SoundDiego Does Coachella 2018

The sights, the sounds, the sunburn -- here's a quick look at how we spent four days in the desert at the three day music festival this year.

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As it does every year, Coachella delivered music, art and heat to the nearly 100,000 daily attendees.
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Even the Albertsons in Palm Desert -- where we stopped to stock up on water, beer and whatnot -- got into the act.
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A late-night trip on Thursday to the Indian Wells Tennis Center for our media creds.
The bitter desert cold struck in the wee hours of Friday morning. Never forget
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By afternoon, the sunny side of the Coachella Ferris wheel -- the world's third largest, and biggest transportable (yes, they dismantle it every year) smiled on guests as they made it through security.
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Also welcoming entrants: a gigantic new Sahara Tent; festival organizers rebuilt the massive overhead structure, which now shades tens of thousands of EDM fans.
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Our typical first stop is the media tent, where its free lockers, water and wi-fi welcome many a dusty journalist.
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And time to earplug up and get started. One of the first sets we caught this year was Swedish pop star Leon, who charmed us in a pair of SoundDiego sessions last year.
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Before long, the phones came out to document the iconic Coachella sunset.
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As amazing as the Coachella art installations are in the daytime, they dazzle the deeper into night you get. Here, the seven-story Spectra's 6,000 feet of LED lights get to work on Night 1.
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It seemed like Coachella spent a lot of effort this year filling in the black spots with visuals for a truly stunning landscape.
Saturday dawned HOT and got hotter.
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One highlight was the David Byrne show, which was especially lightly attended at the outset but built while the former Talking Heads frontman surprised and shocked with his stage setup.
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We thought we spotted SoundDiego's Tim Pyles in the crowd for a hot minute, but ... no.
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If you're wondering how Coachella does that thing with big balloons, well, they have balloon wranglers that work all day and well into the evening.
Another art landmark we loved: The 40-foot Supernova by Argentine artist/architects Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt.
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We found out on Day 2 that our Media Passes got us into backstage VIP land, but we didn't really care and didn't explore much farther than the reclining lions we found.
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Cloud cover kept us cool all day and made for some psychedelic sunset photography.
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We dipped over to the new-ish Sonora tent around dusk to catch some of the Bronx's set -- we'll never forget the SoundDiego LIVE with Mariachi el Bronx at U-31!
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Saturday wasn't bad in the shade. Not the case with Sunday -- which, like all Sundays at the queen of the desert, really makes you pay for it.
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The SoCal punks of FIDLAR knew how to keep things moving, despite the swelter.
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And so did Cardi B, who wore a cooling white outfit.
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Was the biggest crowd of the weekend during Cardi B's set -- we thought so. From five stories up in the Spectra tower, we could see that the Outdoor Stage lawn had emptied, as had much of the Sahara Tent. Want a guess? That's 90,000 people on that lawn.
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The Palm-3 World Station is based on the Soviet space station Mir and spans more than 150 feet.
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The tri-towers of Etherea looked amazing day or night and were made entirely out of wire mesh.
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They did look cooler at night from the inside, maybe.
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Another amazing festival, Coachella! See you next year.
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