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Sleb Safari: Coachella smells of gerbils and gave Montana Brown blisters

Montana Brown at Coachella, getting blisters and sand in her hair. Pictures from Instagram

WE FIND ourselves at Coachella this week, the music festival favoured by celebrities and influencers and 2017 Love Island finalist Montana Brown who says it smells of gerbils, gave her blisters and was just too darned sandy.

Coachella takes place in the Californian desert and attracts big acts. Beyonce headlined 2018 while Ariana Grande and Childish Gambino tore it up this year.

Attendance is a bit of a status symbol and celebrities take their preparations too seriously.

Cast your mind back to an interview Paris Hilton gave to OK! Magazine two summers ago where she explained the effort that it takes to be festival ready at the drop of a floppy hat.

“I collect [festival outfits] all year round,” was how she scene-set.

“I’ll go to crazy stores in Ibiza and find things that are really festival-y, like cat ears, or flowers, or LED lights, then I put them all in a special area in my house.

“Then, two weeks before the festival, I’ll plan out every outfit specifically with a Polaroid of it.”

Cat ears, flowers and LED lights? All in one place? Must be that one kitchen drawer…

Millie Mackintosh in turn shared her exercise preparations with OK!

“I usually step up going to the gym, but I try and work out all the time anyway.

“Beauty-wise I have a facial a couple of days beforehand, as your skin can get dried.

“A spray tan and eyelash extensions are also great for festivals as minimal make-up is required.”

Now it’s the turn of 2017 Love Island finalist Montana Brown who has given a very candid account of her time at the music festival. In. A. Desert.

Montana was paid to be there to promote a clothing and an underwear range and yet it’s the most honest thing you’ll read about Coachella.

She wrote on Instagram: “Coachella WOW... can I just say for all you out there wondering whether to save up the dollar bills and buy a ticket to coachella I need to address some things... YES I took some nice pics and the acts were AMAZING... but I also had blisters from my shoes, you have to walk like an hour from the Uber drop off to the festival itself, it smelt like gerbils and I bought some loaded fries for about £20 and then at the end of all that when you finally get to the cab... you gotta pick sand and dust out your hair and nostrils.”

What is it with the desert and sand?

Montana continued: “I personally think all the parties are way better than the actual festival... Had a wicked time and the people I’ve been with have made the trip but just thought you should all know that it’s not as glam as it looks and on one day I legit got dressed 3 times in the space of an hour to get some pics..."

There you have, Montana, Millie and Paris have spoken and with all that pro-advice it's pretty obvious that a string of solar powered fairy lights, an air freshener and a pair of comfy shoes are all you need to conquer your music festival of choice.

High Five Bill Pullman

This week’s hat tip is for Bill Pullman who was recently asked by The Times what it means to have a life well led.

Bill replied: “Well, one ingredient is enthusiasm. People overuse the word passion, but it’s not the same thing. I think to be enthusiastic can be private, or something with the community. You know, to have a spark and a light in the eye that other people can take warmth from and share in. That’s it.”

Isn’t that a lovely way to put it? A spark and a light in the eye that other people can take warmth from and share in. Let’s all try and be more like Bill.

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