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    Default Top 5 Best Coachella Moments from 1999 to 2011

    I have had the pleasure to attend every coachella and i have to say that from 1999 to 2011 there have been some big moments that only coachella can bring. From st. germains sunset set in 2001 to last years arcade fire's led ball dropping moment. Here are my Top 5.

    1) the pyramid revelation Daft Punk 2006 (amazing and if you weren't there then you just don't know)
    2) the bass on the Gloaming Radiohead 2004 (can be 2012 be better? i'll find out in less then 3 months)
    3) coachella grounds erupting Rage Against The Machine 2007 (reunited and it feels so good)
    4) guitar being played by pliers Portishead 2008 (yes they sounded better then prince and better then dark side of the moon that year)
    5) 3 way tie here. sorry folks. Bauhaus 2005 (peter murphy hanging upside down like a bat and singing all of Bela Lugosi's Dead)
    hearing most of 10,000 days Tool 2006 (they sounded real real good that night)
    thom yorke and flea playing together atoms for peace 2010 (they did all of the eraser)

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    Default Re: Top 5 Best Coachella Moments from 1999 to 2011

    I kinda think this thread had been done before but I'll partake.

    Daft Punk 2006
    All those people, All that dancing, That pyramid, Those beats


    Bauhaus 2005
    When I heard Belo Lugosi start up and THEN saw Peter Murphy dangling upside down. I lost it. I kept muttering various cuss words. I was cussing with joy.


    Portishead 2008
    The music, the beautiful weather, the emotion. BETH

    My Bloody Valentine 2009
    I was just so happy to finally experience MBV. I also enjoyed watching the dorks that were unaware of the sheer noise volume of You Made Me Realise scampering away with a look of pain.



    Pixies 2004
    Everything. The reason I came to Coachella in the first place.
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    Default Re: Top 5 Best Coachella Moments from 1999 to 2011

    1) Daft Punk (2006) - the anticipation of years fully realized and more

    2) Moby (1999) - Turning off all the lights at the Outdoor and having us soak in the stars and sky

    3) Orbital (2010) - Perfect execution from my number one anticipated set that year with the joy of Glorbital thrown into the mix.

    4) Bauhaus (2005) - i'm with you guys (^^^). Mr. Murphy upside down for Bela into a flawless set. Killed me.

    5) Arcade Fire (2005) - Glorious

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    Fever Ray - specific moment? time ceased to have meaning during that set
    Daft Punk taking the stage and the unveiling of the pyramid.
    Prince closing one hell of a set with "Let's Go Crazy". His house, indeed.
    The sun going down during Pixies at my first Coachella
    Hallelujah (the original Leonard Cohen version)
    1/11 Tamaryn @ The Echo, 1/20 Elton John @ Caesars Palace, 2/14 Sparks @ The Ace, 2/17 Emmy the Great @ DC9 (?)

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    Sundown/Miss You - Trentemoller 2011
    The beginning and the end - Plastikman 2010
    The two lasers emerging through the fog at the beginning of If I Had A Heart - Fever Ray 2010
    Atlas - Battles 2008
    Seeing a Kenny Powers look-a-like in the Do Lab - 2009 (Trust me, it was that good)
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    5) (2010) DeadMau5 changing my life
    4) (2011) Shrooms for Lil' B The Based God
    3) (2001) Weezer playing Surf Wax USA
    2) (2011) Thursday
    1) (2001) Janes Addiction playing Summertime Rolls while my best friend and his girlfriend slow danced among the insane crowd.
    COACHELLA VETERAN

    2001 ~ 2007 ~ 2010 ~ 2011 ~ 2012

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    Just note my parents thought I was to young in 2006 and had other prior obligations in 08 that prevented me from going.

    5) Friday of 2010, Only time I've ever camped out at a stage all day, let alone the Main Stage, but SSSC, The Specials, Them Crooked Vultures, LCD, Jay-Z really just left me no choice and none were disappointing at all.

