For years me and my best friends have wanted to go to Coachella, each year we would scroll through images after images of the festival, all the music and fashion styles getting envious and promising ourselves one day we will go and much to our surprise we managed to bag ourselves some early bird weekend tickets as soon as they were released last year. Nothing can prepare you for how amazing it actually is, so I thought I would share with you our Coachella experience, from where we stayed, how we got there and what we wore, to help prepare others who are planning to go or to get you excited for festivals you have coming up this summer.
I tried the whole the camping at a festival thing once but it didn’t go down to well for me, so the idea of staying in a hotel and travelling to the festival each day was an ingenious idea to me! We had always read about staying at Palm Springs and a lot of their hotels you can book as a package with your ticket. We chose the Hilton Palm Springs hotel, as it was reasonably priced and their was a shuttle bus right by our hotel. Given the choice again this wouldn’t be top of my list, they had pool parties on everyday before which sounds great but unless you pay for tickets to attend your own pool you’re getting locked out and its nice to be able to chill by the pool before you head to the festival, I would much prefer to hire a villa if there is a big group of you going together.
Festival Transport –
As part of your ticket you can add on the option of a shuttle bus, which you could get right by your hotel and it would take you to the festival site and back to your hotel at the end. This is great as you don’t have to worry about booking taxis but at the same time it’s a longer journey than we thought it would be, it takes around 45mins to get to the site and then you have security to go through so I would definitely recommend giving yourself plenty of time before the first act you want to see is on, as we missed a few on the first day! It’s a great atmosphere though, with music and drinking, everyones just getting really excited for the day ahead and it gives you a chance to meet other people.
The atmosphere was amazing like no other festival I have been to before, just really chilled and everyones just there to have a good time and listen to great music. There were several different stages playing a range of music, a lot of the acts we wanted to see were on the main stage but its not so big that you can’t go to different stages between acts. It was so nice being in the sun and not worrying about wearing wellies and getting muddy, there is a lot of dust though so bandanas are a great shout and as hot as it is in the day it really chills of in the evening so layers are a must. As its a art festival as well there are lots of big installations around to see, which made for great outfit back drops. There is a great mix of food and drinks as well, not just the greasy burger vans you get in the UK which was really refreshing and there is always a bit of celeb spotting too, we saw Paris Hilton and Max from Catfish!
I don’t know about you but I love people watching and seeing what everyone is wearing and Coachella did not disappoint, I had major outfit envy most days but its such a great place to take inspiration from and push your own style boundaries.
If you have ever thought about going to Coachella all I can say is just go for it, book your tickets and figure out the rest later you honestly won’t regret it.
Are you heading to any festivals this summer?