My Coachella Experience

I’m back from my first Coachella weekend! And my body/mind are still in full-recovery mode. Who knew four nights camping and three days of festival frolicking could take so much out of a girl?

I was lucky to have spent the whole weekend with three other girls who I’ve known since middle school and high school. We met up in Indio on Thursday afternoon, then headed straight to the campgrounds to set up our site. We had the cutest setup! Photos don’t do it justice.
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Day 1

Our first night on the campgrounds was difficult. As a light sleeper, I always keep a pair of earplugs in my bag when I’m not in the comforts of my own bed. But even with my ears plugged, the combination of desert winds, EDM, and snoring neighbors meant restless nights. However, the first day of the festival was here – so you can say we were all running on several hours of sleep and the excitement that is Coachella.

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Some of the sets we saw this first day included Years & Years, ASAP Rocky, M83, and Ellie Goulding. This was actually the same day that we encountered the infamous Sahara tent for the very first time to try and see DJ Mustard, and I’ve been scarred for life! My poor backpack was destroyed – one of the straps was ripped off! The Sahara does not play. We also tried to see Jack Ü’s set, and the crowd was just as merciless.

Day 2
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The second day was less windy/dusty, but much hotter. It was probably my favorite day set-wise because we saw some of my favorites: James Bay, CHVRCHES, Disclosure, and Halsey. We were even treated to several surprise guests this day! Disclosure brought out Lorde and freaking Sam Smith (!!!!!) during their set, Brendon Urie during Halsey’s, and Ice Cube had Snoop Dogg. Obviously, it was a great day. We ended the night with Guns N’ Roses and RL Grime.

Day 3

We couldn’t believe how fast the weekend went by, and even though we were all ACHING for our own beds and flushable toilets (camping gets tough), it was still bittersweet knowing Coachella was coming to an end.

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We basically stayed at the main stage for the majority of the day. I wanted to see The 1975 (fun fact: my blog’s name Dressed in Black came into being because of their song Chocolate) and Diana wanted to see Diplo, I mean Major Lazer. We also watched Matt & Kim, part of Sia and Flume’s sets, then ended the night with Mr. Calvin Harris. He brought out Big Sean, Rihanna, and John Newman. Such an awesome end to the festival.

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I would definitely say that Coachella is an experience of a lifetime, and if I ever have the opportunity, I’d do it all over again. Most likely not the car camping, but the festival for sure. You can’t argue with the feeling of being young and free for an entire weekend.

In another post, I will share some of my camping + festival tips as a first-time festival goer. But until then, I’m sending everyone all the good vibes.

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Until next time, Coachella!



Coachella 2016 Playlist

We’re officially a month away from Weekend 1 of Coachella 2016, and I am STOKED. Whether you are attending the music festival in the valley or are bracing yourself for major FOMO (that’s fear of missing out for those of you who don’t know), I have put together a playlist of this year’s lineup of artists to prep you for the weekend. Here’s my Coachella 2016 Playlist!

This will be my very first Coachella and music festival, and I am semi-aware of just what I’m getting myself into. And we will be car camping for the “proper” experience! Aside from logistics, it has all been so exciting in the lead up; and I’m almost certain it will continue to be so until I’m driving away from the festival, listening to my Coachella 2016 playlist.

I’m excited to be exposed to new music, but I’m even more excited to see artists I’ve always wanted to see in concert! I’m looking forward to jamming out to The 1975, Ellie Goulding, Halsey, Sia, Calvin Harris and oh how I hope that the Biebs comes out during Jack Ü’s set. The playlist includes some of the lesser known artists as well, but at the end of the day, music is music. The Chainsmokers have some really good songs out too! There’s just so much to look forward to.

And of course, I can’t wait for all the Coachella fashion. This festival, more than others I think, is very much a fashion show. Where Coachella Queen herself, Vanessa Hudgens, frolics around in bohemian-inspired outfits that are TO DIE for. Just look at her, she is my idol in every aspect of the word. I just adore her.

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I’ll be channeling my inner Vanessa the whole weekend. I just have decide what I’m going to wear, which I think will be the hardest part.

I will be jamming out to this Coachella playlist from here on out! Hope you will, too.