- Marin Morales
I arrived at Coachella not really understanding what I had gotten myself into. Having never been to an overnight music festival before, I had no idea what Coachella had in store for me. But Coachella is a magical thing, a fact I began to realize when I sat down with a cold beer next to my new friend Festival Fred who was sporting a rubber unicorn mask. It was an appropriate beginning for a spectacular adventure of a weekend.
I awoke the Friday morning in our camp correctly dubbed "The Danger Zone" at 7 am to 90-degree heat and a breakfast of trail mix, dried mango strips and luke warm beer. Despite my breakfast of champions, I was ready to take the on weekend.
Friday was filled with hopping from show to show taking in not only the fantastic music but the also the giant art pieces that are displayed around the field. My favorite Friday shows had to be Grouplove and the Arctic Monkeys. I had only recently become a fan of Grouplove and was ecstatic that they put on such an awesome set. I have been a fan of the Arctic Monkeys for quite sometime now and they did not disappoint. They pumped out their normal high-energy songs to a very happy and very sweaty crowd of screaming people.
Saturday was pact day for those of us from "The Danger Zone" and it began with two of my favorite shows of the entire weekend. I started my day out with the Vaccines who set a mood of high energy with their songs "If You Wanna" and "Norgaard". Next was the Black Lips who whipped their audience into a giant chaotic moshing frenzy only broken apart when the band decided to shot-gun a beer with their sound stage crew at the back of the venue. They finished their set off by smashing a guitar and watching their fans fight over the detached neck of the guitar. The continued emotionally with Jeff Magnum whose fans were crying after seeing him return to the stage after a decade long absence. Bon Iver did not disappoint and I will not soon forget how beautiful "Skinny Love" was live.
Sunday was the hottest day of the weekend at 108 degrees at midday but it didn't stop us from enjoying the last day in paradise. Gotye was definitely my favorite of the day, and despite Kimbra not be there to sing her part in "Somebody I Used to Know" it was epic. Gotye let the crowd sing her part instead and for a couple moments everyone in the audience was connected by a few powerful lyrics. It could only be described as transcendental. Of course Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre (and every other rapper they're friends with) did not disappoint their crowd of thousands.
Coachella was an experience of a lifetime, and I'm already planning to make that trek back to the desert next year.