    4) Rodrigo Y Gabriela 2007. Never heard of them was just walking by and was drawn til tent from crazy guitar playing, been hooked on them ever since.

    3) Paul McCartney 2009. Seeing a living Beatle preform was a dream come true for me. He played with the energy and had the voice of someone 20 plus years younger then him. Such a great performance period.

    2) Leonard Cohen 2009. Overall was great set but when he did Hallelujah was magical. Everyone in my area holding to each other swaying back in forth was such a beautiful moment for everyone there. I am not a religious person by any means but that was the most spiritual moment I've ever been apart of.

    1) Jonsi 2010. Just one of those if you were there you know, and if you weren't you missed out. I've plenty of Video's of the coachella performance and they don't do it justice and I have seen Jonsi since with his full production, but it still wasn't as great as that first time at Coachella.
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    1. Friday Evening, 2009. Hard to do better than Leonard Cohen into Moz into Paul McCartney. Thought Moz kind of phoned it in, but I loved seeing Leonard Cohen and McCartney. I can't imagine I was thinking of trying to check out the Presets during Macca's set. It was fantastic.

    2. Suede, 2011. One of my favorite bands on their first stateside tour in 15 years. My only complaint was that they didn't play long enough.

    3. Fever Ray 2010. This show was brilliant on so many levels. Because all the members of her band wear masks I didn't even know which member Karin was until 3 or 4 songs in. The highlight of the year.

    4. Public Enemy 2009. I love Nation of Millions and they played the whole record. It was Flavor Flav's 50th birthday which he celebrated by stagediving. Definitely the surprise of the festival.

    5. Arcade Fire 2011. Surprisingly great set. Giant ballon drop during Wake Up was fun.

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    Pixies 2004
    Everything. The reason I came to Coachella in the first place.
    This.

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    Default Re: Top 5 Best Coachella Moments from 1999 to 2011

    I'll play:

    5) Rage Against the Machine (2007) - The anticipation right before they took the stage was crazy
    4) Fever Ray (2010) - being handed a bag of mushrooms while on the front rail and shooting rad video of the whole set
    3) Janes Addiction (2001) - When the whole band was out on the weird small stages in the crowd, and then Flea came out on the main stage. Epic.
    2) Daft Punk (2006) - The pyramid was crazy.
    1) Prince (2008) - He made direct eye contact with me and communicated directly to me with hand gestures and he threw me his towel. That. fucking. happened.
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    For me:
    1) My Bloody Valentine with their You Made Me Realize. Never saw and heard something like before and after (2009)
    2) The Cure playing their set with power switched off due to curfew (2009)
    3) 2Many Djs set in 2010
    4) Chemical Brothers in 2011; and
    5) Sir Paul in 2009. He played 3h+ show as if he was 25 yo

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    5) Getting to watch Chemical Brothers rock the crowd 2002 (Sahara) & 2005 in the tent. Hey girl.. Hey Boy... Superstar Dj's here we go!
    4) Getting to finally see Prodigy in 2005 after missing them in 2002.... OHHH The BASS was incredible.
    3) When the Beastie Boys were rocking out and Mix Master Mike's record flies off the turntable(IT WAS SUPER WINDY), and they said, "screw it, we'll go a cappella" and proceeded to rock the crowd even more.2003
    2) Daft Punk! 2006~ It's kinda hard to explain, not really like any other EDM group I've ever seen. To this day I could listen to the live bootleg and get pumped.
    1) Each year when your with really good friends, sippin' a brew, watching the sun go down over the horizon of palm trees, with amazing live music all around, and enjoying the fact that your in a place called... Coachella. It's always the best. 2002,2003,2005,2006

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    Default Re: Top 5 Best Coachella Moments from 1999 to 2011

    daft punk '06
    kraftwerk '08
    fever ray '10
    the presets '11
    high contrast '11

    honorable mention: flying lotus '09
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    Default Re: Top 5 Best Coachella Moments from 1999 to 2011

