What’s worth the pricey Coachella ticket? That magic moment when the performer, music, lights and entire crowd seem to be on the exact same page.
The music festival, Coachella was founded 12 years ago to promote art and Indie rock. Now it represents popular music, more specifically house music. This year’s concert was stockpiled with grammy winners and celebrities from Paris Hilton to Skrillex. This year Coachella sold 75,000 more tickets by splitting the event into a rerun— the same shows two different weekends on April 14, 15, 21 and 22. Both sold out in minutes.
Starting off on a rainy Friday, Mazzy Star mesmerized the crowd on the outdoor stage to the melody “Fade into You” and what made the moment more special was that it was one of the band’s first performances in 16 years.
On another musical spectrum, house music producer Sebastian drew a huge crowd to the Mojave tent. Security was ever-present but non-intrusive. I only saw one incident of violence during the Death Grips set on Friday. The band’s rocking performance that was latent with chants and provocative lyrics literally started a rumble during Link Wray’s song “Rumble”.
Saturday morning began sunny and warm unlike the day before. One of the first performers whose buzz was bigger than her performance was Azealia Banks, who only appeared on stage for about 20 minutes. Following her performance she tweeted that a problem with her set was not her fault, and her performance was cut 45 minutes short.
Katy Perry was also spotted walking around sporting new hair, and in perfect Coachella fashion it was vibrant purple. Saturday night was a conjunction of musical genres. One could literally hear Christopher Cross and David Guetta at the same time.
The Sahara Tent drew the most fans with the international music sensation Guetta who preceded Kaskade. The festival didn’t really seem too crowded until you tried to catch a show at the Sahara Venue. The most excited happy fans and biggest crowds were at the Sahara Tent.
Beyond the Sahara Tent, Radiohead mesmerized fans on the Main Stage along with Bon Iver. The chilly temperatures in the outdoor venues didn’t seem to faze the crowds. For dance fans, it was hard to choose between Justice, Girl Talk and Calvin Harris. If you caught Harris you caught a glimpse of Rihanna and Katy Perry. If you chose Justice their remix of Jay-Z’s “On the Next One” stole the show.
Gotye performed his world hit “Somebody that I used to Know” with Kimbra, who both performed on Saturday Night Live the night before. After Gotye’s performance of his hit, the crowd died down heavily (probably to head over to Dr. Dre’s set) and Gotye yelled into the mic “hey! I have other songs you know” but that didn’t seem to faze Coachella goers, and for good reason.
If you haven’t heard by now, the defining moment of the entire weekend happened the last day by the last performers, Dr. Dre, Eminem and Tupac. Yes, Tupac Shakur, the artist shot and killed in 1996 appeared alongside his old comrades and greeted the Coachella crowd.
The hologram of Tupac Shakur literally stole not only the show, but the whole weekend, not an easy feat considering who he was up against. The final show featured rap music hits from with a multitude of surprise guests including 50 cent and Wiz Khalifa.
To put it simply Coachella is exactly what you would imagine Woodstock to have been, except with more house music and spirit hoodies. It was worth the high ticket prices of at least $285.