Now that things have wrapped up, what do you think about the 2014 LINEUP? Not your experience, or the crowd, but the actual LINEUP?
Here are the (slowly reaching) results going into the fest.
Approve – I love it!
Approve – It's OK
The guests pushed it way up for me.
I'm still rating it average... it was a "good" Coachella for me, but I've been to better. My wife and I usually have 7 or 8 bands a day we are excited to see. This year that's about all we were REALLY excited about for the whole weekend, but it still worked out. Favorite sets included Beck, Arcade Fire, Courtney Barnett, Future Islands, Little Dragon, Holy Ghost!, Classixx, Pixies, Jon Spencer...
I gave it a 4 pre-fest but I'm giving it a 3 now. I think the biggest reason is the lack of quality EDM acts after sunset. Darkside was the only one who I really got into unless you count the Knife and Pet Shop Boys. Overall I'd call it my least favorite year dance music wise (been going since 2009).
I will say that Sunday going from Beck -> Motorhead -> Arcade Fire was a really cool way to close the festival. All 3 acts exceeded my expectations.
This year was fun, but I've been to better Coachellas.
I am the jerkass who voted disapprove even though I had a great time. I voted disapprove because I have high standards, and Saturday really was the single worst lineup day in Coachella history. If I were going to give an overall rating (not just on the lineup) it would be higher because of the craft beer barn.
We drove out on Saturday just for Queens of the Stone Age since I have been waiting over a decade to see them on the fields so no way I was missing out, also caught all of mgmt and loved their set, listened to foster from backstage while awaiting Queens. I had no qualms missing the rest of the weekend this year, the lineup really did nothing for me whatsoever. Have been every year since 2004 and felt totally fine checking into the webcast for the rest of the weekends performances.
Last edited by JustSteve; 05-05-2014 at 04:19 AM.
I voted "Average," but it was a close with "I disapprove." A handful of excellent sets saved the weekend.
In the end, I had one of the best weekends ever. Not just the line up, but everything that went on during the entire trip plays a factor in my approval rating.
Sorry to see that some of you weren’t that happy with the lineup this year. I loved it.
When it came out I listed a fair number of acts that I knew who I was excited about, and added quite a few more to my list researching acts previously unknown to me. The late add of the Pixies was fantastic for me because I’ve liked their music since Surfer Rosa was first released (I was a youngster in my 30s then) but I’d somehow managed to never catch them live before.
Then the wife and I enjoyed the hell out of most of the actual performances we checked out. Made us even happier that we did both weekends for the first time. Started early and went till closing all 6 days. Had a blast, and the lineup was the most important part of that.
All told we caught more than 40 acts, with lots of repeats, and most of them full sets. Only a couple were disappointing, and a few were just ok. Most were good/very good, and more than a few (like Jagwar Ma, Mogwai, Arcade Fire, Woodkid, Rudimental, Darkside, others) were excellent.
The three days on both weekends were roughly equal for us, with Saturday maybe pulling slightly ahead as we enjoyed good-to-wonderful performances from Unlocking the Truth (those kids kicked ass), Temples, Chvrches, Holy Ghost, Washed Out, Warpaint, Future Islands, Lorde (man, I was not expecting her set to be that good), the Pixies (finally, though sadly no Kim Deal), QOTSA, Mogwai (fantastic, melt your face off), Darkside (also fantastic, especially WE 2 with no sound system or visuals issues), TEED, and the Dismemberment Plan.
Only been going since 2009 so I can’t comment on earlier years, but no way Saturday 2014 was “the single worst lineup day in Coachella history”. TomAz and I will just have to disagree about that.
You say it’s because you have “high standards”. Perhaps you do – that’s terrific. I say it’s mostly because you don’t happen to like very many of the good Saturday music acts I just listed, which took going both weekends to catch them all.
I’d be the same way, I suppose, about pretty much any day any year at Stagecoach. Not due to any self-ascribed “high standards”, though, but because no matter how well-crafted or well-performed, I just don’t like contemporary country music.