Attendees from all over the world, with different music tastes, came together for the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival headlined by Outkast, Muse and Arcade Fire.
Coachella ran out of general tickets in less than 3 hours and by the enthusiasm of all the fans I can see why.
At the entrance, there was a group of people welcoming different guests, congratulating them on finally arriving.
This festival welcomed an array of bands satisfying all different genre preferences. The event kicked off with Grouplove, HAIM, Dum Dum Girls, Kate Nash, Ellie Goulding, and the reunion of OutKast.
It would not be Coachella without the desert heat and flower child outfits. The festival goers were definitely pumped up and ready to get lost in the music.
Fans stayed to hear sets from different bands just to secure a spot in front for the band they were initially going to see.
As the day went on, festival goers grew more and more eager for the reunion of Outkast. The expectations might have been set a bit too high, as the audience was not as receptive to their performance.
The crowd stood quiet, and it was hard to miss the frustration on Andre 3000’s face.
Maybe it was the fact that everyone was just tired, or they simply did not know the lyrics to the songs.
However, as soon as the duo started playing “Roses,” the crowd went wild.
The second day was definitely the most memorable of them all!
From White Lies to Julian Casablancas to the one and only Pharrell, this was bound to be, as Barney Stinson would say, “Legen, wait for it… dary!”
White lies performed at the Gobi stage. They had previously preformed at Coachella in 2009.
They also performed, as they said,”one of our favorite songs from our new album” “First Time Caller.”
As White Lies performed, you could definitely feel the emotion they put into it. Throughout the whole set, you were able to feel the band’s energy. This energy, combined with their talent, made for a great performance.
They also played the first song they ever wrote, “Unfinished Business.” They gave credit to the song for their success.
They finished their set with my personal favorite, “Bigger than us.”
Over at the Mojave stage was Casablancas, the lead vocalist of The Strokes, who gave a notable performance.
Casablancas began with one of his newer songs “Ego.”
We cannot forget the notorious performance put on by Pharrell.
Pharrell’s Coachella set was loaded with guest stars such as Snoop Dogg, Tyler the Creator, Diplo of Major Lazer, Busta Rhymes and Gwen Stefani.
The crowd danced the entire set. However, as soon as Gwen Stefani came out singing her hit single “Hollaback girl,” the whole crowd started hollering back.
Headlining Saturday was Muse at the Coachella stage. They did a cover of Lithium by Nirvana, in honor of Kurt Cobain.
Matthew Bellamy, lead vocalist of Muse, put up a great performance with his smooth, angelic voice.
Everyone seemed tired, but they did not miss out on the opportunity to check out Muse.
Not only did Saturday provide great music, but it also provided a sand storm.
By the end of the day, my face was embarrassingly covered with dirt. Saying that it was intense would be an understatement!
On Sunday STRFKR, The 1975, Blood Orange, Lana Del Rey and Arcade Fire performed.
STRFKR had everyone dancing in the scorching sun. I must have put sunblock lotion on about three times during their set, and still ended up with a minor burn.
They were upbeat and got the audience involved by sending two sumo wrestlers across the crowd, trying to see which side could get their sumo wrestlers across first.
The 1975 was a great band to listen to. In between every song, there was a screaming girl vowing her love for a band member. The heat was so bad that it distracted many from fully enjoying the show. After they finished their set, many fans rushed to the water station before continuing with the Coachella fun.
After hearing Blood Orange’s last album, I was expecting Dev Hynes’ voice to be strong,unfortunately, his voice kept cracking.
Even though Lana Del Rey was not the headliner, most people were excited for her to perform.
“Many of you have come up to me and told me that you came to Coachella just to see me, I am so humbled,” said Lana Del Rey.
When she started performing, the whole crowd tried pushing their way to the front.
Arcade Fire was the closing act and everyone ran from Lana Del Rey to see what was left of their show.
The third day was a bittersweet day. Even though there were some great performances, knowing that after the day was over it was back to reality, back to school and back to work. Until next year that is.