It has recently come to my attention that not everyone knows what Coachella actually is (??!!) so in case you are one of those people – the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, or just Coachella to those who actually have to say the name out loud, is a yearly festival that began back in 1999 (it skipped a year in 2000 but I still count ’99 as it’s beginning) and it has evolved greatly over the years. Beginning as a two-day affair, it dabbled in single-day status, returned to the two-day format, added a third day of festivities in ’07, and as of 2012 it now spans two weekends – same lineup, different festival-goers. And though I’ve been dying to go for years (especially when Kings of Leon were headliners back in 2011 *swoon*), this is the first year I will actually get to experience the greatness.
That being said, this year is a killer year to be heading to the desert. This year’s lineup boasts headliners the likes of Arcade Fire, Muse and most dramatically, the recently reunited OutKast. With six stages worth of music to choose from, the options vary from Lorde to Chromeo to J Roddy Walston & the Business. All of which are acts I plan on checking out. The full lineup and list of set times is available on coachella.com so if you know you’re headed out there either this weekend or next, deffo take a moment to plan ahead.
I won’t be going till Weekend 2 (April 18-20) but if I happen to have the time this weekend, I’ll be sure to check out the Weekend 1 vibe via YouTube seeing as for the fourth year in a row the festival will be streamed live for all those who didn’t get a chance to snag tickets. And for the first time, Weekend 2 will be available as well so keep that in the back of your minds!
Though it saddens me greatly that I won’t be seeing Haim or Frank Turner, because they conflict with Bastille and the 1975 respectively, I’m so stoked to check out acts like: Ellie Goulding, MSMR, Foster the People, The Head and the Heart, Bombay Bicycle Club, the Drowners, Disclosure, Lana del Rey, The Naked and Famous, and so many more. Some bands, like J Roddy Walston, I’ve been in love with for years and have yet to get the chance to see live while others, like Girl Talk, are acts that I’ve seen before and enjoyed so thoroughly I can’t wait to enjoy it again. All in all, I’m just super stoked to submerge myself in live music overload and I can’t wait to come back and word vomit to y’all about how amazing it all was.
Coachella isn’t all about the music though! “and Arts” is part of the full title for a reason seeing as Coachella boasts impressive art installations and sculptures. There’s also an abundance of food trucks and merchandise tents – both related to the music and not – and a plethora of activities spanning from the camp grounds to the actual venues so you’re never left without entertainment.
If y’all want to keep up with me and my exploits while at the festival in a week and a half, be sure to follow our Twitter and Instagram accounts because that’s where I’ll be logged on all weekend. And be on the look out for a full recap of Weekend 2 coming for you when I get back!