April 26, 2010

The Coachella recap

by Shelly

It has been a full week since Coachella 2010 wrapped up in the desert of So Cal. I had not been since 2006 and boy has it evolved! First off…HOLY crowds batman! I could not believe how many people they now let into the venue. Back when I was going every year…2002-2006…the crowds were around 80,000 people. Now, from what I heard on the radio, the crowd is 200,000+!!!! Yikes! Let me tell ya, it felt like it!

Ok, but I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let me start at the beginning. First mistake, don’t go to Coachella with friends who do not have their ticket to the event yet. It usually sells out and/or it’s a major pain in the..well you know..to get tickets once there.  I ended up missing the first day of the show because no one had a ticket other than me. I didn’t want to go by myself, so we went out to dinner and had a fun night instead. With that being said, my friend Ana somehow hooked us up with some MAJOR VIP artist passes to the event on Saturday by diligently checking on Craigslist . So of course I sold my ticket asap to use the much better hookup! Bliss. It was awesome. 
Our full access artist passes!
Backstage waiting for De La Soul to finish up.
 

With the artist passes we could not only go into the upgraded VIP area (which people pay dearly to get into), but we could go into the” no access for anyone normal” area! This area was where the bands had their trailers, a lounge area was set up for celebrities and the bands, there was free alcohol, we could go anywhere backstage we wanted to and we got AMAZING parking.  I don’t think I could ever go back with just general admission again. I’ve tasted the good life and it is sa-weeet!

Who knew there was a LAKE at Coachella!?
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My fav band Phoenix! Right over my shoulder sitting there. I didn’t want to bug them with a picture.
Not only did we get to watch some amazing bands and artists from the side stage away from the crowds, but we rubbed shoulders with them before and after the show.
Yes, I met Brobie from Yo Gabba Gabba. My daugher loves this pic!

Corrine Bailey Rae… Love love love her! She’s so tiny!
 
My friend Ana with Tony from No Doubt
We ran into Danny DeVito Saturday night on the way out to our car.
Spoon! So good live.
Blurry Muse. I wasn’t a huge fan before this show. Now after seeing them live I love them! 
 It was a fabulous weekend albeit tiring as heck. I never thought I would come that close to so many celebrities and music artists. I had a run in with BEYONCE for goodness sake! That’s a whole story in itself really. Every year I say I’ll never go again, but if I line up artist passes next year…I’M GOING!

Thanks Ana for taking all the great pictures!!!

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