My first Coachella was way more intense than I expected and It almost didn’t happen.
I wasn’t even planning on going to Coachella this year, but as luck would have it I entered a contest for a ticket on Sunday and Monday they called and said I had won. I felt great until Thursday when it all started.. The problem was they hadn’t emailed my ticket until Thursday afternoon as I was driving up. I really didn’t think to stop print it out on the way since I’ve been to other concerts where they can scan it on your phone and let you in. So I pull into Coachella at 11 I get hit with the bad news. They tell me I need a physical ticket in order for them to give me a wristband. My friend Dan and I then set off walking for a few miles (and later catching a cab) on a journey through Indio at midnight looking for a place to print my ticket.
We eventually gave up at around one after trying 2 gas stations, a Wal-Mart, a hotel, and an IHOP. Stopping at one of the only hotels with a vacancy, we asked the manager if we could print the ticket out. To our surprise he was very helpful, way more helpful than anyone we’d come across that night (he even gave us 2 cans pepsi!) He was almost… too helpful. Sure enough, returning to Coachella the next day with a freshly printed ticket, I was rejected… it had already been scanned. “Impossible!” I said. I hadn’t opened it anywhere but the hotel last night!!… It took a few minutes for it to sink in, but I realized what had happened. The douchebag manager had reprinted the ticket and most likely sold it. Looking at my bank statement today I know for a fact that it was the hotel manager. $70 room charges don’t just get reversed for no reason.
But after all this I was able to explain my situation to the lovely woman at the problems booth and she took care of everything.
So here we go! I took lots of video so this will be more of a video recap than a written one. All these videos and pictures here are mine, but if you have some good ones feel free to leave them in the comments! And as a bonus, if you can find me in anybody else’s pictures of Coachella, I’ll send you free stickers! (I was mainly in the front row at Sahara)
Check out the recap after the jump!
Friday was all about the Sahara tent for me, and what better way to kick things off than with a deadly dose of Proxy goodness. If you were standing anywhere near the main speakers without ear plugs during his set, you would soon regret it.
Next up after Proxy was Aeroplane who played a great set. I think people were expecting bangers for a group in between Proxy and Wolfgang Gartner, but the chill and laid back set Aeroplane threw down was exactly what everyone needed after a long day. The highlight was when they dropped the Junkie XL remix of Cooler Couleur.
Wolfgang Gartner was up after Aeroplane and really got the tent going again for the night. I’d never seen him live before so it was a treat to see him interacting with the crowd a bit more than everyone else.
I wasn’t at Benny Benassi or deadmau5 but I think it’s pretty safe to assume Erol was the destroyer of the Sahara tent on Friday. He played Lemonade, Waves, and a few other gems which drew massive cheers from the crowd.
On Saturday I hit up the Anthem Lagoon party in the afternoon and messed around a bit in the pool to cool off from the hot, hot Indio heat. I found out later that Breakbot and SebastiAn were playing on Sunday and not Saturday, but I got to meet Aeroplane and Classixx and chill with them up in the DJ booth. As soon as I started recording video though, a dude came up to me and told me not to post it anywhere (lame) so you’ll just have to deal with this one shot at pool level.
After I got back to Coachella, it was once again straight to Sahara again to catch the end of Bassnector’s set.
After Bassnector, I booked it over to Major Lazer an hour before they went on (enduring Aterciopelados was a challenge) so I could be up in front for the action. Unfortunately, it seems the iPhone can only handle so much loudness coming into the mic before it decides it’s had enough and clips the audio, effectively rendering my best Major Lazer clip useless, but this one is also pretty good. Sadly the girl I was dancing with up front was rolling a little too hard and passed out so I had to help her over the front and lost my awesome spot about half way through.
With Major Lazer done I went back home to the Sahara tent for Z-Trip who still played despite recovering from a broken collar bone. A lot of people didn’t seem too into his set afterwards, but I’m not sure they really understood the type of DJing he was doing.
Die Antwoord was up next and thoroughly rocked shit for the 20 minutes they were up. With the show being their first performance in the US, the press in front were just having a field day snapping pictures of Ninja as he pranced around on stage.
2ManyDJ’s finished off the night with an amazing set. They played a lot of older tunes that I didn’t recognize along with some old favorites. Once again my phone was about to die by the end of the day, so I had to take a video of the very beginning when all the stage guys were running around still setting things up.
Can you guys guess where I ended up first on Sunday? That’s right, my old friend Sahara and I were together again causing trouble as Rusko started the day. Seeing everyone wobble to the dubstep he was playing was magic.
I caught The Glitch Mob for the first time after Rusko. They played a lot of new material apparently which I’m told was better than their older tunes.
Club 75 was one of the acts I was looking forward to seeing most at Coachella. I was almost laughing when I saw the Sahara tent nearly empty at the start. The large majority of people had no clue Club 74 was Busy P, Justice (Only Gaspard was there), Cassius, and DJ Mehdi. Once the music started though, there was no escaping the Frenchies.
And thus ends my 2010 Coachella experience. I saw a few acts like Jay-Z, Gorillaz, Phoenix, Thom Yorke, and Spoon, but this isn’t really the place to post about those.
See you next year Coachella.