Posted on April 30, 2015
How often is it that you get the chance to travel with your sibling especially when you live on opposite sides of the world? So when the opportunity arose I jumped on it. After all Coachella had always been on my bucket list.
So first things first, I touched down in L.A from DXB after a 15 hour flight and jumped straight onto google maps to find the closest In & Out burger. We were waiting for our transfer to Palm Springs via coach but first we need our burger fix. Getting a cab from the airport is such a rip off so we decided to walk. About 15-20 mins later just outside the airport is a In & Out burger and it is wayyy busier than we expected. But we order and wait cause were desperate for our fix.
Feeling satisfied after In & Out, we head back to the airport where we will soon board our coach and after 26 hours of travelling I dose off into a deep sleep on en route to Palm Springs.
The next day we arrive at Coachella. At this 3 day festival has it all. Some of the worlds best talent from solo artists, to bands and DJ’s, crazy art installations, food trucks and more.
Day 1 highlights included: Azealia Banks, a bit of AC/DC and a total surprising set from Nero who absolutely killed it.
Day 2 highlights included What So Not, Alison Wonderland, Chet Faker (Australia represent!!!) and Flosstradamus which was mental.
The sunsets are amazing with this skyline and FYI, the ferris wheel is definitely worth the wait.
Drake headlined the final night and made my whole Coachella experience seeing him perform live.
On day 3 of the festival the giant sized caterpillar turned into a beautiful butterfly. The art instalments at the festival are just mind blowing.
It was my first time attending Coachella festival. It’s such a happy place with so many amazing acts to see. I’d love to return again one day even though I felt like one of the oldest people there!
Traveled April 2015
Flights: AED 5,225 economy class – You can fly non-stop from DXB to LAX with Emirates. They run a once a day service.
Accommodation: We had an all inclusive Coachella ticket and hotel package which cost us 1,275 USD per person. We stayed at the Riveria hotel. This also included daily coach transfer to and from the festival. After the festival I used Airbnb to stay in West Hollywood.
Visa: USD 14 – apply online before travelling – Esta (Certain nationalities – make sure to do your research before traveling.)
Spending: USD – Food is pretty cheap depending on where you eat and the portion sizes are huge. If you are travelling with someone you could easily share meals. The shopping is also a lot cheaper than Dubai especially for cosmetics and clothes but don’t forget tax is added at the counter.
Posted on January 30, 2014
Imagine being stuck on a deserted island in the Bahamas, palm trees swaying in the breeze with turquoise waters in the background. You hear a sound, a bright red helicopter flies overhead then you hear the sound of the bass. You start walking towards the beat, you see a sea of people partying then you approach the stage and notice they are dancing to some of the best DJ’s in the world. Welcome to Holy Ship.
It’s a 3 day music festival on a luxury cruise liner. We were lucky enough to sail on the MSC Divina. I’d never been on a cruise ship before. I don’t even know how we heard of Holy Ship and still to this day I meet people who don’t know about it. The ship sets sail from port Miami and cruises to the Bahamas for 3 nights. You and your crew make up a total of 4,000 punters and some of the hottest dj’s from around the globe. Ship mates become family and if you search the hashtag #shipfam ya’ll know what I’m talking about. There’s so much love and happiness and everyone is there to have a good time and dance to some decent music.
Think the likes of Dillon Francis, Skrillex, Bauuer, A-Trak, Diplo, Flume, Boys Noize, Armand Van Helden, Skream, Cyril Hahn. I was actually in the lift with A-Trak at one point and was dancing at the beach party with none other than the creator of this amazing festival Gary AKA Destructo!
When you’re not on the private island dancing barefoot on the beach, you’re back on the boat, either checking out the main stage artists where you dance on top of where the main pool is, or perhaps you’re up in the discotheque which is intimate but amazing and usually where the Special Guest plays as well as some mind blowing random B2B sets like, Claude Von Stroke, Skrillex and What So Not.
If you’re a rap fan then you’d appreciate A-Trak’s Fools gold party in the Pantheon Theatre. Lots of space to shake yo booty.
Aside from the music yogi’s can catch an early morning class with Gina Turner or if you like to have a bit of a gamble there’s a casino where you can play poker with some of the elite.
I was 2 seconds too late to join Pharrell on stage but ending up bumping into him anyways as we were departing the ship.
Met so many amazing people some of which I’m still in touch with these days.
I love how music brings people together.
Posted on July 28, 2011
We came prepared, despite the weather forecast, which changed 1,000 times (a slight over exaggeration) in the two weeks leading up to Glasto.
Wellies packed, copious amounts of alcohol, wet ones, toilet paper. The 6 of us set off in our pimped out Campervan on Tuesday the 21st pumped for the week ahead. The Wed & Thurs are tame as everyone is arriving and setting up camp but the grounds are open as are all the shops so you can familiarise yourself with the area. The campers came in drones and by Thursday afternoon the camping grounds were packed. It rained and it rained and it rained some more but that didn’t stop anyone from having a good time.
Friday morning we heard the sound tests on the stage and we we’re excited to get in and check it out. Two door cinema club did not fail to impress. Def the highlight for Friday. We also saw the wombats, could’t get inside the tent for Katy B, Mumford & Sons were also good and of course U2 were the headliners and despite the rain we hung around for a few of their songs before calling it a night.
Saturday we had a later start and made it to the Pyramid stage in time to see Tinie Tempah, then headed over to the other for Friendly Fires. We caught Coldplay on the hill with our candles and stayed for most of the set before checking out the end of Chemical Bros. We tried to get into Arcadia to see Fatboy & Carl Cox play a special set but we’re redirected out and after 4 hours of walking and falling in the mud we called it quits and trudged home.
Sunday was a scorcher! Sun was booming from 6am and didn’t stop til about 9 or 10 at night. We caught a bit of the vaccines at the other stage then went and seen Plan B and his beatboxer Faith SFX. He absolutely blew us away, talk about talent!!! We stayed at the Pyramid stage for Pendulum & also Beyonce who was brilliant. Her cover of Alanis Morrisette you outta know was my highlight from her set. After the main stages were finished we were dertimined to get into Arcadia and see what all the fuss was about.
It was the trippiest thing the human eye could ever see. Esp the heroin mothers rolling in the mud. Can’t even begin to explain this bizarre but amazing part of Glastonbury. You have to see it for yourself.