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travelfan
01-05-2012, 05:55 PM
Last year I took a huge hit for a girl and saw Marina and the Diamonds with her instead of Cut Copy...the crowd was painfully small, maybe a fifth full of the Gobi. What's the smallest crowd you've seen?

[Partly interested because if the set times are the same both weekends, I could see acts finding a way to not perform the second weekend if nobody shows up to their show.]

thom cobain
01-05-2012, 06:06 PM
I saw Interpol while the Chili Peppers were going on, whatever year that was. Very small crowd, but totally worth it. Intimate. Of course all the crowds were smaller back then.

Big Audio Dynamite during Mumford and Sons was surprisingly small. Could walk right up to the front.

concertgoer
01-05-2012, 06:06 PM
I walked through Electric Touch last year after seeing Elbow on my way to The Kills and it looked like there was maybe 50 people in the gobi.

edbangme
01-05-2012, 06:12 PM
Last year I took a huge hit for a girl and saw Marina and the Diamonds with her instead of Cut Copy...the crowd was painfully small, maybe a fifth full of the Gobi. What's the smallest crowd you've seen?

[Partly interested because if the set times are the same both weekends, I could see acts finding a way to not perform the second weekend if nobody shows up to their show.]

I was at Marina and the Diamonds, she was very good (minus the delay in the beginning and this group of horrible people that were screaming at the top of their lungs in my ear) the crowd wasn't as small as Eliza Doolittle's. Both good sets though : )

concertgoer
01-05-2012, 06:17 PM
I would have like to have seen Marina, but there was no way I was missing Cut Copy.
That set was sooooo great

travelfan
01-05-2012, 06:24 PM
I would have like to have seen Marina, but there was no way I was missing Cut Copy.
That set was sooooo great

I can't stand her songs, but her vocals were spot on so if you like her recorded stuff you would have loved her live. Very theatrical too, and (I mean this in no disrespect, just thought it was funny) she had what was hands down the gayest crowd of any set I went to that weekend, which was a weekend that included Robyn and about ten minutes of Scissor Sisters.

But seriously, still kicking myself for not going to Cut Copy. I saw them at Treasure Island and they killed it, but the crowd energy was nowhere near what I've seen in Coachella videos.

edbangme
01-05-2012, 06:28 PM
I loved the costume change with the giant hamburger, that was pretty classic haha. Yes, her vocals were definitely spot on.

NachoCat
01-05-2012, 06:30 PM
There was like what 200 people at lightning bolt?

kronz420
01-05-2012, 06:42 PM
Fantomas was painfully small. Like 50 people

frizzlefry
01-05-2012, 07:21 PM
Mariachi El Bronx was far too small

Drewski27
01-05-2012, 07:22 PM
throbbing gristle had like 20 people watching in 2009. that had to be the smallest ive ever seen.

brematale111
01-05-2012, 07:42 PM
the Fistful of Mercy crowd was probably the smallest I saw this year.

Bons222000
01-05-2012, 08:53 PM
Did anyone see Wire last year? I genuinely was embarassed for them.

soursour
01-05-2012, 09:00 PM
I felt bad for Phantogram last year. They had to compete with Ratatat, Chromeo, Chase & Status, and the Strokes. I think that'll reign as the worst conflict [for me] for awhile, but suffice to say, their crowd was pretty small.

NachoCat
01-05-2012, 09:16 PM
Duck sauce. Really tiny

icedKeg
01-05-2012, 09:20 PM
the Fistful of Mercy crowd was probably the smallest I saw this year.

I was in that

DirtyPistol
01-05-2012, 09:25 PM
I was there, Wire crowd was super small. As far as mainstage acts go, Pavement at night the other year was like a ghostown... pretty embarrassing.

Bons222000
01-05-2012, 09:30 PM
I was there, Wire crowd was super small. As far as mainstage acts go, Pavement at night the other year was like a ghostown... pretty embarrassing.

Everyone was trying to get a good spot for Thom Yorke, myself included (who defeinitely should have been on the main).

brematale111
01-05-2012, 10:09 PM
I was in that

me too bro!!!!!!!

icedKeg
01-05-2012, 10:11 PM
me too bro!!!!!!!

Dude bro awesome let's talk all about it

brematale111
01-05-2012, 10:13 PM
bro ben harper was all using this slide guitar thing that was pretty fuckin gnarly .... it was so brute I had to leave after they played their self-titled song. ben harper is fucking boss bro

Drewski27
01-05-2012, 10:15 PM
ew, no. stop.

brematale111
01-05-2012, 10:20 PM
Ben Harper appreciation thread.

with_cheese
01-05-2012, 10:20 PM
But seriously, still kicking myself for not going to Cut Copy. I saw them at Treasure Island and they killed it, but the crowd energy was nowhere near what I've seen in Coachella videos.

i was at both shows and yeah the ti crowd was pretty weak. people looking at me all weird for singing along.

TheRotten42
01-05-2012, 10:27 PM
neon trees.

Pea
01-05-2012, 10:32 PM
I split the Bloody Beetroots with Leftfield last year and sadly the Mojave was barely half full full for their set. Gave me tons of room to dance around like an idiot at least.

icedKeg
01-05-2012, 10:46 PM
bro i was spaced out on moxy tryptamine i dont even remember it bro

TheWatcher
01-05-2012, 11:01 PM
I don't know if it was the tiniest crowd, but smaller than you'd expect: when Cornelius played in '07, the text was only about 1/3 full. I got there as they were starting, and was able to just walk up to about 3rd row.

ods..
01-05-2012, 11:15 PM
I was in that

Same. Did you pass me a j? Great show.

