I was there & I'm 36. I went to hear whoever was playing. You can be 70 & listen to Slipknot
I saw others there who had grey hair. Keep going as long as you can afford it and enjoy the music. Everybody's got their preferences, but some types of music shouldn't be pigeonholed to a specific age group & vice versa. Once the music stops moving you, or you're dead, then you're too old.
If any of you are the dude with gray hair and a baseball cap that was getting down at madness near me, you're awesome.
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i went with my 48 year old dad and we enjoy a lot of the same stuff. he was mostly looking forward to Gotye, Bon Iver and Feist. so he's a cool guy to have around.
I'm 33 this was my 3rd coachella I've never felt old. Given I don't look my age and sometime don't act it lol. Yes there are a lot of kids that will ask how old you are but once they know they think it's awesome that our haven't turned into a fuddy duddy?
Another 30+ guy here. I think a lot of the Coachella "vets" probably are older at this point, considering how long it's been going on. I had kind of a Coachella mid-life crisis a couple years ago when I realized I didn't really fit in with high-school crowd in the Sahara anymore. Then I quit caring. Now I just cruise around and see whatever I want to see and I'm happy. Oddly enough, I think this made me fit in everywhere again. I went into the recharge tent to charge my phone a little and one of the girls working there asked me if I was Datsik (they were waiting on him to show up for photos), so I guess I don't LOOK that old yet.
I did see a lot of older folks in the Sahara this year, I thought -- like 25-35ish (which isn't really old but a few years back I swear everyone in there was 14).
I think the only time you don't fit in is if you are trying too hard to be like the kids, or if you're super self-conscious. Or if you're 30+ and creeping on the young girls in bikinis, don't be that guy. If you're there and just having a good time and enjoying the music, it doesn't matter who you are, I think. Although I don't camp anymore, I'm too old for that shit
I'm 42 and had a great time. Yes, I was older than most but never felt or was ever made to feel old. The people at Coachella are fucking great and anyone who thinks that the younger generation is filled with a bunch of ADHD-inflicted narcissists are narrow-minded fools. (That observation is subject to change when I read the snark here and on Brooklyn Vegan.)
I have a feeling I'd feel a bit more out of it if I had camped, but that's fine. And my only old-guy negative perspective was wondering why people choose to take shitty photos and videos of the acts rather than simply experiencing it directly. (There wasn't much of that, fortunately.)
Girl Talk (my favorite surprise)
Kasabian (overrated Britpop)
Swedish Fish Mafia (I don't think I'd like them even if I were on E)
Frank Ocean (I thought he'd be weirder, less contemporary R&B)
Bon Iver (I like his music, but I kept thinking of Dave Matthews during his set)
Florence (two years ago she was great, now a second-rate, egocentric Stevie)
Year 9 for me and I'm 49. You're complaining about 30!?! I started at 40. I enjoy going to all the different stages, even the Sahara. Who cares what some teenager thinks.
This year at the Mojave during Kasabian a girl in her 20's asked to take a photo with me. After she took the photo my buddies, looking very perplexed, asked what was up with that? I told them, "My ego wants to believe a cute girl half my age thinks I'm hot, but reality is she probably didn't expect to see someone 'So Old' having a good time". She probably wanted to show her friends that anyone of any age can have a good time.
Just to add. I enjoy the old and new bands. I saw DEVO with 'X' in Long Beach, New Years Eve 79'-80'. 30 years later, I got to see them again here at Coachella. Can't ever forget these kinds of moments.
Enjoy the time you have here and don't worry about how OLD you are. You sound a bit silly to us OLD people whom still feel young. Ha.
I started going to Coachella in 2004 when I was in my mid-twenties and have only begrudgingly missed a few festivals since. I guess that the number of nostalgia headliners helps to keep the age range diverse enough that I'm not feeling ancient (yet).
37. Sometimes I felt like an old dude surrounded by kids, but other times I felt like I was totally among my peers. If anything, it seemed like most of the other people watching the Buzzcocks were a few years older than me. I got the impression most older folks were staying offsite and didn't bother showing up until it started cooling off around 5:00. I don't think I ever made it within 50 feet of the Sahara tent.
Okay, so my knees are still killing me from this last weekend, but since I'm 50 and know I can outdance most 20 year olds I'm impressed with myself. For many years I fit the "to insecure to dance" personality so I would just stand there rocking my head. Now that I'm older I quit giving a shit and just go fucking spastic during good music. I went fucking nuts during Modeselektor, Beats Antique, and Radiohead among others. It's the relieving thing about getting old; losing that insecure state of mind. I just walk around knowing people think I'm old, but not giving a shit since I'm aware that unlike the majority of people there I've at seen some of the greatest musical acts in the world (how many of you were at the forum when Led Zeppelin played there?) and have been a fan of music since I first heard the Beatles when I was young (saw them sitting on my Dad's shoulders, but all I remember is screaming girls). Music is ageless and until arthritis takes over I plan on dancing until then.
the Beatles were sitting on your Dad's shoulders?
Honestly, I cannot believe all you people. You act like you're ready to lie down and die. Who the fuck cares how old you are. If you continue to
talk yourselves into thinking you're old, you will be old and I'll be at Coachella while you're taking your heart meds.
Good post by an older guy who went and had a great time.
im older than 30 and i was there! i feel so included.
She added the phrase "meany head" to my profile.I hardly think I'm an attention whore.I train birds of prey and am I licensed falconer
I'm 40 and plan on going till I'm on deaths door. I really don't give a fuck what people think.