Coachella was amaze balls, and that's the truth. Maybe it was the line-up, or that we got really lucky with the camping site we were directed into, but it was good. Really, really good. Even with being called, 'mom' twice, (ouch)*. Or having a drunk dude use my head as a dance, dance revolution booty bounce cushion. He was apologetic of course, and we laughed long and hard because Susan saw the whole thing, looking over when she heard me exclaim,
'get off my head'.
From my previous post it's obvious that the crowd is young, because most people over a certain age can not keep that kind of party stamina up, especially when it's done in the sun. All the grossness aside, the camping couldn't have been easier. We were lucky in our placement in the camp grounds because it was the smallest at Coachella and also had showers and bathrooms that weren't over-used being located a bit off the beaten path. And we were close enough to main stage and could hear the music clearly; a bonus on Friday night when it was colder than cold and we chose to listen to the remainder of Radiohead from our sleeping bags.
We had a porta potty plan that worked brilliantly and we were really good about drinking water and lots of it. We stayed away from all fried foods and we didn't drink any alcohol because no good comes to me when I combine booze with the sun.
We lucked out with the weather with two days of mid-70's and the last day was in the mid-80's. If you know the Palm Springs area, you know that this time of year usually means 100 + degrees so having the weather be so temperate we didn't get sunburned or scorched in our tent by the rising, blazing, hot sun.
The music was so incredible, it's hard to keep in mind all the great acts we saw. There were four stages that had music simultaneously. We mapped out a game plan and we each had a couple of groups that it was important to see the entire set. There were bands we were content to hear a few songs, simply because we wouldn't have been able to see it all. Still others we had to do away with completely, (I'm sorry we had to miss Kascade), because there was no way around the conflicting and competing show times.
Live music and a lively crowd is elating. I danced and danced and then I danced some more. I also jumped in place and flung my hands in the air and I loved every second of it. I loved the energy and I loved being on the outskirts; in the mix but not claustrophobic.
I can't wait to share with you all the bands we saw and the photos I shot with my phone. I had a camera but quickly learned that carrying gear while standing in a field for hours on end is not worth it.
*It was loud and clear that I was a lot older than the average age, which I find amusing since many of the favorite musical acts are around my age and I doubt there'd be any age comments. Ahem.