My Coachella musts:
- Combat Boots
- Wide Brim Hats
- Gallon Bottles (or biggest bottle you can carry)
Someone asked for my picture for a French magazine. IF YOU SEE IT YOU MUST TELL ME! It totally slipped my mind to ask her where I can find it. So dumb. I was wearing the outfit in the second picture if you find it!
Hope this helps for your future Coachellas.
Let me know if you have other questions.
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