I booked the tickets one year ago at the end of the previous edition (offical selling was sold out in 41 minutes, new record for an international festival selling!) when i didn’t know which band was performing, but, you know, Coachella is Coachella, it can’t be bad!
And line up was great! On the top of my preferences: Jack White (i’ve seen him when he was part of White Stripes), Gesaffelstein (seen him twice already), Interpol (once), Squarepusher (twice).
But i was also very curious about bands i have never seen before like Tame Impala, Florence + The Machine, Caribou, Flying Lotus, SBTRKT, Kasabian and legendary Swans (i missed them for a friend wedding few months ago)!
Talking about the festival, it was organized amazingly just like americans can do for such big events! We were staying in Palm Springs and shuttle bus connections were working perfectly to many different locations.
No lines for food (great variety) and drinks, a lot of space and never a feeling to be packed, even for main names and stages. Great special effects surrounded by palms, grass and a pleasant wind.
I just didnt’ like the first stage at the entrance, made like a disco, because it was a pity being ‘covered’ with that amazing weather outside. Talking about the weather, we were used to go late afternoon, before it was soooo hot that i dont know how’s possible to stay there too early.
I was really impressed by the performances of Tame Impala (perfect sound to be played in California in that location, in my opinion), Caribou, Flying Lotus (best special effects) and SBTRKT! Swans were amazing also (they pulled down the backstage so there were palms behind them) but in my opinion, they played too late and not for enough time (considering their long songs).
Squarepusher played really hard (also fantastic special effects), Interpol were elegant as usual and Jack White made a mix of old songs and some country music i didn’t know, i love his charisma btw, very involving.
Kasabian also made a good act, as well Gesaffelstein (but i like him more doing dj-set). I ‘m not a big fan of AC-DC and Florence+The Machine so i listened a couple of songs (Florence and Alt-J a bit “slow” for the event in my opinion).
Considering DJs i enjoyed Erol Alkan, Loco Dice and Ben Klock most, Axwell & Ingrosso made usual “bubblegum dance music” but in a very cool stage!
Overall i think it’s a festival you have to enjoy once in your life, more if you’re lucky and you live closer!
Here they are videos i have made, enjoy!