M Sparks
01-05-2012, 11:29 PM
Carbon/Silicon crowd was pretty tiny considering there were two fucking legends on stage. Probably because their songs weren't very good.

cutterbutter
01-05-2012, 11:37 PM
Mariachi El Bronx was far too small

People are just too lazy to get in early sometimes. Great set and way to start the day.

Gribbz
01-06-2012, 12:14 AM
throbbing gristle had like 20 people watching in 2009.

Not true at all. It was a small crowd... but not that small.
http://i42.tinypic.com/2zq6ihz.png

Sigur Ros Stache
01-06-2012, 05:13 AM
I was at both Marina and Eliza, I think Eliza was a smaller crowd if for no other reason it was early on Sunday...exhaustion for many has started to set in. Both were GREAT sets!

frazzles
01-06-2012, 05:38 AM
Throbbing Gristle

foxydj
01-06-2012, 05:55 AM
lucero 10'

ivankay
01-06-2012, 06:41 AM
Last year I took a huge hit for a girl and saw Marina and the Diamonds with her instead of Cut Copy...the crowd was painfully small, maybe a fifth full of the Gobi. What's the smallest crowd you've seen?

[Partly interested because if the set times are the same both weekends, I could see acts finding a way to not perform the second weekend if nobody shows up to their show.]

This is the Marina crowd for the beginning of the set. i've seen smaller.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7014/6623101461_d40a56bd1d_b.jpg

i think the smallest crowd i've seen was for International Noise Conspiracy in 2002. Seemed like there was only about 50 people in the tent. And still it was one of the best sets i have seen at a Coachella.

Throbbing Gristle picked up people as the set went on.

RickeyinLA
01-06-2012, 07:54 AM
Mindless Self Indulgence in 2004 played to a very sparse tent whilst Radiohead were on the main stage and they were GREAT - I'd never heard them before.

GuyInTucson
01-06-2012, 07:59 AM
When I went to watch Saul Williams in '02 there were like 30 people at the Outdoor Theater.

MistaGlitch
01-06-2012, 08:11 AM
I split the Bloody Beetroots with Leftfield last year and sadly the Mojave was barely half full full for their set. Gave me tons of room to dance around like an idiot at least.

Leftfield was one of the best sets of the festival! I danced my ass off.

nosurprises12
01-06-2012, 08:24 AM
Both Wolf Eyes and The Locust in 2005
SuperMayer in 2009

ivankay
01-06-2012, 08:38 AM
Leftfield was one of the best sets of the festival! I danced my ass off.

Fuck yeah. Set was awesome. And here's a picture of that crowd:

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5221/5636493150_2a263704de_b.jpg

TomAz
01-06-2012, 08:45 AM
Last year I took a huge hit for a girl and saw Marina and the Diamonds with her instead of Cut Copy...the crowd was painfully small, maybe a fifth full of the Gobi.

If I've read this right, this seems like a very odd attitude to have. "painfully"? Small crowds are great if you want to get close to the band. Other people just get in my way. Especially big tall smelly hairy freaks who can't dance.

Premium Roast
01-06-2012, 09:01 AM
Mariachi El Bronx was far too small

yeah, don't think anyone was standing. I wasn't. But it was a wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee kind of sunshiny opener.

I liked em, but couldn't help thinking "damn honkies always stealing other genre's. Why couldn't it be a real mexican mariachi band led by a beautiful, long raven haired seniorita? Not a bald white guy.". They were good though. Copy well. Not the first to jump on that train...bought this vinyl from the Goodwill a few months ago (it's more acupulco hotel lobby lounge music, but do incorporate elements of horns and such):

http://www.317x.com/albums/b/bajamarimbaband2/reduced.gif

ods..
01-06-2012, 09:07 AM
Fuck yeah. Set was awesome. And here's a picture of that crowd:

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5221/5636493150_2a263704de_b.jpg

Amazing. One of my top 5s of the fest last year. Great picture. I was in the very back of the crowd skipping and dancing between people, enjoying the space. Africa Shox is probably the hardest I danced all weekend.

unknown
01-06-2012, 09:13 AM
Throbbing Gristle popped into mind immediately but there were quite a few very tiny crowds at the dome last year. Lorn had the smallest I saw.

Coach Bombay
01-06-2012, 09:17 AM
lucero 10'

Yeah, that was the smallest crowd I've been in at Coachella.

mmsk123
01-06-2012, 10:07 AM
Sly Stone was the smallest crowd I ever saw. He came on at like what 10:30? on Sunday when the Gorillaz were playing hours after his scheduled time. There couldn't have been more than like 100 people.

GuyInTucson
01-06-2012, 10:34 AM
If I've read this right, this seems like a very odd attitude to have. "painfully"? Small crowds are great if you want to get close to the band. Other people just get in my way. Especially big tall smelly hairy freaks who can't dance.

This^^

zircona1
01-06-2012, 10:51 AM
Amazing. One of my top 5s of the fest last year. Great picture. I was in the very back of the crowd skipping and dancing between people, enjoying the space. Africa Shox is probably the hardest I danced all weekend.

