DAY 1: Ellie Goulding, Zedd, Bonobo
DAY 2: Pharrell Williams, Foster the People, Kid Cudi, City and Colour
DAY 3: The Naked and Famous, Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey
- It's hot - I don't mean like 'Ou, I'm sweating a little…' I mean scorching hot so dress appropriately - don't be layering too much, but make sure you bring a cardigan for the "chilly" desert nights. Also, make sure you bring that SPF - your 50 year old self with thank you.
- Closed toe shoes are the way to go - I didn't like my Day 3 outfit with my Keds and those were the only closed toe shoes I brought, aside from my heeled ankle booties, which I realized was not a good idea when you're jumping and dancing all day…so I decided to wear my DV sandals on the last day. Needless to say, my feet were disgustingly dirty from all of the dust and although my feet weren't swollen and hot, people did step on them.
- Drink drink drink! - I'm not talking about alcohol…of course you're going to have a few drinks, but don't forget about staying hydrated with H20. You're out in the heat all day and in crowds of people so it's very easy to overheat and get dehydrated.
- Get to know people - I had a lot of fun and interesting conversations talking to people while in line or just hanging out in the beer tent. Everyone, for the most part, is willing to spark up conversation so get to know people. It's cool that people come from all over the world for Coachella.
- The smaller the group, the better - Going to the festival with a group of 10-15 friends might be fun but it also might make you miss out on your favourite bands. Be sure to plan out who you want to see with your friends ahead of time this way you have a game plan.
- Get used to porta potties - As disgusting as they are, that's your only option really. You can always wait in line for 25 mins to use the "nicer" toilets that actually flush but who wants to waste 25 mins at Coachella?? Unfortunately the porta potties are everything but glamorous and clean but there are so many so the lines move quick. I would try to go to the furthest one from the entrance…hoping less people used it. Worth a shot.
- Bring cash, lots of it! - If you plan on drinking and eating, be sure to bring a good amount of cash. Alcohol was about $9 a drink, water was $2 a bottle, and food was between $5-$10. Like I said, you're outside all day and are constantly hungry and thirsty so it adds up. The food stands, by the way, amazing! You can get everything from fresh cut fruit, to gyros, to tacos, to sliders, etc.
- Don't separate from your friends - There are SO many people there and you don't believe it until you see it so you definitely need to make sure you stay close to your group. I sparked up conversation with a guy who said "I've been lost for 3 hours…separated from my friends and now I have no idea where they are". So, if you plan on separating to go to the washroom or another stage, make sure you pick a specific meeting place. When the sun goes down, it's even more difficult so keep that in mind.
- Don't camp - I had some friends who camped and they enjoyed it but from my experience, walking through the campgrounds, I would never ever ever camp at Coachella. The campgrounds are very dusty and apparently the shower line is 45 mins long. The area just looked smelly, dirty and sweaty. Unless you've done it before or are an avid camper, I don't suggest giving up your hotel bed just to be closer to the venue.
- Let lose and have fun - The 'peace, love, and happiness' atmosphere at Coachella is very contagious. Take the festival for what it is and just enjoy it! It's a great experience.
Heels Off Xo