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The highs, the lows and the heat of weekend 2, day 2

Ah, day 2 of weekend 2 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. There’s still plenty of fun to be had, but boy oh boy do your legs hurt in the process.

As the festival nears its end, festival-goers and artists kept the energy high throughout the day to make it another unforgettable Saturday for the Coachella books. However, not everything always goes according to plan, and there were certainly a few hiccups that soured the day a bit.

Here are some highs and lows from one of the hottest days at the Empire Polo Club.

The highlights

1. Great deals for Record Store Day

Saturday was Record Store Day, and what better place to celebrate than at a music festival? Coachella’s record store, Record Safari, offered festival-goers many deals. Several albums from Coachella lineup artists were available for purchase, including the three headliners, and other new and vintage records could be obtained. Beyoncé’s presence is still felt at the festival – a ‘Cowboy Carter’ and a sky banner were spotted both weekends – as a record from her latest album was available for purchase, albeit called ‘Beyincé’.

2. There’s no better way to cool down than with lemonade and sprinkles

The heat was felt on all sides on Saturday – both through the sweat dripping down my back and from seeing performers looking a little shinier than usual on stage. But there was a quick fix for the pain: a cold, freshly squeezed cup of lemonade and a walk through the sprinklers of ‘Spectra’. I think it’s time for the music industry to invest in foolproof technology so that misters and sprinklers can be sprayed at any stage.

3. Raye has some great times during the set

Saturday wasn’t just Record Store Day. The date April 20 has become synonymous with marijuana, which is said to have its origins in the 1970s, after a group of high school students decided to meet after school at 4:20 p.m. to find a marijuana garden. English singer Raye made it a point during her set to celebrate the unofficial holiday by performing her song “Mary Jane.” at exactly 4:20 p.m. As the lyrics “Mary Jane, sweet, sweet Mary Jane, when you touch my mouth, I float” filled the Mojave tent, festival goers set the mood by blowing smoke into the air. It may have been a little smelly in there, but we can’t blame them for joining in. Even Sublime’s Jakob Nowell was quick to mention the holiday during the band’s set.

The lows

1. Beef with food and drink prices

I don’t think I’m making a controversial statement when I say that no order of fries or potato cakes should cost €10-€15, especially at a festival. It wouldn’t surprise me at this point since Coachella is notorious for its high food prices, but this year it’s really palpable. Drinks are also struggling: a small Aperol Spritz costs $18, and if we’re honest, it would have to taste a lot better to deserve that price. This may not apply to everything out there, but it really becomes a big deal to find an item where you get a lot of bang for your buck. A hamburger for $22? No thanks. One churro for almost $9? Passage. And perhaps the one that pains me the most: an ice cream cone with just one scoop for $13! My bank account would like a word.

2. Avoiding the Olympics

Attending Coachella has essentially become an Olympic sport, and above all you have to be a gold medalist in the art of avoiding people. What ever happened to manners, or even to being aware of your surroundings? Do these people constantly meet their mothers and fathers with so much aggression? I know you want to see Blur and No Doubt kill it on the Coachella Stage, but you can get there without lifting my shoulder in the process. Day 3 public, take it easy.

3. Life is not easy if you are not vibrating

Sublime is one of the biggest acts at Coachella this year, especially since Bradley Nowell’s son Jakob has stepped in to keep the legacy alive. During Day 2, everyone seemed to be vibrating along with the band as they jammed on stage, except me. Honestly, I can’t say I’ve ever been a Sublime fan, but I wanted to give the group a chance. Other than “Doin’ Time,” I really wasn’t looking forward to the afternoon session, which made me so sad that I couldn’t join in on all the fun. But alas, you always win some and you always lose some.

Ema Sasic covers entertainment and health in the Coachella Valley. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @ema_sasic.