the ‘Chella Diaries 2014: Day 1 (April 11th, 2014)


After a 3 hour car ride and coverage of my entire Coachella playlist, Indio was finally in eyesight. This year, I am attending the heavenly 3 day music festival with two of my best friends, Shelby and Cairo. Shelby and I have been friends since preschool and live in a 1 mile radius of each other and we met Cairo at the sleep away camp we’ve been attending since elementary years. We have managed to stay close with Cairo, who lives all the way out in Paolo Alto for the past four years even though we only see each other a couple times a year, if that! Yesterday was our first day groovin’ in the Indio sun and it was sublime. Coachella is not just a festival, it’s a feeling and every time I step foot on the grassy planes and see the sparkling Ferris wheel twirl in the baby blue sky, all previous worries and life distractions evaporate with the scorching heat. Yesterday, we began the day at around 1:30 and immediately bought our chella clothing, because last year I had to wait in a ridiculous line on Sunday and I knew it’d be smart to get it over with right away. We bought super cute Coachella jackets and were excited to begin the adventure, but Shelby turned snow white and felt an immense rush of fatigue fall upon her. She ended up going to the medical tent to rest and then joined us again for our second band but felt sick again, so ended up going back to the hotel to rest for the rest of the day. Cairo and I were very disappointed in this and felt horrible for Shelby, but luckily we met up with my best friends Serena and Claire (Claire I went to chella with last year for both our first times) and my other friends Caroline, Taylor and Kennedy. This is a list of the bands we watched yesterday:

MS MR: 2:50-3:55 We saw the second half and ending of this band. My favorite songs are “Bones”, “Dark Doo Wop” and “Fantasy” which we got to see and they were great. The girl singer has rockin red hair!

ASAP Ferg: 3:40-4:30 Went here because Cairo, Shelby, Serena, and Claire wanted to and I stayed for a bit. I wasn’t exactly satisfied with the performance considering it consisted of a lot of yelling and shouting and I wanted to hear a bit more melody in my music, so Cairo and I headed over to Grouplove.

Grouplove: 4:00-4:50 I saw Caroline and we went into the crowd and got there just in time for their most popular songs, “Tongue Tied” and “Ways to Go”. The guy singer had awesome shaggy blue hair and was wearing an extremely oversized, holy tee shirt and some pants. He reminded me of Nirvana’s, Kurt Cobain. The girl was wearing a funky, tight full body blue unitard of some sort and she rocked it.

HAIM: 4:55-5:45 I left Grouplove a bit early so I could get a good spot at one of my favorite bands playing at chella, HAIM!!!! Three Jewish girls from the valley just like me! I couldn’t find any of my friends so I literally stood super close to the front all by myself in a crowd of some nice college kids. I was talking to this one guy who said he went to school with them and grew up in the Valley. I asked him where they went to school and shockingly found out they went to MILLIKAN MIDDLE SCHOOL, which is where I WENT! For high school they went to LACHSA, which is where some of my friends go! Pretty crazy. Regardless of the fact that my friends weren’t around I had an amazing time as I sand along to every single song they performed. Their guitar playing skills amazed me; they were jamming out and soloing like real rock stars. They were beautiful and amazing and I absolutely loved it. My favorites are “My Song 5” “Falling” “If I Could Change Your Mind” “Go Slow” “Don’t Save Me” and of course “The Wire”.

Kate Nash: 5:50-6:35 Met back up with Cairo and we were expecting to hear some of the cute melodic tunes of Kate Nash but were surprised to see her in a completely different persona, a girly punk rocker and I didn’t hear any songs I knew, so we headed over to Ellie Goulding. My favorite songs from her are “Pumpkin Soup” and “Merry Happy”

Ellie Goulding: 6:40-7:30 We made it just in time to hear all of Ellie’s main hits, “Lights” “Burn” “I Need Your Love” and “Anything Could Happen”. She has an incredibly unique voice and her range is surprisingly huge; she put on an awesome show and really has some nice pipes.

Chromeo: 7:55-8:45 Might have been my favorite show of the night. I started listening to Chromeo a couple of weeks before the festival and grew to love their funky, soulful techno music which is unique to anything I’ve ever heard. I rocked out to every song with all of my friends and got to sit on this super nice guys shoulder’s during their biggest hit, “Over Your Shoulder” and I danced up there for the entire song. I got a perfect view of the entire crowd and the stage and kept looking over my shoulder and singing to my friends while he sang “Stop Looking Over Your Shoulder” and it was pretty awesome. Definitely one of the highlights of my Chella 14 experience. My favorite songs are “Hot Mess” “Needy Girl” “Over your Shoulder” “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” “Come Alive” “Bonafied Lovin’” and “Night by Night”.

Flume: 9:30-10:20 Flume was incredible. We all went nuts for the performance as we jumped up and down bumping our heads and pumping the air. He is a hot Australian dude and his mixes are super catchy and relaxingly energetic which is kind of a paradox, but that’s why it’s so cool. Can’t wait for more rave and EDM music. My favorites from him are “Sleepless” and especially, “Drop the Game”

Zedd: 10:05-11:20 We got to see the end of Zedd, which was in the infamous SAHARA TENT. We went to the back and got to listen to two of my favorites, “Clarity” and “Stay the Night” but had to leave to get to Outkast on time so didn’t get to see my real favorite one, “Lost at Sea”. But it’s okay you win some you lose some. I felt my heart bump and the adrenalin rush through my blood as I screamed and jumped to the music with Cairo. It was amazing!!

OutKast: 11:05-12:30 OutKast was groovy, funky, and totally old-school. We chilled in the back and sat on the cool grass to give our bruised, numb feet a break! It got a bit chilly so we put on our hoodies and got up and danced to the songs we knew. I went absolutely insane during “Roses” “Ms. Jackson” “Rosa Parks” and of course. “HEY YA” !!!!! Serena and Claire left it early because they were tired and eventually so did Taylor and Kennedy but Cairo and I toughed it out to stay at the end and see those songs. Afterwards we sprinted out to avoid the crowd, the cool wind whipping its fingers through our rat-nest filled dirty hair. We ran towards the shuttle lines, hopped on, and got back to the hotel.

Currently it’s the afternoon on Sunday and we are about to get ready to head over for our second day in the Indio sun!!!!!



~xoxo Ali~

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