I was at both Marina and Eliza, I think Eliza was a smaller crowd if for no other reason it was early on Sunday...exhaustion for many has started to set in. Both were GREAT sets!
"The Coachella Valley wasn't always like this, there's been a great many changes made since I came here some 67 years ago"
i think the smallest crowd i've seen was for International Noise Conspiracy in 2002. Seemed like there was only about 50 people in the tent. And still it was one of the best sets i have seen at a Coachella.
Throbbing Gristle picked up people as the set went on.
Mindless Self Indulgence in 2004 played to a very sparse tent whilst Radiohead were on the main stage and they were GREAT - I'd never heard them before.
Both Wolf Eyes and The Locust in 2005
SuperMayer in 2009
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I liked em, but couldn't help thinking "damn honkies always stealing other genre's. Why couldn't it be a real mexican mariachi band led by a beautiful, long raven haired seniorita? Not a bald white guy.". They were good though. Copy well. Not the first to jump on that train...bought this vinyl from the Goodwill a few months ago (it's more acupulco hotel lobby lounge music, but do incorporate elements of horns and such):
6/27 - Anderson Paak - The Theatre at the Ace Hotel - LA
Sly Stone was the smallest crowd I ever saw. He came on at like what 10:30? on Sunday when the Gorillaz were playing hours after his scheduled time. There couldn't have been more than like 100 people.
We're here to play some Mississippi Delta Blues. We're in a horrible depression, and I gotta admit - we're starting to like it.
Sly Stone and Pavement in 2010 were small. I stood out all afternoon to get a spot for Pavement and was amazed when I turned around and there were like four rows of people. Sly was pretty small, but it was worth it to see the trainwreck.
Ariel Pink had a small crowd in 2011, again, that trainwreck was worth it.
Anybody playing at the start of a Satuday or Sunday...my guess, hangovers or long lines for showers.
I must be out of my mind (I definitely was out of my mind at the time), because I really don't remember there being that many people at the Leftfield set. Glad to see my memory serves me wrong.
It's all relative, and a smaller crowd is bound to seem that much smaller when you've been wading through wall to wall sweaty bodies at a bigger set. Marina seemed pretty small to me too. Amos Lee in 07 was like a ghost town when I walked through. Eliza didnt seem that small to me, but I dont notice as much early in the day as I usually like to laze around in the back of the tents and absorb as much personal space as I can. For main stage acts I thought the crowd was crazy thin for Kings of Leon this year, the loosest it's ever felt that close (mid-way back to the right) to the stage at that time of night.
DJ Heavygrinder had about 7 people at her set ... I'm pretty sure I got video of it!