Music Monday: Remembering Coachella

Coachella might be the biggest music event in North America. It boasts chart-topping names and celebrity guests from A-list to Z. It’s, like, bigger than big. So big, in fact, that tix sold out in less than three days. I’m gonna go ahead and assume that most of you didn’t grab one in time – or couldn’t afford one for that matter – and  give you a recap of what you did and didn’t miss.

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Not gonna lie, Coachella is mad fun. But it’s also in the middle of the desert, which is probably only fun for lizards and such. So yeah, it was about 95 degrees, on the low. And we had to walk, a lot. We walked from the parking lots to security checkpoint number 1, then number 2, then 3 – wait, were there 3 checkpoints? Not sure, but the Coachella security team kinda put the TSA to shame. Plus, they all wore black suits like they were in the secret service, which they very well may have been.

When you’re moving through that pilgrimage from your car to the grounds you get caught up in the Coachella flow. You’re surrounded by girls in cut-off denim shorts, dudes without shirts on, flower crowns, bikinis and dusty flip-flops. It’s at once the best and worst people watching you could possibly imagine. Turn your head in one direction and you’re admiring the way some girl pulled off the oft-worn fringe trend; turn the other way and you get a feather headdress in your face. But it’s basically a win/win so long as you have a sense of humor and a curiosity for clothes.

Once in, the first thing we typically would need was some sort of beverage. Coachella secret service makes you dump out all your water bottles to get in – as if we’re not sweating our butts off in the middle of the desert or anything. But once some water was procured we’d set out to take in some music, which is why everyone’s there, right? Not for the photo-ops, right?

Musically speaking, this year’s Coachella might have been the biggest yet. People probably say that every year, but seriously though, this year was the biggest.  Outkast came out of retirement for it. Nas used it as a platform to launch the deluxe reissue of his seminal “Illamatic” LP. Muse ended their world tour there. Pharrell brought out Gwen Stefani to cover “Hollaback Girl” with him. Beyoncé, Jay-Z, T.I., Usher, Snoop Dog, Janelle Monae – when it comes to surprise appearances, the list goes on and on and on. There was even a moment in Arcade Fire’s Weekend 2 performance when they tricked the crowed into thinking that they brought Daft Punk out to do a cover of Lucky with them. It was just a cute way to play with the yearly rumor that the masked musicians actually will show up to grace a stage at Coachella. Arcade Fire, you guys are so witty.

Megastars aside, Coachella 2014 boasted the most diverse lineup to date. Not only was the mashup-man, Girl Talk, on the main stage this year, but EDM had a huge presence across the board with the Sahara tent and the club-esque Yuma tent. Veterans like Fatboy Slim and Cajmere offered hit-filled sets to the aging ravers while young’uns GTA, Flosstradamus and Anna Lunoe all delivered stellar sets to a sea of raised hands and fist pumps.

Speaking of Anna Lunoe, this year’s Coachella lineup offered a deep list of female talent. From Lorde to Lana del Ray to the eccentric techno queen, Nicole Moudaber, the ladies rocked stages and decks just as well as the guys – if not better. We wish we could express just how hard Haim rocked on the first weekend in a sentence. But alas, only so much can be conveyed through a blog.

That being said, it was hard to catch everything that we wanted to see. We wished for cloning technology on the daily. Like, how were we supposed to rave to Martin Garrix and get nostalgic with The Replacements at the same time?! Our lives were so hard, you guys. You don’t even know. We wish you were there, or maybe you were. Regardless, let’s get to work on that cloning technology so we can conquer Coachella even better next year. See ya then!

Signing off -

Kate M.

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