By Marissa Mooney |Staff Writer|
Thousands of eager fans faced the wild desert weather during Weekend One on April 13 through the 15 at the Empire Polo Grounds.
Music presenter Goldenvoice brought people together globally to the music and arts festival. The weather presented a challenge for Friday when a rain and wind storm swept the festival and campsite.
“We had our neighbors and other campers helping us hold down our tent as the wind tried to rip it apart. People are really helpful and nice here, but this weather I did not expect,” said a camper from Australia.
Wind and rain would not put a damper on the festival. Alex Turner, the vocalist of Arctic Monkeys ignored the weather and played a full set with raw vocals and heavy strokes on the guitar. Many of the songs the band played came from the original album “Whatever People Say I am, That Is What I Am Not.”
Saturday returned and the gates opened at 11 in the morning. Fashion was diverse from tent to tent as many different bands played, including genres like post-hardcore, indie, electro, house, trance, and hip-hop.
tUnE yArDs filled up the outdoor stadium on Saturday afternoon with a sweet melody of pre-recorded sounds from the lead vocalist and a stream of piano and saxophones playing. People began to join hands and dance in the grass with long dresses and flower crowns.
The sun began to set and the night crowd came in to hear the sounds of The Shins, Bon Iver, and Radiohead on the main stage. Many fans retired for the night only to feel the battling melodies of Radiohead and Kaskade.
Sunday was the hottest day of the weekend. As the sun set over the Empire Polo Grounds for the final night, Justice, an electro band from France was delayed by 30 minutes and was forced to play half of their set. Later they stated on Facebook, “Hey Coachella, Sorry we couldn’t play a full set due to big technical issues, we couldn’t do anything about it, apart from doing our best; it was fun though! See you next week for a full powered show.”
Justice and Rihanna made a surprise appearance during Calvin Harris’ DJ set to sing along to her Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’ and join the fans in their festivities.
Many fans of At The Drive-In sprinted to see the set on the main stage before Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre took over. Due to the curfew in Indio, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre started earlier than most of the headlining bands from the other days. The crowd however was completely astounded by the strong vibes from the two artists.
Special guests like Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem also joined the two on stage. The crowd was pumped up as the surprise hologram of Tupac was revealed. Thousands of fans cheered on as they watched the performer sing as well as viewers watching the live stream from YouTube.
The first weekend was a complete success for all the festival-goers. After the wildness that happened throughout the weekend, one could only imagine what would be in store for Weekend Two.
Photos by Marissa Mooney