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-The first parking lot open was lot 2a. This caused confusion on the first day but paid off at the end of the night. Took a couple of minutes to exit the lot on the first two days and only about 15 minutes Sunday.
- the lighting of the various paths made it easy to follow.
- the expanded Beer Barn was our refuge throughout the weekend.
- I liked the rearrangement of the Yuma as it negated the bottleneck next to the Beer Barn.
Good but needs work:
- Permanent bathrooms were great, but they had some maintenance issues.
- Credit Card payment, contrary to advertisement not available everywhere.
-WiFi was a joke.
Good on wifi. They shouldn't even offer it, put the phones away for a few days.
Can anybody post a picture of the set times booklet, and was there a Camp magazine this year?
Supplying wifi isn't cheap either. Large conferences (~30,000) will spend $500,000+ for 3-4 days of reliable service.
Pretty much everything was improved. The taps in the beer barn weren't as good as last year, but the usb outlets were a nice addition. This however did lead me to noticing the huge and awful Sunday crowd. I don't know what happened there. Camping bathrooms seemed particularly bad imo especially the red path ones.
Yuma was ok. Good size, but placement seemed to only benefit campers
so the inside of Yuma was essentially the same? That's kinda disappointing. Any crazy lines to get in it before a particular DJ set?
and i'm still confused, was there no beer viewing area over by the MainStage? or is that all VIP now?
The biggest beer garden cluster I experienced was on the Outdoor theatre side of the north beer garden during Chet Faker.
Last edited by PlayaDelWes; 04-13-2015 at 01:05 PM.
Meaning the bottleneck into the bathrooms?
That is definitely something that super sucks at night time.
How were those new bathrooms?
The art was fantastic this year. I loved the hippos.
The nicer bathrooms were great and lines moved quickly
Sound quality was great at all the stages
The Yuma still has disco shark
El Dorado camping was worth the extra money. Really nice amenities.
Better food over all
Everything was really spread out so there was no cluster fuck
Yuma lines weren't bad
Yuma was the place to be if you wanna see drama. There was an O.D., a couple of fist fights, and the security guards danced with us between kicking people out.
The food vendors did not have their shit together. Some weren't open until Saturday in the camp ground, some closed early at night, several vendors were not ready when the venue opened. When I tried to get my first freshers they didn't have any fucking cups.
El Dorado promised monogrammed pillows and that was a lie.
I was sitting down during Jack White and when I looked over, two people were fucking. Seriously?
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Yuma was much larger. Also, the entrance was completely reconfigured to allow for people to move to empty parts of the tent immediately instead of being funneled into one door and forced into a slow moving line in the dark. They also got rid of the bathrooms and the outdoor portion which to me is a big misstep. That was my favorite addition to Yuma from last year. I think that they didn't like how long people were just hanging out in the outdoor section and clogging up the area. Now people are constantly moving/recycling and that definitely cuts down on any waiting to get into Yuma.
Large group waiting area had 5 lanes (zones) that could hold maybe 30 cars each lane. We were told that if our party wasn't in a zone and we couldn't complete our group, we only had 15 - 20 mins to be there. Staff said that car camping isn't made for large groups. ( we lost 4 cars in our group to this problem)
When staff was assigning cars to a camping spots they were putting them all in a row and not zig zagging. This pissed a lot of people off as they couldn't camp behind their friends.
No showers in lot 8 really sucked.
No art installs in camping. ( It was so nice having all those art installs on the end of your street in 2014)
Everyone's a Photographer
You mean like the playhouses?
Another thing that really sucked was no Camp magazine!
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Hate to keep correcting you.... but there was indeed a Camp magazine and it was full of great well written articles and even a touching tribute to Randy.
They even had Camp magazines on the last day... inside the festival. The record store had them all weekend...
-Barely any wait times to get into the venue
-I felt like I had way more space pretty much everywhere this year, either less crowded or did they actually expand?
-The sound at the Gobi was not doing it for me. The sound was pretty much only coming from the stage while the hanging speakers were pretty quiet.
-I really think Coachella can do a better job with the art installations. Didn't see anything that really took me by surprise. For it being the vacation-from-LA festival, there has to be some brilliant people that can put something together.
Flight Facilities 02/25 @ Fonda
Overall I thought that this was a truly exceptional and world class Coachella. Logistically, this festival has never been better.
- Logistics were near perfect. I never waited too long for anything, getting in and out was a breeze, the "flow" for lack of a better word was really great.
- Sound at all stages was fantastic.
- This was some of the most uniformly impressive set of performers I have ever seen here. Everybody who wasn't named Aubrey was exceptional. I have no idea why we thought this lineup was so unimpressive because we had so much to see at every given moment, and it was all really, really good.
- SOO FUCKING EASY GETTING GOOD SPOTS. This was amazing in some ways, but I'll talk about the negatives in the "Cons".
- The beer garden was so great this year. The expanded size really helped, the food was fantastic.
- Food in general was great this year.
- This festival needs to make a decision about what direction it is going and can't stand on the fence for too much longer. It was great to be able to walk to Terje, Kasabian, etc and get prime spots, but really...anything in the Sahara or sort of "Sahara crossover" (we went to Gorgon City and that was packed) was overflowing. We walked by Cashmere Cat in the afternoon and that was spilling out the back, while Toro y Moi had a much more modest crowd (just for comparison purposes). The issue is that everybody who is not "SAHARA!!" is getting shitty sized crowds. Now, that's great for us, sure, but I can't imagine acts are getting too excited to play when they keep hearing about how small the crowds are at the "good" acts. I'm so exhausted so I can't explain it eloquently but it's like two festivals going on, and more and more people seem to be coming for SAHARA and not COACHELLA. Yes I sort of understand the "book Kaskade for some and Jehu for others" but when people are disproportionately coming for Kaskade and Jehu draws like 10 people that's an issue. The non-Sahara crowd this year was probably the best, friendliest, most respectful I've ever seen, so it's not that the crowd is bad perse, but that a more clear choice is going to have to be made.
- The taxi meetup place or whatever was truly awful. It took us for-fucking-ever to get a taxi on Saturday night. Hour and a half. It was insane!! We only did that one night and we've never done that before at Coachella, so I don't know if Uber was the way to go or this was a one time thing or what, but on an otherwise perfect logistics Coachella it stuck out as something that needs to be reconfigured.
Ratatat's crowd was so fucking disrespectful and ridiculous compared to everything else I saw all weekend that I was taken aback. I had the best crowd experiences at this festival this year, and then dealt with so many assholes in the 30 minutes or so we stayed there. It was a shock to the system just because everywhere else had been so wonderful.
I think Ryan Adams had the worst crowd of the weekend. It was a tiny, extremely drunk, and talkative VIP type crowd that ruined many of the quiet moments of that set.
This ain't no middle of the mall shit.
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