I thought the footage of Sweatshirt at Coachella was pretty disappointing. It was basically him rapping over his album tracks, lyrics and all. And yelling the lyrics, too - it wasn't really that Earl voice that I know and love. But then again, I've seen many a rap show that turn out that way. I'm still stroked for his Sasquatch set, but I just hope that the Coachella show was better than the footage translated to.
Yeah, just bring a day pack into the festival grounds - water, (well-hidden) contraband, food if you wanna, a sweatshirt, etc. Whatever you'll need for 12 hours. But remember, you're gonna be carrying that shit around all day. I personally use this backpack that's like half the size of a regular backpack.
Also, and I dont know how you're getting there, but it's a good idea to lock your stuff up in a car when you head into the festival grounds for the day. If you aren't renting a car to get there, I'd suggest making friends with your neighbors and convincing them to let you use theirs. Because it sure would suck to get back to your tent at midnight and find that your giant backpack got yanked.
You should see the rules on conduct for the Stagecoach festival. They literally have to tell people not to Dr. Garbanzoht and fuck in public.
While I haven't seen any Dr. Garbanzohting, I have twice seen incidents of public fucking at Samsquantch. One was the infamous copulation that took place during the Decemberists in 2009, which I'm sure most of you are aware of. But the other was the year before, mid-day near the Bigfoot stage - I saw a bit of commotion, investigated, and lo and behold, some girl was just blowing a guy in public. People were taking pictures and filming it on their phones and whatnot, it was pretty nuts. Then some other girl walked up to the two and, as it appeared, informed them that what they were doing was by no means going unnoticed. And then, the craziest part: the girl who was blowing the guy stands up, has this completely embarrassed look on her face, and the two instantly walk away from each other IN COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS. It definitely looked as though they had met five minutes prior to the spontaneous oral sex adventure.
Proof that Sasquatch is indeed magical and the vast majority of people that attend it are some of the nicest people on planet earth. You'd really think that with around 30,000 people being there you wouldn't necessarily see the same strangers twice (or in your case see your blanket that a group of people out of those 30,000 had). My faith in humanity is partially restored annually on the last weekend of May.
People are indeed really fucking nice out there. One thing that's always stood out to me: in my 5 years of going, not once have I seen a fistfight. With tens of thousands of people camping together and often drinking nonstop, you would think that it happens here and there (and, sure, perhaps it does and I simply haven't caught it). But I guess my point is this - I've seen it at other festivals, just not at Sasquatch.
my greatest campground chanting/screaming affair was in 2009, after two of my friends, two random girls, and myself won - i shit you not - probably 50 games of flip cup in a row, against quite the variety of passerby challengers. we were cheering "CAMP 18!! CAMP 18!!" after each game (as our group and the random girls were camping somewhere near a post with the number 18 on it), and then other people started in on the "FUCK 18!! FUCK 18!!" chants. then there was a whole other group of people yelling for all of us to shut the hell up, and rightfully so as it was about 5 AM at the time. this went on for hours.
Friday: drive like a maniac, drink and hi-five people whilst standing around a line of stationary cars, maybe Father John Misty, hopefully Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, perhaps some Marklemore from the top of the hill, Baauer.
Saturday: campground shenanigans, Knowmads because my wife knows one of them, Nancy & Beth, drink a beer, Devendra, first half of Akron/Family, either the rest of Akron/Family or the first half of Holy Ghost! (I'm flip-flopping like a bitch on this one), Bloc Party, drink/eat/poop within earshot of Divine Fits, John Talabot, Tame Impala, Sigur Ros, Empire of the Sun, campground til sunrise.
Sunday: Capital Cities, Torche, beer, Danny Brown, Tallest Man on Earth, El-P, Shout Out Louds, Earl Sweatshirt, Baths, Grimes, wander around or Mumford from afar, Primus, campground til... sunrise?
Monday: Chvrches, nap on the ground, Cody Chesnutt, Dirty Projectors (it's entirely possible that my day starts here), Death Grips, do some stuff, Disclosure, Alt-J, perhaps some Ariel Pink, Postal Service.
I don't really care for Death Grips' music, but I'm starting to think that it's a must-see because I do love a good spectacle. Hopefully it'll be as uncomfortable as when the Murder City Devils guy basically called the entire crowd bro'd-out douchebag jocks, and tried to make all the straights folks turn their backs to him so the few "beautiful ***gots" could watch the music. In any event, I'd only be going to Azealia to see 212 anyhow.
Hey they are just giving us time to drink while we wait...If it was all efficient like we wouldn't have time to have entry beers(that said No I am not driving this year, nor have I driven any other year that I have partaken in Entry Beers)
Last time I attended, I was driving. Within eyeball distance of the campground, it was clear that we weren't going anywhere soon, and my buddy started to crack some entry beers. I was pretty envious. Then I started to look around... nearly EVERY SINGLE DRIVER I COULD SEE was drinking entry beers. Cops were standing nearby and obviously didn't care. So I said, fuck it. Entry beers were had.
I was in the "Saturday sucks" camp when I first saw the schedule, but that's only because nothing that I REALLY want to see is happening until 6:30 or so. But after taking a second glance, it's stacked for sure. For the mid-afternoon, I'll just soak it all in - which is good, because it usually takes me a few hours til a switch gets flipped and I enter full-blown Sasquatch mode - and then 6:30-1:30 will be madness. The only gap in my schedule from that point on is a half hour between Bloc Party and Talabot, which will be probably be spent on shitty noodles, binge drinking, and possibly pooping. If there's enough time.
Yeah, that conflict is kind of a bitch. But I'm not too keen on watching the last 20 minutes of shows from the back of the crowd, so it's either gonna be Andrew Bird (who I've seen thrice before) into Holy Ghost!, or Akron/Family into Bloc Party for me. Think I'm gonna go Option B.
1. Sigur Ros 2. El-P (and Killer Mike?) 3. Primus 4. Danny Brown 5. Tame Impala 6. Empire of the Sun 7. Built to Spill 8. Vampire Weekend 9. Earl Sweatshirt 10. Azealia Banks
My update is mostly just based on now knowing what stage/time each act is playing at. For example, my feelings on Danny Brown haven't changed in the last two months, but I'm less excited about seeing him at 3 in the afternoon than I am about seeing the stuff above him at night or sunset.
1. Sigur Ros 2. Primus 3. Vampire Weekend 4. Tame Impala 5. Empire of the Sun 6. Earl Sweatshirt 7. Alt-J 8. El-P 9. Grimes 10. Danny Brown