Coachella vs. Stagecoach 2013: Views from the ferris wheel (Kate McGinty/The Desert Sun)
The moment the two weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival wrap, most of the grounds are torn down.
With the kickoff to Stagecoach, the grounds have been realigned, with the Mane Stage sitting between what had been the old Outdoor Theatre and Gobi Tent.
The Gobi, Mojave and Sahara tents have been transformed — the Toyota tent is a haven for arts and crafts, then performances in the Mustang and Palomino tents.
One of the biggest difference between the country festival and its hipster cousin Coachella seems to be all the vendors.
Where Coachella is jam packed with music and arts, Stagecoach seems all about the vendors shelving hats, jewelry and more. One tent is more than a retailer, however, hosting a slew of circus-type stands. It’s the World of Wonders by of all things Toyota.
Whether you loved or hated the art at Coachella 2013 — the giant snail, mechanical praying mantis, ever-changing shade structure and high-flying balloons — I think we can all agree that nothing quite approached the weirdness of giant, inflatable dog poo.
That’s one of the blow-up artworks staking out the future home of Hong Kong’s museum for visual culture: Continue Reading
Have you heard of Coachella acts Dr. Schlomo and the GI Clinic, The Obesity Epidemic and The Chelsea Clintons?
If so, you or someone you know may have been fooled by “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Continue Reading
An hour before his set at one of the biggest music festivals in the country, Robbert van de Corput blended into the crowd. The 25-year-old lounged unassumingly on the couch in the Coachella press tent and shook his hand to introduce himself as Robbert.
Hardwell is photographed on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Coachella in Indio, Calif. (Crystal Chatham/The Desert Sun)
When he stepped into the DJ booth in the Sahara Tent, though, his alternate persona — this one known by the stage name Hardwell — exploded into life.
The Dutch DJ threw his arms in the air on Sunday, the small grin rarely leaving his face as he orchestrated the music that had a sweaty mob of people roaring at every switch of a song.
And it’s not just the 80,000 people at Coachella. People everywhere love this guy.
Fans raise their arms as Eric Prydz performs Sunday at Coachella. (Brian Indrelunas, The Desert Sun)
The closest I came to hearing Eric Prydz
‘s “Call On Me” performed this month was when a poolside DJ at the Ace Hotel
played “Valerie” by Steve Winwood
— despite the fact that I was at Prydz’s Coachella set from the beginning to the bittersweet end Sunday. Continue Reading
Thank God for second chances.
This time around, as the Red Hot Chili Peppers closed out Coachella, Anthony Keidis didn’t have enough sand in his lungs to “throw up a small sand box.”
The finale still wasn’t spectacular. There no holograms. There weren’t any surprise guests or or stand-out moments.
But in their fourth performance at the festival — assuming this year counts as two appearances — the famous lead singer showed off his familiar pipes. They brought their reliable energy and guitar riffs to the main stage.
Grimes performs Sunday, April 21, in the Gobi tent during Coachella 2013 Weekend 2. (Brian Indrelunas, The Desert Sun)
Don’t get me wrong; I enjoyed Grimes’
music. I just wasn’t ready for it this afternoon.
I’m into the deep instrumentation and sweet, often ethereal, vocals the artist otherwise known as Claire Boucher brought to Coachella, but that’s the kind of thing I like to listen to after the sun sets. Continue Reading
The sweltering heat of the desert was subsiding on the final evening of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but the crowd was still sweating.
Music fans were packed like sardines, shoulder to shoulder, at the performance of Social Distortion on the second Sunday of the festival, but many of them weren’t there to enjoy the punk-rock band.
Mike Ness lead Social Distortion on the main stage at the final weekend of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival. (Beth Roessner/The Desert Sun)
As lead singer Mike Ness performed a set riddled with the band’s hits, many attendants just stood there, some barely bopping to the tunes. While some were waiting for the following act, Vampire Weekend, many were waiting patiently for the headliner, Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Attendees of the final weekend of the Coachella Valley Music Fest show little dismay that they were unable to attend the first weekend.
Typically regarded as the better of the two with cooler temperatures and more surprises, there are still some who prefer the subsequent weekend.
“Silly people complain about weekend two,” said Eden Graham. “So what? You’re still getting the opportunity to attend.”