i dunno. i kinda felt like they sold out- i could be wrong. it just didn't feel right this year. i cant point out what did it. im thinking these factors.
heat, crowdedness, acts overlapping, and the vibe- seemed diff.
i still loved the experience because overall coachella is beyond a festival- it's an experience. i will always come back though- but i look back at this year and kinda say to myself- "meh"
It was my first coachella. Do to a mix up with my ride I had to hitchhike the first night. On the 2nd night, I some how managed to lose my cell phone (but got it back the next day). Yet, it was the best coachella ever!
It was a great year for the line up. The artist mix was great not as good as say 99, 02 or 04, but worthy of some praise. Add to that certain improvements made by GV (recycling, carpooling etc...) and 07 was hardly the worst year. (05 and 01 come to mind for me)
this festival has gotten too crowded - that's not being elitiist and that's not being a snob because i was there in 99. I realize there is a business aspect to it, and thats fine - but (like I've said before) who cares who's playing if you can't see them. Losing about 10,000-15,000 people would fix this - GV would still make plenty of bank and we'd all be alot more comfortable and happy. This 8 time vet is debating ending my relationship with Coachella because of this, its about the only thing that has become no fun. But I've said this since 05 and I always show up with bells on. So, they are doin something right, just lower the attendance already and fix will call and continue to improve traffic (and book Portishead hehe) and you'll have your perfect festival back for sure.
The heat is always tough. But if you're physically and mentally prepared for it, it's worth it for the music. This year was hot, but I think it was like 2003 - whichever year it was with the Beastie Boys - that it was truly unbearable. The thing that sucked this year was that there was no breeze, not even at night. I only remember the wind during Tiesto - and that was cool.
They had lots of good bands this year, but they didn't have my FAVORITE bands this year (other than Bjork or Air), so I'm hoping next year will be better in that aspect. The art and recycling were incredible this year, and that put the festival over the top for me (along with some amazing performances by Bjork, CSS, and Infected Mushroom).
Not at all. The heat didn't bother me and the lineup was stellar. I could have done without some of the Rage fans and the hideous traffic jams getting out of there, but all in all, I had a better time this year than in previous years.
Oh yeah definately. I much prefer the maze of vendors selling shitty asian goods for insane prices rather than the beautiful art exhibits & extra D.J. booths. I liked it alot better with all of the bottles on the ground too kinda like a moon walk almost. & yeah the lineup was crap, who likes Bjork or Rage Against the Machine, Jesus & Mary Chain, Sonic Youth & all the others anyway?
Just bullshittin. Kinda hard to compare, each one for me has been a different experience but the music has always been on point.
for me it was the best overall coachella experience i've been going to coach since 2005..
this year's lineup way better compared to 05's lineup, and last year i had car trouble that made me miss more than half of the 1st day daft punk ruled tho.
the only bad thing that happened this year was losing my friends key and having to pay a locksmith 200 bux after the fest. but losing the cash wasn't as important as losing a day or like some people were saying last year, their cars were stolen....
but i agree with what someone said earlier i go for the experience, not for just the festival. this was the only 3 day fest i've ever been to and by the end of the third day, i was totally confused and weirded out about how many bands i've seen, how many good ones were still playing, and how many of us(i.e. campers) decided to commune together in this desert/ polo field for three days, while the rest of the word is still going on.. it was overwhelming but in a good way.
The only acts I couldn't really get a decent spot for was Rage & Arcade Fire. I blame myself for the first one as I mistakenly thought that seeing Happy Mondays at the far end of the festival site would be a good alternative to standing in front of the main stage for an hour. How wrong I was .......
Originally Posted by Cpt. Funkaho
Man, the Beatles were overrated like gravity is overrated. ......... Say what you want, but statements like "the Beatles were overrated" make me much less likely to listen to anything you say afterward.
this was my first coachella,and it was amazing.Great weather,campsite was superb-full of friendly people who like to party,venue and stages were excellent,lineup was superb,all in all the place had a very good vibe about it.The willcall was the only bad bit about it,but hopefully it`s sorted out for next year.Definetly comin back next year,it`s well worth travelling half way round the world to go to this,not long til coachella 2008
2004 was boiling hot and the second day (the one I couldn't attend) is the one that had all the good daytime bands, but had the legendary Radiohead and Pixies back to back, decent people, and was the year that made Coachella a household name.
2005 lineup was definitely weaker and pwned by both disappointing performances and the worst set times schedule in the history of festivals, but that was the year that camp became far more enjoyable and organized. It also wasn't overcrowded, and people seemed friendlier and Coldplay meant more pretty girls and less of a sausage fest. And let's not forget the welcome addition of the misting oasis. Anyone else shower in that waterfall?
2006 had a larger than usual "annoying fan of one act" presence, thanks to there being the third headliner of Madonna, and the attendance was increased from the uncomfortable 50,000 of 2004 to an unbearable 60,000. But what an amazing lineup. That was the year they finally got Daft Punk to play live, and we all know how legendary that performance was, and if it weren't for Coachella, who knows when they would have gotten around to touring again, if ever. This was the year that saw the end of the long-sleeved Coachella shirt. LAME. Dome tents were cool.
2007...nobody offered me drugs, but I was asked where to get them about 20 times, so it was the year of the mooch. No camper should have to wait an hour to get inside the festival, and let's not forget the will-call train-wreck of unprofessionalism. The second stage was running behind all weekend, and it wasn't until AIR that they got around to shortening sets. Somebody, probably in the recycling tent, spread a cold to thousands of people, which is always a prelude to sinus infections, bronchitis, and eventually pneumonia for people with allergies, which were worsened by the dead grass and the cloud of dust that surrounded the camp every night. But four reunions! And JARVIS COCKER! And other good bands, too. The new artwork this year looked really cool, but didn't offer much shade, and the new dj stage made listening to main-stage acts from the back of the massive crowd really difficult. Oh yeah, RAGE FANS.