Weekend Round Up: Coachella Edition

By |April 17th, 2013|travel, weekend round up|

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Music, friends, sunshine, dancing… it’s pretty hard not to love Coachella- and this year was no exception. I took a half day off work on Friday and drove out to La Quinta where my friend Lo has a house just a few miles from the Empire Polo Field (aka Coachella land). There were 8 of us this year, some of us seasoned vets, and some first-timers. It was so fun to catch up with everybody.  Most days we hung out by the pool in the morning and left around 330 for the festival. As much as I would love be there at 11am every day, 13 hours in the heat is just too much for my old bones!

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The music was (obviously) awesome. Everyone always asks what my favorite band was- and that’s just an unfair question! Part of the allure of Coachella is that you see such a variety of music genres and that makes it hard to compare. So no, I won’t pick a favorite, but here are some highlights:

Throwbacks: Jurassic 5,  Postal Service, and Wu Tang (pictured below)

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Dance Beats: Major Lazer, Kill the Noise (pictured below) and Pretty Lights

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Alt/Indie et.al: The Lumineers, Passion Pit, and James Blake

There were a lot of other sets I enjoyed but unlike in previous years, no single performance blew me away above and beyond the others.  What did blow me away was the wind. Sunday a huge windstorm came in and the temperature suddenly dropped from the 90’s to the low 50’s and sand and dust filled the air. It was gross! I didn’t bring a sweater (rookie move, I know) and had to buy one there. Steve was sweet enough to wait in the long store line with me, surrounded by other shivering girls also ready to drop $50 on an ugly hoodie to survive the chill. Whatever- totally worth it! We drove home late Sunday night and let me tell you Monday was rough! But I made it to work on time and with the help of multiple starbucks trips made it through the day.

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Bravo Coachella, bravo.

love and candy,

lindsay