Pet shop boys / fest
Pet shop boys / fest
Spicy pie is mainstream shit.
Foxygen: Got in a little late so I only caught the last 2/3 of the set. Pretty good but not amazing I'd say. Bonus points to the front man for having the balls to not even try and hide the fact that he's blatantly aping Iggy Pop.
Temple: I enjoyed this set. Real laid back type of thing. Good set to listen to while laying on the grass relaxing.
CHVRCHES: One of the sets I was most looking forward to this weekend, and they didn't disappoint. I got exactly what I wanted from it, but after seeing them play I really believe that this band would benefit from having a live drummer when they tour.
Julian Casablancas: Never been a. big fan and this set reminded me why. I found it pretty boring really.
Warpaint. They seemed a little... I dunno... sloppy? I like their music but I don't think this was their best set.
Pixies: 1 or 2 more new songs than they really should have gone with, but overall I can't complain, I loved it. Set of the day I think.
Queens of the Stone Age: My spot sucked and. with the wind they didn't sound that good from. where I was. I suspect this was weather and not a deficiency on their part though.
Muse: I was in a much better spot for this one and. they killed it. The wind stole Matt's voice a few times but overall it was a fantastic set. I <3 Dom.
Pharrell brought out allll the surprises, but then didn't sing get lucky or happy cuz the dust hurt his voice. Boo fucking hoo. Ruined an otherwise amazing one-off set. Nas was great as well, had a few surprises and it was special to hear illmatic live
Warpaint played the set of the festival so far.
Darkside as well. Incredible vibes in both tents. Nas absolutely wrecked outdoor and showed up Outkast. Brought out jay z and pdiddy and sounded fucking awesome.
QOTSA and War Paint killed it yesterday.
Yo where all my Freshers at on Sunday. Seemed like they were all over on Friday and now today all I see is a sea of Minute Maid shit all over the place. Do not want, Freshers plz.
Did anyone else besides Wolfbeckett happen to catch part or all of Julian Casablancas set? I'm trying to decide whether I should watch his set next weekend or see Holy Ghost instead. I was excited to see him added to the lineup, but not if its going to be boring/a train wreck.
"It's all smooth sailing from here on out..."
Last edited by JustSteve; 04-13-2014 at 04:51 PM.
Is it just me or does it seem like EDM fans are bigger slobs than any other group at this festival? There is no part of the fest that is clean but every time I go to a stage just after an EDM show finishes it looks like a fucking tornado ripped through the tent. Jesus Fucking Christ people there are trash cans literally everywhere.
Waaaaay too many people. might be hanging up the hat.
this year was like clusterfuck coachella 2010 all over again. THERE WERE WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE. they oversold it. tons of pushing and shoving to get away from the outdoor stages after sets were over. definitely not a safe situation at times.
maybe they need to expand to 3 weekends. over somehow reorganize this so there is more space between the tents. simply just too crowded.
Or just charge more. I would pay to have fewer people there, it really ups the value of the experience.
In the daytime it was fine , but at night it seemed like the crowd easily doubled . I recommend bands in the smaller tents . Outdoor /Sahara / main all got pretty crazy. The outdoor needs more space somehow .
Spicy pie is mainstream shit.
Seconds after Neutral Milk Hotel, the Lana Del Ray fans crushed us as they pushed their way to the front.
A$AP Ferg's set was garbage!!! Everyone make sure to bring bandanas!!!
still a little foggy in the head after a weekend of very little sleep (thanks neighbors ) but here are a few overall thoughts
the new gobi is lovely as hell. a bit stuffy at times during the day since the sides are mostly closed but not uncomfortably so, it's a fair trade. great atmosphere. i really hope this isn't a one time thing. also the gobi is now the same size at the mojave, which i'm pretty sure is the same size of the old sahara from a few years back. my little gobi done grown up.
i finally checked out the yuma on my last trip around the field last night and HOLY SHIT! they really outdid themselves. the place is huge and so is the sound. i also really like the L shaped configuration of the building and the placement of the DJ booth. makes for a very interesting space.
the do lab had me feeling like i was at disneyland's electronica (maybe it was the glowing pillars, idk). i almost felt bad seeing it buried back in the corner, but really it's where the do lab belongs. the people who go to the do lab are going to find it wherever you put it so i don't think that matters. it was soooooooo nice to see some quieter sets in the gobi and not have the more quiet parts interrupted by the lab. thank you for doing this GV
i didn't spend much time in the sahara but really like the lighting configuration this year. it feels much more all encompassing whereas last year it felt like it was all at the front.
main, outdoor and the mojave were pretty much unchanged from what i could tell. no complaints here.
the art was on par with last year's which made me very happy since i feel they really raised the bar in 2013. the mirrored lights where the do lab used to be made for a perfect meeting spot. also nice to see some art that provides shade. the caterpillar always had a ton of people inside during the day.
security did a great job for the most part. the searches were thorough but not overly invasive and almost all of the security i dealt with were very polite. also nice to see ID numbers on the trash collection people after having dealt with a few shady characters last year.
