Q&A with Coachella attendee, Delaney Icard-Cullen


The Catalyst / Photo courtesy of Delaney Icard-Cullen.

Delaney posing in front of the Rainbow Tower Building at Coachella.

People may know Coachella as the trendy music festival held in the desert featuring many favorite artists. Taking place in a small town in California called Indio, the festival ran over the course of two weeks; April 15-17 and April 22-24. This year, the lineup included Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, and a bunch of other highly notable performers. The carefree energy from all the attendees and the experience of meeting others with common music interests is what makes Coachella a truly unforgettable experience. The Catalyst interviewed Delaney Icard-Cullen, a junior at NDB and an avid concertgoer, about her experiences at Coachella 2022.

The Catalyst (TC): How difficult was it to shop for Coachella outfits?

Delaney Icard-Cullen (DI): I went to Urban Outfitters and Free People for some cute dresses, shorts, and skirts, so it was not too difficult.

TC: Did you bump into any celebrities in the crowd or see any from afar?

DI: No, but I did hear that the Kardashians were there when I was. There were so many people that it was hard to tell who was a celebrity and who wasn’t, especially with masks still on.

TC: Since there was a conflict between prom and one of the several days at Coachella, do you regret missing prom?

DI: This was definitely a harder decision for me to make. I remember my dad telling me that we were going to go to Coachella over my prom, so I had to decide between the two. But right away I knew I wanted to go to Coachella. Next year, though, I’ll go to prom over Coachella.

TC: What was the weather like at Coachella?

DI: The first few days were pretty fine. We were in the desert, so it was pretty hot, but it was surprisingly cold at the end of each day. I remember the first night my dad and I agreed on getting a hoodie at the merch booth to keep warm, but the line was a two and a half hour wait so we decided against that and instead biked a short way back to my grandma’s house and changed. The last day was very hot so we left early.

TC: Who was your favorite artist, and how would you rate their performance?

DI: I would say Girl in Red was pretty amazing. She was interacting with the crowd and she crowd surfed a couple of times which was fun to watch. I would say that Billie Eilish was also really good and I even got pretty close to her.

TC: Coming out of Coachella, did you have a new favorite artist?

DI: I wouldn’t necessarily say I have a new favorite artist but I have a new love for a lot of different artists. One band that I intended on going to see was King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. I had seen them before, but they did so much better this time at Coachella and I have a new love for them and their music.

TC: Would you go to Coachella again, and if so, what would you do differently now that you know what to expect?

DI: I would go to Coachella again, not next year, but maybe in five years. I got lucky that I didn’t have to camp and I just stayed with my grandma whose house was two blocks away from the whole event, which worked out perfectly. One thing that I did not realize going into Coachella was that it’s not like a normal concert. It has a lot more going on and there are tons of people, especially compared to other concerts, so I have to be in a different mindset about it next time I go. Overall, I have no complaints about Coachella.