What up, party people?! Coachella 2014 weekend one has come and gone but I’m still nursing my ringing ears and have a case of the munchies that just won’t quit.
But hey, let’s get to the juice because that’s what you’ve come for. ROUND UP!
FRIDAY, APRIL 11
Kate Nash 5:50 pm – Pretty in Pink, Kate Nash shredded the Gobi tent with tracks new and old. An homage to FIDLAR on her bass and ferocious rendition of “Death Proof”, Nash jumped in the crowd for a routy dance party. New goal: figure out how to party with Kate Nash. Immediately.
Woodkid 8:15 pm – Moody French producer/director/composer put together a solid set list from his debut album Golden Age. With self-produced and directed video accompaniment on stage, watching Woodkid makes me think if there was ever a breakup between Danny Elfman and Tim Burton (God forbid!) he would be the only person worth filling those enormous shoes.
Martin Garrix 8:45 pm – If his Coachella debut is an indicator of what’s to come for the 17-year-old Dutch DJ, watch out world! Martin Garrix is about to BLOW UP. The tent, and surrounding area was so intensely packed one had to be living it up on a higher level to completely understand the magnitude of what was really going down. #woahdude
The Knife 10:30 pm – Holy toledo! Highlight of the evening, Swedish bro/sis duo The Knife came out of hiding after a seven year absence for a recent tour of Shaking the Habitual, and they did NOT disappoint (if you don’t trust me read this Hollywood Reporter review). With what looked like eight space aliens in shiny hazmat suits, the whole crew performed tracks throughout their catalogue and started a dance party in the desert that wasn’t part of the candy-filled bonanza in the Sahara tent.
SATURDAY, APRIL 12
Reporting with sand in my eyes and mouth…
Washed Out 5:55 pm – Fighting the winds in the Gobi tent, Washed Out elevated the space with their etherial sounds. Coachella newbies, Washed Out was the perfect soundtrack to a quickly changing landscape and festival atmosphere.
Pharrell Williams 10:35 pm – I mean, come on. This set was so jam packed with special guests someone would have thought this was an episode of VH1’s Behind The Music. Gwen Stefani, Busta Rhymes, Nelly, Snoop Dogg, P. Diddy, Tyler The Creator all came out to join the Grammy Award-winner on stage for walk down memory lane. This made a whole lot of people very “Happy”.
AlunaGeorge 6:25 pm – Coming out guns and sexiness blazing, the duo performed Disclosure collaboration “White Noise” and my all time favorite jam by the incomparable Montell Jordan “This Is How We Do It”. YES! Important moment of this set: I know EVERY WORD to the Montell Jordan classic. And so do you, yes you do.
Neutral Milk Hotel 6:35 pm – A few years back Coachella presented lead singer and notorious hermit Jeff Mangum from NMH and I remember thinking “man this is great, but I wish the whole band was back together.” Well, Coachella answered my wishes and the left me with this firm decision, “nope. I was fine with the solo performance.”
Calvin Harris 7:30 pm – Lights. Hits. And faces were subsequently melted in the desert.
John Newman 8:50 pm – FIERCE. SOUL. MAGIC. BEST DANCE MOVES @ COACHELLA 2014. The 23 year old is brought the heat with some very fancy footwork. Everyone! Don’t sleep on this artist. #need