I looked for myself in that picture. I was like a row or two back from the front. I agree, it was a great set (though I left a few minutes early to get a spot for Kanye).

MistaGlitch
01-06-2012, 11:03 AM
Fuck yeah. Set was awesome. And here's a picture of that crowd:

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5221/5636493150_2a263704de_b.jpg

I see myself...the bearded dumbass wearing sunglasses to the left of center.

with_cheese
01-06-2012, 11:24 AM
Lorn had the smallest I saw.

a shame too because that set was ridiculously awesome

travelfan
01-06-2012, 11:31 AM
If I've read this right, this seems like a very odd attitude to have. "painfully"? Small crowds are great if you want to get close to the band. Other people just get in my way. Especially big tall smelly hairy freaks who can't dance.

1. Kills the energy if the crowd is too small.
2. It's mostly just sad for the band to come to a 75,000 person festival and have 200 show up for you unless you are, say, Lightning Bolt who'd just find it funny.

sonofhal
01-06-2012, 11:36 AM
Ash and Art Brut.

Honorary mention to The Lemonheads and the 200 or so people who bothered to watch them close the Outdoor.

Kid Charlemagne
01-06-2012, 11:36 AM
Sly Stone and Pavement in 2010 were small. I stood out all afternoon to get a spot for Pavement and was amazed when I turned around and there were like four rows of people. Sly was pretty small, but it was worth it to see the trainwreck.

Ariel Pink had a small crowd in 2011, again, that trainwreck was worth it.

misterpickles
01-06-2012, 12:52 PM
there were probably 3 times as many waterbottles than people at lighting bolt.. but they kicked my butt nonetheless

Ha.SK
01-06-2012, 01:58 PM
Anybody playing at the start of a Satuday or Sunday...my guess, hangovers or long lines for showers.

Pea
01-06-2012, 02:02 PM
I must be out of my mind (I definitely was out of my mind at the time), because I really don't remember there being that many people at the Leftfield set. Glad to see my memory serves me wrong.

MusicIsMyBoyfriend
01-06-2012, 03:17 PM
It's all relative, and a smaller crowd is bound to seem that much smaller when you've been wading through wall to wall sweaty bodies at a bigger set. Marina seemed pretty small to me too. Amos Lee in 07 was like a ghost town when I walked through. Eliza didnt seem that small to me, but I dont notice as much early in the day as I usually like to laze around in the back of the tents and absorb as much personal space as I can. For main stage acts I thought the crowd was crazy thin for Kings of Leon this year, the loosest it's ever felt that close (mid-way back to the right) to the stage at that time of night.

fetuspiniata
01-06-2012, 03:18 PM
DJ Heavygrinder had about 7 people at her set ... I'm pretty sure I got video of it!

Vic Viper
01-06-2012, 03:39 PM
flying lotus in 09
the orb in 09 (and only got smaller as the set went on)
daedalus last year

ballroomdancer22
01-06-2012, 03:51 PM
Shepard Fairey "dj" set in 2009. It was tiny and for good reason.

kronz420
01-06-2012, 03:52 PM
The correct answer is ...... Enter Shikari

frizzlefry
01-06-2012, 04:12 PM
Fuck I forgot how small of a crowd Daedalus had, he got fucked though, conflicting with Arcade Fire, Scissor Sisters, and Angelo, poor guy. Would have been better if he opened up the Dome on Saturday or something

Kid Charlemagne
01-06-2012, 04:35 PM
It's all relative, and a smaller crowd is bound to seem that much smaller when you've been wading through wall to wall sweaty bodies at a bigger set. Marina seemed pretty small to me too. Amos Lee in 07 was like a ghost town when I walked through. Eliza didnt seem that small to me, but I dont notice as much early in the day as I usually like to laze around in the back of the tents and absorb as much personal space as I can. For main stage acts I thought the crowd was crazy thin for Kings of Leon this year, the loosest it's ever felt that close (mid-way back to the right) to the stage at that time of night.

Kings of Leon had a small crowd for a headliner. I remember watching Crystal Castles, then leaving and cutting right through the crowd.

chunk
01-06-2012, 04:45 PM
Superchunk had a pretty small crowd for the Outdoor Stage in 2009.

Chillzzz
01-06-2012, 04:50 PM
Phantogram, Lightning Bolt (smallest), Chase and Status (for the fact they were in the Sahara) were underwhelming crowd sizes

whatyouknow
01-07-2012, 08:48 AM
the crowd at Monarchy last year was tiny. this was immediately after cut/copy i believe (different tents)

tsweezy
01-07-2012, 10:34 AM
Sly Stone and Pavement in 2010 were small. I stood out all afternoon to get a spot for Pavement and was amazed when I turned around and there were like four rows of people. Sly was pretty small, but it was worth it to see the trainwreck.

Ariel Pink had a small crowd in 2011, again, that trainwreck was worth it.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti's crowd was SO small. That was a really memorable performance.. at least the band carried on well.

rage patton
01-07-2012, 10:45 AM
Bar none, it was Electric Touch this year. There, quite seriously, had to be only 20 people actually watching them. I had never seen anything like it. It made Throbbing Gristle look like they were playing 1,000 people. When I walked by the tent, I couldn't believe it and just HAD to check who it was. Then I saw, and said "Oh. That makes sense." Just seeing that was both hilarious... and kind of sad.

