Thoughts On: Coachella 2016

There’s an ongoing joke about the cleanliness at Coachella: compared to the rugged, filthy conditions that music lovers at UK festivals thrive in, the California located event is the aftermath of a cillit bang advert. This, in addition to the near soulless crowds, results in people brushing off Coachella as nothing but an overhyped fashion show that also happens to have acts playing there.

That’s where this post comes in. Whilst I’d love to jump on the Coachella slagging bandwagon, it would be unfair to forget the fact that the festival has some of the best acts in the world performing at it, year in, year out. What follows is a list of some of my favourites from this first weekend that should, hopefully,display the diversity the festival has to offer.

Run The Jewels

My hands down favourite moment of the entire festival, Run The Jewels managed to steal the show despite performing early in the afternoon. Not only did hip hop heavyweight NAS come on stage to perform with Killer Mike and El-P but MOTHERFUCKING BERNIE SANDERS INTRODUCED THEM ON STAGE. Who says socialism and rap can’t be friends? (Well no one but I’m trying to pad this out as much as I can.)

Foals

Was I really gonna pass up the chance of talking about Foals? Even in the face of severe technical issues, a broken PA is gonna do all sorts of damage to your sets quality, the band still managed to get the crowd going. Just look at the image above: attendees helping someone crowdsurf? Who’d have imagined it! Any worries about Foals not deserving that headline slot at Reading and Leeds can be laid to rest.

Death Grips

 

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It isn’t only an honour but a privilege to be able to see Death Grips perform live. Not many can claim to see the experimental hip hop act play their deafening discography in person and the audience at Coachella were aware of this, documenting the night which allowed for some clips of Hacker, I’ve Seen Footage and Hot Head to surface online. Don’t watch any unless you want to be left green with envy.

Courtney Barnett

Everyone’s favourite Australian gal entertained an enthusiastic Coachella crowd with some fantastic tracks off her fantastic 2015 LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.

LCD Soundsystem

Out of all the headliners, one act stood out as a real attention grabber (before they got confirmed for pretty much every festival on earth): LCD Soundsystem. After reuniting this year, the James Murphy fronted act put on a great show that included a touching tribute to music icon and wonderful human being/alien David Bowie in the form of a cover of Heroes. Beautiful stuff.

So what do you make of Coachella? Got a favourite performance? Let me know what you think in the comments down below and follow this blog for more news and reviews.

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