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From A Fan’s Perspective: Coachella 2013 WKND 1 Highlights

Coachella sunset PANORAMA!

Coachella sunset PANORAMA!

Back on the East Coast in my beloved Brooklyn, I am happy to say that I survived Coachella 2013, weekend one! I survived extreme temperatures and a lovely sandstorm on Sunday night, along with my feet surviving the hours of standing. This year was a treat for me as it hosted some of my favorite acts right now, a large number of them hailing from across the pond.

I have arrived.

I have arrived. Long arms, closed eyes and all.

In total, I counted via my snazzy Coachella 2013 iPhone app that I viewed over twenty acts in the three-day festival, so on average, I watched approximately seven shows a day. Not for the faint of heart, patience, or those that insist on wearing heels; it ain’t gon’ work boo. All tents are named after deserts, Mojave (hosting the majority of UK acts) and Sahara (EDM acts) being the largest, Gobi hosting an eclectic mix of acts, and Yuma, the newest addition to the festival, hosting smaller international DJs. The two headlining stages are the Outdoor (which hosted Wu-Tang on the final night), and Main (which hosted the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the final night).

Pink's Chili Dogs and a Taco stand in one of the food concession areas.

Pink’s Chili Dogs and a Taco stand in one of the food concession areas.

Food at Coachella is as exciting as the musical acts. There is a mix of famous food trucks including Coolhaus, Border Grill, Green Truck, LA staples like Pink’s Chili Dogs, a good array of vegetarian options, full bars, and more taco variations than I have ever seen in my adult life. The grounds are huge, but food facilities are nestled in each corner so you never go hungry. New this year is the Red Bull Speakeasy; a 1920s themed air-conditioned lounge that serves cocktails and hosts live dueling piano players, and a photo booth.

Dueling piano player at the Red Bull Speakeasy

Dueling piano player at the Red Bull Speakeasy

The famed ferris wheel is a must! For 8 bucks, you get one of the best views one can imagine of the festival grounds. Definitely worth it.

View from the ferris wheel of the Coachella grounds.

View from the ferris wheel of the Coachella grounds.

With that said, I bring to you some of my musical and scenic highlights of the weekend, from the perspective of Andrea the music & nature lover/ people watcher. Get ready for weekend two!

Baauer during his set in the Sahara tent

Baauer during his set in the Sahara tent

BAAUER.

The man behind the hugest dance craze in recent history to sweep the world, “Harlem Shake”, rocked the crowd with a a set of  booty-shaking down south tracks. My friends and I were right up front for this, and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. I unfortunately missed “Harlem Shake” as I had to run to another stage, but it’s all good, another act re-enacted this. Read on.

2 Chainz performing at the Mojave tent.

2 CHAINZ.

Despite being twenty minutes late for his set and having a semi-exhausted crowd boo in spurts, Titty Boi AKA 2 Chainz performed a memorable set for his first Coachella experience. I was caught somewhere in the mid-front of the crowd of this set. I thought I was going to be trampled numerous times, water was thrown on me, and I was pushed, BUT I sang every lyric at the top of my lungs like I was on stage. His performance of “Crack” was definitely the climax of his set. #TurnUp.

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Kendrick Lamar In-Store Performance & Signing @ Best Buy Union Square

Kendrick on stage

A late start could not kill the spirits of the die-hard Kendrick Lamar fans who came out in droves in celebration of his debut album release, good kid, m.A.A.d city. The Best Buy location in the heart of Union Square was the location for his in-store performance and signing. The young, extremely passionate crowd sang tracks word for word at the top of their lungs in anticipation of the man of the hour, only to raise in decibels when Mr. Lamar hit the stage.

He performed a selection of the tracks from the album, notably “Money Trees” in which he was joined by fellow Black Hippy member, Jay Rock. Kendrick gave a great performance, with tons of energy and positive vibes all around. I was pleasantly surprised with the turn out; I’ve been to a few in-stores at the same Best Buy location and had never seen so many people pack in, it was amazing! It was refreshing to see that an artist with such a great message and musicality to back it up can bring out the crowds and *fingers crossed* encourage album sales.

Jay Rock

Kendrick spoke to the young crowd at the end of his set, some words of wisdom if you will. He reminded them that they can be whatever they want to be, if they work hard, and stay positive. Role model much? I think yes, as Kendrick is a living testament to the words he speaks.

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DJ FlyyMommy Presents: Manhattan Mixxy

Mixxy (adj.): a term used in New York City to describe “that life” which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Partying on weekdays, day parties/brunch parties on weekends
  • a group of acquaintances that include photographers, DJs, artists, writers, producers, fashion designers, and musicians
  • an affinity for ethnic foods and drinks prepared by mixologists
  • the ability to vibe in Hip Hop clubs and hipster bars alike

DJ FlyyMommy embodies this lifestyle in her newest mix entitled “Manhattan Mixxy”. I won’t lie, I definitely laughed when I read the title, but was excited at what was in store to hear. The mix blends House tunes new and old, gritty R&B, smooth Hip Hop, and Top 40. In short, it is the ideal soundtrack to my (semi) mixxy existence. Why you ask? Because it has all of my favorite Neptunes-produced tracks along with fun 80s and 90s tracks. Perfect for shimmying! Check out the mix below and get to dancing! You’ll thank me later. ;)

 

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