Happy Friday!!! Time to get in your weekend booty-shaking mood courtesy of Knife Party. I can’t wait to see them again, in just a few weeks, at North Coast. We saw them at Ultra in March and it was an epically good show!
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.)
B & I are on vacation and on our way to California to attend our third Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. It’s pretty much our favorite week of the year and this year, for the first time, we’re renting a house in Palm Springs with friends rather than camping. I’ve had great experiences camping at festivals but I’m super psyched to go the house route this year, especially since the house we rented looks super nice and has a pool, hot tub, grill and fire pit! Anyway, goodbye for now and I will return to you next Tuesday. Hope you all have a great week!
This will be my last Ultra-related post, I promise. I just couldn’t resist sharing Chase & Status’ final song “Let You Go”. Their whole set was amazing. The first video is them at Ultra and the second is the “official” video so you can hear a better quality version.
It was one of the best festival experiences I’ve ever had (tied with Coachella 2010) — and I’ve been going to multiple festivals each year since 2003. It definitely had the best sound system of any festival I’ve been to. And the organizers were really smart about the layout — instead of a few big food & drink tents, they had many smaller ones spread throughout the entire festival which made for always short lines. They also had real bathrooms and more than enough porta potties. I literally NEVER waited in line to use the restroom. No joke. (If you’ve ever been to a festival, you’ll understand how amazing this is.) We also saw Keith Richards (awesome) and Madonna (majorly disappointing) there. Here are some of the pictures I took…
B & I just about to take off for Miami.
Pan con Minuta from La Camaronera Restaurant & Fish Market – best fish sandwich ever
Beautiful fallen tree at the Worldwide Stage
Loco Dice playing the Carl Cox Stage
Trapeze dancers at Richie Hawtin
Main Stage during Tiesto
Busy P on the Worldwide Stage
A truly committed festival goer…
Magnetic Man (aka Benga, Art Department & Skream)