2018 Coachella Weekend 1 Highlights and Weekend 2 Preview

This post was originally published on this site

As a regular attendee of Coachella for the last 7 years, I’ve seen plenty of changes at the festival. 2018 was no different. The last few years have seen the festival transition from something big to something enormous. With this growth and scale some plenty of improvements, as well as inevitable challenges.

At the end of the day, Coachella may rightfully own the title of one of the biggest festivals in the world. The stages and overall production value has increased substantially. It is now a truly multi-genre festival, ranging from dance to hip hop to rock to indie. Artists now plan their festival seasons around Coachella, and debut their new stage setups and tracks in the desert.

Below are some of my thoughts on the good, the bad, and the music from this year’s fest.

The Good

The Sahara tent is massively improved this year. The stage and tent now resembles those seen at Ultra, meaning that they are much wider than they are long. Overall, the entire stage and accompanying screens are much larger as well. Overall, this meant that the tent never felt like it was too full like it has in years past.

Beyond Sahara, there is a near constant option for dance music. The DoLab, Yuma, and the Heineken House are all heavy on the DJ end, not to mention the DJ parties that happen in the campgrounds.

The growth in the festival’s popularity means that anyone in the world will play this festival, even as just a featured guest. It’s not just an indie rock fest anymore: you can get surprise guests from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper, to the freakin WalMart yodel kid. Artists now plan their release and tour schedules around the festival, which means that the surprises are going to keep coming. So don’t rule out that Daft Punk performance just yet…

The Bad

With the tent change at Sahara, one of the most iconic views of the festival is now gone: sunset looking directly west. With the old design, the entire back of the tent was open and you would clearly see the entire Coachella landscape, mountains, palm trees, and ferris wheel included.

With the increase in the size of the festival, as well as the number of attendees, the ability to hop around between stages has been severely limited. It used to be that you could count on seeing acts back to back to back, even with little to no overlap. These days, that is almost impossible. With the stages pushed back and relocated, it can now easily take 20 minutes or more to navigate the maze of installations, people, pop ups, markets, bathrooms, and more.


Beyond the festival experience itself is the music. Hip hop saw another increase in presence this year, but that’s to be expected given the dominance of the genre over the last few years. Despite this growth, dance and electronic is still omnipresent, with three areas almost exclusively dedicated to the genre: Sahara, Yuma, and The DoLab.

The Music

Must see sets from the best in dance and electronic.

Friday Top 3:

Alison Wonderland

Highlight: Alison stepping to the side of the DJ booth to sing vocals on her track “Easy”

Kygo

Highlight: Jamie Foxx making an appearance to sing Kygo’s remix of “Sexual Healing”

Whethan

Highlight: Who knows if Weekend 2 is in the cards, but seeing the WalMart yodel kid live means we have officially reached peak Internet

Saturday Top 3:

Chromeo

Highlight: A daytime dance party at the main stage proves that Chromeo’s four-time billing at Coachella is no accident; their old hits are just as relevant today as their new releases

Ekali

Highlight: Debut of recently released “Forever” with collaborators Elohim and Medasin was a light break from an overall heavy, heavy set.

Snakehips

Highlight: This fast-paced set was punctuated by the entire crowd belting the chorus to “All My Friends” … how about bring out Chance next weekend, guys?

Sunday Top 3:

ODESZA

Highlight: The Intel/HP drone show, which was teased for the festival crowd on Friday, was a fitting addition to “A Moment Apart”

Illenium

Highlight: Utilizing every single inch of the massive Sahara screen’s, Illenium’s visual intro to “Crawl Outta Love” rivaled any graphic / music combo of the weekend

San Holo

Highlight: The bitbird leader brought the energy (and the crowd) for his Coachella livestream

Special Mentions:

ZHU’s set and RL Grime’s surprise slot at the DoLab mean that anything can happen.

LA party crew Brownies & Lemonade put on an all-star show at the Heineken House. If you haven’t been to one of their parties, it might be a good time to book a trip to LA.


Those that also went Weekend 1 — let us know what you think. For those of you going Weekend 2, we’re extremely jealous.

