Day Three… You are always caught in the conundrum of whether to be happy there is one more day of Coachella left or sad that it’s back to reality on Monday.

Eitherway, you’re bound to have a good time and you most likely already have your wallet in hand to get your passes for next year. If you didn’t spend to much money on delicious food & $12 Heinekens, that is.

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Backstage View of the Do LaB’s “Big Fish” Stage

I won’t lie, we spend most of our Sunday at the Do LaB. The kind and hospitable people of the Do LaB and the Confluence welcome their guests with such grandeur that its hard to resist. From dancing on stage with some of the biggest names in electronic music to blasting people with their infamous pressure washers turned tropical water guys, you’re always bound to have a blast at the Do LaB. Check out our experience below… (Skip to 1:16 for Do LaB water gun action).

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Hudson Mohawke

After getting thoroughly soaked and shaking our bootys heavily, we figured it was time for some “real music”. We made our way over to The Heavy, just in time to catch their infamous “How You Like Me Now?”. Busting with energy, the band didn’t definetely disappoint. Post Rock-n-Roll groove, we made our way to Hip-Hop & Electronic producer Hudson Mohawk. You may know him as half of TNGHT, you may not. Dropping all his chunes, from “Riders” to TNGHT’s “Higher Ground” to “Chimes” the crowd was in an uproar for the entirety of the set. This wasn’t the Scottish producer’s first time playing Coachella either, as he had graced us with his duo just years before.

(Despacio)

Having a bit of time before the next set on our list, we made our last stop at Despacio for the weekend. Each time I entered Despacio I ensured to look for Murphy in the back, even though we weren’t really supposed to care about the men behind the decks – I wanted to know. On Sunday, I finally saw him, in all his glory. With 2manydjs digging through crates & manning the turntables, it almost looked as though Murphy was supervising… and supervise he should. You legend you!

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Baauer commanding the Sahara Tent

Leaving Despacio was a toughie, but our friends wanted to see Baauer – so hustled to the Sahara tent as the NYC “Harlem Shake” instigator laid down Trap & Hip-Hop law.. We managed to catch a few tracks before moving on to Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zero’s.

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Having seen them just a year ago at last years installment of Air + Style LA, we knew what to expect – but weren’t entirely sure what Sharpe would bring out at Coachella. Playing out most of his new album, he stopped for a minute, grabbed a joint from the audience – took a nice long puff, and went after it! From holding hands with various audience members to dancing up and down the stage, the man really knows how to put on a performance. He even poked fun at the main stage acts, as all we could hear was faint electronic sounds. With some on point dance moves, he took a crowd members GoPro and filmed the crowd as well as all his band members. Boy would we love to get our hands on that footage. As his set came to a close he asked the crowd what we wanted to hear, as the overwhelming yells of “Home” were belted out the band began and I literally saw this chick burst into tears and fall to the floor. Day three highlight, right there.

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Anderson Paak & T.I.

Post Sharpe, we made our way to up and coming Hip-Hop act Anderson Paak. Instantly we could tell how talented the drummer/rapper truly was. With his drum set moving back and forth across the stage, while he belted out lyrical excellence – we weren’t even sure what we were seeing was real. With special guest cameos from Gary Clark Jr & T.I., he ended his set with intense energy. Paak was absolutely one of the best of the weekend and it is entirely evident by why has the backing of legend Dr. Dre.

To end our legendary experience at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival we caught Australian native, Flume. Unfortunately we got there a few minutes in and the crowd was almost unbearable. Grooving to “Sleepless” and “Insane” we boogied our way to the beer garden for a few more beverages before we made our way back to for one last epic adventure.

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Yuma Tent

The Yuma Tent

Having a close friend reaching out to me all weekend absolutely begging me to go to the Yuma tent, was honestly the only reason I stepped foot in the tent this year. The artists playing were necessarily my kind of vibe, so I stayed away – THIS WAS A MISTAKE.

Walking into the Yuma tent was almost as if you were walking into an oasis in the desert. From couches to full on beds and lounge areas, this was a “club” fit for a king. As Maceo Plex laid down Deeeep House, we made our way to the massive dance floor. Right above Maceo’s head was a the Yuma’s infamous Disco Shark and right above ours a massive disco ball. From the “Chill Zone” to cool off, to the ample resting room – the Yuma tent was the place to be if you wanted to groove heavily or just take a break from desert crowd.

All in all, we had an incredible time covering the event. Coachella is always one of those events that has a bit of the unexpected, and they never disapoint. While some may argue its getting too big, or its becoming filled with the younger generation. These are all just opinions, if you go there looking for good music, youll find it. You might even find that your favorite artist (as long as it’s not Calvin Harris) won’t even have a packed stage. We were able to weave our way in and out of the front row at almost all the sets we were out. And no, its not because we were covering the event its because you don’t always have to go see all the headliners. You do you, thats what Coachella is all about.

See you next year my desert friends! As always, a MASSIVE thank you to the entire Goldenvoice team for having us.

 

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