Well clearly I am the procrastinator of all procrastinators posting this 6 months later, but better late than never I say! Not gonna lie, the delay was due to my lack of motivation sorting through and editing literally thousands of photos, but I bit the bullet and did it and I have split the posts into 3 because of the sheer volume of photos. Ohhh how I miss that beautiful Palm Desert…
We got to the festival site quite late on Friday as it took a while to check into our hotel then get the 40 minute shuttle bus over. The Coachella wristband activation app was down so that caused some further delays, but after a few teething problems, we finally arrived and it was a totally surreal *pinch me* moment. We spent the afternoon walking around the festival site, eating, drinking, checking out the stages and just taking it all in.
Ellie Goulding (lovely to see her as the sun was going down)
Broken Bells (one of the highlights of the weekend, I love James Mercer)
Outkast (KILLED. IT. WOWZERS!)
Ellie GouldingEllie GouldingBroken BellsBroken BellsOutkastOutkastOutkast finale, soooo good <3
Stayed tuned for Day 2!
The War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream (listen on Spotify)
Glass Animals – Zaba (listen on Spotify)
Lykke Li – I Never Learn (listen on Spotify)
Future Islands - Singles (listen on Spotify)
Sticky Fingers – Land of Pleasure (listen on Spotify)
The Holidays – Real Feel (listen on Spotify)
Interpol – El Pintor (listen on Spotify)
I fell off the blogging wagon for May and June. Basically right after we got back from California, still suffering heavily from those “Post Holiday Blues”, we decided we needed a massive change and moved out of our apartment into a semi-detached house. Needless to say, it’s been a busy couple of months and we have only just got the internet hooked up in the new place.
I have been dying to post my trip photos, especially the ones from Coachella which was just so mind blowingly good, as was San Francisco, the drive down to Los Angeles and our week in Venice. California you completely rocked my socks off and I am so genuinely bummed that it’s all over.
So yeah, a California recap will definitely be next on the agenda…
My California trip has come and gone and I have been back in Sydney for a week. Not gonna lie, there is some major “post holiday blues” going on. I have some mega posts coming up from my Coachella experience, plus San Francisco and Los Angeles photo diaries. So many photos to edit. So I thought I would kick things off with a little retail therapy from the trip…
I had my eye on these beauties for about 2 years. So when I walked past the Barneys New York window display in Santa Monica and saw these babies staring right back at me, I decided to go inside “just to try them on”. Well, after umming and aahing for about 10 minutes, the incredibly charming sales assistant told me to look at them as a souvenir from my trip and I was sold. Leaving them behind would be such a shame… so I got them
Stay tuned for my Coachella posts. Ohhh how I am missing the Palm Desert…
THE TIME HAS COME
We leave for our epic adventure to California tomorrow. The main purpose of the trip being Coachella Weekend 2. Afterwards we are flying to San Francisco for 5 days then roadtripping back down to LA where we will spend another 5 days in Santa Monica/Venice, using Airbnb for the first time which I can’t wait for.
I’m traveling light & only taking my iPad so I probably won’t be blogging-on-the-go, but I’ll definitely be documenting it all via Instagram. Expect some mega Cali posts when I’m back in May.
California here we come!!!
Coachella is officially 18 days away and everything is starting to become a lot more real. I leave for LA on April 16th, so I’m starting to think about last minute details, such as what to pack (gaaaaah) and more specifically, what to have on me for those 3 glorious days out in the Palm Desert. I’ve done some research (Coachella forum, you are very informative) and have started putting together the stuff I think I’ll need, so I’m well prepared for the best weekend ever. And in case you’re wondering, no I’m not camping (I’d be way more anxious writing this if I was, haha)
- Small, light crossbody bag
This bag has seen me through a few festivals and it’s perfect. It’s small, yet big enough to fit everything I need. I also like that it has a few different compartments so I don’t have to stuff everything into the same area, plus it’s tan so it’ll go with everything I wear.
No brainer really. They’re also prescription so I’ll be able to see the stage from far away. Bonus.
Porta-loos. Need I say more?
- Blistex Lip Protection SPF 30
Because sunburnt lips hurt like hell.
- Compact digital camera
I’m not relying on my phone for photos because lets face it, iPhone batteries are shit and the last thing you want is your phone dying halfway through day 1. I bought my Canon S110 purely for traveling because it fits in my pocket, should see me through 3 days worth of battery life and the 32gb memory card means thousands of (great quality) photos. Win.
- Swisspers Cucumber and Aloe Vera Cleansing Wipes – Travel Size
It’s the desert – hot, sticky and dusty. I bought 6 packs – 2 packs per day for freshening up in the heat.
- Waterproof sunscreen SPF 50
Again, no brainer.
- Coin purse
For space reasons, I’m ditching the big bulky wallet and sticking with something smaller. This’ll store my cash and ID.
- Marked medication
Turning up to a festival with random unmarked pills basically means they’re going to get confiscated on arrival, or worse, you’ll be detained by police. Keep it in the original packaging. Painkillers for headaches and antihistamines to fend off any potential dust/grass/whatever reactions.
As mentioned in this post, I saw Arcade Fire live twice in January. This is a big deal because a) the are my favourite band in the whole entire world and b) I have never seen them live (except for about 30 seconds at Glastonbury Festival in 2007, but that doesn’t count, ha)
Long story short, they finally toured Australia again for Big Day Out and were doing some sideshows too, so I bought tickets for the sideshow immediately. Then through a stroke of good luck, I got given Big Day Out tickets, so needless to say, I jumped at the chance of basking in their live glory twice in the space of a week.
I can’t even put into words how amazing this band is live. There are no words. The only thing you can do is go to one of their concerts, then you will understand. Goosebumps from start to finish. The cherry on top is that I will be seeing them for a third time at Coachella in a couple of months. I can’t wait to experience it all over again.
- Big Day Out setlist
- Sideshow setlist
- Instagram video I took
[Photos by me]