Coachella – It is the ultimate place to surround yourself with other music lovers in the middle of the desert to party all day and night. Held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, these grounds go on for miles. I had prepared myself for the heat, just like the weather report showed me this morning saying “HOT” above Fri Sat & Sun of the festival this weekend. Thank god I have had the experience of a 43 degree big day out, but that was just a warm up for today, and it’s going to heat up even more. The punishing heat made the day a bit of a game of dot to dot from shade to shade until around 6′oclock when it finally went behind the mountains and gave everyone some much needed relief.
As night time descended, it was clear that Coachella really comes alive under the blanket of darkness. The Palm trees are illuminated blue, green, pink and orange, light shows engulf the night’s sky and the individual sets show their true characters. With the temperature dropping, now is the time to truly enjoy ourselves.
The music was our savour from the heat. Basically from 2 – 4 the Do Lab was my sanctuary. This place is an oasis in the middle of a steaming hot bowl of soup. There was some amazing dubstep, drum & base and electro cranking out of here all day long – I was enjoying it, but I think 50% of the people hanging around were just here for the water getting sprayed over the crowd.
We went and caught the last of Grouplove who played their biggest hit “Tongue Tied” – This song was made famous when featuring in an iPod ad last year, and as a result it seemed to resonate best with the crowd. The group then payed homage to Whitney Houston when they played a short version of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” – The crowd went crazy! The audience thrived off the group’s energy and all seemed to forget about the 40 something degree heat and enjoyed the music they had to offer.
A few vodka Red Bulls later it was time to get dooown and dirty to The Rapture. The tent was packed. We made our way through the crowd to get as close to the stage that we could, but the heat was a killer. The band delivered a rad set with saxophone, cowbell and more beats then the guy in front could shake his glow sticks at. The highlight for us was “House of Jealous Lovers” with the crowd hanging onto every word that left Luke Jenner’s mouth.
Using some of the energy from the Red Bulls, I sprinted over to the other side of the festival back to the main stage to see The Black Keys – My Dad’s fave. These guys were the highlight of my day, fully embracing their headlining status. They saved the best til last and also invited a surprise guest John Fogerty onstage to pay tribute to The Band drummer and singer Levon Helm, who died last week after a long battle with cancer. The trio sang The Band’s classic The Weight “Take a Load Off Annie, Take a Load For Free..”
After this, all anyone was talking about was Swedish House Mafia, this was a set which I couldn’t miss out on. I made my way over to the main stage along with every other single human body who survived the heat of the day – The crowd was packed! The trio that make up SHM were just tiny silhouettes beneath a pumping lightshow.
Come 12am, it was time to drag my tired feet home, sneak into the pool for a quick dip and prepare to do it all again tomorrow!!