Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Coachella

***Spoiler Alert! ***  
I saw Jared Leto this weekend!  #academyawardwinningactorjaredleto
photo on the left credit. Photo on the right MINE!
 
He stood next to us while we watched Arcade Fire headline the main stage on Sunday night.  So you could basically say we're BFF's :) 

Other celebrities that made an appearance this weekend were Leonardo DiCaprio, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Steven Tyler, Lindsay Lohan, Lea Michele, Fergie, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, and Emmy Rossum. 


For all of you who don't run in the same celebrity circles that I do (sarcasm), Coachella is a music festival in Palm Springs that happens every April since 1999. It is comparable to Woodstock and there are 100,000 people running around in very little clothing watching 200 bands perform over 3 days.

We have only gone one other time, in 2010 when Andrew won 4 tickets to camp onsite and attend the festival. We took my mom and my sister along and had a lot of fun. But after 3 long days in the desert, I distinctly remember saying "NEVER AGAIN!" I went on to say that I can't believe people would pay good money ($350 a ticket + food and lodging) to roast out in the middle of nowhere for days.

Coachella 2010 with my mom and my sister, Kristie. Our campsite was the bomb diggity... If bomb diggity means there were pink flamingos and Hawaiian flare out the wazoo.

Coachella is really kind of awful. It is hot and miserable, this year there was a sand storm, and it is way too crowded with sweaty, stinky music snobs. Though the celebrity sitings and people watching are quite compelling. {Here is E!'s list of the most ridiculous outfits worn at Coachella last weekend. Here is what the hollywood stars were wearing. Here are the celebrities that showed up, including my pal J. Leto.

I know I said "NEVER AGAIN" and I meant it, but then last May (when we were delirious from our East Coast travels and missing California) a group of our friends tossed around the idea of going to Coachella 2014. Andrew said it was what he wanted for his 30th birthday present, so we jumped on the bandwagon and here we are:

Coachella 2014

 This year we all rented a house a couple miles from the festival. I think we walked about 10 miles each day. But it was awesome to not be camping and to have a pool/Jacuzzi to relax in.
 Coachella Crew:
Kaus (pronounced co like coke. We actually called him kaus-chella :), Ben, Brian, Me, Audrey, Andrew

 A few people watching photos, as promised...
 
 
 Mirror selfies each day
 There are 2 outdoor stages and 3 tent stages with bands playing constantly at all of them. There is no way to possibly see every single performance, but we did pretty good seeing about 40.
 
Our official Coachella 2014 list (in chronological order): Waxahatchee, Wye Oak, Anthony Green, Dum Dum Girls, Ms Mr, Grouplove, HAIM, AFI, Neko Case, Afghan Whigs, Broken Bells, The Replacements, Bryan Ferry, The Cult, Outkast, Bear Hands, The Drowners, Temples, Cage the Elephant, City and Colour, The Head and the Heart, Capital Cities, Ellie GouldingMGMT, Lorde (kind of), Foster the People, Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, Muse, Frank Turner, Superchunk, Julian Casablancas, Naked and Famous, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Toy Dolls, Calvin Harris (kind of), Beck, and Arcade Fire.
 My favorites are highlighted!
 
Beck brought his son out on stage with him. Super cute!
 One of my favorite moments was when Blondie came out to sing "Heart of Glass" with Arcade Fire.
I love Debbie Harry!!!
Coachella was fun, but NEVER AGAIN!!!

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