By Dominique Strati
I’m not sure I know anyone who doesn’t enjoy live music, fabulous clothing, a
change in scenery, and a delicious meal. I have always been a lover of music, fashion,
traveling, and great food, so the idea of going to California for a festival that’s known for
it’s undeniably awesome music, trends, and cuisine has always seemed too good to be
true. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has taken place at the Empire Polo Club in
Indio, California, annually since 1999. I have been lucky enough to attend the festival for
three consecutive years, from 2015 to 2017, with my best friends.
Attending Coachella has been a goal of mine ever since I can remember, but actually
being able to go seemed like nothing but a dream that I would never be able to obtain.
I have never been so happy to be so wrong. Trying to explain the sensation one acquires
while galavanting through the desert, with the vibrations of live music penetrating
through your body, seems almost impossible. It doesn’t matter who you are or where
you’re from, all that matters is you’re vibing out to your favorite band on the grass of the
Main Stage with your besties.
Partying alongside Paris Hilton, taking selfies with the Hadid sisters, and seeing
Draco Malfoy sip on his beer a few feet away, is definitely surreal. Yes, you’re going to
meet celebrities, you’re going to feel starstruck and way cooler than you probably are, but
what most people fail to realize, is that isn’t what it’s all about. Waking up to the beautiful
scenery Palm Springs effortlessly provides, knowing you’re about to own the day in
the outfit you have been constructing in your mind since last Coachella, while popping
champagne with your crew, provides an incomparable rush. Planning your night according
to the list you curated of performances, while grubbing on your Sweetfin poke bowl,
and walking through the Rose Garden, bestows a feeling more fulfilling than words can
Coachella does not need promoting, it’s perfectly populated on it’s own, and probably
always will be. But if you’re looking to get lost, find yourself, experience a kind of
pleasure that most people feel is impossible to illustrate through words, grab your flower
crown (actually, please don’t) and combat boots and try it for yourself.