By Itzayana Jimenez |Staff Writer|
On May 16, 2014, I made one of the greatest decisions: I bought my Coachella weekend one ticket.
Coachella is Southern California’s biggest annual music festival. It is a three-day festival located in the Mojave desert known for having a large variety of both mainstream and indie artists, hipsters with over-priced clothes, and an enormous amount of celebrity attendees.
A few of the fashion trends at Coachella this year were floppy sun hats, bikini tops, cut-off shorts, and Bohemian dresses.
Coachella 2015 was my first time attending the festival and it exceeded any of my expectations.
To start off, as I was driving into the festival‘s parking-lot, Kylie Jenner’s driver cut my car off, which to some may be considered a good start!
My fascination with the festival bloomed when I first saw the line-up in 2003.
It was filled with incredible artists, such as the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Interpol.
I bought my ticket last May before the line-up was released knowing it would be amazing and I was not disappointed.
This year’s line-up consisted of extremely talented artists such as AC/DC, Drake, Alesso, and so many more.
The festival demonstrated its diversity by having genres from rock to hip hop to EDM.
Since there are so many great artists you have to make the tough decision of choosing to see some over others.
Some of the many artists I got to see were Raekwon and Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan, Deorro, Jungle, Florence and the Machine, and ODESZA.
Out of all the artists I saw, the three that stood out to me most were the Alabama Shakes, Tame Impala, and Drake.
The Alabama Shakes performed on Friday around 7 p.m. during sunset and they couldn’t have gone at a better time.
The Alabama Shakes’ lead vocalist, Brittany Howard, showed passion and emotion that matched perfectly with the red and blue sun beaming sky.
Their performance of “Gimme All Your Love” had the crowd screaming the lyrics with so much emotion and it was my personal favorite of their set.
Tame Impala performed on the same night around 9 p.m., lighting up the main stage with their psychedelic visuals and sound. They had the crowd go from slight head nods to full dancing by the end of their set.
The song that got the crowd moving and was my favorite song of theirs was, “Elephant.”
Drake closed the festival on Sunday night with special guest, Madonna.
Before exiting the stage after her performance, Madonna sat on Drake’s lap and began kissing him.
He performed songs from “Comeback Season” to “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.” He ended his set by performing “Legend” proving that if he were to die he would be a legend.
Coachella isn’t only known for its amazing selection of musical artists, but also for their art installations and fashion.
There were fifteen different art installations spread throughout the festival. Out of the fifteen, there were two that caught most of the festivalgoers’ attention.
The first one was Papilio Merraculous by Poetic Kinetics, which was a huge, vibrant neon, caterpillar that turned into a colorful butterfly by the end of the weekend. Kinetics created this piece to show nature’s way of transforming.
Derek Doublin and Vanessa Bonet created the art piece “The Corporate Headquarters.” The installation is a three-story office building with hippopotami in work suits making a mess.
They should have gotten a stage for themselves because they constantly had a huge crowd around them. By the end of the festival, they still had an audience refusing to leave.
It was a show of its own.
According to the Coachella website, it represents the imperatives of the corporate world, which are honor, innovation, performance, progress, and oatmeal.
All the fashion at the festival is an art installation of its own. It’s the hipster fashion weekend of Southern California.
Coachella weekend one has come and gone once again. Till next year Coachella!