REVIEW: Blazing hot desert, cool music make for an unforgettable weekend at Coachella music fest


Broken Bells performances at one of Coachella’s five stages. Photo by Phoebe Yusim.

Sam Johnson, Staff Writer

Even in 90-degree weather and intense sandstorms, the Coachella 2014 musicfest prevailed over the elements, and provided an amazing two weekends for festivalgoers.

With headliners such as OutKast, Muse, Arcade Fire, Skrillex, Pharrell Williams, Kid Cudi, and many more, Coachella was jam-packed with different genres catering to an audience of more than 225,000 attendees on each of the two weekends.

Coachella could not have offered a better lineup this year, one well worth the $375 ticket price. A wide variety of both big name and lesser-known bands had broad appeal.

Only at Coachella could artists like Pharrell and Girl Talk could perform with artists such as, Jay-Z, T.I., Usher, Tyga, Busta Rhymes, and Waka Flocka Flame.

Despite the massive audience, however, some artists including 17-year-old Lorde, were regrettably unimpressive. Artists at Coachella were able to bring their own flare to the stage by use of guests and visual elements, but Lorde’s performance consisted of her singing alone on the stage for an hour with no added special effects to make the performance memorable.

Besides the incredible music, the Coachella festival was an amazing experience. Not only were there five music stages, with artists constantly playing for 13 hours each day, but other activities offered fun escapes from the heat, including five air-conditioned rooms featuring perks, such as free popsicles, a fashion show starring festivalgoers, and several phone charging stations.

Food was the real attraction, however. With more than 50 food vendors, there was always something new to try. Like the music at Coachella, the diverse food options satisfied all taste buds. The only downside was the price. One slice of pizza — though delicious — varied from $7 to $9 depending on what stand it was from. The food and drink costs added up, considering long days, constant heat, and lots of dancing.

To its credit, Coachella provided ways for festivalgoers to save money. There were free water fill stations, and attendees also were paid 10 cents for every empty water bottle they brought to a stand for recycling.

Above all, it was people who made Coachella unforgettable, including tourists from all over the world who came to the middle of the desert to watch live music.

Other Urban students that attended Coachella shared this amazing experience.

“People keep asking me what my favorite performance was,” said Sonia Fillipow (’16), “but honestly I loved them all.”

Besides the music, students also enjoyed the variety of people attending.

“I met some incredible people,” said Jenny Assaf (’16), “some were pretty crazy but others were really nice.”

Overall, Urban students seemed to enjoy all the aspects of Coachella.

“The performances were unforgettable,” Assaf said. “And even though it was unbearably hot at some points, there was always the amazing food to get me through the day.”