Hundreds of LED lit balloons marked the sky as we gazed over what had become our home over the past four days. It was the last show, the final push. We were running on fumes and anticipation after a weekend full of countless standout acts. This was the set we had been waiting for since we were fourteen, sneaking Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg CD’s into our sister’s Walkman to memorize every explicit detail of what would become so monumental so quickly. As we stood amongst the masses in complete disbelief, the entire weekend flashed before our eyes.
It’s almost time for the twelfth annual Coachella festival, taking place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California. The 2011 festival is being held on April 15-17 and looks set to be another spectacular event, with an notable line up and an impressive 175 bands performing in total over the weekend. Suncream, sunglasses and gallons of water are the prime necessities to help attendees through the event as it is set to be nearing temperatures of 100 degrees on the sunny, west coast terrain. Previous Coachella festivals were held later on in the year, but it was decided that this years should be rescheduled instead, for April; ironically to avoid such high temperatures as this.
I’m sure Morrissey had no intention of letting animal activism sneak in his set at the Coachella Festival in L.A. Of course he only came through to perform classics like This Charming Man and Irish Blood, English Heart. But once he smelled the savory aroma of barbeque, he put the “V” on his chest and spoke up for animal carcasses everywhere.
“I can smell burning flesh and I hope to God it’s human,” he said midway through his set. He then played diva and left the stage, only to return moments later.
“The smell of burning animal is making me sick. I just couldn’t bear it.” he said. Nevertheless, the crowd cheered him on as he asked if his Girlfriend In A Coma performance was OK. Before walking of stage he should have asked if the barbeque chicken tasted OK.
He capped the night off with a performance of his latest single, I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris and How Soon Is Now, which ended with a loud gong finale.
The lineups for the 2009 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival have been made public. The festival, which has become one of the most anticipated concert events in the United States in recent years, will take place on the weekend starting Friday, April 17th, and will conclude that Sunday. Paul McCartney, the Cure, and the Killers have each been announced as a headliner for one of the three nights.
The festival kicks off with Friday’s festivities, which will showcase the aforementioned McCarthy, what should definitely be an exciting set from mash-up maniac Girl Talk, and what I can only imagine will be an awesome set from N.A.S.A., a collaborative effort by two deejays who worked with everyone from David Byrne to Tom Waits to KRS-One and Chuck D on their upcoming album, The Spirit of Apollo. It’s unclear what musicians will accompany them for the performance, but hopefully a fair number of the artists they featured on their incredible, genre-bending debut album will join in. One of the most underrated groups in hip hop, chilled-out west coasters People Under the Stairs, will also perform, as will The Black Keys, Morrissey, M. Ward, Crystal Castles, and Gui Borrato, to name a few.