I was dead center for the set standing on the cable mats.
I was sitting to the side well outside the tent, because I'm not a huge fan (he's good, but I'm not in love) and the crowd was too huge to make anything closer more worthwhile. The crowd got even bigger than I thought possible and engulfed me. This normally wouldn't bother me (just part of the deal at Coachella), except none of the people were really listening to the music. They were just talking to each other and it got to the point where I could here the band from the next tent over more than Gotye.
Then Gotye played his hit, the crowd went absolutely nuts, and exited en masse. At first I thought the show was over, but of course...it wasn't. Gotye proceeded to play several more songs that were quite solid and stuff I'd imagine people who really like the hit would like, but they weren't at all interested in experiencing the guy as a live artist.
I suppose really I just don't understand people who spend the type of money it takes to go to Coachella and aren't really in to live performances. I feel like these people would have more fun just going to a club of pop music for a fraction of the price.
Try being near the front for this set & having trains of people leaving the front after THAT song. Why take up space at the front when you just want to hear one song?! Ugh. Other than those assholes, the set was great.
Huge fan of Gotye, but absolutely TERRIBLE crowd. Who the hell tries to crowdsurf during "Somebody I Used To Know"?????? The majority of the crowd flat out leaves after that song was played, I truly feel bad for him considering how amazing a performance he put on.
"Now that that's out of the way, let's get onto the real..." I laughed. And the rest of the set was fantastic.
All the Sahara bros had to hear the man that made it happen. There's probably 50 different edm versions of that song by now. People can do what they want even if they suck and you don't like it.
Yeah, the set would certainly be in my top 10...guy is crazy talented. Wish he would play a theater in Texas...I'm sure it would sound even better within walls.
I had to leave because of the crowd, it was so sad.
I couldn't see anything. I'm actually into Gotye. The insult was everyone leaving after he played Somebody That I Used to Know. Fuck. By that time I had booked it and just heard it behind me. I really wanted to see him because other performances I've seen aren't so good - his eyes being closed the whole time for one. Eh.
I swore I heard him say something like "Ok, lets get this over with" then the crowd drowned everything out. Kimbra looked terrified when everyone went apeshit. I wanted to hear some of the slower songs... meh.
I couldn't see but someone really crowd surfed during "Somebody That I Used to Know"? Jeez...
Gotye should've pulled a MGMT 2010 move and refused to play the big hit! HA!
i liked his set, but was confused as to why he wasn't on the outdoor stage. and yes, after his radio hit, it seemed like half the crowd left. which was ok, cause i got there late & was able to move forward more
the reason why everyone left this show after "somebody" is the reason why i think Coachella attracts the worst fans of any festival.
Does anybody feel this way?
I unfortunately just really found people to be "fake" music lovers overall at this festival and the gotye set really solidified that feeling for me. I had a group of girls next to me dancing the entire time during his set and screaming stuff like "I love gotye, like oh my god!", "He's so good!!" (imagine ditsy valley-girl voice) and then ditching his set 10 seconds before the single ended to get a running start back to the sahara tent. T'was quite lame. Not to mention the 500 billion cellphones that popped up during his single. Your recording is going to suck so please don't post that crap on youtube. I also had this completely idiotic fuckhead next to me screaming into his walkie talkie during the quite parts of the single.... you sir, and a complete fucking idiot...
Gotye put on an awesome show... and best part was the super amazing jam session at the very end. Thankfully most the tards had moved out by then.
By far, the most irritating crowd I was in...I couldn't see for shit and the impatience during amazing songs like State of the Art really pissed me off. Lots of those people need to get bent. Or atleast be less obvious.
Idk why everyone is bitching about the crowd for him. I was about at the center and they seemed pretty good. One guy had brought two big blow up Australian flag beach balls, I could hear a large amount of the crowd up front singing along with all the words to multiple songs, he got the crowd to join in in more complex ways than most of the artists i had seen this weekend (making different halves of the crowd sing different parts to songs, getting them to clap along to funky offbeat rhythms, etc.). I was surprised by the amount of people who stayed after his hit and new his material and were really into it. I expected much worse of the fans judging by the sheer amount of KISS FM "music" being played in the campgrounds.
I really liked the last song he played (Learnalilgivinanlovin), and it seemed like no one else in the crowd seemed to like that song for some reason. I only recorded a few songs at Coachella this year, but that was one of the few I did record, since it seemed like no one else in the crowd was recording it. The song was upbeat, with great instruments throughout. I was surprised that more of his songs aren't in this upbeat tempo form.
Coachella 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.2, 13.2, 14.2, 15.2
Outside Lands 10, 11, 13, 14
I was really lucky for this show. I knew that it would be very annoying to be further back with lots of people popping in and out, so this was one of the few shows that I waited for and got a solid spot up front. Everyone around me stayed after Somebody That I Used to Know, and one guy next to me knew all the words to the unreleased US song that he played. I didnt even notice the mass exodus after he played his hit because everyone I was around was so cool and stayed the whole set. Top 5 of my 2012 acts. I have a feeling that Gotye will either stop doing fests . . . or will stop playing that song. It's a great song . . . but his other material is amazing . . . and he seems like the type of artist that doesn't want to be pigeonhold into one song. He seems like an amazing guy. He's talented, has a fucking AMAZING voice, and is just a super strong songwriter . . . so I kind of hope he doesn't let it get him bitter. He seemed upset sometimes at the show.
Gotye/The Weeknd was the worst conflict of the weekend for me. I got a good spot for Gotye, watched the first three songs, headed to the Weeknd for his last three songs (thanks Weekend 1 for the setlist!), then back to Gotye for Heart's a Mess (my fav song that he plays live). We all knew that people would leave en masse after "Somebody", he did too. All that crowd flow allowed me to get way up front after The Weeknd ended. Thanks bandwagoners!
When I saw Gotye at Terminal 5, Somebody was the 3rd or 4th song he played, so I don't think he ever closes his sets with that song, and honestly it's not a really closer anyways. 'I feel better' is a much better song to end a set on and I really did feel better when most of the fickle fans had left. I would have loved to be closer for State of the Art and Eyes Wide Open, but since I saw him a few weeks before, I got over it pretty quickly.