Lightning Bolt also had a tiny crowd and they fucking destroyed. OFF! had an embarassingly small crowd too. That one I was upset about.

sonofhal
01-07-2012, 10:47 AM
I'm never upset if it is more room for me.

stuporfly
01-07-2012, 11:07 AM
Other people just get in my way. Especially big tall smelly hairy freaks who can't dance.

How many times am I going to have to say I'm sorry before you forgive me?

The smallest crowd I've seen thus far has been for Electric Touch last year. I went to the Gobi to see Wire and Josh's estimate of around 20 people is not far off at all. The band was doing some goofy cliche rocknroll shtick, which made it all just a bit sadder.

guedita
01-07-2012, 11:21 AM
Everyone was trying to get a good spot for Thom Yorke, myself included (who defeinitely should have been on the main).


What? No. Wire played in '11, Thom Yorke played in '10.

Mugwog
01-07-2012, 11:39 AM
Mindless Self Indulgence in 2004 played to a very sparse tent whilst Radiohead were on the main stage and they were GREAT - I'd never heard them before.

Amazing set, I'm glad I saw them (right up in front)
Because I went to go see them instead of RH (who I still saw since MSI ended before them)

I also discovered Stereolab as I arrived to the tent early - Beautiful band live


by vic viper:
the orb in 09 (and only got smaller as the set went on)

Yes they had a tiny crowd, I left eventually as I was let down when they played Little Fluffy Clouds and the live drummer was just not helping at all. Way too many cymbals and not enough bass

I gotta say last year's Shpongle (DJ SET) was pretty unpacked for the Sahara, me and my friends walked in to right side and found so much dancing space. We all had a blast with the sexy flavors of music he was dishing out.

Bons222000
01-07-2012, 04:43 PM
What? No. Wire played in '11, Thom Yorke played in '10.

I was responding to someone who said Pavement had a small crowd.

TomAz
01-07-2012, 05:00 PM
1. Kills the energy if the crowd is too small.
2. It's mostly just sad for the band to come to a 75,000 person festival and have 200 show up for you unless you are, say, Lightning Bolt who'd just find it funny.

1. If you need a crowd to be energized you should just listen to better music.

2. Not my problem.

Iamwelting
01-07-2012, 05:06 PM
Daedalus was tiny, but a whole lot of fun. Smallest crowd I saw was for the Felice Brothers in the gobi. Tiny, tiny crowd. I got there right when they brought out Conor Oberst and I got right up to the rail. Pretty cool.

johnnypolite
01-08-2012, 08:40 PM
Midlake in 2005 was pretty small.

Prelude
01-09-2012, 12:05 AM
Dillinger Escape Plan was a personal rapefest on a silver platter to my delight. Small intimate yet so xxEXTREMExx of a setting.

fiopadp7791
01-09-2012, 12:11 AM
I'm surprised no mention of Kevin Devine's set in the Gobi in 2010 and Yo! Majesty in 08... those were both tiny.

I thought Devine was pretty good (dude can wail)... Yo! Majesty was fun as hell.

Lithium
01-09-2012, 08:15 AM
This wasn't the tiniest crowd I had seen at Coachella, but it was painfully surprising to see Caifanes' crowd being almost every Mexican who went to Coachella, about 1/4 the capacity of the outdoor stage. Still loved their show though.

New Pants was generally tiny until people passed by and liked what they heard. It was nice listening to them with all that room.

amyzzz
01-12-2012, 05:54 PM
Dungen and Art Brut were pretty small in 2006 during Tool.

theGold
01-12-2012, 07:48 PM
Plastikman in 2010. Like 20 people the Sahara. They missed an amazing set.

Bumblebee
01-13-2012, 03:55 AM
I too walked by Electric Touch. More people working onstage that watching. The singer looked pretty peeved.

I'd imagine that if they were booked both weekends with the same time slot they would have simply not shown up for #2

AbundantChoice
01-13-2012, 05:50 PM
I'd say the **** Pong Bitches back in 2004, but if only because they were one of the first bands on, were on the second stage, there were maaaaaybe 50 people, and they were f-ing terrible. In terms of acts that weren't "opening the festival" nonsense (like that crap pay-for-play acts r.e. Whitestarr etc), I think the smallest crowds i've seen were all for experimental/noise bands:

- 2nd half of Throbbing Gristle after most people had satisfied their curiosity
- The Locust (50 people? Maybe? Were going up against a headliner)
- Fantomas was incredibly small

In terms of "surpisingly small" crowds, Mastodon had a 1/3 of a tent after Pitchfork and all the indie blogs had been slobbering over them for a few years. And for all the board went into collective orgasms over Fever Ray playing, that was a pretty dinky crowd.

aphrael
01-13-2012, 06:04 PM
Scala & Kolacny Bros, closing last year against the Chems, Flogging Molly, Gayngs, and Boys Noize, was almost completely deserted.

A shame, too, as it was a kick-a** set.

aphrael
01-13-2012, 06:06 PM
the whole trentemoeller -> ratatat -> leftfield set was just awesome. (sadly, i left for leftfield, but from what i've heard, it was a fantastic continuation of the previous two).

foaminjectedaxlrose
01-13-2012, 06:40 PM
the crowd at Monarchy last year was tiny. this was immediately after cut/copy i believe (different tents)

This was the smallest one that comes to my mind. Same time as Crystal Castles if I remember right. Looked like a fun show walking by though.

kerby14
01-13-2012, 08:18 PM
ya i think scala n kalackny bros was smallest ive ever seen too

motionnn77
01-13-2012, 10:07 PM
It was small, but was very happy to be there.

