This was my 6th Coachella. It's always been a magical experience, most of the greatest times of my life have been at Coachella. The best shows, the best sound, the best people, the best venue and the best art I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing!
Now down to the issues. In previous years, I somewhat felt proud when I was able to sneak in my small amount of pot. Getting thoroughly searched made me feel comfortable that the idiots who were dumb enough to not hide their shit well enough got it taken away. Hell, I even got caught once before, but I didn't care, security was just doing their job so I couldn't complain.
This year, I was not patted down once, and my bag barely got a glance, much less a proper search, and by Sunday I just walked in with my pipe in my pocket because I knew they wouldn't bother searching me. This really got on my nerves. CSC is there to do a fucking job, to make sure that fucking idiots don't bring in shit they shouldn't have. If I were to hire CSC to do the job of making sure the festival is a safe, friendly place, I would be absolutely furious, because they obviously didn't give two shits about who got in or with what this year.
In previous years, I would see groups of people rushing the gates and hoards of security would run after them and jump them, so I felt comfortable that they were honoring that I paid some good money to attend. I was seeing security in action doing the job they're there to do.
This year, I witnessed people wristband swapping, hopping fences and just walking right into the festival with no ticket or wristband giving the "oh man, yah, last night was crazy and stuff and it just fell off" line AND THEY JUST LET HIM IN!. Maybe they should advertise this next year, they could probably break 100,000.
The problem was the yellow-shirts practically allowed this to be a free-for-all over-crowded drug-fest. I personally do not want to attend a music festival that allows people to bring in whatever they want, because at that point, it ceases to be a festival about the music which is why I go to Coachella in the first place.
They had to have made record profits for this year, and good for them, but for the sake of the festival experience, I hope they do something about this little issue. If not, this may unfortunately be my last year, and just saying that makes me want to cry.
Going to THIS festival again would be like willingly paying to sit in traffic in Downtown LA 5:30pm on a Thursday while trying to listen to an MGMT CD being played in the Mercedes next to you.