First off, I’m sorry I’ve been kind of MIA; these past few weeks have been crazy what with Coachella, going out of town, work, etc. I’m very excited to bring you my Coachella highlights, though. It was an amazing weekend with great friends and really wonderful music.
As I sit here slightly depressed that I’m not at Weekend 2, I reminisce on all of the amazing times I had last weekend.
For starters, I camped. This is the only way I’ve done Coachella and don’t plan on changing my ways anytime soon.
Camping allows you the freedom to come back to the campgrounds whenever you need a break or a meal and the freedom to be within walking distance of the festival grounds. It just makes everything so much easier. (Read my post on what to pack for your first camping music festival experience if you are unsure.)
Last year, we got this amazing camping spot next to this giant hill with a lighthouse on top of it. This year, since I was going with most of the same people, we wanted to get the same spot again.
By the grace of God (and much persistence toward the traffic directors) we got the same spot, next to “our” hill.
Immediately, we knew this was going to be another great year.
The first day of camping is spent waiting in lines, setting up your camp, playing games, listening to our Coachella playlist and relaxing before the 3 days of the festival.
Here are the top 11 Coachella moments from this year, in my opinion, in no particular order.
11. Coachella Crew
One of the best parts of Coachella is always the group you go with.
The best is when you are able to stay with your whole group (or at least some) for each day.
As you can imagine, it’s very hard to stay together when people want to see different acts throughout the day.
On top of that, my phone stopped working because there were so many other people trying to get a signal on the grounds.
This year, I met some new friends that we camped with, as well as met up with other friends inside the festival. One of my favorite things ever is dancing with friends at a festival.
10. Eli & Fur
Eli & Fur are two ladies I hadn’t heard of before. They were the surprise guests at The Do LaB on Saturday, and it was one of the most fun sets I’d heard yet.
These deep house gals made the entire crowd dance, nonstop. Keeping the crowd entertained at all times is hard to do as a DJ, I’m sure.
This set wins the award for most pleasantly surprising.
9. Do LaB
The Do LaB is never a disappointment. It is one of the best parts of Coachella in my opinion.
You have your trap, your deep house, your dubstep, and pretty much every other genre out there.
If you want to be happy, dance, and have a ball with your friends at all hours of the day, Do LaB is for you.
I mean, the stage itself looks like the fun zone for adults.
8. DJ Snake & Lauryn Hill
As if DJ Snake’s performance wasn’t enough (which it was, 10 times over) he brought out legend Lauryn Hill.
It was amazing to hear “Killing Me Softly” live. I would definitely be down to relive that moment. So cool.
On another note, DJ Snake was incredible. And you never really know when DJ’s get big, if they are still going to keep the integrity of their sound. He smashed his set and went SO HARD; I was pleasantly surprised.
I love it when big-name producers can still go just as hard as they have from the beginning, especially at a big music festival like Coachella.
7. Hans Zimmer
This man is a legend. I had heard his name, thought “this might be cool” when my group wanted to go see him, but didn’t really know what to expect.
If you don’t know who Hans Zimmer is, think of pretty much any epic movie and he probably composed the whole thing. Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, The Lion King, and so many more.
I was BLOWN AWAY by this performance. Not only was it one of those cool things I probably won’t get to see again, but it also was a truly incredible act.
There was a full orchestra on stage. He started off by playing a song from Inception (and also ended with Inception – mind = blown), breezed through the scores from Pirates, and brought out the original singers from The Lion King.
Then, Pharrell made a surprise appearance and the crowd lost it.
I would say this performance is this year’s Sia. Amazing visuals, high-class performance, stellar production. It made us want to go home and watch all of these movies, because he reminded us how epic they are.
Definitely one of the coolest things I’ve seen in awhile. Thank you Coachella, for bringing a true legend to the lineup this year.
Justice was a duo I hadn’t explored much, besides knowing “D.A.N.C.E.”.
They were one of my friends number 1 act that he wanted to see that weekend, so I joined.
Justice has been in the music game for a long time, and it showed. They play only their own music, and it’s a funky, dubstep-py, house vibe that they’ve got going on.
It’s a very fun show to attend, and I’m super glad I went to see producers that I was not too familiar with.
That’s one of my favorite parts of music festivals, is discovering new music.
5. Big Gigantic
This was the first set of the weekend that my group and I absolutely loved.
It was definitely one of my favorites of the weekend, and it was the first time we all were like, this is why we’re here.
Big Gigantic has the same sort of funky, jazz, hip-hop style as Griz and Gramatik. So much so that they formed a group together called Big Grizmatik.
I mean, that sax! C’MON, YOU GUYS.
Listen to the entire set below.
Okay, this was the set I was expecting to be good, but I didn’t know how good.
First off, Gryffin played like 5 instruments up there. WHAT.
I LOVE TALENTED PEOPLE.
He played all my faves of his, all the way back to his Talking Body remix (OG Gryffin fan right hurrr).
It was just one of those perfect sets that flows together with amazing song choices.
And the best part? He brought out Khalid, one of my favorites right now.
Definitely one my top moments from the weekend.
3. What So Not Closing Out The Weekend
HO-LY CRAP. This was one of the better sets I’ve seen in my lifetime.
Not only did What So Not play all of his best music, but threw down other remixes and songs that just fit perfectly with his set.
And I missed Kendrick for him (tough choices brought to you by Coachella), so I was expecting it to be amazing.
He did not disappoint. In the slightest. If you want to hear the whole set, listen below.
2. Future Bringing out Drake
Arguably the biggest name that got brought out this year was Drake.
Disclaimer: I saw Drake 2 years ago at Coachella and I was HIGHLY disappointed. So, obviously he needed to redeem himself in my book.
Even though he only came out for 2 songs, it was infinitely better than the previous year.
He got the crowd going, and made an already-great set even better.
It was only fitting that this year, dubbed Rap-chella, one of the biggest names in Rap was added to the special guest list.
Future also brought out Migos, just like 3 other acts did (Gucci Mane, DJ Snake and DJ Khaled). A bit of overkill in my opinion.
1. Yuma Stage
Otherwise known as the Tech House tent. Tech House is a hard genre to read, because it is very repetitive at times so some people don’t enjoy it.
We started the last day off at the Yuma tent and it was strictly a dance party. It was a fun way to start the day, and something different to go to in the midst of trap and indie artists.
If you went to Coachella, weekend 1 or 2, I hope you had just as an amazing time as I did! What was your favorite moment? Comment down below!