Since 2008, I have always dreamed of being able to attend Coachella. Year after year I would see the infamous line up appear in my Facebook page and wished that I could fast forward to my twenties where I would not be a broke high school student and buy a ticket to attend the festival. Well, fast forward I made my tweenage dreams (yes, I purposely misspelled it) come true.
Last year, I purchased my ticket to weekend 1. It was a very surreal moment for me for two reasons. 1. I just dropped what I consider a massive amount of money to attend a music festival and 2. I was actually crossing off yet another activity on my 2018 bucket list. One would think, buying a ticket in a year in advance would equate to having meticulously prepared for the festival months in advance, right? Well, unfortunately quite the opposite happened. I found myself preparing not months, not weeks but DAYS before the festival. One would think that I just scored a bunch of deals on Black Friday if they were to see the amount of clothes that I packed. It actually got to the point where my suitcase looked extremely disheveled. At that moment, I thought to myself, "B, you gotta get it together."
Day 1-Let's Chill
Ah, day one. I barely saw any performers this day. My sisters and I were just basking in the ambiance of the entire venue. In other words, we were just trying to figure out the logistical aspects of the festival. On day 1 of weekend 1 I probably saw a total of I would say, four performers? It would have been five, but as I was running to see Daniel Caesar's and H.E.R.'s set which I sadly missed it by a minute. The feeling of defeat overcame me and I pretty much remained a bit upset for the remainder of the night. But, I reached a state of equilibrium when I saw the Weeknd's performance that night. It was nothing short of amazing. I learned that day 1, always wear your bandana after sunset, stay away from the hamburgers that were not sold by Shack Shake (I was legit given a cold hamburger and fries--no joke y'all) and always make sure your portable charger is juiced up to capacity.
Day 2 was hands down my most favorite day of Coachella. This is when Coachella was universally dubbed #beychella, but i'll get to that part. Day 2 is when I arrived to the festival on "time" and by this I mean I arrived around 2 pm which a part of me somewhat regretted arriving to the festival on time because it felt as if it were 100 degrees outside. I found myself laying in the grass to regain my sanity from the torturous heat. On Saturday, I discovered a few artists that are now added onto my iPhone music playlist. One of the bands was First Aid Kit. This country-esque meets indie sound reminded me oh so much of Eisley. I was surprised I was able to enjoy their set in the mist of the heat.
Ok, so now to the juicy part---Beychella. My group and I arrived to the set about 40 minutes before Beyonce performed. We prepared for the worst, but it was actually much more peaceful than I anticipated. Her set was historicial. I found myself having bittersweet memories of being on the step team as she paid homage to HBCU's. She also had some Jackson 5 beats playing in the background. I screamed like a baby when Destiny's Child reunited. It's as if all of my childhood memories resurfaced right at that moment. I was taken back to middle school were I danced to "Lose My Breath" for my talent show--unfortunately my dance partner and I did not win.
Day 3- Burnt Out!
Day 3 was rough. Don't get me wrong, I saw a lot of great performers on the Sunday of Weekend 1 (Jidenna, Ibeyi, etc) it was just that I was both physically and mentally tired. My feet ached, I had a headache and I just didn't feel like doing much.
I have the least amount of photos this day because to be honest, I wasn't really feeling how I looked nor did I like my makeup. It believe I was subconsciously telling myself "B, it's time to go home."
One of my favorite performances on Day 3 was Cardi B and Ibeyi. I literally ran with my sister so that we wouldn't miss her set along with the other festival goers. I've never seen anyone dance as good as her being pregnant! Not only that but Cardi B brought out a wide-arrange of performers-- 21 Savage, Kehlani, Chance the Rapper and G-Eazy.
We left Coachella Valley around 11pm. I thought I could drive back to Long Beach that night but I ended up heading back around 4 am in the morning. The memories of Coachella will forever be engrained in my head but lets be real--not sure if i'll be back! I'm currently still recovering and I attended Weekend 1 hehe!