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Coachella 2010

A music festival took place on April 16-18th in Indio, CA.

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Cold Chillin' at Coachella

  • Apr 23, 2010
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I had the most amazing time at Coachella. I tried to write a real review but the amount of things i need to process to get there is wayyyy too much. I am still recovering from my three days in the desert. Here is what I can comprehend what happened to me. Ask me questions and I will be happy to add more. :)

Most  Recommended Musical Act:
Everyone told me go see Thom Yorke. Tom What? I didn’t and I can’t say if I’m upset or not. It wasn’t like I was going to sacrifice this view of the Gorillaz set for something I might regret later (I haven’t decided if I regret it or not)

(my view of the Gorllaz Stage, that blond person is Paris Hilton)
Approximately How Many People can see the main stage: Tiesto was the only act I saw from the very very very back. I was in the very front for Gorillaz and pretty upfront for Jay-Z. The entire polo field was filled with people dancing out of their minds, people falling into the grass and piling up like they were at a rave. Wading though the casualties was next to impossible. You can see the screens from the very back field. The light show was amazing.
Biggest Surprise that should have been expected: One cell phone charging station, with 10 outlets for the 20,000 plus people camping onsite. Oh and showers that close between the hours of 12-8pm

Most Welcome Song on Replay: Pon de Floor, by Major Lazer was a part of almost every other DJ set I saw, including theirs, twice.

Major Lazer Pon De Flor Everybody goes CRAZY

Biggest Slip through the Cracks: Security and the amount of things they let through the entrance. People were taking shots of something out of a sunscreen container. I saw someone pull a blunt out of their Mohawk.
Best use of Social Media at Coachella: A week before, when we found our camping companions on Twitter. We needed a place to camp, they needed a ride from LAX. Turned out great.

Worst use of Social Media at Coachella: Everything else. No one could get out a single tweet, twitpic, foursquare update or Facebook status. We had full bars, but the 3g network was no where to be found. Not to mention regular cell service. All text messages arrived 3 hours later, making it IMPOSSIBLE to meet up with people.

Newly learned beauty trick: Baby powder for the hair. Soaks up all the sweat.
Biggest moment of fear: THIS GUY almost running me over.
Biggest Regret: Hesitation over losing my Converses caused me to back up when Diplo requested more girls on stage. The bouncer grabbed my arm to pull me up on stage and I immidietly dipped to the side and was replaced with a 16 year old instead.
Most Confusing Moment: Die Antwoord?
Best way to Waste time: Waiting in the line for a shower. Not worth it.
Most Disappointing Moment: Lack of surprise guest for both Jay-Z and Gorillaz. Especially Jay, since Rolling Stone started a rumor that Dr. Dre would be making a cameo. And the only person Jay brought out was Beyonce. She was amazing but still…she's your wife!

Jay Z featuring Beyonce singing Forever Young
Really Most Disappointing Moment: Passion Pit was playing, and I was napping. That really annoying plane with the messages in bright lights was flying overhead, it said “Party… at…Applebee’s!” That’s beat.

Best Place to Nap: Under the palm trees behind the Do Lab stage. Also, under any palm tree you can find. It’s quite cool. Especially paired with a frozen lemonade.

Happy moment: Eating a pineapple and jalapeño Spicy Pie pizza slice that I managed to saved for three as I waited in the front of the crowd. It was a feeling of accomplishment.

Happiest Moment: Opting out of the afterhours dance party, grabbing a falafel and slipping away to bed before the rowdy crowds came back and ruined my slumber.

Worst Place To Be During Jay-Z’s Set: Between the people who ONLY came to see Jay Z. They were ungrateful douchebags.

(Aproxometly where I was during Jay Z, aproxometly the people who were complaining about EVERYHTING)

Best Overheard Quote of the Festival: "It’s not just Whip It" – A die hard Devo fan tried to convince us as we waited impatiently for Major Lazer.

Devo fans taking up space

Sigh of Relief Moment: Every time anyone misplaced their phone in someone elses pocket.

The Only Celebrity I Saw At Coachella: Paris Hilton, donning a stereotypical Coachella headband and gold flats. She was dancing in the middle of the security walkway during Gorillaz . . . and more people were taking photos of her then De La Soul, also dancing in the walkway.

Saddest Person in the Crowd: The world’s #1 Gorillaz fan, who stood in the front center from 11 am till the very end on Sunday. The look on his face as we bid him goodbye was utterly heartbreaking, as the band didn’t come out for a second encore, or even acknowledge the show was over.

Best Preformace by a Solo Artist: B.O.B! He rocked it! Singing, dancing, playing guitar and jumping around the whole time.

If I had to decribe how I felt after Coachella in one word: I would use this picture, and gain 1,000

(There are three people in this tent)
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April 23, 2010
Great review. And I'd have to say that choosing between Thom Yorke and the Gorillaz, I wouldn't know which to pick, but as a fan of Radiohead I'd probably go with Yorke... although, I would be very curious to see how a band comprised of cartoon simians would perform live. LOL! Nice photo of the Devo-heads.
April 23, 2010
It was pretty cool, they had a live band on stage, and the main guy sang with this radio mic that made his voice all crazy, and they played video graphics and some of their popular music videos in the background. De La Soul came out too.
April 23, 2010
great review Aria! Reading it, i almost felt like i was at Coachella!!! And now i'm pretty sure i won't ever go. Too much for me. Your review is great because of all video clips and other inserts... really creative review format. Awesome. thanks for sharing everything!!
April 23, 2010
Damn seemed awesome... real upset I didnt go. ... "Worst use of Social Media at Coachella: Everything else. No one could get out a single tweet, twitpic, foursquare update or Facebook status. We had full bars, but the 3g network was no where to be found. Not to mention regular cell service. All text messages arrived 3 hours later, making it IMPOSSIBLE to meet up with people." This is a blessing. when you go to Coachella you dont want to be on twitter or whatever the whole time.
April 23, 2010
The formatting for these comments is odd. I tried to write that in a few differnet paragraphs. Put it in lunch.com's bugtracker Aria!
April 23, 2010
Totally jealous, Aria! And don't worry, these bullet points/highlights make for a plenty good and interesting review. Pics and videos don't hurt either! Thanks for sharing your experience with us, I'll have to make down there for Coachella one of these years :)
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So Coachella 2010 line-up is out and Sir Thomas Yorke is playing Sunday night and surprisingly he’s not the main-main headliner – The Gorillaz are. ???  When did the Gorillaz trump Thom Yorke?  Even Pavement is higher up the headlining ladder than Thom Yorke … as much as I dig Stephen Malkmus ... I mean, come on... this is Thom Yorke ... lead singer of Radiohead ... writer of Kid A, declared by Rolling Stone as album of the decade.  !!!      Thom …
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I'm a graphic designer, originally from Hawaii and now I'm living it up in L.A.   I've been a vegetarian my entire life, but I am still obsessed with fast food, and I love eating … more
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On January 19, 2010 the 11th installment of Coachella was made public and is featuring Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz as the main headliners. Other notable acts are LCD Soundsystem, Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Faith No More, The Dead Weather, a surprise act of Sly and the Family Stone and a solo performance by Radiohead's Thom Yorke. It is also Pavement's first announced show in America since reuniting.

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Type: Rock concert
Location: Indio, CA
Date(s): April 16-18, 2010
Organization: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Venue: Empire Polo Field
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