INDIO—Held in the desert city of Indio, California, Coachella is arguably California‘s most popular and best attended music festival spanning over two consecutive weekends.
Highlights from the first weekend included an expected all-star performance with encores by old-school rockers AC/DC, spot-on deliveries from acts such as Tame Impala and Azaelia Banks, a soulful dance party given by Charles Bradley, and more cell phone chargers accessible for concert patrons.
Lowlights included a staggering 93 arrests, a foot break of Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, Justin Bieber being escorted from the festival, and an underwhelming set by Drake, who brought Madonna onstage for a lackluster mid-performance smooch.
Weekend two began on Friday, April 17 and ended on April 19. Noteworthy mentions include a triumphant comeback from Florence and the Machine, an alleged final electric set by Jack White, a 3.2 magnitude earthquake (adorned as a result of the extremity of the music festival), and Kanye West joining The Weeknd on stage.
On the down side, Drake gave a follow-up mediocre set that included a cameo by Nicki Minaj, but disappointed festival attendees who expected to see Madonna. Minaj also gave a small and meager appearance during David Guetta’s performance.
Despite the few set-backs, the overwhelming opinion seems that Coachella goers will be back again next year for the crowds, the dirt, and the earth-rattling music.