This is my review/recap of the hi-lights of Coachella, performance/artist-wise. If these type of genres aren't your cup of tea, feel free to skip over the text!
F R I D A Y; She & Him was amazing. The band was awesome, Zooey Deschanel was so much more amazing live than her already captivating photos, recordings, and movie scripts depict her. The band, M. Ward, and the backup singers were right along with her. "Thieves" and her encore singing almost only a Capella of "I Put a Spell on You" gave me butterflies.
Imogen Heap was amazing, she looked absolutely beautiful and her voice is definitely one of a kind. She interacted with the audience, and technical difficulties showed us how genuinely cool she is. I passed out in the front waiting for Fever Ray, so the security carried me like a baby over the fencing. I couldn't walk, but by the time I was alert again, I was leaning against the stage in the VIP section! I could only see the side of the percussionist, but he/she was great and it was interesting experiencing it from that point of view. I made it just in time to see Beyonce sing "Forever Young" during Jay Z's performance, then I finished the night watching the finale of Whitest Boy Alive.
S A T U R D A Y; Camera Obscura, wonderful, loved the finale.
Beach House was good, but the heat + dehydration forced us to back out of the tent. I did however consume the best (packaged) strawberry lemonade! New staple.
We got on some huge dudes' shoulders for The XX and Hot Chip--both performances were amazing! Hot Chip really exceeded my expectations, and the crowd was so into it, I couldn't help but be swallowed in all the enthusiasm.
An accidental triple exposure shot, I love this
MGMT was nothing short of amazing, the crowd was INSANE and so diverse! While waiting for them to begin, we chatted with people across the globe, I felt so fortunate Indio is only two hours away from where we live. I made friends with an Argentenian stallion who agreed to help launch me into the crowd to surf it then escape. After ending up at the very front, security failed to notice me dropping in (no pun intended) so I had press pass access for a good five minutes.
Hot Chip--that's me on the lower right on someone's shoulder!
Caylen and I worked our way to the front during David Guetta's set, the crowd was crazy! We cruised calmly through Z-Trip's set, saving our energy for Die Antwoord! (Chris did a really great post about them here.) They were insanely good, it was definitely an act to see. We snuck into VIP/artist area for 2ManyDJs and chilled there for a bit, where we met up with friend and photographer Whoopi, who took these photos.
S U N D A Y; Paparrazi performed at the Sahara tent and killed it, right before Rusko, who brought upon one of the rowdiest crowds I've been in, and trust me, I've been in rowdy crowds. He was awesome, and his energy was so great. Club 75 was alright, we waited for Xavier who was a no-show. Huge disappointment. I left to get a glimpse of Julian Casablancas, and later saw Gorillaz, really great performance.
Club 75 (via Caylen)
All in all it was a great weekend, and I didn't lose anything! Besides my phone, but that was turned in. Thank you stranger!