Dre and Snoop was just one huge party. I was near the middle, but then was walking and dancing around and everywhere I went, people were smiling. Never seen anything like it.
FlyLo had a very cool crowd, the energy was great. Madness had a bunch of happy people doing some skanking, even saw some dudes in suits.
Agree with Santigold's being great, as was Fitz's right after.
Was up front for the Rapture and it was a big dance party. Great people and everybody was really into it.
Noel Gallagher mostly because of the dudes in front of me. They didn't know each other and were dancing BFFs by the end of the set.
Wow, surprised no one mentioned The Vaccines yet. I knew nothing about them, stopped in by chance, and it was a total party in the back of the tent.
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The crowd is always best waaaay up front...
That being said, Flying Lotus, Azealia Banks, The Rapture were the best non-headliner crowds I saw all weekend.
I spent watching Coachella 2012 videos just as a preview for when I go this weekend and a highlight was the crowd for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, especially with 'Jump Around', I had never seen that many people having that much fun at Coachella.
Dr. Dre and Snoop had the best crowd.
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That Jump video is great. I heard on another board that Snoop told Dr. Dre that "Jump" is guaranteed to make a (mostly) white crowd lose their shit, Dr. Dre didn't believe Snoop could deliver the whole crowd jumping. Snoop won the bet.
I'd say from what I went to, Madness, Refused, ATDI, Seun Kuti, Santigold, Azealia Banks.
A: They were huge fans
B: They were seasoned and considerate
C: They were having fun, enjoying the music
Dre/Snoop was great, but many people in the crowd needed to learn basic human manners. So many obnoxious people crammed next to me that wouldn't shut up and stop heckling the celebs. I swear, I heard enough Lohan jokes to fill a book.
Jeff Mangum was great if you were up front where I was, but I could hear a-holes in the back talking. People should be kicked out or curb stomped if they feel the need to talk loudly during an acoustic set, especially as rare as this.
The Weeknd was good in patches - Some areas of the crowd were only interested in being there, taking a picture and bragging to their friends.
One final note; if someone decides they are going to sit within 50 feet of the stage in the middle of a set, they should expect to be stomped. This is not your bedroom. Stop wasting space.
4/10 - Henry Rollins
4/19-21 - Coachella Weekend 2
5/8 - Dillinger Escape Plan
5/24-26 - Summer Camp Music Festival
7/19 - Pitchfork... Only Friday. Björk!
6/1 - Twin Shadow
8/2-4 - Lollapalooza
The best crowd was justice, but that might be because of my group of 40 finally all met up at one place.
other great crowds were modeselektor bon iver kasabian Dre neon indian and breakbot
Beats Antique hae everyone dancing. The excitement at DJ Shadow's crowd was palpable. He has extremely loyal fans.
Madness and Kasabian were the most noteworthy, IMO.
I was towards the back for Kasabian and it was one giant wind tunnel inside the Mojave.. people were going insane. So much goddamn fun.
And I definitely don't regret pushing my way into the pit for Madness. Most fun I had dancing all weekend.
Azealia Banks, Beats Antique, Grouplove and Madness had some awesome crowds. I heard about Kasabian's crowd but missed them to get a spot for FlyLo. Won't be missing them this weekend for sure.
I don't think I've ever heard a crowd go so crazy for the line, "I guess that cunt gettin' eatin'" so much fun.
5/15: THE WALL, Phoenix
5/19: Spiritualized, Crescent Ballroom
6/2: Mogwai, Music Box LA
6/19 Jesus and Mary Chain, House of Blues, VEGAS
Kasabian and Grouplove had the best crowds out of what I saw. People were really into Gotye as well. Black Keys and Radiohead's crowds were not fun at all which surprised me.
Madness and Modeselektor mentions are well deserved, amazing crowds. Surprised Explosions in the Sky hasn't been mentioned much, the small crowd was so reverent and respectful. The Black Angels also had their tiny crowd going fucking berserk, it was insane
Agree on the Black Keys. It was a bit of a douche-fest, quite honestly. Nobody knew any of the songs other than Lonely Boy and a couple of others and most people's goal was to try to move closer.
The Rapture, Madness, Santigold, Refused, and Dre & Snoop were probably my favorites as far as crowd energy goes. Honorable mention the St. Vincent crowd. It seemed like people were especially quiet/considerate during Radiohead and Bon Iver, Cheering and applauding at the appropriate times but remaining silent while they played. This was actually one of my favorite years as far as crowds go.
Pulp (I was up close)
Justice (I'm surprised too, but everyone was chill and into it despite the late start)
Fitz and the Hives (well, from the beer garden at least)
Modeselektor (not a huge crowd, but those who were there were energized)
M83 (good from where I was up close, others said it was douche-y)
Buzzcocks, Buzzcocks, Buzzcocks.
Santigold was pretty good too. And James was great because it was starting to get cold and rainy for the first time that day and you could tell every single person wanted to be there.
Of the 32 sets I saw, the best crowd by far was at the Black Lips. For a 2:15 set, they had huge mosh pits, and several hundred crowd surfers over the 45 minutes they played. I have never seen a crowd that nuts at Coachella. I thought there might be fatalities. I've warned my fearful Weekend 2 friends to stay out of the center of the action, and made sure my brave one's know right where to get into the action.
Even though I look it, I'm not a cop.
Coachella 10, 12.1, 13.1
The main reason why I liked Dre & Snoop's crowd was because the people around me were respectful. I had space in front of me because I'm short, and the only way to see the screens was to stand a little back and look between people's heads. A lot of the people that came into that space actually looked back at me, apologized and moved.
The Rapture and SBTRKT are two that stand out as really good crowds for me.