Yeah, for some reason the people who keep bumping into me or my backpack or grabbing inappropriate places are girls. Go figure.
I do go to the front with my backpack, but then I put it on my feet, out of the way.
I thought the crowd was so much better this year. So many nice people high fiving while walking by and offering to share whatever they had.
Of course there are people who bump you during sets while dancing or pushing through. I've always taken it personally and have gotten annoyed. Then, this year, I realized that if the people who accidentally jump on me while dancing or are trying to find their group were one of MY friends that I knew personally, then it wouldn't have even bothered me. So I told myself that everyone around me...we were all friends. And then it stopped bothering me.
I "fell in love with the sound":
He sold his soul for a shot at fame
Catchphrase and wigs and the jokes are lame...
The holding hands pushing to the front was really bad during The Oh Sees. Just streams and streams of little ducks.
I had a backpack on, smallish hobo kind of one, and I took as much care as possible not to hit anyone with my backpack, to keep it out of the way of foot traffic as much as possible when i set it on the ground to dance, and I wore it on front of me during the more crowded sets so as to have more control over people not bumping into it, or me not bumping it in to them. I am one of those rare backpack people who are aware of myself as well as those around me.
I am mostly used to and can brush off the annoyances that come with this many people in that same place at the same time, but my biggest pet peeve are the people who really dont give 2 shits about the people they bump, or step on, or push past.
Did you just accidetally step on my foot? ok cool, it's crowded here... say sorry, all is forgiven, don't say anything and keep moving cause you've got to get to the sahara bro... You get the fucking curse of death from me straight to you.
Having the tiny girl lead the chain of 50 hipsters through the crowd. She can squeeze through easily cause she has zero percent body fat and is the height of a small child, but by the time it gets to person number 4 and they are getting progressively larger and sweatier... I am gonna want to punch person number 5 thru the end of the chain.
I know plenty of people at Coachella, but we all had varying tastes in music and wanted to see so much different stuff we had to schedule meeting up with one another at different sets through the day. I have no idea how these large groups follow each other around all day. I actually heard one guy saying to his 10 or so bros, let's discuss this as a group...
Fuck your group bro, I am gonna go see what I want/came here to see and I'll catch you later.
And yes, the fat heads and totem polls, seemed out of control this year, and really ruined a couple sets when they were litterally in the way of my being able to actually see the artists on stage.
I thought the crowd was absolutely fantastic this year, and I didn't have one bad encounter all weekend.
Everyone I actually interacted with were really, really cool, generous, and fun to talk to. Lots of folks there for their first, second, or third time who were psyched to just be a part of it. Each year I try to be generous and give away gum, candy, lighters, confetti, bandanas, anything someone needs that I don't; hopefully that helps counteract the retards just a teeny bit. Generally folks were great, but the minority of assholes can really ruin a lot.
I felt like there were fewer bros, but I only went to the Sahara tent once to check out the set up. And the bros I did encounter were nice. My friend joked, "Not as many bros this year. Instead, a lot more hipsters with really big muscles."
He sold his soul for a shot at fame
Catchphrase and wigs and the jokes are lame...
Actually, regarding backpacks, people who need to carry that much shit should get a locker. Most of the time half of the stuff in there people rarely need. Sunscreen, wallets, glasses, etc can all fit in a fanny pack. Personally I'm tired of people's backpacks hitting me when they try and get by, especially when it's some tall dude who doesn't even realize he's hitting people's heads with it.
i'm a backpack guy, but i like to stand toward the back, or against a rail where i can set it down if i have to. of course this does nothing to stop people from plowing into it, but i'm not carrying fragile glassware inside of it so it's not really a big deal.
i did seem to get shoulder checked a little more often this year, not sure what that was all about.
I noted exactly two instances of behavior that I would categorize as unforgivably douchey.
One was a drunk guy on top of another guy's shoulders before 2 Chainz started yelling "where the titties at?" (surprise, douches at 2 Chainz, this could have been avoided if I wasn't a bit of a 2 Chainz loving douche myself), and when a drunk guy in the campsites was hitting on my black friend by yelling "Shaniqua!" to get her attention.
Other than that, overall, I thought this crowd was far douchier than last year. I thought it was incredibly friendly and open minded. I also noted a substantial decrease of people filming things through their cameras and/or taking an obnoxious amount of photos. Last year I noticed that all weekend, this year I can't consciously remember one person doing it.
Then again, I was in the Sahara for a total of an hour and a half, the overwhelming majority of which was the full Eric Prydz set. The only other time was 15 minutes or so of Benassi before heading to the Sahara/Mojave beer gardens to grab some beers before Franz Ferdinand. So I can't speak on Sahara behavior, but the non-Sahara shows seemed universally friendly, pleasant, and fun.
Last edited by travelfan; 04-16-2013 at 04:00 PM.
2 more examples of douchey-ness
people walking backwards, seriously folks you are at a crowded fest and do not have eyes in the back of your head, walk forward sir!
Also people so self absorbed in their cell phone that they walk around looking at the screen obvious to the people walking around them.
I have always worn backpacks to the fest but generally get very annoyed by people wearing them too. I ALWAYS take it off when i find my spot, and generally if there is any bit of a crowd I take it off and hold it in front of my legs as i walk through to find a spot.
crab-walking is the best
Somersaults. It keeps things low and well protected.
i agree the douche factor was lower this year (ignoring douche totems for now) but i still saw a few instances that bugged me
one of them being when i saw some bros before janelle monae giving some kid a hard time. he was alone and he'd been waiting patiently with the rest of us for quite a while. shy but friendly type from what i could tell. a dbag train showed up and parked next to him about 5 mins before the (delayed) start of the set. one of the dbags couldnt sit still, he kept swaying back and forth while talking to his friends as if music was playing and bumping into the kid every time he swayed. i noticed after i saw the kid giving the guy the evil eye behind his back every time it happened. the bros finally took notice and Mr. ADHD started saying shit real loud about "gee i hope everyone here is okay with me dancing! you know cause im going to be dancing alot yo!" and kept bumping into the kid, who kept moving away until he had no room, and the dude just kept bumping into him saying the same shit about how he hopes noone will mind him dancing because he's going to go off. then said bro started talking quietly with his friends. based on the looks they were giving and their body language it was pretty clear they were planning on doing something to this kid when the lights went out. i was waiting for shit to go down so i could step in if necessary but the kid took off right before the set started, noticeably upset.
i've had this shit happen to me before and it is annoying as fuck, so i dont blame him one bit. yes, it is a concert and we all want to dance, but when there is enough space that nobody around you is touching each other and you have such little awareness of your own body that you are constantly pushing someone unknowingly while dancing to music that isn't there, and then YOU get offended when someone is actually bothered by your unnecessary touchy touchy, then fuck you budday
funniest part was the bro was totally putting on the alpha male act, when in actuality the passive-aggressive way he handled the situation made him anything but
Originally Posted by menikmati
I'm locking this fucker.