Coachella was for sure this year’s big concert event. Check out what writer/photographer Megan Looney snapped for us while checking it out.
Indio, California, a small town in the middle of the dessert outside of Palm Springs, was rocked this April by its hosting of Coachella. Throughout the three day stretch of the Festival, thousands of people flocked out to witness the most successful Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival yet. By day, the mobs of people walked around the grounds, enjoying the art, shops, and smaller music groups. At night, the whole festival grounds transformed into one big party, all jumping and dancing as the headliners showcased their greatest hits. Not only the music, but the art, the environment, and the stories along the way made this festival one that will not soon be forgotten.
The lineup for this weekend could not been more incredible. Each of the 130 bands that played had some sort of a following mixed into the 125,000 person party mob. For those who didn’t know a lot of the music that was there, walking around to each stage during the day was a way to hear a little bit of everything. The first day’s lineup was dominated by the outside stages. Bands like Passion Pit, LCD Soundsystem, and Them Crooked Vultures drawing the biggest crowds, with Jay Z headlining the main stage, and being broadcast on most of the speakers across the park. After Jay-Z, one of the best shows all weekend featuring surprise guest stars Beyonce and Bridget Kelly, across the grounds was Benny Benassi and deadmau5. Day two was just as ridiculous as day one, featuring such artists as Coheed and Cambria, MGMT, David Guetta, and Deadweather. Muse, the headlining band, gave a mind blowing performance, combining their best known songs from all of their albums with intricate light shows and some other intense effects. The third day finished off the already incredible weekend with B.o.B., Phoenix, Miike Snow, Infected Mushroom, and many more. The performance of the day, besides the headliner, was by Matt and Kim, a small, two person band from Brooklyn. Their stage’s tent was packed all the way from the front of the stage to about ten feet past the border of the stage in the back; something that until then had been only done by the headlining bands at night. Finally, the Gorillaz played an amazing, and much anticipated, set for the Grand Finale. The line-up was way too big to be able to see everybody, but you could always see somebody you liked.
Even more amazing then the set list was the environment of the festival itself. Everywhere you look, there were people who were just down to listen to music and party, and it wasn’t only college students. A good portion of the people that attended was grown, out of college, and just there to enjoy the music and the atmosphere. If you are planning on a Coachella trip, we here at Cliq magazine definitely recommend that you stay in the campsites with about 75% of the rest of the people that are in audience. As far as you can see, there are cars lined up next to each other, tents pitched in the middle, and people just drinking (21 years old and older of course) and having a good time. In the mornings before the festival grounds open, this community is alive and buzzing. There are make shift shops, restaurants, showers, bathrooms, general stores, and even recreational activities (like swing sets that light up at night. I know. Sounds like fun.). If you can’t find what you were looking for, for instance beer, at one of the on-site vendors, there was a shuttle waiting to take you to a grocery store for the essentials; beer, water, and…more beer. But the shops are beside the point. Everybody was there for the same reasons; listen to some good music, meet some cool people, and party their asses off. It was impossible to walk around the camping ground without running into somebody who’s looking to meet people and have fun. And these three day partiers came from all around the world, most notably from Australia, just for this festival. Although Coachella draws thousands every year, the people at Golden Voice said that this year was their biggest crowd yet, selling out at about 100,000 people in the park DAILY. That is why Coachella is one of the biggest music and art festivals in the country.
Whether you go for the music, or you go for the art, or you just go to let loose and have a good time, Coachella is one of the most amazing experiences you could ever have. There are many different music festivals around the world, and each has its own vibe. By far, out of all the ones that I’ve seen, Coachella has the most relaxed, care-free, but at the same time raging party combination, which makes for one of the craziest times of your life, guaranteed.