Coachella Day 1 – Wrap up
April 20 – After an amazing night I finally have some time to replay yesterday’s events in a little more detail. With darkness descending, so to did the crowd as it more than doubled in the evening from what I thought was already capacity. It’s hard to get a good number but by best estimates I would say more than 80,000.
Getting around was difficult as the throngs from each stage bled out into the main arterials making navigation between stages a chore. Furthermore, losing any one of your friends was a permanent loss for the night as too many people on mobile phones rendered cellular communication useless.
For myself, I bounced between the main stage, outdoor stage, and the brand new air conditioned Yuma tent. It is a spectacular space in the desert. It is a full on nightclub focusing on a more underground electronic sound. Some of the greats will be playing here this weekend including Maya Jane Coles and my personal favourite – Richie Hawtin.
I had the opportunity to catch Pete Tong and he didn’t disappoint. It has been over seven years since I last had the opportunity to see him in Taipei. He rocked it and the tent was at capacity with many people left in the queue trying to get in.
After that I made my to see Modest Mouse. That set was good but did not blow me away. The night truly belonged to Blur. They played all their classics and really capped off the evening with their biggest hit — Woo Hoo — the crowd was left begging for more.
I’m off for the afternoon. Hot Chip and Richie Hawtin are the must sees for me today.