a few complaints:
the locker situation on friday was kind of fucked. i've never had to wait more than 5 minutes to get my locker no matter what time of day. this year i was in line for about a half an hour just to find out i was in the wrong line anyway. they had signs but they were small and not very clear and the lines were very unorganized (if you're going to have signs they should be poster board sized, 8.5x11 isn't gonna do). i think much of the reason behind this is because they have way more combination lockers than key lockers now and it seems like the combo lockers just take more time to setup and cause more headaches in general. the poor locker people seemed like they were swamped with non-stop issues the entire weekend but they did their best with what they had to work with.
the 24 hour showers were not open thursday night which i thought was lame. some people have driven really far to get here and would prefer to wash off their car funk before going to bed rather than sleep in it and deal with the crazy lines in the morning. also i tried to hit the showers sunday afternoon before going in (around 4-ish) and things were super unorganized. i now realize that the line for the 24 hr showers was right where the car campers drive in, bad planning. bump the ticket price up by a few dollars and have one not so limited 24 hour shower station please.
camping port-o-potties: i don't normally camp so i don't know if it's like this every year but it felt like by late saturday/early sunday the people that empty the port-o-potties in the camp grounds had just given up and went home. by sunday it seemed like only a handful were useable. i don't think they were emptied at all on sunday. maybe this is normal, i don't know.
oh yea saw some awesome bands too! more on that later.
Originally Posted by menikmati
I'm locking this fucker.
it still wasn't nearly as bad as 2010, you could find open space between stages if you needed it, but this year did feel a bit more packed than the last few years at times.
on that note, if you like holy ghost at all you're probably not going to want to leave until their set is over.
Originally Posted by menikmati
I'm locking this fucker.
Obviously there are plenty of both types of people at each weekend, but overall weekend 2 tends to be a bit more calm.
I didn't think the crowds were THAT bad. The outdoor always is hell at night. Sunday felt like a lot of people had left earlier because of the sand storm or something
I also didn't think the size of the crowds were that bad either, but I wasn't anywhere near Calvin Harris or the Sahara so what do I know. What I hate is when the Sahara bros and chicks flock to the outdoor stages and push their way through for stuff like Disclosure and Lorde and then talk the whole time.
And to the person who asked about Julian Casablancas...I thought it was the worst set I saw all weekend. Just crap noise
3/12 Stevie Nicks w/ Pretenders ~ 4/4 Strand of Oaks ~ 4/13 Sigur Rós w/ LA Philharmonic ~ 4/14-4/16 Coachella W1 ~ 4/28 PJ Harvey ~ 5/2 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers w/ Gary Clark Jr ~ 5/6 The New Pornographers w/ Waxahatchee ~ 5/10 the xx ~ 5/13 Brian Wilson performs Pet Sounds ~ 5/19 Conor Oberst ~ 5/26 U2 ~ 6/9 & 6/10 Sigur Rós ~ 7/14 Jason Isbell w/ The Mountain Goats ~ 12/16-12/17 Day for Night
Friday and Sunday seemed normal to me but Saturday was definitely WAY too crowded. At 9:40 PM just before Empire of the Sun, the area around Mojave, Sahara, and Rose Garden was a standstill. It was ridiculous, very difficult to move in any direction. Also, just after Lorde finished, the Men's near Gobi were so packed it was UGLY. I wouldn't be surprised if some guys peed their pants waiting. I had a tough time getting past them trying to walk out of there.
Besides the horrible wind on Saturday, those were my only negatives. No bad wind on Sunday, but the screens at the Coachella Stage and Outdoor Theatre were kept really low so it made it impossible to watch from them from afar. That really sucked.
So I don't know if people didn't do any research and see all the craft food/beer options, but they were there and the lines were totally bearable. I saw Beer Belly/Mohawk Bend/Stumptown/Salt & Straw on the added restaurants list and thought they would be a total shit show, but I never waited longer than 5-10 min at any one of them. Not to mention all the craft beer options. Long, huge bar with probably 30+ beer choices (some of which are limited release and hard to find) and never waited longer than 30 seconds to get one.
I really have to say that GV did a great fucking job with the added $ to the ticket price.
As far as the music goes, I don't think I saw a bad performance (even with all the flack Outkast caught, I thought they were great and had so much fun even towards the back). Warpaint was outstanding, Darkside was a peformance I will never ever ever forget, and Little Dragon was a blast. Bonobo also was pretty impressive. GLK/Thundercat in the Heineken House was a fun way to get out of the wind on Saturday.
OH, and the Yuma was amazing. Got to groove sooo hard with so much empty dance floor to Art Department and Bicep.
To all you Wknd 2 people, I'm jealous and wish I could go back again with you. I think this was my favorite Coachella so far since 2012.
I had a great time but I felt this year was more crowded than the last 2 years.
I don't know if they sold more tickets or if people are just showing up earlier and staying longer but it seemed pretty apparent to me.
It felt way more crowded then in past years. I think I am over weekend 1, might be sticking to Weekend 2 from now on. Just too many LA kids messing with the vibe, had a great time but there was a very different vibe this year then in the past when I have gone, especially weekend 2 last year.