A lot of people will give something the title of "Best Ever" and usually after a little while they'll remember some other event and start to reconsider. With that in mind, I think I can truthfully say that this was the best weekend of my life. It didn't even have anything to do with the music (although, 7 of the 10 best performances I've ever seen were this weekend).
I met tooooons of new people from all over the world at Coachella and not one of them was a jackass. This really is special and a beautiful thing. Anytime you get 60,000 people in the desert heat, the level of irritability tends to be high, but the entire weekend with was nothing but friendliness and everyone getting along. When I was reading this message board before the festival, I saw tons of complaining about the lineup and so forth and was a little skeptical on the crowd. But on the plane ride in, I thought "those people make up a small percentage of the message board crowd which is an even smaller percentage of the Coachella crowd". That couldn't be more true. Everyone was wonderful. I loved walking around in my Winnipeg Jets jersey and talking to everyone in the campground about hockey. I loved standing beside a total stranger during a set and having a 20 minute discussion about music. I loved hearing people's stories from other festivals.
So overall, yes thank you to the Coachella organizers for throwing an amazing festival. But more importantly, THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR REASSURING ME THAT THERE ARE TRULY GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE. Sometimes that is too easy to forget.