Bus McRider
01-14-2012, 08:09 AM
Brandt Brauer Frick, and I had a great time.

DaFunkyPrecedent
01-14-2012, 10:53 PM
Lucero in 2009 was really really small....but was hands down one of the best shows of the festival.

Weatherman
01-15-2012, 02:46 AM
Mindless Self Indulgence in 2004 played to a very sparse tent whilst Radiohead were on the main stage and they were GREAT - I'd never heard them before.

I remember going in before they started and there was only like, one row of people up front. It grew later on but yeah, not a great set time for them.

Black Mountain during Roger Waters in 2008 was so empty it looked like some local band playing for friends at a barbecue.

Evil Nine in 2007 had one of the smallest crowds I'd seen for a late-night Sahara act. You could walk anywhere you wanted. Audio Bullys in 2006 was also really sparse.


Sly Stone was the smallest crowd I ever saw. He came on at like what 10:30? on Sunday when the Gorillaz were playing hours after his scheduled time. There couldn't have been more than like 100 people.



Oh jesus I forgot about that. Then again calling that a "set" may be too nice.

loubque
01-15-2012, 05:53 PM
[Partly interested because if the set times are the same both weekends, I could see acts finding a way to not perform the second weekend if nobody shows up to their show.]

their paycheck isnt dependent on the size of the crowd. plus how big of a crowd would they play outside of coachella?


I felt bad for Phantogram last year. They had to compete with Ratatat, Chromeo, Chase & Status, and the Strokes. I think that'll reign as the worst conflict [for me] for awhile, but suffice to say, their crowd was pretty small.

phantogram was pretty full.

shoegazer76
01-15-2012, 07:19 PM
Throbbing Gristle was the tiniest crowd for me. Wire was a close second.

Prelude
01-16-2012, 01:14 AM
Sam XLol

wompwomp
01-16-2012, 07:12 AM
Gord Downie last year at the Outdoor. There were only about 50 Canadians there and it was great.

baily
01-16-2012, 01:00 PM
BJork - by far the smallest headline show to date. Very few people there...with good reason...she sucked!
Saw a even more leave after her 3rd song...I was one of them.

jefferie
01-16-2012, 05:25 PM
BJork - by far the smallest headline show to date. Very few people there...with good reason...she sucked!
Saw a even more leave after her 3rd song...I was one of them.

Bjork in 07? I enjoyed her set and I'm not a particularly big fan of hers. It was pretty packed where I was but we had gotten close for Interpol before her so maybe it thinned out behind me.

jefferie
01-16-2012, 05:29 PM
The Black Keys in 07 were small when I first got there since the Chili Peppers went long but my friends said when they showed up afterwards it was packed and Twin Shadow last year was tiny but they were on at 1 pm so that was expected.

unit300021
01-16-2012, 06:42 PM
Smallest crowd I've seen was Electric Touch in 09, but I guess you could substitute any year they played and it all sounds about the same.

Smallest crowd I've been apart of was Flying Lotus in 09. Not his fault though he was placed in the awkwardly positioned dome that was going against The Killers, Mstrkrft, and Mastodon and I think Gang Gang (not to sure on that one though). It honestly felt like there was maybe only 50 people there if that, but damn that was killer set and I think everyone there would agree. Even though I didn't see him the next year I'm just happy they brought him back and gave him a proper spot.

RickeyinLA
01-16-2012, 07:01 PM
Evil Nine in 2007 had one of the smallest crowds I'd seen for a late-night Sahara act. You could walk anywhere you wanted. Audio Bullys in 2006 was also really sparse.


Yes, and Evil Nine were fantastic - one of my favorites in 2007.

I lost my legs in 2006 and couldn't leave the Sahara to catch Depeche Mode because I wanted to see what Daft Punk was going to bring, so I had to endure Audio Bullys who were absolutely horrible. The tent kind of filled up towards the end of their set though.

furnace
01-16-2012, 07:19 PM
Gord Downie last year at the Outdoor. There were only about 50 Canadians there and it was great.

Regret.

Small crowd acts: The Walkmen, Art Brut, Animal Collective in 06, and Monarchy last year.

cman1098
01-16-2012, 07:40 PM
the crowd at Monarchy last year was tiny. this was immediately after cut/copy i believe (different tents)

Tiny and awesome. It was nice being in the front with room to move.

lalalollipop
01-16-2012, 10:07 PM
I saw Hurts last year in the Gobi at 1. 30-40 people? And I got there in the middle of their set, totally rocked though.

guatemalo
01-17-2012, 12:16 AM
gotta admit, Wire almost had no crowd.

guatemalo
01-17-2012, 12:18 AM
oh, and Sly & the Family Stone, hella small.

LickTheLizzard
01-17-2012, 12:39 AM
hella.

Chillzzz
01-17-2012, 11:30 AM
Green Velvet, too early on Sunday..

davrone
01-17-2012, 09:20 PM
The small crowd at Throbbing Gristle in '09 made me sad. On the other hand, it was great to have been able to see them super close

PulpOne
01-18-2012, 12:45 PM
The smallest crowd I've seen thus far has been for Electric Touch last year. I went to the Gobi to see Wire and Josh's estimate of around 20 people is not far off at all. The band was doing some goofy cliche rocknroll shtick, which made it all just a bit sadder.

