Coachella 2013 Wrap Up
April 24 – With over 100,000 attendees, Coachella is too big to do it all. It boasts five major stages, one indoor dance tent, several DJ stages, and all sorts of art installations. I tried to get in as much as I could but became ill and was out of commission for two days. As for Sunday, here are the highlights:
Coachella is great for bringing in a lot of up-and-coming talent and this year was no different. I found a lot of different bands that I had not previously given attention to. Chief among them was Vampire weekend — I loved their retro sound and found myself jamming to them when they dropped ‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’ in the photo pit. A catchy tune that left me, and the crowd, with a big wide grin as we sang along.
I was looking forward to finally seeing Grimes live. Originally from Vancouver, Grimes made a name for herself in Montreal while attending McGill. She was among a scattering of Canadian musicians making their Coachella début this year. She played all her hits and her music was great. However, I felt her performance could have been more rehearsed as her dancers were, at times, out of synch with each other. Nonetheless, she has a bright future ahead.
I shuffled over to catch the opening of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Nick Cave, as always, is a consummate professional and it was a nice touch to include a children’s choir as his backup singers. He sang his dark ballad style which was good but did not draw much of a crowd as compared to other acts on the Coachella stage.
The highlight of the night though was the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I had never seen them live so this was a must see for me. They are amazing musicians and performed flawlessly. They drew a massive crowd and when they sang Dani California the crowd went off. The crowd was so big that getting out of it took 10 minutes.
I tried to spend as much time as I could in the Yuma tent. Firstly, because I loved the music, but secondly, it was air-conditioned. My DJ highlights for the weekend were of course: Richie Hawtin, Pete Tong, and Maya Jane Coles.
I also managed to hear some new DJ’s that really blew me away. Joris Voorn was chief among them, but I would also mention Cassy, and Four Tet. All in all, the Yuma Tent provided a brilliant refuge this year from both the heat and candy pop “EDM” that took over the Sahara Tent. It was a welcome addition to the rest of the Coachella stages.
All in all, I had a great Coachella experience and although most of my time was spent running between stages trying to take photos and report, it was worth it. Indio is a beautiful venue and Coachella draws people from all over the world. I met so many people from all over including Australia, Japan, Holland, England, to name a few. I look forward to reporting from the next big festival.