Going into Coachella I didn't have any expectations. I mentioned in my Coachella 2016 lineup preview that I'm not a huge music fan and I don't really attend many concerts. I was informed by a regular Caochella attendee that "Coachella will ruin all other music festivals for you." From the festival grounds to the music, and everything in between, it's hard to do it better than Coachella.
I could sit here and rattle on about how amazing the festival grounds are, but my words will never do a place like this justice. I'll put up a few photos so you can appreciate it for yourself.
The Food & Drinks
Coachella had an enormous selection of gourmet food stands to choose from. You could get anything from cheeseburgers and pizza to pad thai and crab fries. I promise you there is something there to satisfy anyone's taste buds. A couple of my favorites were the burger and fries I ordered from Eureka! and the ice cream Elizabeth and I had from Afters.
As for drinks, I didn't have any mixed cocktails but I did sample the beer selection pretty heavily. Almost all the beers were $10.00 a piece. They key to maximizing your money is to go to the craft beer tent for the lagers and IPA's. They cost the same amount as the Heineken but have 11% alcohol content. It's easily the best bang for your buck.
Coachella is famous for its gigantic art installations. I think the highlight of this years festival was the "Besame Mucho" sign decorated in flowers. "Besame Mucho" translates into "Kiss Me a Lot." Obviously we had to grab a cliche kissing photo in front of it!
The other art installations consisted of a big white abstract thing...
four yellow towers...
and a circular mirrored piece...
WOW! My descriptions of those were horribly vague, but I really didn't know what else to call them. Luckily you have the photos otherwise you wouldn't be able to make heads or tails of what I was saying.
Now on to the highlight of the weekend. There were a lot of great sets throughout the weekend, but a couple of them really blew me away. I'd have to say my favorite set of the weekend was Calvin Harris. We saw Calvin Harris last fall at Hakkasan Nightclug in Las Vegas and his performance was less than spectacular. I'd attribute the majority of that to the poor venue. For Coachella though, Calvin didn't hold anything back. It was the last set of the entire festival and he pulled out all of the stops (except bringing out his girlfriend, T-Swift). The graphics were out of this world, there were fireworks, glow sticks, and he brought out special guests Big Sean & Rhianna.
My second favorite set was The Chainsmokers. Despite the Sahara Tent literally being jammed packed with hardly any room to breathe, they still put on a great show. Their special guests included Third Eye Blind, Walk The Moon, and G-Eazy.
Other notables from the weekend were Matt & Kim, James Bay, CHVRCHES, The 1975, Disclosure & G-Eazy. As much as you want to see everyone on the lineup, it's impossible to be everywhere at once. I'm sure some great shows slipped through the cracks this year, but I was extremely pleased with the ones I attended.
You can't beat a weekend in the California desert listening to some of the best music on the planet. If you ever get the chance to attend, YOU HAVE TO GO! You won't regret it. As for me, I'm already planning on coming back again next year. Hopefully I'll see you there too!
Deric "Passenger" Poldberg