waking up from a dream.

… that’s what coming home from Coachella feels like. Especially this year.

The days following Coachella are always filled with a series of tears, smiles, starring at photos and endless recapping of the many unforgettable moments and memories that were made to a live music soundtrack.

Trying to explain Coachella to someone who hasn’t been is like trying to describe a beautiful sunset to someone who can’t see. Sure, you can describe the festival, but the feeling we get is pretty much indescribable. If you fully embrace what it has to offer, it’s three days of pure bliss times a thousand. It’s where I belong.

I’m working on getting everyone’s photos organized and sorted. They’ll be ready to share very soon. In the meantime, here’s a list of who we saw. In the past, we’ve tried to bounce around and see as many shows as possible. It’s like going to Europe for a week and visiting six different countries. Sure, you “saw” them, but you didn’t really experience anything to it’s fullest. That being said, this year our group of 10 decided to commit to shows so we’d see full sets — which was amazing! Of course, there’s always going to be some running around, but this was by far the best year for seeing a lot of great sets from start to finish.

{friday, april 15}
Erick Morillo
Cut Copy
Crystal Castles
Kings of Leon
Boys Noize
the Chemical Brothers
 (others in our group also saw Warpaint, Mr. Lauryn Hill, Interpol and the Black Keys)
{saturday, april 16}
Two Door Cinema Club
the Kills
Bright Eyes
Mumford & Sons
Fedde le Grand
Empire of the Sun
Arcade Fire
Scissor Sisters
Steve Angello
(others in our group also saw Foals, Erykah Badu, Chuckie and Elbow)
{sunday, april 17}
Nas & Damian Marley
Ellie Goulding
the National
The Strokes
Kanye West
Blood Beetroots & Death Crew 77
the Presets
(others in our group also saw CSS, Jack Beats, Jimmy Eat World, Death From Above 1979)
Sadly, the overlap forced us to miss Trentemoller and Duck Sauce.
{Videos from Coachella 2011}
if you see a giant balloon – that’s us!
Mumford & Sons
Watching this video makes me cry (yup, for real). Marcus Mumford and the band walked out on stage and looked like they were going to cry. They were so overwhelmed by the crowd’s response. To have this type of success with a debut album is pretty incredible. Do yourself a favor and watch this entire video.
Nothing beats a dance party in the grass with thousands of other people.
Two Door Cinema Club
I ran to get to this set. It was over a 100-degrees while they played. Truly a hot sweaty dance party.
Lots more on Coachella coming soon!


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