Photo credit: Jeff Zeller

Coachella’s Do-Lab Tent Destroyed By 90 MPH Winds

This post was originally published on this site

With Coachella 2018 Weekend 2 kicking off in one day, it’s already off to a rocky start. Indio and the Coachella Valley were hit with high winds which lead to Coachella closing down the campgrounds for the day. Because of the high winds, the Coachella campgrounds will not open Friday at 3am, depending on whether

The post Coachella’s Do-Lab Tent Destroyed By 90 MPH Winds appeared first on EDM Sauce.

[LISTEN] Oshi releases new track citing he will delete it within a day

This post was originally published on this site

Oshi has released a new track, “h a p p i n e s s,” ahead of playing at the famed Coachella this weekend. On his Twitter page, he notes that he will probably delete the track within a day because it is a ‘throw away song.’

The track’s elaborate combination of instrumentals, synthesized vocal accents, and pulsing beat is anything but throw away, so listen while you can! The song is available for free download via Oshi’s Soundcloud page

The Coachella Weekend 2 Schedule Has Finally Arrived

This post was originally published on this site

Following all of the buzz from weekend 1 of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Coachella is gearing us up for weekend 2 with the official Coachella Weekend 2 Schedule. With the Yodeling Walmart Kid and Beyonce being the most tweeted artists from Coachella weekend one, it’s only a matter of time to see what

The post The Coachella Weekend 2 Schedule Has Finally Arrived appeared first on EDM Sauce.

Rita Ora Says Kygo’s ‘It Ain’t Me’ Was Written About Her

This post was originally published on this site

During Kygo’s live set at Coachella 2018, Rita Ora stood in for Selena Gomez during the performance of “It Ain’t Me.” “We have been trying to work together for awhile, and he just called me and I couldn’t say no,” Rita Ora said. “He asked if I could do him the favor of singing the

The post Rita Ora Says Kygo’s ‘It Ain’t Me’ Was Written About Her appeared first on EDM Sauce.

RL Grime Drops Extended Version Of Boys Noize Collab at Coachella

This post was originally published on this site

Even though it has taken what seems like a lifetime for RL Grime to drop his sophomore album, RL Grime’s ‘NOVA’ is still one of the finer trap albums ever to be released. During one of Apple’s recent ads, fans were quick to notice that the unreleased ID on the commercial just so happened to

The post RL Grime Drops Extended Version Of Boys Noize Collab at Coachella appeared first on EDM Sauce.

Marilyn Manson Will Join X Japan For Coachella’s Second Weekend

This post was originally published on this site

Marilyn Manson announced on Instagram that he will be making a guest appearance at Coachella this coming weekend. The shock-rock veteran will be joining Japanese metal superstars X Japan during their second set of the festival. “I am happy to join my great friend @yoshikiofficial and XJapan at Coachella on Saturday the 21st for a … More »

Watch Illenium’s Entire Coachella 2018 Live Set

This post was originally published on this site

Even though the Yodeling Walmart Kid and Beyonce stole the headlines at this year’s Coachella, the electronic music artists played their heart and souls out, including none other than Illenium. While Illenium’s sets tends to get pulled down immediately, now we can all thank the YouTube user Nick The Revolution for recording Illenium’s entire Coachella

The post Watch Illenium’s Entire Coachella 2018 Live Set appeared first on EDM Sauce.

Beyonce’s Coachella Performance Is The Most Watched YouTube Live Stream Event Ever

This post was originally published on this site

Over the course of three days, Coachella 2018’s live stream surpassed any prior records to become the most watched live stream ever. This year’s Coachella attracted more than 43.1 million views and streams from 232 different countries. In addition to Coachella being the most watched live stream event, Beyoncé’s two-hour performance was streamed simultaneously by

The post Beyonce’s Coachella Performance Is The Most Watched YouTube Live Stream Event Ever appeared first on EDM Sauce.

Illenium Debuts Jaw Dropping 1788-L Remix Collaboration Of ‘Where’d You Go’ At Coachella

This post was originally published on this site

Illenium had a truly massive year in 2017. The artists went from relative obscurity to headlining act in a matter of months. This, of course, is no surprise because Illenium has masterfully developed the ability to back both raw energy and deep emotion into his sets. 1788-L, on the other hand, is still an enigma

The post Illenium Debuts Jaw Dropping 1788-L Remix Collaboration Of ‘Where’d You Go’ At Coachella appeared first on EDM Sauce.