There’s just one word needed to convey my love for the music festival known simply as “Coachella”: AWESOME! The Palm Springs Valley was abuzz last weekend with over 100,000 people who came to either go to the fest or just hang out in the desert and soak up the musical atmosphere. We’re going to do it all again this Friday when, for the first time, the Coachella Music and Arts Festival is expanded to a second weekend with an identical performance schedule.
I was lucky enough to score two VIP tix this year for my pal Paulie—another ardent festival fan—and me. Aside from the bounty of bands that performed some amazing music, our VIP passes allowed us to be privy to some personal performances of the non-musical celebrity kind… Yes, I’m talking about watching famous people hang out behind velvet ropes. Black Eyed Pea Fergie and hubby Josh Duhamel were happy to pose for pics. Paris Hilton, Katy Perry, Lindsay Lohan, and Rihanna were all spied hanging with their homies and enjoying various bands (as well as a variety of libations). And for the preponderance of younger fans, “Glee” stars Harry Shum and Chord Overstreet (with girlfriend Emma Roberts), “Hunger Games” actor Josh Hutcherson, Haylie Duff, Penn Badgley, and Vanessa Hudgens were out in force either at the fest at the Empire Polo Grounds or at various parties peppered throughout the desert. I was a bit more taken with some of the more mature men who were caught dancing to the beat, like Gerard Butler, David Hasselhoff, Pierce Brosnan, and Dylan McDermott.
But as we know, it’s really ALL about the music, and that was fab. I’m going back for a repeat performance so will be sure to recap all my faves tout de suite upon my return!