The Best of Coachella 2015: Views from Weekend 1

 

From top notch musical guests, groundbreaking art and structure design, and amazing eats, Coachella is genuinely a one of a kind festival filled with concert goers from around the world, who are all there to experience the desert in Indian Wells, CA in the most unique way possible. So, what were the highlights this year? Who made the headlines, and what made the crowd stop and stare?

With three full days of music and six tents all playing at the same time, this “Best Of” list presented a major challenge. However, some artists were especially turnt, which made compiling this a bit easier. The EDM scene scored particularly well on day one with Keys N Krates, Kieza, Oliver Heldens and NERO while many of the outdoor stages hosted Action Bronson, Tame Impala, The War on Drugs, Steely Dan and of course ACDC.

Bring on the day two lineup, which had the entire festival buzzing, making it almost impossible to see all of the favs! There was an outrageous response to Alison Wonderland, Gramatik and Chet Faker due to their unique, interesting and forward thinking sounds. Needless to say, the crowd went absolutely crazy for them. Fast-forward to the evening sets, which generated much heavier responses due to performances byHozier, alt-J, Tyler the Creator, Ratatat, SBTRKT and Flosstradamus. Although you may experience an array of different things and feelings while in attendance at Coachella, the festival experience is wildly unique due to the fact that you will never find “the same old” because each individual artist is bringing the heat, which only amps up the crowds even more.

Day three was the most bittersweet yet insanely epic day. The morning kicked off with several under the radar geniuses, including The Orwells, Panda Bear, What So Not and Jai Wolf and the Electric tents were bumping from sun up to sun down, especially when Martin Solveig and Madeon came on. By nightfall, the majority of Coachellers were headed to the outdoor stages to experience Kaskade, Florence and the Machine and of course Madonna’s newly infamous and odd makeout session with Drake! Meanwhile, other crowds flocked to the tents for an incredible musical experience via Odesza, Kaytranada and Kygo.

For those whom are seeking to experience all of the magic that Coachella can bring, there is show stopping artwork in scattered throughout the festival grounds. The most legendary art instillation of this year’s show is Corporate Headquarters by Derek Doublin and Vanessa Bonet. With three levels of corporate offices, this piece in particular commented on the parody that is corporate America. Passerbyers were unable to ignore the sheer hilarity in watching dysfunctional hippos work to keep the company afloat. Another artistic highlight was the recycling bins, provided by Global Inheritance and painted and designed in unimaginable ways to inspire eco-friendly living.    

 

And finally, what would a festival be without some spectacular munchies? That’s right – nothing! For those who are attending the festivities next weekend or even next year, I’d suggest checking out the “hot spots”:  Afters Ice Cream donut sandwiches, Beefsteak Vegan Cuisine, 800 Degrees Pizza and The Church Key (personal fav)!

Coachella is great at bringing people together. Whether people are attending for the music, the art, the fashion, the food, and/or the vibes, they’re all there for one thing: to experience the magic that is Coachella. And yes, it is, indeed, magical. 

Written by: Alexa Sokol

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