I think we can all agree that it has been a long winter. Mother Nature has finally cut us some slack and releasing us from her cold grip. I think it is safe to say that Spring is finally here and Summer is on its way. With nice weather also comes music festival season! Ottawa has its share of great music festivals like RBC’s Bluesfest and Boots & Hearts. Other popular music festivals in the area include Osheaga, Vans Warped Tour and Heavy MTL.
To kick off the music festival season, last weekend (April 9th-12th) and this weekend (April 16th-19th) the Empire Polo Club hosts one of the United-States most popular music festival: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a three day festival that takes place over two weekends in Indio California in Riverside County in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs. Started in 1999 by Paul Tollett this festival houses some of the biggest names in music and art such as AC/DC, Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Prince, Paul McCartney, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jay Z and Amy Winehouse just to name a few. In 2014 the festival saw 579,000 visitors over the two weekends and grossed a whopping $78.3 million. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the first weekend you can go the second and not miss a beat. Each weekend has the same exact lineup.
Every year I am made aware of Coachella by all the social media posts made by every celebrity imaginable. Although Coachella gets the biggest star to perform it’s not just about the music and art anymore it’s also about the fashion. Instagramers such as Kendal Jenner, Kate Bosworth, Julianne Hughes, Chiara Ferragni and clothing companies such as H&M, can be found posting daily about their outfits and adventures at Coachella.
From Woodstock to Coachella, Boho Chic is what you will see at this music festival. Fringe, cut-off jeans, crop tops, flower crowns and suede boots are the trends. The advice given is “If you don’t want to be seen on the Instagram wearing a particular outfit, then don’t wear it to Coachella.”
The Queen of Coachella fashion Vanessa Hudgens (pictured left) gives her fans some fashion advice on Tumblr saying:
“While you are out shopping, remember to take risks! Be that girl you swoon over. Be the girl you want to be. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Go for it. Print on print, big head piece, sequin, show some skin… Whatever you fantasize about. Go for it!!!!!
+SIDE NOTE+ Be prepared for the weather. It’s hot during the day and cool at night. I normally pack a pair of leggings and a jacket or thick kimono to throw on. Nothing fun about being cold. Also bring a fun printed scarf! You can sit on it, wear on your head or drape over you when it gets chilly. And God forbid … if the dust storm comes, wrap it around your face!!”
Although Vanessa could not attend this year, because she is currently in New York staring in Gigi on Broadway, she was able to live stream the entire concert through Coachella’s Youtube account.
With that many celebrities in one place you can guarantee that some sort of controversy will spread across the internet. After its first weekend there are already a few shocking moments! During Drakes Saturday night performance,Madonna made an appearance which led to her making out with the Toronto born rapper. The cringe worthy moment ended with him looking nothing short from repulsed. He later took to Instagram saying: “Don’t’ misinterpret my shock!! I got to make out with the queen Madonna and I feel 100 about that forever”. During that same performance Justin Bieber was escorted out by security. Justin claims a security guard put him in a choke hold and will be pursuing legal actions. Finally a non-celebrity related controversy comes from a concert goer who proudly wore a t-shirt that said “Eat, Sleep, Rape, Repeat”. For obvious reasons the shirt is not being well received online and Internet users are calling the shirt low and disgraceful… and I couldn’t agree more.
As I sit at home and dream of Coachella, Social Media has allowed me to stay current as to what is happening at one of the world’s biggest music festivals.