the only part of 2006 that was bad was the whole madonna fiasco. being stuck in that and trying to leave jay-z in 2010 are the only times i've felt unsafe at coachella.
Yeah that Jay-Z crowd was bad. I was at the front of it and was planning on leaving to elsewhere but when I turned around I didn't feel like battling through it. I actually ended up really liking that set so I wasn't to upset. Also was the set where I saw the most people just faint form whatever. There was about 8 or so in just the area I was in alone, can't imagine what it was like through out the whole crowd.
Basically since 2010 the crowd, even if it hasn't been as intolerable as that year, has been comprised of a different sort of attendee. People I'm less inclined to want to spend a three-day weekend around. It is definitely a factor in my decision.
2009 was the last "good" year crowd wise IMO. EDIT* What Bryan said.
Yeah, whether you want to believe it or not the demographics have changed
You guys are scaring me, I hope this isn't my last year because of crowds.
my issues are more than personal or anything to do with 2010. 2010 was an anomaly. and i agree, a lot of the over-crowding problems were resolved quite nicely in 2011. but i'm not talking about over-crowding, i'm talking about general douchebaggery.
in 2004, even though it was sold-out and the crowds were massive, i could still lay in the grass and watch a set, even during radiohead (granted, i was further back). no one stepped on me, no inflatable beach balls landed on me, no flags were blocking my view, nothing. when i danced, there wasn't some drunk guy watching me instead of the band "cheering me on" and trying to get my attention (this has happened a few times, ask caeden about PJ harvey lol). in 2006 a circle once formed, but people kept their distance and weren't hitting on me. i'm not trying to make myself out to be some fantastic dancer or so hot people can't stay away, it's just that for me, coachella used to be one of the few places i could go on earth and just dance and enjoy music without having to worry if someone was going to try to make a move on me.
it reminds me of the whole change in the rave scene around the turn of the century. i felt like i used to meet tons of really interesting people who were enjoying the music, now i feel like those people have all moved onto something else and left the LA headdress chicks behind.
but hey, i'm probably just old and ready for something else
I have found the crowds to be perfectly fine in 11 and 12, but that's probably because I never go to the Sahara tent and am usually into the '80s or '90s alt rock era acts that the bros don't care about. I have enough residual patience to make it thru the Arcade Fire or Radiohead type set each year.
Yeah, I don't think I went in the Sahara once this past year.
The Sahara has turned into a spectator sport.
"Attended Coachella Music Festival 2004-2013, managing travel planning, drinking coordination, and revenue distribution through merchandise purchasing and food consumption."
I will say though having that path that went from the campgrounds directly to the Sahara made it really easy to avoid the crowds of shutter shades and headdresses
You all missed a fucking dope sebastiAn set in the Sahara this year. MJA and getbetter can confirm.
5/1: Giegling Showcase @ Oakland
5/2: Sleater-Kinney @ The Masonic
5/3: Four Tet B2B Floating Points @ Public Works
5/28: Refused, White Lung @ GAMH
5/30: Neutral Milk Hotel @ Pappy & Harriet's
6/2: Kiasmos ft. Olafur Arnalds, Rival Consoles @ The Independent
I'm pretty sure everyone will get a similar set of The Postal Service. It's not like their catalog is expansive.
We're not going, but that's the decision we made after 2010, and we've been fine with it ever since. We watch the live streams of the bands we're interested in, we enjoy it, it's all good, it causes us no undue pain or heartache. Neither of us have any desire to sacrifice vacation time/money to spend three days in the desert with 90,000 other people. (And yes, I know they made changes, and yes, I know they expanded the grounds, etc., but that alters nothing in our minds.)
I'm glad that people go and have fun as always - we had great fun in all the years we attended (well, 2010 wasn't so great) - but the crowds are not our idea of fun anymore. So we see the bands elsewhere, with a full set. (And if it's a venue with at least some seating even better -- our days of standing in the pit are over. )
Crowd has definitely changed over the last decade, unfortunately for the worst, more people who shove through crowds. There also seem to be a lot of younger people on the Polo Grounds also. Too many spoiled children who's parents don't know how to shut them up when Jay Z is in town.
"OK, here's a ticket, a condo and $500 for whatever, now let your mother enjoy her xanax."
The Bro Factor has also increased substantially, most likely an extension and far more dangerous version of the spoiled suburb child.
I remember being able to have a conversation with someone on the Polo fields, now its untrusting glances that believe I'm out to get them.