Ah the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival… It’s more than just a music festival. It’s a way of life.

After 5 years of attending and 3 years of covering this event, you might think that it would get easier and easier to describe.

It doesn’t.

Goldenvoice & the entire crew behind the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival continue to out-do themselves, year after year.

Friday:

Entering the grounds of the first day of Coachella is a little something like Christmas Morning; you don’t know what to expect, but you know its going to be beyond your wildest dreams.

Heading directly to the press tent for an interview with UK Duo Snakehips didn’t give us much time to explore the groups right of the bat. But after sitting down for a few words with the boys, we were set free into the wild…

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The Do LaB – “Big Fish”

Making our way directly to the Do LaB, we were more than mesmerized by the additions they had made to last years stage installation. With their open air “Big Fish” stage, the continue to remain the hidden gem of Coachella. Although this year they had some competition: Despacio.

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Despacio – All Weekend Long

The 3 man operation, headed up by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, and manned throughout most of the weekend by France’s, 2manydjs, this private disco dance party held some of my most beloved memories of the weekend. But more of that to come in Day 2 & 3.

Making our way to Foals just in time to catch “My Number,” it seemed like we finally entered our Coachella state of mind. The whole band rocked the hell out of their Hawaiian tees too. The Kills were next on our list of artists to see. As expected, Alison Mossheart absolutely shredded it on the vocals.

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A$AP Rocky performing at the Outdoor Stage

As the day turned to night, we grabbed ourselves a few beers & watched the sunset. As I finished off my last beer, I really couldn’t contain my excitement for A$AP Rocky’s performance to come. As expected, the Outdoor stage was absolutely packed.

Tossing out a quick tribute to A$AP Yam’s before beginning his set, Rocky played all the crowd pleasers. From “LSD” to “M$s,” (where was Lil Wayne?) he played out most of his new album. Having one of the better guest cameos of the weekend, Rocky graced us with both Schoolboy Q & Kanye West (What now WEEKEND 2?!). While Rocky’s set did end almost 20 minutes early we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

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Parov Stelar performs on the Gobi Stage

Catching a bit of M83 & Parov Stelar before the infamous LCD Soundsystem allowed for amble dancing before being absolutely blown away by their simple yet utterly incredible tracks. Not deviating from their classics, we were more than satisfied with LCD’s set and could not wait for what Day 2 had in store.

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LCD Soundsystem

Be on the lookout for our Day 2 article hitting the streets Tomorrow!

 

Photos: Coachella, The Do LaB, San Diego Union Tribune