I know exactly what you mean when you refer to the goofy cliche rocknroll shtick. I just remember them being LOUD, deafening loud

summerkid
01-18-2012, 01:38 PM
BJork - by far the smallest headline show to date. Very few people there...with good reason...she sucked!
Saw a even more leave after her 3rd song...I was one of them.

Not true at all. Bigger crowd than Kings of Leon and Jack Johnson. I came from watching Faithless and was not able to get very close to the stage at all because the crowd was so big.

dcbell05
01-19-2012, 05:51 PM
phantogram was pretty full.

^This. Granted, I was at the front rail, but there seemed to be a hell of a lot of people pushing the front. I couldn't seen an end to the people.

Also, Neon Trees were right after them and I think it got even more crowded. Not sure why someone thought that was a small crowd.

Bumblebee
01-20-2012, 07:53 PM
oh, and Sly & the Family Stone, hella small.

Sly probably had more people in the VIP/media section than in the tent itself by the time his time onstage was near it's end.

rjadams90
01-20-2012, 07:59 PM
EE last year. They played midday in the Gobi or Mojave. It was pretty cool, they were playing music with tyco toys, had break dancers, and did some makeshift kabuki.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cmk_slqKzd4

greghead
01-21-2012, 01:29 AM
Fantomas was painfully small. Like 50 people

In 05? It was crazy where I was in the front, I just assumed the tent was full for that set.

The Orb and Throbbing Gristle both played to tiny crowds. Modeselektor played to a nearly-empty tent Sunday 2008. Dwight Yoakam in 09 also had a very very small crowd at the Outdoor.

KickerConspiracy
01-21-2012, 11:49 PM
throbbing gristle had like 20 people watching in 2009. that had to be the smallest ive ever seen.

I was walking around during the Killers and I remember their crowd being epically tiny. 20-30 people is a good guess. I ended up seeing Mastodon who were rad at the same time (I think Mojave). Paul Weller in 2009 is also one I always think of. He played on the outdoor and there were not enough fans watching to stretch the length of the stage, maybe 50 at most.

rage patton
01-22-2012, 09:55 AM
Throbbing Gristle conflicted with The Cure. Not The Killers. Who you saw playing against Mastodon/The Killers was probably Gang Gang Dance.

paulb
01-22-2012, 10:19 AM
I remember walking past Electric Touch, it was just people against the barricade, nothing else.... Hilarious!

but for a set Ive watched.... Wire last year was VERY tiny, shockingly. Oh well, I still had fun with all the space.

Phunkevil
01-22-2012, 11:20 AM
Wire (I think that's the one) was pretty empty.

JoshTheBoyd
01-22-2012, 11:28 AM
Scars on broadway lulz....
And themselves in 09 (or was it 10) had a criminally underpopulated tent

malcolmjamalawesome
01-22-2012, 11:38 AM
I am fairly curious about how the acts feel about having small crowds. As has been said before, they still get paid the same. I figure early-in-the-day acts may not expect much of a crowd, but I wonder if anyone gets butthurt.

tmac
01-22-2012, 12:02 PM
sven vath was prob not impressed by his crowd

unit300021
01-22-2012, 02:35 PM
Yes but what he has to realize that the Candy Ravers only care about DJ's that push a button and make wobble and womp noises, not people with actually amazing talent at actually being a DJ.

WhyTheLongFace
01-22-2012, 06:07 PM
Raphael Saadiq last year was kind of embarrassing

Bumblebee
01-23-2012, 08:12 AM
Raphael Saadiq last year was kind of embarrassing

Saadiq also did a autograph tent appearance that wasn't really announced or listed ont he board. That also must have had a small turn out.

SP The Ghost
01-25-2012, 04:24 PM
Raphael Saadiq and The Whitest Boy Alive. Oh and MURS. During Waters (or was it Prince, I can't remember)

nbvcide
02-23-2012, 01:46 AM
yeah, throbbing gristle, shpongle and black lips had very small crowds when they started but crowds grew as other sets ended. the end of the Orb was amazing and the tent was so empty i didnt realize an act was still performing.. but aside from the dome, the clear winner is Scala & Kolency Bros, who closed the gobi across from chem bros, boys noize and flogging molly. there were 16 people when i counted, and never had more than 30. at one point there were more people on stage than in the audience..these girls flew all the way from germany, several looked crushed but the conductor kept them going through what ended up one of the best sets of the wknd.

frizzlefry
02-23-2012, 08:11 PM
^ That sucks, I don't understand why PT likes to schedule great artists in such fucked conflicts like that...poor Daedalus

lt.roast.a.botch
02-23-2012, 10:03 PM
Met up a friend halfway through The Felice Brothers set last year and I could walk up to the railing. Smallest crowd i've seen so far. Kind of liked it.

meyouseek
02-23-2012, 10:32 PM
Fantomas was painfully small. Like 50 people

That's a lie. There were at least a few hundred of us there when Patton mentioned something about a cock in Gwyneth Paltrow's ass.

meyouseek
02-23-2012, 10:37 PM
Dude, are people just making stuff up around here? Whitest Boy Alive had a good crowd. Not huge, but solid.

I think Scala & Kolacny Brothers was the smallest crowd I've seen in a while. We took some time off from Chem Bros to roll through their tent.

