Another Coachella has come and gone, and it was nothing short of amazing! As you all know I have such a deep love for this event. There’s just something so magical about being in this beautiful place surrounded by desert, mountains, palm trees, and incredible live music (..er and about 20million people). It’s probably one of the only times in my life I don’t mind the massive crowds because the vibes are just so fun. Everyone is looking to have the time of their lives, and this is the place to make that happen.
For the second year in a row I stayed at the beautiful Safari tents at Coachella, which means my squad and I got to arrive at the festival grounds Thursday, before the festival even started. The hype was real. We were beyond excited to check in to our luxurious Safari tent and glamp it up. Don’t let the word ‘tent’ fool you. The Safari tents at Chella are spacious, air conditioned, fully furnished with two double beds, seating areas, full length mirrors, and a mini fridge. Better than a lot of hotels, actually. They also have community bathrooms, showers, and a sick lounge area where they have a live dj everyday, a full bar, and serve complimentary breakfast, snacks, and dinner. They even have comfy seating areas and a huge TV where they live stream all the performances at Coachella, you know, in case you came all the way to the festival but would rather watch it on a screen (HA!). Being a Safari guest means you also have access to a ton of perks like a 24/7 concierge service, complementary massages in the Spa Yurt and daily morning yoga classes, golf cart drivers to take us directly to each stage (and backstage), access to the VIP area, VIP Rose Garden, the even more exclusive Artist Lounge, and an up close viewing area at all the stages.
In addition to staying at the luxurious Safari campgrounds we also attended several Coachella parties over the weekend including the Young Turks party at the Palm Springs Air Museum. This event had live performances from Jamie XX, Four Tet, Sampha, and more. It took place in an hangar with historic aircrafts, which was such a unique experience. We also attended the Day Club pool party at the Hilton Palm Springs. This was our second time attending this party. It’s always such a good time with live Dj sets from big names such as Skrillex, and Dillon Fancis, vendors, such as L’Oreal, handing out free swag, and bars serving up cold drinks in a coconut (because everything tastes better from a coconut).
When we finally ventured out to the festival, it was just as amazing as I remembered. The festival grounds were even bigger this year than previous years with new art instillations, 100s of restaurants, bars, boutiques, and of course the many stages of Coachella. There were also a number of air conditioned sponsored tents, such as the Heineken tent, H&M tent, and my favorite, the Sephora tent, which offered complimentary makeup touch ups, flash tats, body gems, a fragrance bar, and a braid bar by Ouai haircare.
The ferris wheel is also a must at Coachella in order to get the full view of the festival grounds. It got a little update this year too, with much needed air conditioning added to each cart. The view is totally worth the $10 ticket and waiting in line, trust me.
One of my favorite parts of Coachella is, of course, the outfits! I am obsessed with the fashion culture of Coachella and getting to dress up in these edgy, bohochic looks is reason enough to attend. It’s not everyday that you’ll find me in fringe, leather, and mesh with glitter in my hair (all at once), but it is 100% acceptable and very much expected at Chella. Coachella fashion has become such a culture of it’s own that the festival looks more like a runway for bloggers, celebrities, and fashionistas to showcase their #coachellastyle. It’s so interesting to see what everyone is wearing at the festival and is often reported on more than the actual performances. I’m not gonna lie, my friends and I had just as much fun getting dressed each day, putting so much thought and intention into every detail of our outfits, than we did at the concert, itself.
Let’s not forget the reason we all go to Coachella, the music! We were so lucky to be front row in the Artist Viewing area to see all of our favorite artists, including Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Father John Misty, Porter Robinson & Madeon, NAO, Dillon Francis, Galantis, Bon Iver, and Local Natives. Each performance was absolutely incredible. It’s very clear that the artists are just as excited to be there as the fans are, so the energy is just amazing.
Being in the Artist Lounge, meant we also were in the presence of all of the performers of Coachella, as well as the celebrities who attended. A few stars we encountered over the weekend included Lana Del Rey, Katy Perry, Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, G-Eazy, DJ Khalid, Porter Robinson, Shay Mitchell, Carmen Electra, NAV, Wiz Kahlifa, and Gigi Hadid #starstuck It’s so exciting to see these celebs up close in person, and most of them are so nice and love taking photos with fans.
If you followed me on Snapchat (@chicintheHOT) and Instagram (@chicintheheartoftexas) than you saw my stories and got a BTS experience of my epic weekend, but ICYMI, I created a flipgram highlighting some of my favorite moments that you can watch down below.
Until next year, Coachella!
Photography by Janai Canua