In my five years attending, this is by far the best experience with the crowd I've had. Not a shitty interaction all weekend really. One could easily chalk that up to good luck though.
5/1 - Lightning Bolt @ The Chapel
5/16 - Noel Gallagher @ Humphreys
5/24 - The Rolling Stones @ Petco Park
5/28 - Neutral Milk Hotel @ Observatory North Park
6/5 - July Talk @ The Hideout
6/10 - Agalloch @ The Casbah
7/9 - Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions @ Embarcadero
9/23 - Future Islands @ Observatory North Park
9/28 - AC/DC @ Dodgers Stadium
I guess I'm the douchebag who will push through to get in front of the bros so I can find some like-minded people into the band to stand around.
You won't be missed.
5/22: Move D, Reaganz, Sassmouth @ Monarch
5/28: Refused, White Lung @ GAMH
5/29: Spoon @ The Fox Theater, Oakland
5/29: Max Cooper EMERGENCE @ PW
5/30: Neutral Milk Hotel @ Pappy & Harriet's
6/2: Kiasmos ft. Olafur Arnalds, Rival Consoles @ The Independent
6/6: Matthew Dear, Daniel Bortz @ Public Works
6/12: Christian Loeffler @ TBA
6/17: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ The Independent
6/21: Underworld, Jungle @ The Hollywood Bowl
6/25: Until the Ribbon Breaks @ The Rickshaw Stop
I don't understand this gripe at all. Who cares? Let the bros and hos have their fun. How does it really affect you? I can't think of a single negative experience I had all weekend. Everyone was nice and friendly and enjoying their own Coachella trip. How are they really affecting you?
And who gives a shit about how the media covers it? Of course they are going to focus on fashion and celebs, that's what they always do. You really expect them to dive into the full Coachella experience? Impossible.
Never let the facts get in the way of an opinion, Jen.
I fucking hated the crowd this year, yet this was one of the most entertaining and eventful Coachellas I have ever attended. Very memorable and I had a amazing time.
I have one REAL gripe and that's the VIP at the front of the stages. On the inside of those gates, there are places for the people in there to sit, which is fine, but every set I was at there was at least one snob or asshole that thought it was okay to stand on those and block the view of others. I also saw a ton of people sneak into the VIP in front of the stage and the security was too distracted to notice it most of the time, which caused those sections to become clogged and, in turn, making others think it was fine to stand on those metal seats again, which -- once again -- blocks the view of others.
I completely understand catering to VIP, but not at the expense of other festival goers.
Even the jackasses in the Sahara don't bother me (except for the one I jabbed in the ribs), because that's the nature of the beast. Outside of that tent, I hardly ever have issues with the crowd because I know where to go at each stage / tent in order to avoid the crowd and still get a great view.
FYI that's not VIP.
Coachella is still WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT!
It's not that Coachella changed...YOU CHANGED
I find myself having a great time every year.
Why people complain about this festival I'll never know. 150 bands...fun people...great atmosphere...if you can't have fun the festival isn't the problem!
You can see the spec of my bald head kneeling down so the shorter people behind me can see, but it really didn't matter since none of us could see over the crowd in the pit.
Oh, and I'll forgive you for probably having no idea who I was when I intoduced myself as we were going seperate ways by the Gobi on Saturday.
True- that any circumstance can be looked at with a positive attitude. I am, and will try to open my mind a bit more, because this is Coachella, and I am still very fond of it. I guess I just had to rant a bit due to my frustration about tickets selling out within a half hour, super high aftermarket $$, scalpers, etc. I hope everyone has an amazing time tomorrow. I may even go check the "drop". hhaaha. Cheers to another year.
What baily says here is true. Coachella has grown larger, that's for sure. Other than that the people are pretty much the same. (clusterfuckchella in 2010 being the exception).
Some truth here. Other than the shitshow of 2010, the YOY crowd differences are negligible (the range between kind of shitty, shitty, and super shitty is pretty narrow). I honestly think these minor sways one way or the other are completely dependent on the lineup. I didn't have a great time this year, and I'm chalking it up to the nearly top-40 lineup not being geared towards my taste. There just wasn't a whole lot I wanted to see and so to me, the crowd seemed more irritating because the bands they were there to see are more irritating. I LOVED the music-fan lineup last year, so not a whole hell of a lot bothered me. I like to think that if the Knife played last year rather than this one, three bros wouldn't have pushed their way in front of us, thrown up, and then talked about whether or not the one that threw up should leave or not because he was sick for 15 minutes.
I never thought the day would come when I agree with anything GuyInTucson said, but here we are. I just accept that the crowds are gonna be how they're gonna be. I still saw 22 amazing artists over the course of 3 days and when all is said and done, that's nothing to complain about.
Of course it helps that a lot of the artists I wanted to see were sparsely populated sets by bands with names like The Replacements and Superchunk.
I wish coachella was more like listening to my ipod in my living room.
DRUGS ON KIDS
They main complaint seems to be the young crowd. I've mentioned this umpteen times over the years .... The good vibes of the coachella crowd is a significant reason why we travel 8000 miles for a music festival and have not been to one in the UK since '06.
I wouldn't consider attending a gig or festival in the uk with mrs DA to see the bands we love due to the aggressive beered up behaviour of under 25s that attend. The crime rate in cities across Scotland falls significantly the weekend t in the park is held. Delinquents descend on balado not to enjoy the music, just to get competely shit faced. Used to be fun - not since the turn of the century.
Last edited by Dede' Arneaux; 04-17-2014 at 02:49 PM.
Come a long long, come a long long way