Röyksopp & Robyn - Do it Again Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes Dan Deacon - Spiderman of the Rings Panda Bear - Live - Deerhunter ATP - Camber Sands, UK - 22.06.13 Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - One Size Fits All Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf Mogwai - Young Team
Me: 7 foot tall, boxy frame, was wearing Turquoise through most of the weekend, occasionally could be found in gray. Had a bright red, yellow, and blue sign on me. Smelled fresh, for the most part.
You: Came inside of me at least thirty times throughout the weekend. I need to find you.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, California Currently two weekends in April with the same lineups both weekends. $$$$
Highlights The best thing about Coachella is that it is first in the spring after a long, wet, northwest winter. Weather in the southern California desert in the spring time is typically dry and hot during the day, and warm at night. No need for a sweat shirt or hoodie or long pants. THIS IS IMPORTANT! The Coachella Valley is also quite a beautiful place, with the snow capped San Jacinto mountains to the west, and Joshua Tree to the east. If you like to golf or lay out by the pool, you are in the right place. Hiking in the nearby mountains is pretty cool too, especially some of the desert trails out in Joshua Tree.
The grounds and layout at Coachella are pretty basic - mostly flat, wide open polo fields, with little natural shade. One of the things I enjoyed was being able to stand in the middle of the grounds and seeing the 40K or so people, milling about between stages, tents, and the various art displays. Great place for crowd watching. The art displays are pretty cool too. My personal favorite when I went was the tesla coils and metal man.
Traffic in and out of the festival is by far the worst part of Coachella. Dusty and hot, even at night. Trying to get out of the day parking after the show is agony when you are tired, dirty, and hungry. Camping is available on the grounds for extra $$$, but mutt's camping will probably be confined to places with no other options. Fortunately, there are plenty of nearby resorts and hotels, and mutt has a time share condo within bicycling distance, so the the mutt fabulous retirement multi-year road trip and dance party plan will be to stay at the condo and bike overland.
Flashback Mutt took his soon-to-be 18 year old son, plus son's girlfriend to see Kanye, Arcade Fire, and Kings of Leon in 2011. Looking back at the lineup now makes me wish I had planned a little different route through the weekend, but oh well. The highlight of the festival was night two, with Mumford and Sons opening for Arcade Fire on the main stage. Mumford had just kind of taken over the airwaves leading up to the festival, and their set was a foot stomping Irish hoe down! I have always enjoyed good harmonies and solid musicianship, and I am a big fan now. Can't wait to see them again somewhere. Can't believe I missed them last year at Sasquatch. Stupid mutt.
Arcade Fire blew me away. I had only recently discovered them, and I had also just recently be given my first Ipod, so there you go. I had been playing the shit out of all three of their albums, and was especially fond of Funeral. I made a point of listening to that one as I wheeled over the Bay Bridge on my road trip down, so getting up close and personal was bouncy fun to say the least. I noticed during Mumford that there was this large box sitting behind the stage, and about an hour or so into the Arcade Fire show, the box started climbing into the air. Not knowing what to expect, it was obviously going to be some kind of climax to the show.
Anthems at shows are one of my favorite things. I just get off on seeing and hearing thousands of groovers groove together. As the intro to Wake Up began, it was climax time. The box had moved to the very top of the stage by now, and when the front opened up and hundreds of big bouncy balls starting falling down, it was just ejaculatory. Lights inside the balls started flashing to the beat, first in purple, then green, then orange, then back again. And for all the fun had during the Violent Femmes inflatables party this year, multiply that by about a thousand!
Retirement Plan An annual trip to the Coachella Valley in the springtime is such a fucking good idea that it will definitely be on the plan*. $$$$ be damned.
Next installment - Outside Lands
*mutt fabulous multi-year music festival retirement road trip and dance party plan - need better title.... too fucking long...