Experiences

Coachella – Day One

I was not ready. I don't think I've ever been so violently pushed and thrown around. Funny story actually, my friend Grace thought people were making circles for a dance battle...yes you read that right, a dance battle. She had no idea what a mosh pit was, but thought people were about to bust a move.

The Music

We woke up to our neighbors being loud at 7 am and the 100 degree weather. I was shook that it was so hot, but it really shouldn’t have surprised me considering we were literally in the middle of the dessert. Even though we were camping, there were showers and food, and the experience itself wasn’t too bad.

My friends (Grace and Julianna) and I decided to head to Kungs for our first performance of the weekend. I’m a major fan, and they have a lot of good songs so I figure that it was a safe choice for our first set.

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Getting into the festival itself was not too hard, there was a bit of line but it was moving fairly quick. Security was thorough, but after they got done checking and scanning you, it was smooth sailing. It was so cool walking in and just seeing all of the people, and the ambiance and everything was just so surreal. I couldn’t help but feel so happy that I finally had the chance to do this again, but with friends that I know would make the experience SO much better.

Sahara

So if you’ve never been before, Coachella festival is basically broken up into various parts. You have several stages named Sahara, Mojave, Yuma, Coachella, Outdoor, Do Lab etc. You go to whatever stage the artist you want to see is at, rock out, then make your way to another stage and repeat.

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This stage is called Sahara and it was so big! The performer is usually at the very front and you fill in from the back. The sound is crazy and no matter where you’re at you can still see and enjoy everything. Maybe even more so from the back because you won’t be super squished and have people stepping all over you.

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Kungs was sooooo good and the crowd went wild. Especially when they were playing “This Girl”, so amazing! However, we didn’t listen to our own advice about enjoying the back of the crowd and decided to move to the front for Mac Miller.

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This was great for two reasons, and not so great for one. Basically his set was amazing, he can sing, he can rap, he is just immensely talented. I loved every second of it, even though I wasn’t too familiar with a lot of his songs it was still a great time.

The second reason is because he got the crowd so hype! Everyone was vibing and having a great time. We met some students from UC Santa Barbra, and they were really cool. They talked with us while we were waiting, and then going hard while he was performing. Everyone at Coachella just has really great vibes and it really is part of the experience.

The only reason why being so close was not the best for me, is because people got way too hype. There is a fine line between having a good time and acting crazy. Mac stopped his last song and said he wanted to see everyone get the craziest he’s ever seen a crowd. I guess the crowd interpreted that as start a MOSH PIT.

I was not ready. I don’t think I’ve ever been so violently pushed and thrown around. Funny story actually, my friend Grace thought people were making circles for a dance battle…yes you read that right, a dance battle. She had no idea what a mosh pit was, but thought people were about to bust a move. Poor thing got knocked around, stepped on and someone broke her sunglasses.

-Kiyaani xx

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