Snapshots from Coachella 2012

I’m going to start this off by saying that if I hear one more thing about the Tupac Hologram… I might punch a hole through a computer screen. Now that we have that over with, I still think Coachella is over hyped. Don’t get me wrong, it is an incredible experience that I think everyone should try at least once, if not for the music… at least the people watching. After breaking my Coachella cherry last year I went into this year’s extravaganza a little more level headed knowing that I wasn’t going to get to go to every party I wanted to go to, see every band I wanted to see, and meet up with every friend I wanted to meet.

Laura Austin Coachella 2012

Somehow the guys my friend Darren was staying with managed to sneak a shopping cart full of alcohol into their second story hotel room. I was impressed.

I didn’t know if I would be in town or not ahead of time so I never looked into getting a wristband for the event. Luckily I was able to scrounge one up the day before Coachella because frankly with my crazy travel schedule, I didn’t want to spend the one weekend I have been home in months sitting around twiddling my thumbs while I stared at Instagram watching all my friends have fun without me.

Laura Austin Coachella 2012

Feet.

Laura Austin Coachella 2012

It was raining on and off most of Friday. Jared Eberhardt doesn’t look too happy about it.

If you can pull it off… renting a house with a pool and some friends is the way to go for Coachella. Lounge during the morning, make your way to a few of the hotel parties in the afternoon, and catch some music later in the day. Filter Magazine kicked off the weekend right with their party at the yacht club. This year it seemed like the parties thrown by Hello Stranger at the new Saguaro Hotel were the place to be. Every time I walked into that place it was filled to the brim with beautiful people, loud music, and crazy times.

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The scene at The Saguaro Hotel.

Laura Austin Coachella 2012

Morgan Pharoh… an amazing human.

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Whatever these two have going on, I think I am into it.

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This guy... not so much.

Laura Austin Coachella 2012

I think you can actually reach a point of having too much fun. This girl sprawled out by the pool at the Saguaro found that point.

I also made it over to the Ace Hotel & Swim Club for the Burton party on Saturday which contained free alcohol, beer bongs, celebrity DJ’s, and many of my intoxicated friends… making it impossible to not have a good time. With all the stuff going on you could easily go out to Coachella/Palm Springs and have an amazing time without even going to see the music.

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George Carpenter, the heir to the Burton throne, kicking back at the Ace.

Laura Austin Coachella 2012

Pro snowboarder Gabi Viteri was pretty excited to show me her overly pink tongue at the Burton party.

She was also pretty excited about the beer bong, so much so that she convinced me to do one as well.

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No caption needed.

Clueless.

Coachella 2012 Laura Austin

Thanks Burton for bringing us to the festival in a limo each day.

The festival itself was of course the focus of the weekend. I was able to catch most of the main acts but spent a majority of my time laying back and just taking it all in. The lone ranger dancing with no one else around them… messed up on who knows what, the drunken bros running around shirt off and fist in the air, the brave parents walking around with small children in tow, the ladies making more of a statement with what they are not wearing than what they are… I could go on forever.

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Good looks!

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This is just amazing.

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Too much of a good thing.

That’s the cool thing about Coachella… it brings every kind of person out of the woodwork into one area for one weekend that people could only comprehend if they were there. Every single person’s experience there is different so I suggest you get out there for yourself and see if it lives up to all the hype. In my case it didn’t have to, I was more than thrilled to be able to take a load off for a weekend with some good friends… the amazing live music was just a bonus.

Coachella 2012 Laura Austin

Cell phones are the new lighters. People getting the shot during The Weeknd performance.

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Dead Boys vest.

Coachella 2012 Laura Austin

Cheeky.

Coachella 2012 Laura Austin

How much would it suck to realize your boyfriend has this hand on another girl’s ass while you are being filmed on a big screen.

Coachella 2012 Laura Austin

Yes, there might be a Tupac’s ghost somewhere in the distance… but all hype aside, Dr. Dre and Snoop did put on a good show.

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