We’re back home in LA after another annual Coachella! If we know anything, it’s how to have a good time with the best of friends (while making new ones) at a music festival. Once again, this party in the desert was just what we needed.

Free spirits roaming the Empire Polo Field, delicious craft beers and trippy art installations never fail to entertain just as much as the music itself. Case in point: this year, a gigantic sign made of 100,000 silk flowers spelling out “Besame Mucho”, which translates to “kiss me a lot”, graced the entrance facing the main stage, greeting all who entered. Talk about a total photo op! Obviously, we took advantage.

Photo by Mario Herrera — @redb15

Although the winds picked up like crazy on Friday and Sunday, we came highly prepared with our dust masks and goggles…this wasn’t our first time in Indio, after all. No one wants to get “fluchella”. Yes, that’s a real thing.

Photo by Lauren Wasilewski — @lewla

Photo by Tiffany Herrera — @tiffyquake

The sets that will always stand out in our minds from Coachella 2016 are Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Sia, who moved their audiences to actual tears with intense emotion, and M83, who had us dancing to the sounds of their new album, Junk, along with gorgeous, colorful visuals.

Photo by Lauren Wasilewski — @lewla

Photo by John-Austin Gilchrist — @jonjonjin

We almost lost it when The Last Shadow Puppets cranked out one of the sickest covers of The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” that we’ve ever seen or heard as they closed out their time on the Mojave Stage. Most of our hype, though, came from the one and only Zhu, whose Sahara Tent performance was a rarity and led to one insanely cramped crowd. Several of us stuck it out…and it was worth every moment.

Photo by Lauren Wasilewski — @lewla

We listen to Miike Snow at least once a day together in the office, so missing out on them would have been the biggest no-no, and between all of us combined, we covered that entire set from start to finish! They opened with “My Trigger” and closed with “Animal”, ramping up the energy of the crowd with “Genghis Khan” along the way.

Photo by Mario Herrera — @redb15

Disclosure was an absolute dance party (obviously), Major Lazer, who was also the surprise guest at the Do LaB tent at the very end of Sunday night, unleashed Usher to cover Prince’s “Purple Rain” on the main stage (Sufjan Stevens also delivered one solid homage to the late idol), and Flume brought out Tove Lo to perform their brand new song together.

Photo (left) by Danny Herrera — @dulreck(right) by John-Austin Gilchrist — @jonjonjin

Some of us may or may not have started a limbo line for the interlude of “Clearest Blue” during Chvrches’ set . It was definitely one of those festival moments  — when total strangers come together all in the name of dancing and music — in this case, that dance was the limbo!

Photo by Lauren Wasilewski — @lewla

Just as the fireworks were blasting off from the end of Calvin Harris’ set, we exited for good, waving goodbye to another successful weekend as a tight knit group of festie besties. If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll venture to Indio one year to experience the magic of Coachella. You’ll leave with some of the best memories of your entire lifetime. Just be sure to wear sunscreen. 😉

Photo by Mario Herrera — @redb15

Photo by Mario Herrera — @redb15

All pictures in this post taken by: @redb15, @tiffyquake, @lewla, @jonjonjin and @dulreck!