Tuesday, May 6, 2014

COACHELLA 2014 - WEEKEND 1 = 4/11-4/13/14 - My 10-Year Coachella-versary!!!

I realize, at this point, people have probably heard more than enough about Coachella but, because it took me several weeks to get all my photos & videos organized, I am only now FINALLY ready to tell the world...my 10th Coachella ever was 1 of the best Coachellas yet!!! It definitely ranks in the top 3 with 2008 still holding the #1 spot but 2011 has now been bumped to #3 because 2014 just stole the #2 position :)

For starters, I brought my boyfriend, George, who hadn't attended the festival since 2004 & who I feared I might run ragged due to how much bigger & exhausting the festival has become over the past 10 years. BUT, contrary to what I thought might happen, George ended up loving every second of the 3-day festival &, despite me saying I was ready to call it quits on Coachella after 10 straight years, George has already decided we're going back next year so I guess I'll be going for 11 after all!

Secondly, after camping at Coachella the past 3 years (& waking up with 1 eye crusted shut with dirt after the great dust storm of Coachella 2013 that occurred on night 3 of weekend 1), George & I stayed in a quaint, nearby, brand-new Holiday Inn Express & it was pure heaven. It didn't hurt that I booked the room back in December at an unheard of rate of only $115/night. The hotel wasn't opening until 4/2/14 & there were no reviews or photos online therefore the hotel had a zero star rating at the time of booking. It was a gamble because anything could've happened to prevent the hotel from opening on time & left George & I stranded but, luckily, it opened on time & couldn't have been more perfect. I cherished our California king bed, air conditioning, mini fridge & running water all SO very much.

Finally, this year's Coachella performances were especially outstanding. Our top fave acts of the weekend included ARCADE FIRE at #1 (of course because AF is always incredible & just keeps getting better), Broken Bells, Foster the People, Holy Ghost!, Empire of The Sun, The Naked & Famous, Little Dragon, Washed Out, Beck, STRFKR, Future Islands, MGMT, Jagwar Ma, Ellie Goulding, CHVRCHES, Muse & Outkast.

I'm already ready to sign up for the layaway payment program for Coachella 2015! I'm sure there will be an announcement about it any day now! Lol!

Jagwar Ma

Broken Bells Performing The Ghost Inside

Martin Garrixx

Foster The People Performing Miss You

The Knife

Outkast Performing SpottieOttieDopaliscious

Holy Ghost! Performing Do It Again

Cage The Elephant Performing Come A Little Closer

Chvrches Performing Lungs

Washed Out Performing Feel It All Around

MGMT Performing Time To Pretend

Future Islands Performing Long Flight

Muse Performing Madness

Lorde Performing Biting Down

Empire of The Sun Performing We Are The People

Empire of The Sun - Part 2

STRFKR Performing Bury Us Alive

The Naked & Famous Performing Young Blood

The Naked & Famous Performing No Way

Neutral Milk Hotel

Little Dragon Performing Blinking Pigs

Beck Performing Where It's At

Beck Performing Gamma Ray

Arcade Fire Performing Flashbulb Eyes


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