Coachella Day One
It was difficult to pry ourselves out of bed on Friday morning, but thoughts of poolside lounging, mimosas, and in Lesley’s case, Egg’s Benedict was motivation enough. After a tasty breakfast at the hotel restaurant, we hit the road and jetted towards Indio; we wanted to get to the festival grounds at around noon so we would have ample time to peruse the site, snap some shots of stylish festival-goers, and of course hear some good music.
We cruised down the 10 towards the Promise Land, parked without much difficulty, and joined the ranks of festival-goers to go through THREE security checkpoints.
Once inside the venue, we immediately went into “style shot” mode….scouting the grounds for fashionistas and interesting details…and of course documenting our own ensembles.
After the mandatory styles shots, we made our way over to the Beer Garden for some food and drink. There was an interesting assortment of food trucks, but we settled on some orzo salad from the Green Truck. They had some crazy looking hot pink sauce made from beets!
As we ventured down into the center of the festival grounds, the sheer amount of people, crazy colors, art installations, and deafening sounds coming from multiple directions was virtually overwhelming. We grabbed a hand map and pinpointed the stages: Gobi, Mojave, Outdoor, Sahara, and Main Stage. Friday afternoon was a relatively low-key time for music, but our must-see lineup consisted of Givers, SebastiAn, Alesso, M83, Madeon, Swedish House Mafia, and Neon Indian.
As we rolled through a mini stage called The DO LAB, we were delighted by the sights and sounds of Ill DJ Chris B. What a treat – it’s difficult to determine which was more entertaining, Chris B. and his onstage posse or the clearly intoxicated crowd. Review to come.
The sky began to darken and the temperature to plumet. We were pretty unprepared in terms of clothing, but we mentally prepared ourselves for the discomfort to come as there was really nothing we could do about it!
We continued to truck it out, forcing our way to the middle of the crowds for optimal body heat. It was definitely a day of house music; Alesso, Madeon, and Swedish House Mafia were unbelievable performances. And how could we forget M83?? “Midnight City” is such a jam.
After an ethereal performance by M83 and an electronic firework house music explosion at Swedish House Mafia, we couldn’t wait to return to the warmth of our Ford Escape. It was a great Day One, but we were ready for some hot hot desert heat.
That’s all for now! Stay tuned for Day Two.