I didn't say that was always going to be the case, I just said that's how it's been so far, and that I hope it continues. Maybe I should have worded it more cautiously, but you can't argue that my theory is wrong, based on the evidence thus far (though admittedly there's only 3 years to go on).
I agree with everything said so far. My #1 awesome new addition was the CRAFT BEER. This place saved my life several times!
I haven't heard much mention of the campground....but I thought that the new things they brought in were great. I liked the expanded stage for Super Tall Paul (man, that is one weird show to be at when you are coming down at 3am). I also liked the chill tent that was open until 4am. I don't know who I saw in there, it was just one guy with a guitar and some electronic instruments - but he was great. Perfect ambient music that had me floating off into space for a bit. All of the little houses along Main Street were really fucking cool. What a nice touch....some killer art installations in the campground really brought things to a new level.
Of course, there were all of the old complaints about the campground....like long shower lines, too much noise and loud shit going on all night, and long lines for a shower in the morning, but this was to be expected. You just plan for it and adjust.
Justin fucking Bieber? WTF. If Miley Cyrus shows up next year, I am pretty much done. I paid too much for my ticket to have to see that shit. Austin City Limits festival was only $225 for a three day weekend. I can afford two weekends in Austin for the price of one weekend at Coachella, and it seems to have more integrity.
They heard me singing and they told me to STOP.
The level of concern over a shit "artist" joining another shit artist on stage on this board by people who will talk about how many other awesome things they saw over the weekend boggles my mind.
As far as improvements, pretty much everything has been covered. Except, I would like to mention how awesome the constant improvement was; watching the "patio" section of Yuma turn from a relatively bare area with a drink cart, a pizza cart and 12 portopotties first weekend to a DOPE area with hanging christmas lights, speakers outside, TWO airconditioned restroom trailers PER GENDER, picnic tables, etc etc.
They did this throughout the weekend, adding misters to many area in weekend 2 where they were not in weekend 1. I thought this was brilliant to watch and it really shows that they have tons of people on the grounds taking into account various problems that arise. Every year is better.
Now for the bad: Why was my group ushered in Lot 4 weekend 2.... I almost knew it was going to happen. I tried everything I could to avoid it but I knew it would happen. It's not that Lot 4 was bad (pretty quiet overall, compared to lot 8) but the bathroom situation sucked. Only like 8 stalls for guys and there was a fat line in the morning. We bring our own shower so I can't comment on the shower situation.
I just know that I will lead my camping crew next year and if someone tries to push us to lot 4 again I will raise hell. It's a bullshit move for people that arrive early. ESPECIALLY during week 2 when there was for some random reason very little campers showing up early. The other times I've camped the entire field where the lines are has been pretty full and moving slowly; showing up week 2 at 11am there was absolutely noooo oooone. Like 50 cars maybe. Very weird.
Anyway, another near perfect year. I will keep coming back as long as I can. Yes it's gotten popular and there is a lot of bullshit to be had; JUST AVOID THAT SHIT. there is a ton of music to see; enough for 3 weekends. Go see it. You will avoid the terrible crowds.
P.S. Week 2 is way too money. If you have to go only 1, go week 2. It's worth it. I know you miss a ton of guests and for people who really care about all that hollywood shit then yeah I guess go week 1; if you like good music and you want to see as much as you can, week 2 is it.
Either way, I was happily bouncing along to Classixx while this happened... Pleased as punch that Nancy Whang joined them on stage to close out the set.
So over the complaining about camp lot placement. Nowhere on the site, nowhere, does it say early arrival entitles one to a specific lot.
Not awesome: 8 porta pottys in the corner for Lot 4....seriously? There were 8 fucking dudes in one camp for crying out loud. How is 8 porta pottys even considered reasonable for an entire fucking block/corner of a camping area.
For one, "emo"? Alright. "soured my mood"? There was not much going on. I walked around, tried to meet up with people, putzed around more and watched Blood Orange and had a perfect end to Sunday. Relax.
So over complaining? This is a thread about the not awesome... I apologize not all of us stay in an onsite RV. I try to camp well and our crew does pretty well for ourselves. This year was our best despite our shitty placement weekend 2. Weekend 1 we arrived at 9am and were put at 105th street. Our friends arrived at 9:10 and were on 153th. I understand it's a crapshoot but before noon they could try and fill up the close spots. It's only fair.
9/12: Shifted @ Mercer
9/24 - 28: Decibel Festival
10/3-5: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
10/4: Ought @ BoH
10/5: The War on Drugs, Cass McCombs @ The Fillmore
10/18-19: Treasure Island Music Festival
Isn't all the shit about celebrities being paid to be at Coachella a hoax, or at least a completely unconfirmed rumor. The publicists for celebrities and the brands supposedly paying them are all flatly denying it.
See, e.g., http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/new...s-stars-694165
"Glee actress Lea Michele is said to be receiving $20,000 from Lacoste to wear the French fashion label's clothes, reports New York Daily News, but since the story broke her representative and a spokesperson for Lacoste vehemently dispute the story. A Lacoste publicist tells THR "this story is 100 percent false.""
Awesome- Andre wearing the "sold out" tag on his wrist.
Not Awesome - Getting drooled on at Girl Talk by mollied out, unattractive female
on the contrary, watching them do it to paft dunk put me in a great mood
Also, I have absolutely no idea why you should hate on the festival dj12, I dont believe they ask for specific guests to come out. You should probably stop wanting to watch bands that have even the slightest possibility of bringing on Justin Bieber/Miley Cyrus onstage.
As we walk away, thousands and thousands of screaming idiots (all the ones people complain about) rush the stage, fawning over Justin Beiber; meanwhile the guy is out there for about 1 minute and sings only 10 words. It just left a bad taste in my mouth. I completely understand the reasoning behind Chance wanting to collab with Beiber and bring him out at chella; that 1 minute single-handedly garnered Chance a lot of new fans (who are idiots).
Pro: Good times as usual
Con: We went around the festival grounds 3 times or more trying to get someone who knew about ADA camping. We were actually told by 2 GV people (or security) that there wasn't any ADA camping. In the end we got row 101 about 50 steps to the gate . It was funny because all of 8 was filled and most of what else we saw even sort of close. So we follow a truck thru all of the people who are already camped and set up right to a perfect spot.
Security told us we couldn't use our propane stove at all. NO OPEN FIRES they said. We just waited till they pulled away and cranked up the stove. BTW did you see the mother friggin grills they let into Stagecoach? Are we step children or something?
We had our usual problem bringing in water to the festival, even unopened ones. After the first day they just smiled because they knew us and didn't even check.
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