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Coachella 2016 weekend 1

Okay here it is, my Coachella recap.  This is my 5th festival year shared with my best bud Abby and we have our routine down.  The festival is two consecutive weekends long and I usually attend weekend 1 so I can experience all the surprise guest appearances firsthand.  Flying in on Thursday allows me to settle in and really be in vacation mode.  First things first, Abby and I had to enjoy In-N-Out burgers and fries since we unfortunately do not have one in Washington.  Then we head to the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon, CA, which is 20 minutes away from Palm Springs.  It houses 180 stores and nothing beats designer boutiques at 30-40% off.  We were thinking of attending The 143 X Do Over party at Ace Hotel but our hotel room and room service sounded more appealing to get us prepared for the next festival day.


Friday starts like this.  Leisurely wake up, go to the best and I mean THE BEST frozen yogurt shop, Tutti Fruttithen get ready for Day 1.  The shuttle situation was not ideal because there was a super long line at our hotel for the 40 minute ride to the festival.  We got to enjoy DJ Mustard who brought out special guest YGFoalsThe Kills; St. Germain; Lido with special guest Jaden Smith; G-Eazy; Jack U with special guests AlunaGeorgeKieszaPost Malone, and Kanye West; and finishing the night with LCD Soundsystem.  We also got to check out the Heineken House which has a separate list of entertainers sponsored by Heineken on the festival grounds.  It is an air conditioned enclosed tent and the lineup was perfect for the base heads.  We bounced to the sounds of Crizzly and DOCTOR P.  We missed a lot of other great artists but we still saw a lot.




Saturday we woke up and grabbed lunch at LuLu California Bistro.  We were sat next to this fabulous table of men in sequins and see-through lace and next to some sweet elderly women drinking mimosas.  Yup we are in Palm Springs.  We grabbed Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt again then went back to the hotel to get ready for a pool party.  I met up with our friends Sandra and Natalie and then we went to the Hilton Day Club to enjoy Sam Feldt and Dirty South.



We finally made it to the festival and grooved to the music from Disclosure who wins for the most special guests – Lorde, AlunaGeorge, Sam Smith, Kwabs, Brendan Reilly, and Lion Babe.  We also checked out Ice Cube with special guest Snoop Dogg; Zedd with special guests Aloe Blacc and Kesha; Guns N’ Roses with special guest AC/DC; and ending the night with Grimes with special guest Janelle Monae.  We attempted to go to an exclusive after party at the Merv Griffin Ranch Estate with Atrak but could not get an uber or a taxi to take us.  After party fail!




Sunday we went to the gorgeous Parker hotel for massages and brunch.  It is a tradition for Abby and I, and after dancing and walking miles it was much needed body work.  We then got ready for our last festival day. We checked out the Basque Country sound of Crystal FightersMajor Lazer with special guests Sean Paul, DJ Snake and Mo; SIA with special guests Maddie Ziegler, Paul Dano, Kristen Wiig, and Gabby Hoffman; then ended the night with Calvin Harris with special guests Big Sean and Rihanna with full on fire works to close an epic weekend.





Get VIP if you can.  You get access to two huge VIP areas next to the Sahara Tent and Coachella Main Stage for optimal viewing.  There are flushable clean toilets, comfortable seating, and access to special food options.  Plus celebrity sightings are fun.

Do not attempt Uber or Taxi to leave.  You will have to wait at least 2 hours for an available ride and the walk to get there is horrendous.

Check out Heineken house for a reprieve from the blistering sun and a more intimate setting to see your favorite DJ’s.

Remember to hydrate, bring a lighter if you want to make friends, and go with the flow.

I can’t wait until next year!




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