The first weekend of Coachella has come to a close, but the party is far from over. If anything, the momentum is even stronger. Plus, now we now know a few key things in order to be even more prepared for the second installment of our favorite music fest.
Last week brought more than just an all out fun music festival. We also crowned the winner of our Dreaming in Blue video contest! Congratulations to Angelica of Angelica Joy Jewelry who inspired us with her video and won a trip for two to Coachella and $5000 to make her dreams come true.
Angelica will be enjoying the music, style and heat of the desert festival and along with the rest of us, may benefit from knowing the following tips.
From the best acts to effectively beating the crowd, here are the most important things to know for Coachella, weekend #2.
Girl Power: Ellie Goulding and Haim Rock Harder than the Rest.
This year, it was the girls – specifically British pop princess, Ellie Goulding and the L.A. sister band, Haim – that had festival-goers buzzing loudest. Goulding got the crowd going with her upbeat hits that she added a decidedly rock twist to, wearing an all-black leather outfit, even incorporating metal band hair flip moves into the mix.
Haim’s songs, as well as talk of their talent, has been on the tip of everyone’s lips and even in the heat of the late afternoon desert sun –
The group didn’t disappoint.
Don’t Miss the Giant Moon Man.
As if most of the surroundings at Coachella don’t seem surreal enough, festival-goers (and their Instagram accounts) were in awe of the giant space explorer that glided through the crowd on wheels.
Great Gourmet Eats in the Middle of the Desert.
Coachella’s come a long way from basic beer and French fries. Gourmet hipster food has officially found its way to the desert, creating almost as much of an attraction as the music. Here are the epicurean highlights:
Night + Market
Salt + Straw
Craft Beer Garden
You never really know what fun or frustration a weekend at Coachella will bring and that’s all part of the adventure, right?
But there are a couple of things, besides staying hydrated, that will help keep everything on an even keel.
1. Get there early or arrive after nightfall – We get it. The ideal situation is to wake up late, lounge around the pool and/or hit a mid day party, then head into the festival around the late afternoon. Go ahead and do that, but be forewarned that everyone else and their crop top- wearing buddies are doing the same thing, thus making the bottleneck traffic jam at the gates a total, and not to mention, scorching nightmare. Either arrive early at the beginning of the day, or wait until the sun goes down to avoid a massive crowd and potential sunburn.
2. Use a car tracking app – Why ruin a fun day of music and hanging with friends with an hour of walking through a dusty parking lot to find your car? Download a trusty app that leads you back to your car with no fuss. An app like Find My Car is a good one. Get it. Use it. You’re welcome.