Coachella 2012

We took a decidedly different approach this year to checking out bands.  In previous years, we actually ended up seeing very few complete sets, but lots, and I mean lots, of partial sets.  So this time around, we took our time and set some priorities.  Which I think made it one of the most fun years we've had yet.  The full list of what we saw is below, but overall, we saw 24 bands throughout the weekend.  I think one of the other changes that made this the best of the 5 years going, were the shuttles.  One of the most stressful things about going to Coachella, is driving to and from the grounds.  Especially from.  After spending 9+ hours in the desert heat (except for this year, which was in the 60s) the last thing you want to do is spend up to an hour just trying to get out the parking lot, and another hour or more driving back to your hotel.  The shuttles, when you can find them ;), which we had some issues the first night back, were awesome.  We jumped on board, and within 10 minutes were on the road.  Out of the 6 legs we spent on the shuttles, I think I slept through 5 of them.  The shuttle ride was anywhere between 40 and 60 minutes.  Definitely worth the money.

This was also one of the coolest years we've seen.  In fact, the first day it actually rained.  Usually it's near 100 degrees, and in fact, the second weekend it was 106.  So I'll put up with 60/70 degree temps over 106 any day.  Spending 9 hours a day on your feet, jockeying for a spot to watch or dance, takes a toll on your body.  When it's 100+ outside, it just makes it that much worse.  So the cooler temps were really nice, and made things a lot more comfortable.

Some of my highlights were, Madeon, which had a great danceable set.  Swedish House Mafia for their incredible set, and amazing stage show. Santigold had a great set, which we listened to some of from the beer garden on a sunny day. Justice, although 20 minutes late, put on a hell of a show, driving though all of their hits.  Calvin Harris for the last 2 songs we were able to catch, which featured Rhianna, and closing with his hit Feel So Close, which was a perfect accent on the weekend.  And finally, Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg.  Not only for an incredible stage show, but the fact that we got to see, Warren G, Wiz Khalifa, Hologram Tupac, 50 Cent, and Eminem.

My disappointments were, SebastiAn, which had a really dark, and disturbing stage show.  Although we were in a good spot for David Guetta, we ended up leaving early because his set was so choppy and honestly, really amateur.  Unfortunately, we left just before Usher came on to sing along live.  I really want to see Miiike Snow, but so did half the attendees, so we couldn't see anything and moved on.  I was glad we saw Beats Antique, because now I know I don't ever have to see them again.  I thought their sound was OK, but pretty repetitive and bland.  Since Dada Life get so hyped about being big name DJs, I was hoping for more.  But it seems like the bigger name you are, almost the worse you are as a DJ.  Again, another choppy set that was just OK. I had high hopes for Gaslamp Killer, but he was so out there, that it turned me off.  I'd like a little bit here and there, but overall was let down.

This year definitely reminded me why I go.  It was a blast and I absolutely cannot wait until next year.

Day 1:
SebastiAn, Feed Me, Madeon, Afrojack (partial), the Black Keys (partial), Swedish House Mafia

Day 2:
Jacques Lu Cont, Zeds Dead, Kaiser Chiefs (partial), Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (partial), Sebastian Ingrosso, David Guetta (partial), Miiike Snow (partial), SBTRKT (partial), Radiohead (partial)

Day 3:
Santigold, Beats Antique, Dada Life (partial), Gaslamp Killer (partial), the Hives (partial), Justice, Calvin Harris (partial), Florence + the Machine (partial), Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg



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