Coachella 2012 / Weekend One

We just got back from our trip to California for Coachella. It was our third year going but first time renting a house rather than camping — I can’t even begin to explain what a difference that made! Instead of being ready for it to end by the third day, we were all hoping for more time. Being rested and showered made such a difference.

The house we rented was seriously amazing. It was super modern with four huge bedrooms, four bathrooms, a huge pool, hot tub, fire pit, a blood orange tree in the yard and a gorgeous mountain view. One of the living room “walls” was actually a huge sliding glass door that opened fully, allowing the living room to open up to the outside pool. Renting this place in Palm Springs meant a 40 minute shuttle ride to the festival each day but it was more than worth it. I don’t think we’ll ever camp there again.

house pool party

(personal photo)

The only real bummer of the weekend was the weather on Friday — it was much colder than normal (in the 50’s) and not many people were prepared for that, including us. It was a big energy zap but it was warmer on Saturday and in the low 80’s and perfect by Sunday.

Coachella is held two hours outside of L.A. so it attracts a lot of celebrities. This year our big celebrity sighting was Aaron Paul, who plays Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad, one of my favorite tv shows. Apparently Rihanna, Katy Perry, Lindsay Lohan, David Hasselhoff, Aziz Ansari and Robert Downey Jr., among others, were also there.

Coachella grounds

(personal photo)

Ok, now to the music. My favorite show by far was Modeselektor. I also really enjoyed The Gaslamp Killer; Breakbot; NOISIA (they played sans Martijn van Sonderen); Alesso; Flying Lotus; Zedd (always a good time); and SBTRKT (fourth time seeing him but it was the best one yet). But Modeselektor stole was definitely my number one — they were incredible.

And I have to at least mention Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s performance that closed out the festival Sunday night. They had five guests — 50 cent, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar and Warren G. 50 cent was a surprise to us but the Eminem part had been leaked beforehand so we were expecting him. While I didn’t expect to care or be excited for him, when he came out it was hard not to be. He’s totally not someone I normally like but he had really powerful stage presence and I couldn’t help but like his performance. I also couldn’t help singing along to California Love, Gin and Juice and Gangsta Party with the 75,000 other festival goers under the dessert sky surrounded by the surreal beauty that is Coachella. Oh, and how could I forget about them performing alongside a hologram of Tupac?! It was surreal and truly a once-in-a-lifetime show.

Snoop & "Tupac"

(photo via power98)

But one of the best parts of the entire weekend was the huge group of friends we went with – 15 in total. We lounged in the pool during the mornings, danced together during the festival and made s’mores and chilled out in the hot tub when we got back each night. It was a fun group, made even funnier by our comedian friends Carlie and Doni. You should check out their videos and website so that, in a few years, you can brag about liking them from the beginning.

Coachella by night

(personal photo)

Overall, it was a great weekend and I can’t wait to go back again next year! I’ll leave you with a video from Modeselektor’s performance. (You can see our blue light saber waving in the crowd a few times.)

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