Coldcut's crowd was pretty small in '06. Look how loosely packed in we are near the front.


http://youtu.be/f4dzKf-XzCM

jjr024
02-24-2012, 06:51 AM
I felt bad for Phantogram last year. They had to compete with Ratatat, Chromeo, Chase & Status, and the Strokes. I think that'll reign as the worst conflict [for me] for awhile, but suffice to say, their crowd was pretty small.


This. Worst conflict of the weekend. As much as I wanted to see Chromeo, I chose Chase & Status and it was the besty decision ever, they killed it.

lilee
02-24-2012, 08:01 AM
Fuck I forgot how small of a crowd Daedalus had, he got fucked though, conflicting with Arcade Fire, Scissor Sisters, and Angelo, poor guy. Would have been better if he opened up the Dome on Saturday or something

agreed. stopped by for a little bit during arcade fire and it was dead. also, gayngs was a much smaller crowd than i expected. although it was kind of a nice break to just go chill & sit in an uncrowded tent for a bit.

ivankay
02-24-2012, 03:14 PM
Dude, are people just making stuff up around here? Whitest Boy Alive had a good crowd. Not huge, but solid.

I think Scala & Kolacny Brothers was the smallest crowd I've seen in a while. We took some time off from Chem Bros to roll through their tent.

Coldcut's crowd was pretty small in '06. Look how loosely packed in we are near the front.


http://youtu.be/f4dzKf-XzCM

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users11/renegademartian/default/msg-114922950896-2.jpg

Are you in this shot? They conflicted with Madonna and the beginning of Massive Attack. Tough competition.

aguadulce
02-25-2012, 03:11 PM
Definitely Lucero for me. Tiny crowd and they were great.

Also Black Keys whenever they played in the Mojave. It may have gotten more
crowded as it went on but at the start there were maybe 5 rows of people.

Fig Neutron
02-25-2012, 06:33 PM
Black Mountain against Roger Waters had to be only 30 people. Smallest I've seen. Good set, though.

ET MB 90266
03-13-2012, 04:29 PM
wait you missed cut copy last year.... so you basically missed coachella?!

rasooli
03-14-2012, 04:43 AM
El-P in '07 in the gobi. 50 people max.

dancinginthedesert
03-22-2012, 12:35 PM
I wonder how the Bloody Beetroots felt last year after they started their set with a full Sahara Tent, and then emptied about 75% of its occupants with their godawful set.

Doses_On_Sunday#K.C.
03-22-2012, 03:01 PM
Thao and the Get Down was kinda small last year...mainly because it was the first set of the day and the temperature was 100+.

tyles
03-22-2012, 05:03 PM
Agree with all the statements about Electric Touch. I have never seen any of the tent stages that empty before at night. It would border on tragedy if it wasn't for the fact that Electric Touch's music was pretty uninspired, at best.

aphrael
03-24-2012, 05:02 PM
the clear winner is Scala & Kolency Bros, who closed the gobi across from chem bros, boys noize and flogging molly. there were 16 people when i counted, and never had more than 30. at one point there were more people on stage than in the audience..these girls flew all the way from germany, several looked crushed but the conductor kept them going through what ended up one of the best sets of the wknd.

this.

i'd rank it as one of the best sets i've ever seen, honestly.

i actually went out and bought all their albums after, i was so blown away.

nbvcide
03-24-2012, 11:09 PM
I wonder how the Bloody Beetroots felt last year after they started their set with a full Sahara Tent, and then emptied about 75% of its occupants with their godawful set.

i agree, it was atrocious..but to be fair, Kanye was starting and Leftfield was destroying the tent next door.

santasutt
03-25-2012, 12:59 AM
Wire (I think that's the one) was pretty empty.

Yup.

And to add insult to injury, most of us left mid-set to get close for Big Audio Dynamite.

Shame because they sounded good. Way to go GV for conflicting two 80's legacy acts.

vfcali
03-26-2012, 01:46 AM
I felt bad for Phantogram last year. They had to compete with Ratatat, Chromeo, Chase & Status, and the Strokes. I think that'll reign as the worst conflict [for me] for awhile, but suffice to say, their crowd was pretty small.

Can't believe Phantogram had a small crowd! I missed Coachella last year but caught them at Outside Lands in SF and they killed! The crowd was big but may have been a lot of folks showing up early to grab a spot for Foster the People playing next, who weren't even as good in my opinion. Ended up catching Phantogram again at The Fillmore and they were even better.

lt.roast.a.botch
03-26-2012, 03:37 AM
I didn't think Phantogram's crowd was that small. I arrived near the middle of it and the gobi was fairly packed. I saw smaller crowds.

travelfan
03-26-2012, 08:26 AM
but aside from the dome, the clear winner is Scala & Kolency Bros, who closed the gobi across from chem bros, boys noize and flogging molly. there were 16 people when i counted, and never had more than 30. at one point there were more people on stage than in the audience..these girls flew all the way from germany, several looked crushed but the conductor kept them going through what ended up one of the best sets of the wknd.

This was one of the worst slotted sets in Coachella history. I would even go so far as to say unfair. I wasn't there, I was at Boys Noize, but I have no idea what prompted GV to put a choir made up of middle schoolers (that flew across the world for this performance) on at 12:00 at night. They would have been perfect early in the day and would have attracted a huge crowd, but they got thrown up against a ton of heavy hitters.

nbvcide
03-29-2012, 01:34 AM
they weren't middle schoolers..they were in their 20s and 30s.

and i got what they were thinking, only act up against 2 djs and an irish punk band, makes sense. and it was awesome at night.

