I was REALLY excited to get back to Coachella this year. Elizabeth and I had such a great time last year that it almost seamed surreal going back for round two. I truly believe it's one of the best music festivals in the entire world.
We camped at Indian Waters again this year. Indian Waters is always a solid choice because of the great location and nice facilities. We made sure to bring the right tent this time so I wasn't forced to sleep in a child's tent again...
The foodie in me was on a roll before we even left Los Angeles. After Elizabeth and I landed, Anna picked us up and took us to breakfast at Egg Slut. According to Anna it's one of the trendier restaurants in downtown Los Angeles. They definitely had the longest line of any restaurant in Grand Central Market, but it moved rather quickly. I had their sausage breakfast sandwich and it was top notch.
My first meal at Coachella was Trejo's Tacos, as in the legendary actor Danny Trejo. I really enjoyed his role in the original Spy Kids, but his Tacos were even better than his performance! Despite the lack of size, they were full of flavor.
Saturday night I ate at Fritzi Coop. They exclusively served fried chicken sandwiches and tater tots at Coachella, so that's exactly what I ordered. The fried chicken was perfect! It walked that fine line between crunchy and juicy just right.
The most popular food item of the weekend was, without a doubt, the waffle on a stick from Sweet COMBforts. I had to sample one because of all the buzz. My waffle was a little dry, but it was sweet and delicious none the less.
The art this year was out of this world! Right behind the Coachella main stage there was an entire forest of abstract objects. This piece was called "Chiaozza Garden" by Chiaozza. It basically served as ground zero for Coachella pictures.
My personal favorite were the GIGANTIC beasts. They were humongous! The only reason I even call them beasts is because your tickets came with an activity called "Build-A-Beast" where you folded these guys out of paper. The actual piece was called "is this what brings things into focus?" by Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan.
Then there was what looked to me like a giant tree house. That piece was titled "Crown Ether" by Olalekan Jeyifous.
Last but not least there was "Lamp Beside the Golden Door" by Gustavo Prado. It was a jumbled mess of metal and mirrors. I think the trick was to take as many selfies in the mirrors and possible and see what turned out.
I don't think I saw a bad set all weekend. I'm going to get some serious heat for this, but my favorite set this year was Lady GaGa. She CRUSHED it. We waited for over an hour at the main stage so we had great spots for her show. There's a video floating on the interwebs somewhere of me tuning out to my favorite song "Alejandro."
In a very close second was Galantis. Their song Gold Dust will always hold a special place in my EDM heart. They rocked the Shara tent with hit after hit. Here's a small sampling of their show in the Sahara Tent.
The biggest surprise of the weekend had to have been Drake's guest appearance with Future! People were literally sprinting from all over when he came out on stage. There's nothing like vibin' with 50,000 of your closest friends to "Jump Man." It was so much fun. The lesser known group Kaleo also put on one hell of a performance. Other note worthy shows I enjoyed were Kungs, Bastille, Marshmello, Porter Robinson & Madeon, Bon Iver and Francis and the Lights.
What a great festival! I'd like to extend a special thank you to Anna and Colin for being great hosts and carting Elizabeth and I all over the state of California. You can't beat a weekend with great friends and great music. Coachella is always a good idea in my book.
Take a look at all my photos HERE!
Who else has been to Coachella? What are your thoughts?