This was our second year attending the famed music fest. We opted for the second weekend again, and it definitely provided us a fun, yet slightly more relaxed experience. Weekend one is definitely known as the crazier, wilder one. There are more parties, more pop ups, and more celebrities. But if you truly want to enjoy the music without some of the extra madness, weekend two is a good option (although I wouldn’t complain about going weekend one either and plan to do so next year). Here’s a bit of insight into our experience from this year’s Chella adventure.

There’s no shortage of good shows at Coachella and the artist selection covers a wide variety of tastes. Our favorites were all on the smaller stages (none of which are too small) and included Rufus du Sol and Parov Stelar

We opted to purchase VIP tickets, and while these cost more than double the general admission (VIP is $899, GA is $399), they are worth it. The food options are a bit healthier and more unique, there are bathrooms that are a big step up from porta potties, and if you opt for the VIP parking pass at an additional $150, your walk into the fest is less than 10 minutes with barely any lines at checkpoints. I could go on, but for two adults in their thirties, VIP was worth the extra few bucks just for the ease and added enjoyment.

Coachella takes place at the Empire Polo fields and if you’re not familiar with the area, it IS the desert and the wind can blow the dust around like crazy, and it did on Friday and Sunday of weekend two. You know how you see all those people with bandanas on? Yeah, they’re actually purposeful, and you kind of can’t get around without one. 2015 W2 wasn’t nearly as windy as it was this year, so I was definitely happy to have a bandana around. 

Ok here’s the good stuff – the photos. Many of these are thanks to my best friend Meli back at home. She overnighted me my Canon G16 because DSLRs aren’t allowed. So between that and my iPhone, I was able to capture some good ones. PS, not sure what I’d do without her. She’s also Sophie’s Aunty and Sophie stays with her when we travel. 

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