BUT, yeah, had it been in the daytime, it would've been a packed tent, no matter the time of day..

mikebspeedracer
03-29-2012, 01:53 AM
It had to be Fair to Midland back in 07', it was the first act of the day on sunday and there was literally 10 people in the Mojave tent. The only reason we stopped and sat down was because there was a texas flag on the stage and there was shade. Then about 10 minutes into their set Serj Tankian of System of a Down came out and sang a song with them. All 10 people ran up to the stage, it was pretty awesome.

aphrael
03-29-2012, 03:19 AM
and i got what they were thinking, only act up against 2 djs and an irish punk band, makes sense. and it was awesome at night.

It was irritating, though, because that was I think the *only* time in all the years I've gone where there was literally someone I wanted to see on every stage.

I'm glad I went to S&KB; I'm also glad that ChemBros ran late enough that I saw more than half of their set, anyhow.

CitizenJ
03-29-2012, 05:32 PM
throbbing gristle had like 20 people watching in 2009. that had to be the smallest ive ever seen.

Yea, I saw this in person. It was a ghost town, kind of a sad turn out. I only walked passed it though. It was strange to see so little people in a tent with a a band on stage. The cure and a late Sunday spot killed em.

alpharuin
04-08-2012, 07:06 PM
I saw both Fantômas and Throbbing Gristle. I was right at the front for both and never looked back; I didn't realize how small the crowd was until I saw photos online.

Both were some of my favorite Coachella sets.

Boourns
04-08-2012, 07:21 PM
yeah, throbbing gristle, shpongle and black lips had very small crowds when they started but crowds grew as other sets ended. the end of the Orb was amazing and the tent was so empty i didnt realize an act was still performing.. but aside from the dome, the clear winner is Scala & Kolency Bros, who closed the gobi across from chem bros, boys noize and flogging molly. there were 16 people when i counted, and never had more than 30. at one point there were more people on stage than in the audience..these girls flew all the way from germany, several looked crushed but the conductor kept them going through what ended up one of the best sets of the wknd.

I saw Scala & Kolacny Bros on the webcast and it looked amazing. Really want to catch them live. Those horrendous set times really eased a lot of doubts I had about skipping last year. Them and the Chemical Brothers were the closest I had to must-sees that day and they both played at the same time, and then earlier in the afternoon there were 4 acts I wanted to see that clashed and overlaped, and at least a few hours in the evening with nothing I wanted to see.

Boourns
04-08-2012, 07:31 PM
Definitely Lucero for me. Tiny crowd and they were great.

Also Black Keys whenever they played in the Mojave. It may have gotten more
crowded as it went on but at the start there were maybe 5 rows of people.

I remember two things about cutting through the Mojave on my way out for the night before their set. First, the tent was completely empty. Second, Pulp was playing over the PA.

jiggly
04-08-2012, 07:34 PM
I am fairly curious about how the acts feel about having small crowds. As has been said before, they still get paid the same. I figure early-in-the-day acts may not expect much of a crowd, but I wonder if anyone gets butthurt.

wont be surprised if the fascist elite start using the cattle bracelets to take tally of how many people are in each tent and pay accordingly.

travelfan
04-08-2012, 07:35 PM
Yea, I saw this in person. It was a ghost town, kind of a sad turn out. I only walked passed it though. It was strange to see so little people in a tent with a a band on stage. The cure and a late Sunday spot killed em.

Well, there's that, but it might also have had something to do with the fact that they are a band whose catalog includes spoken word based songs about ripping a fetus from a pregnant woman's stomach with a knife. Kind of a niche act to begin with, regardless of billing or historical significance.

general_rowdy
04-08-2012, 08:41 PM
Purefilth dome forgot who was playing but there were literally like 3 people there and I made it 4 to see what was being played.

Boourns
04-08-2012, 09:06 PM
I forget who it was, but I just remembered walking by the Outdoor Theater early one day in 2008 or 2009 and there were two rows of people at the stage.

wstsidela
04-08-2012, 09:16 PM
Scars on Broadway in 2008. The place was empty.

mikey1313666
04-09-2012, 12:45 AM
I walked by the Neon Trees last year on my way to the Main stage to see basically nobody. I had a good chuckle.

rasooli
04-09-2012, 02:54 AM
Porcupine Tree in 2010 had 50 people max.

tripzz
04-09-2012, 08:38 AM
Nothing will EVER beat The Lemonheads in 2008..Playing to less than 40 people on the Outdoor Theater stage, While RATM plays to the rest of the festival.

Weatherman
04-11-2012, 05:52 AM
Scars on Broadway in 2008. The place was empty.

I think them being way late really killed it. I arrived there at the time they were supposed to start and it was quite big, but as it kept getting delayed and delayed everyone dwindled away.

frizzlefry
04-11-2012, 10:38 AM
Datsik this year will be sparse I imagine

tyles
04-11-2012, 02:13 PM
Nothing will EVER beat The Lemonheads in 2007..Playing to less than 40 people on the Outdoor Theater stage, While RATM plays to the rest of the festival.

fixed.

westernwarrior
04-11-2012, 04:08 PM
Datsik this year will be sparse I imagine

I'm still lost as to why he's closing the Sahara on Friday.