The worst of Coachella, part 2

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Death
A 24-year-old attendee from Oakland died on Thursday, after overdosing during weekend one. It's not time to be alarmist about the way Coachella runs the festival; after all, deaths happen at these types of events with alarming frequency. But the rampant, out-of-control culture surrounding the festival - drug smuggling, drunk driving, utter foolishness - needs to be addressed. Kids who think they can recklessly plow through synthetics with no consequences are mistaken, and the musicians who encourage them to do so are irresponsible. -Ben Westhoff

Drones
At the festival this year there actually were propeller crafts with camera attachments, hovering surreptitiously over the crowds for MGMT, Outkast and others. While we'd guess they're just being used to film sets and crowd footage, we were also a bit creeped out. -Andrea Domanick

See also: The Best of Coachella, Weekend 2


Saint Beck
As Arcade Fire closed down Coachella Sunday, they switched out week-one special guest Debbie Harry for Beck, who took the stage wearing a massive Pope Francis head. Win Butler christened him "Saint Beck," but the exercise was not very funny. Francis is universally beloved and Madonna (and plenty of others) have already taken on the Catholics. -Kai Flanders

Gum
Over the course of the weekend, a dozen people or more asked us for gum. Bring your own damn gum! -Daniel Kohn

Overcrowding at the Sahara tent and Outdoor Theater
These stages seem to have outgrown their allotted space. For the biggest acts - like Empire of the Sun, or Pharrell - unless you got there at least 30 minutes early, there's no way you were going to get a decent space. -Alejandra Loera

Chance the Rapper Cancels
On Sunday afternoon, reports surfaced that Chicago's Chance the Rapper was too sick to perform his 3:10 p.m. set. Apparently he'd fallen ill over the weekend and was hospitalized, though there was no word about the cause. (Apparently he'll be fine.) A number of young fans looked visibly dejected walking around in their Chance t-shirts. But, as always, there was a bright side: the possibility of Justin Bieber making another unwanted cameo on-stage just went waaay down. -Nate Jackson

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8 comments
Heather Jo
Heather Jo

Yay...are you done covering it now?

Gerald Nelson
Gerald Nelson

Is there an actual "bootychella"? I would go to that.

Angela Robinson
Angela Robinson

Wtf is Coachella anyway? Judging by the comments, I might be better off not knowing.

Erica Anderson
Erica Anderson

All I have to say is this about thw whiny d-bags at Coachella....why we can't have nice things.

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