    Portishead in 08 for being one of the most beautifully entrancing sets.
    My Bloody Valentine in 09 for destroying my ears in all the right ways.
    Pavement reunion 2010!!!
    Suede reunion 2011!!!!!! whoever upthread said they're only gripe was not playing long enough here here! It also would've been nice if Mat had been able to make the trip.
    Elbow 2011, One Day Like This a year indeed saw me right :-)
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    5-Laying in the grass and the closest group of people were 40 feet away

    4-Sweetleaf food and smoothies

    3-BBQ vendors prior to the stagecoach BBQ competition

    2- Air, Amy Winehouse, Bauhaus, Ben Watt, Bjork, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Erica Badu, Gil Scott-Heron, Goldfrapp, Junior Boys, Kraftwerk, Leonard Cohen, Love and Rockets, Madonna, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, Paul Oakenfold (Sahara tent the long way), Prince, Roger Waters, Sigur Růs, Sly Stone, The Charlatans UK, The Jesus and Mary Chain (minus Scarlett), The Prodigy, The Specials, The Verve, TV on The Radio, Zero 7

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    Default Re: Top 5 Best Coachella Moments from 1999 to 2011

    //2manydjs (2010)
    //Mastadon (2009)
    //Boys Noize (2011)
    //Portugal. The Man (2010)
    //Ghostland Observatory (2009)

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    1. "Yeah," by LCD (2010) - floored. never wanted that song to end.
    2. The Pyramid (2006) - obviously, there's a reason people talk about Daft Punk every year...regardless of how tiresome it gets.
    3. Digable Planets crowd (2006) - never has a groove felt so unified
    4. Duet for "Will there be Enough Water?" (2010) - Not even Tiesto bleeding over from the main stage could ruin The Dead Weather
    5. The Balls (2011) - Arcade Fire's set was phenomenal, and the ending was icing on the cake.

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    Roky Ericson tearing into "Two Headed Dog" at the end of his set
    Linton Kwesi Johnson spoken word
    Leonard Cohen the whole fucking set
    Public Image Ltd best sound I've heard by anybody ever
    Gang of Four 2004

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    1. the cure 2004 playing "close to me". this is more of a personal nostalgia thing, but the cure is why i came to coachella.
    2. daft punk 2006, for the same reasons others have said. they teased with "da funk" for like 12 minutes.
    3. roni size reprazent 2009. this entire set was fantastic, though hardly anyone was at the outdoor theatre because of stupid etienne de crappy.
    4. prodigy dropping "outer space" in 2005 and bringing down the disco ball.
    5. this badass piano player jumping on the organ in 2010 to play "let it be" while the entire crowd sang along. i was lucky enough to be next in line for the piano and it was cool to watch the guy play.


    honorable mention to the pixies sunset set in 2004. anytime i hear "where is my mind", i think of kim leaning forward and singing those first few notes.
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    Default Re: Top 5 Best Coachella Moments from 1999 to 2011

    Roger Waters - best set at Coachella
    Thom Yorke - enjoyed more than the Radiohead set
    Queens of the Stone Age (2003) - most psychedelic performance by a rock band
    Underworld - favorite Sahara set
    Prince - coolest place to be at that moment
    2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2012, 2013, 2013, 2014, 2014

