This is just my review for those who want to read up on one's 1st experience of Coachella.
You can choose to read it or not, it doesn't matter. Debate wether you agree or disagree, again, it doesn't matter. Feel free.
I warn you, this review is rather long.
This was my gf and I's first Coachella. We drove from San Diego & we couldn't get a hotel room or a camping spot anywhere (everything was booked way ahead of time) so we didn't have a place to shower/brush our teeth but we slept in our mini van each night (I'll be sure to plan for this better next year
But I had the brilliant idea of bribing a guy at the nearest 24-hour fitness to let us use their showers/bathrooms all weekend when we needed it since getting a shower was all I really cared about.
FUCK that desert heat! I must have lost at least 8 lbs. of sweat the whole weekend lol
I'm a fan of all genres of music, anything from HipHop, to Country, to Rock, to classical, to Electronic music. You name it I like it.
I believe that you must at least learn to appreciate every type of music and understand it in it's own way.
With that being said, it was incredibly hard to catch all the artists we wanted to see. We barely had ANY time to sit and relax, there were SO MANY bands that were a "MUST-SEE"! We were bouncing stages ALL DAY LONG. Some bands we could only catch about 10-15 minutes of each since there were many performances that were playing at the same time...
But I'd say we caught about 90% of the artists we wanted to see!
There were SOO MANY people from ALL around the world! Especially from the UK and Australia!
(I LOVE Australians! I seriously want to live there one day. They're so fukin awesome and the most down the earth people I've ever met! LOL)
I'm still pretty worn-the-fuck-out
I'm so incredibly tired, mentally and physically.
But it was WORTH EVERY SINGLE PENNY!
I'm a huge rave-goer (massives in L.A. mostly)
Rave massives will never be the same again LOL
Coachella was on a WHOLE new level!
But you can't really compare the two in a sense.
First of all, there were way too many drunk mutherfukers starting shit. I LOVE the atmosphere of a rave way more than Coachella, for obvious reasons
There were a few D-bags @ Coachella that made me think "Dude, seriously?You need to just to take a muthafukin pill and chill the fuck out!
Secondly and surprisingly, there were VERY FEW security guards at Coachella. Raves these days have WAY too many security guards that are on "power-trips" that it can really kill your experience. Really, the only places were there were security was in the parking lots, entrances, and VIP areas. Every where else was like a "free-for-all"
It was fukin sick and gives you room to be a lot less paranoid
Also, WAY too many little kids, like families bringing their toddlers and shit, which was rather annoying since I really wouldn't consider Coachella to be a "family friendly festival"
But idk, that's just me...
There was a moshpit during Bassnectar's set, which was pretty fukin stupid. One guy got his nose broken and blood was just POURING out of his nose like a fukin faucet, people were telling him to keep his head down as he was being guided out of the crowd so that all the blood wasn't spraying on other people, but he was ENTIRELY too fucked up and it seemed like he didn't even really realized that his nose was bleeding, i was like wtf man!?
My girl and I were trying to "pace" ourselves throughout the weekend so friday night we went to sleep early since we had to be up early for Saturday morning's "must-see" bands/DJs. So we left right before Jay-Z played on Friday and a couple other bands, but we weren't too bummed since we can hear them perfectly fine from the parking lot lol
I heard Beyonce made a surprise appearance...
Tiesto was pretty sick, my expectations for him was pretty low since I don't like any of his new stuff. But he played "Adagio For Strings" (my favorite trance song of all time from Tiesto) and that was pretty EPIC!
I'm half mexican so I HAD TO catch Calle 13, they were really fun to watch LOL
That fool is crazy and very entertaining!
Vampire Weekend was pretty sick.
The Temper Trap was surprisingly REALLY GOOD! They really caught me off guard as to how good of a voice the lead singer has. He really gets into it, caressing the mic almost making love to it with his voice LOL
the ladies were going CRAZY for him! it was pretty tight.
I'm a HUGE dubstep-head so I was anxiously waiting to hear the dubstep DJs and IMO the best set has to go to Pablo Hassan, simply becuz he mixed almost EVERY single dubstep song I LOVE into his set, it was back-to-back amazingness!
The best lazer/lightshow has to go to Benni Bennassi, (I was completely SOBER and I was trippin THE FUCK OUT!!) I could not believe how amazing they LIT UP that tent during his set!
I've seen Deadmau5 many times at raves of course, but his set at Coachella was THE BEST I've ever seen from him.
Another band that I'll never forget was Passion Pit...
Out of all the artists/DJs/bands, Passion Pit was the most appreciative for being able to perform at Coachella.
In his words,
"This is amazing, I can't believe how many people there are here, we just released our album about a month ago, and we've NEVER played in front of this many people. This is truly a DREAM COME TRUE, honestly. We thank you from the bottom of our heart. We love you Coachella!"
You can tell that he was almost at a loss of words and his emotions of the moment were starting to over-take him, and I don't blame him not one bit! LOL
The ocean of bodies, hands in the air, etc.
It must be SO AWESOME to be a rock star and play in front of nearly 90K people like that.
KILLED THAT STAGE!!!!
They released TONS and TONS of balloons into the crowd, the WHOLE tent was FILLED with white balloons and bubbles, it was PICTURE PERFECT!!!
David Guetta, I personally think his set at last year's TAO was better.
But he always knows how to get his audience PUMPED!
Pheonix was SICK!
We were so dead tired by Sunday that we just wanted to see them play "Lisztomania" and call it quits.
All the rest of the bands we didn't really give a fuck about anymore...
Maybe if we had an air conditioned room, an actual bed to sleep in, etc. we probably would have made it through the whole weekend.
Plus, we had to be at work early on Monday so we couldn't stay to see Gorillaz and a few other performances Sunday night, so I'm pretty bummed about that, I'm sure they would have been pretty fukin sick to see live.
(If someone can post a video of the Gorillaz performance, I'd REALLY appreciate it!!!)
I'm sorry for making this so long lol
I can go on and on about EVERY SINGLE performance we saw...
2 Many DJs!
But I'm gonna end my review with the following.......
By far, the BEST live concert performance, not only of the whole weekend, but the best performance I've ever seen IN MY LIFE...
hands down, was.....
Now, I haven't seen many rock-bands live before so this is just "MY EXPERIENCE" and my personal opinion.
I've always liked their music and they were headlining so I was excited to see them, but I wasn't CRAZY for them. My girlfriend is another story, next to Kings of Leon, The Cure and The Killers, she had waited her WHOLE LIFE to see Muse live.
In my honest opinion, words cannot describe how amazing that performance was, every single song they played sounded as if you were listening to them on their album, Matthew Bellamy has SUCH a talented voice!
(I hate it when you go to see an artist play live and they change it up to some whack-ass shit)
Everything from the lighting engineer...
how they worked the crowd...
EVERY single aspect of MUSE's performance was simply......
CAN'T WAIT FOR NEXT YEAR
I LOVE YOU COACHELLA!!!!!