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Coachella Festival 2010 (#5 for me)

So I’ve been crazy enough to go to Coachella every year since 2007. My first one was 2002, and this year was the 10th time they put on the event. I guess Coachella is recession-proof since it was totally sold out this year, and there were only 3 day passes. This year they started using wristbands with microchips for all the festival goers, rather than 3 tickets. Of course, you needed to show one ticket (if you didn’t do will call).

Weather-wise it was probably the mildest one yet. The highest it got all weekend was 90 degrees on Sunday, with a bit of humidity. It was actually pretty cold and windy during the end of the night. The crowds were even worse than usual because it was sold out and 75,000 people is a lot for one polo ground. There were the usual interesting art installations, but of course, the main thing was all the great bands.

It would be impossible to see everyone, but I managed to catch a lot more than I expected to. Despite all the cancellations from the UK and European acts stranded due to the Icelandic volcano eruption, there was still more than enough to fill the missing bands’ places. Despite the very late start on the first day due to unavoidable traffic and extremely long lines, we still managed to catch a lot more than we expected to.

Tips I wrote after last year’s Coachella

  1. Have a big breakfast before getting there to save money and stay energized enough to get around.
  2. Have enough cash to pay for at least two big meals each day because lines for ATMs are so long and fees are high.
  3. Use credit and debit cards for band and festival merch since they accept them there and not in food tents.
  4. Leave early (during the headliner) or super late (if you don’t mind waiting awhile for crowds to clear).

Here’s a listing of who I managed to hear and/or see:

Coachella 2010 Schedule

Coachella Stage = C
Outdoor Theater = O
Gobi = G
Mojave = M
Sahara = S

Friday, April 16

4-5:10 Proxy (S)
4:20-5:10 Yeasayer (M)
5:35-6:25 Ra Ra Riot (M)
5:45-6:35 She & HIm (O)
6:20-7:20 The Specials (C)
6:25-7:40 Wolfgang Gartner (S)
7-7:50 Passion Pit (O)
7:50-8:40 Them Crooked Vultures (C)
8:05-8:55 Grizzly Bear (M)
8:35-9:25 Echo & the Bunnymen (O)
9:05-10 LCD Soundsystem (C)
9:20-10-10 Imogen Heap (M)
9:35-10:20 Little Dragon (G)
9:55-10:45 Vampire Weekend (O)
10:15-11:30 Benny Benassi (S)
10:50 Jay Z (w/Beyonce)
11:10-12:20 Fever Ray (M)
11:35-12:50 deadmau5 (S)
11:55-12:45 The Whitest Boy Alive (G)

Saturday, April 17

1-2:35 Sam XL (S)
2:15-3 Portugal. the Man (G)
2:35-4:05 Jason Bentley (S)
3:10-3:55 Camera Obscura (M)
4-4:45 The Temper Trap (O)
4:25-5:15 Beach House (M)
4:35-5:20 Band of Skulls (G)
5:20-6 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (O)
5:45-6:35 The Raveonettes (G)
6:25-7:10 The XX (O)
7-7:50 Corinne Bailey Rae (G)
7:35-8:25 Hot Chip (O)
8:50-9:40 MGMT (O)
9:35-11:05 Muse (C)
11:05-12 The Dead Weather (O)
11:40 Tiesto (C)
11:50-12:45 Devo (M)
12-12:50 Sia (G)

Sunday, April 18

12:55-1:40 The Soft Pack (M)
1:30-2:15 Babasonicos (C)
2:05-2:50 King Khan and the Shrines (M)
3:15-4 MUTEMATH (M)
3:20-4:04 Mayer Hawethorne and the County (G)
3:35-4:20 Deerhunter (O)
4:30-5:15 Florence and the Machine (G)
5-5:50 Yo La Tengo (C)
5:35-6:20 Julian Casablancas (M)
5:40-6:30 Charlotte Gainsbourg (G)
6:30-7:20 Spoon (C)
5:55-6:45 Jonsi (O)
6:45-7:45 Infected Mushroom (S)
6:45-7:30 Miike Snow (M)
7:10-8 Phoenix (O)
7:55-8:45  Yan Tiersen (M)
8:10-8:55 Little Boots (G)
9-10:30 Thom Yorke (O)
10:30-12 Gorillaz (C)
10:45 Sly Stone (M)

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