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    //2manydjs (2010)
    //Mastadon (2009)
    //Boys Noize (2011)
    //Portugal. The Man (2010)
    //Ghostland Observatory (2009)
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    5. LCD on the main in 2010. after they finished playing 'yeah' me, my friend, and a completely random dude all simultaneously said "holy fucking shit." that was simply mind-blowing.
    4. i was at justice completely by myself in 2008. i decided to crowd surf and out of nowhere someone snatches me out of the air. it was my friends who i hadn't seen since walking into the gates at the beginning of the day. two of us looked at each other, hugged, then had people launch us back up and crowd surfed again.
    3. high contrast. i spent all weekend telling everyone i knew/met to not miss that set. we ran into the festival precisely as he was starting and danced like crazy with ~40 friends the entire time.
    3. orbital. that is all.
    2. macca playing 'hey jude' as i stood by myself next to a ~40-year old woman and her probably 65-year old mother. we all had our arms around each other singing. i'd never met them, and i've never seen them again. 3 generations enjoying the same song in the exact same way. beautiful.
    1a. the presets closing with 'my people' and being with a group of about 30 friends jumping in a circle in the back. that's what coachella is all about, part of me doesn't even care about how shitty the dance line-up is this year, because i know there will still be moments like that. and then 1b. we drove home and tlc - creep came on on shuffle. boom.
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    1. Paul McCartney - The whole thing was amazing, but "Let it Be" made me cry.
    2. The Verve - The first time hearing "Bittersweet Symphony" live by one of the best bands ever with one of the best albums ever.
    3. Stereophonics - "Maybe Tommorow". Just Kelly Jones and a guitar.
    4. Elbow - "One Day Like This" - The best performance of last year.
    5. Crowded House - 1st Reunion show I'd seen of one of my favorite bands without Paul Hester. Once again, nearly a crying moment.

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    5. Johnny Lydon telling the audience if they had a headache from Jay-Z to take a PiL - 2010
    4. Hurts opening up the entire festival - 2011
    3. The Audience HATING MGMT playing Siberian Breaks - 2010
    2. Wayne Coyne in The Flaming Lips Audience Hamster Ball - 2004
    1. The Unleashment of Glow Balls during Arcade Fire (and me taking one home) - 2011
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixiessp View Post
    I kinda think this thread had been done before but I'll partake.
    Portishead 2008
    The music, the beautiful weather, the emotion. BETH
    My first Coachella
    Only one word for that set: sublime

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    My Bloody Valentine 2009
    I was just so happy to finally experience MBV. I also enjoyed watching the dorks that were unaware of the sheer noise volume of You Made Me Realise scampering away with a look of pain.
    Never cared much for MBV until I saw them live that year. They had this amazingly long guitar riff that seemingly went on for eternity in my tripped out mind - good times.

    I gotta say Prince was ridiculously awesome. His execution of each move and the music was synchronized like a fuckin atomic clock, same went for his entourage of supporting dancers.

    Prince smashed it.
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    The Prodigy 02
    Sasha 11
    Rage Against the Machine 07
    Atoms for Peace 10
    The Chemical Brothers 09

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    - St. Germain at the Outdoor Stage in the afternoon of 2001 made me realize I would not miss another Coachella as long as I can walk.
    - Underworld in the Sahara Tent where I completely lost my legs.
    - Gang of Four / Bauhaus tie, both truly incredible performances.
    - Bjork both times, I couldn't believe it was happening and I still can't.
    - the anticipation on the polo pitch before Rage Against the Machine was ridiculous electric. Great, but waaay better at Vegoose.

    - honorable mention to She Wants Revenge in 2006 (if you were there you're an idiot and I'm so so sorry you missed the robots land).
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    Default Re: Top 5 Best Coachella Moments from 1999 to 2011

    Orbital
    Daft Punk
    Art of Noise
    TiŽsto
    DJ Krush

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    99, 01, 02, 03, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11,12,13, 14
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    1. Daft punk 06... I was not even into electronic music at the time, I just went cause I didn't give a fuck about depeche mode or she wants revenge.... And yeah, changed my life.
    2. Leonard Cohen>>Paul McCartney 09 simply beautiful sequence of events
    3. The Aquabats 11... A childhood dream fulfilled (being able to see the Aquabats in a psychedelics friendly environment!)
    4. Portishead>>prince 08.... Still possibly the greatest full day of coachella that I've been to (man man, boys Noize, hot chip, animal collective as well)
    5. Animal collective 11... Still not sure how we got lucky with animal collective on the main stage... Another dream for me

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    I've only been once so I'll say

    1. Murder City Devils
    2. Paul McCartney
    3. My Bloody Valentine
    4. Fucked Up
    5. The Cure

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