If you haven’t guessed it yet, music festivals are kinda my thing. I’ve been to a small handful in both the US and UK. This year was my third Coachella, and per usual it was pretty darn awesome if I may say so myself. It’s starting to get to a point where I kinda know what I’m talking about when it comes down to reviewing music festivals. At least I hope so anyways.
This year’s Weekend 2 of Coachella was an absolutely beautiful weekend. The weather was hot peaking at about 100F each day. Thankfully Coachella was kinda enough to set up some additional misters next to the Gobi and Mojave stages to save the day! Security was excellent and quick this year, it never took us more than a few minutes to get into the actual festival arena from the campgrounds. It took us all of 10 minutes to get through security into the campgrounds when we arrived at the festival, which was an absolute cakewalk compared to normal.
Despite the grumblings about this year’s lineup, the musical offerings presented to us by where phenomenal. Regardless of your taste, there were enough acts ongoing at once to keep fans occupied for the bulk of the day. With the exception of a couple of hours here and there, we were kept running from stage to stage for the bulk of the weekend. During the course of Weekend 2, I saw a total of 27 bands, all of whom blew me away.
Out of all of the bands we saw over the course of the weekend, I cannot give any single band a poor review. They were all phenomenal in their own right. Royal Blood and Kasabian were both fantastic rock representatives from the UK and absolutely melted my face off. Milky Chance was the chill summer afternoon dance music that was much needed on a Saturday afternoon. Florence Welch, while restricted to one little bar stool due to a broken foot, absolutely blew us away with her acoustic set. Stromae? Oh my god, Stromae was awesome.
Even though the musical offerings of the festival did not disappoint in the slightest, one area where Coachella always seems to leave me wishing for more is the crowd. The hard fact of the matter is that Coachella has become a boutique festival and draws people who are more there for “Coachella the Experience” rather than to experience the music and the festival as a whole. Having been stuck in a campsite next to a herd of about 15 of these people for the entirety of the weekend, my patience for the type has been tested to the max. Thank god for earplugs!
Overall, Coachella was a fantastic experience this year. The music was phenomenal, the weather was excellent, albeit scorching, and the artwork was beautiful. However, the changing demographic that Coachella draws has got me a bit down on the festival. I will always love Coachella, but I think it’s time that I took a bit of break and tried something else next year. I hear The Gorge is really lovely in May….