Coachella ella ella eh! That’s right, I hit up Coachella Weekend 2! One month following ≪Ultra Miami≫, I packed my bags and headed to Palm Springs (Indio) with my girls.
“Besame Mucho” – Kiss me and kiss me lots.
Friday was a lot empty compared to Saturday. Empty, not less crowded, but actually empty. Saturday was swamped with people but Friday was chill and you could actually see grass, not people. (Maybe that’s a little exaggerative, but you get the point.) So I definitely enjoyed that although I will say I was quite shocked at how little people interacted with one another. Throughout the entire festival, I only talked to one other guy in the crowd. People generally seemed less friendly (them LA cool kids too cool for school). Compared to EDC or Ultra, it was such a surprise to me! But then again what you do at a a rave versus what you do at a more indie vibe festival is different, if ya know what I’m sayin’.
As for Sunday, we sold our wristbands. School… Work… Life is so full of commitments sometimes. Keep reading to see how we sold our passes!
What exactly makes Weekend 1 a better experience?…
Before buying my Coachella tickets, I actually Googled to see which weekend was more fun and I got three main streams of answers: the obvious “first!” folks who like to be the first to experience everything, those who think there’s absolutely no difference between the two, and the botanists who claim that Weekend 1 is better because the grass is greener on the other side – literally. That said, the majority of the festival goers seem to enjoy Weekend 1 more. But is it really better?
Absolutely yes! And I don’t need to have gone to Weekend 1 to tell you this. Everybody goes to Weekend 1 and I mean everyone. The famous celebrities, the big name YouTubers/Instagrammers, and you know, everyone! Sure they say the lineup is the same, but with more interest in the first weekend, the special guests list is far superior. I can’t say about last year, but let’s look at this year.
Weekend 1 Jack Ü brought out Kayne West, Post Malone, and Kiesza; Disclosure surprised the audience with Sam Smith and Lorde. Zedd featured Kesha in his act, The Chainsmokers impressed the crowd with G-Eazy, Walk the Moon, and Tiesto, and LCD Soundsystem brought on Angus Young from AC/DC. Gallant put on an amazing performance in his duet with Seal oh and Calvin Harris invited Rihanna to sing “We Found Love”. Need I say more? For the same fucking price, uhmm yeah, Weekend 1 is a way better bang for your buck than Weekend 2, period.
Sure Ice Cube, Jhené Aiko, and Usher appeared as a special guests for Weekend 2, and don’t get me wrong, I love them, but the obvious discrepancy between the two weekends is pretty ridiculous.
Okay, okay, but Weekend 2 wasn’t that bad… Right?
No, of course it wasn’t bad; it was fantastic! As much as I wanted to kick myself for not attending Weekend 1, this was by far one of the best festivals I’d gone to. The only festival I’d return to in fact (besides maybe EDC). All hail porcelain toilets! And well, aside from that, Weekend 2 has its perks too. Like I said, it is definitely less crowded and second time running through the programming simply means little or no technical difficulties/sound issues. Just look at these pictures, we had our fun!
Reselling the Wristbands
You’ll be astonished at how much people are willing to drop for a wristband. This was our first time selling passes so we played it safe at first. We posted on the official Coachella Facebook event page and we started at $150 each I believe? And let me tell you, I’ve never been so popular in my life ever! Notifications were pouring in, I had people messaging me with offers and this was all within a few minutes time. Seeing that, I put my Business Degree to use.
To get the highest return on investment, our strategy was to have the other girls post in various event groups/pages with different prices – $175 versus $200. You can honestly go even higher than that. People are desperate to go to Coachella I tell ya! Not to mention they are willing to go out of their ways to reach your location to meet up. If you ever decide to sell a wristband, just remember that you got a lot of bargaining power.
We ended up selling at $200, but there was some miscommunication and the buyer wasn’t gonna give us more than $180 per wristband. I admit I got greedy seeing how bad people wanted to attend this festival, but $180 still not too too bad.
And there you have it, my first Coachella experience and how to resell a wristband! Don’t forget to check out my YouTube vlog. Wait! Almost forgot I didn’t even talk about the festival food! First blog post where I don’t ever mention the word food? Who am I! Hahhahaa but no seriously, festival food. Nothing special. You get a couple overpriced Instagram-worthy coconuts and watermelons and that’s it. SEE YOU IN THE NEXT POST!