Thursday, April 26, 2012

Coachella: Day 1, Week 2

We arrived at Coachella in Indio, California just after sunset on Thursday night and pitched our tent. Despite the music not starting until the next day, the place was already humming.

We were car camping and our neighbours were cool folks from Boston on one side and Arizona on the other. We rolled out into the blazing sun on Friday morning, had a shower, breakfast and then entered the hallowed site at 11 am.

The first band we saw was Yuck at the outdoor stage and they rocked!

Jimmy Cliff put on a great show on the main stage with Rancid's Tim Armstrong. He played his vintage hits ("The Harder They Come," "Many Rivers To Cross") and an updated version of "Vietnam" as "Afghanistan."

My personal favourite was WU LYF on the Gobi Stage. They howled and growled their way through an intense set as the sun sank behind the Coachella ferris wheel.

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