It's finally time for the second weekend of Coachella. You have waited and waited for Coachella to come. This isn't just a music festival. This is Coachella. It's three of your favorite days of the year. You are going to see your favorite acts, you are going to dance like there is no tomorrow, and you are going to have the time of your life.
Now before you do this there is a myth that Weekend 1 Coachella goers seemed to believe that you need to consider. They seemed to think that it was Coachella's job to pick up their trash. This is absolutely not true. In fact, it's completely impossible for them to do so. Coachella has grown to 100,000 people; imagine how many people it takes to keep the place clean if all festival goers nonchalantly throw everything on the ground. The end of last weekend resulted in a venue that was jam packed with nothing but water bottles, watermelon rinds, glow sticks, and every other food product imaginable. There was so much trash left behind that it really changed the beautiful Coachella landscape. This was sad to witness. So how can we change this? What can we do to keep our favorite festival clean?
BIO: SnowBall music festival moved from their usual ski town environment to the parking lot of Invesco Field At Mile High. The change in venue made it feel like a completely different festival. It was much easier to attend, but the previous SnowBall magic never really showed up.
Name: SnowBall Music Festival
Location: Denver, CO
Dates: April 6th-9th, 2014
The years after school seem to blur together. Adults (I use this term very losely now) don't have spring, summer, and winter break, nor do they have a grade number to see how far life is progressing. We go from being seniors in high school or college, to suddenly battling for survival. You are either making it, or trying to figure out how to make it.
This is how life was for me after college and I was one of the lucky ones. I managed to find a really incredible job off of Craigslist, which I worked for the next five years after college. I made great money, enjoyed the work, had time off, and everything else you could ask for. So what was the problem? I was bored. Was this really all life was going to be for me?
Then in the middle of February 2011 my uncle from Colorado called me and said that one of my favorite acts, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, were playing in Vail a couple weeks later. I thought that was really cool, but it didn't inspire me enough to check it out. The next week my uncle called me back and said it was a first time festival called Snowball. On Tuesday of that week I looked it the festival up, and saw a lineup with many of my favorite acts including: The Flaming Lips, Local Natives, and Portugal The Man. There were also some guys named Bassnectar, Big Gigantic and Pretty Lights that I had heard of,but were not really my style (at the time). The night before the festival a friend and I decided to make the trip to Colorado and have ourselves a little adventure. We bought our tickets and hopped on a plan from LA to Denver the next morning. Before we knew it we were bundled up in all the snow gear we had, and walked up to the festival’s entrance.
What we experienced over the next three days was everything my life was missing. I was exposed to new artists that I would have never heard about otherwise. I also met dozens of awesome people that I had a lot in common with, because we had the same music taste. I was free to turn the rest of the world off and give my brain the weekend off.
Snowball will forever by my timestamp. It's where everything changed. After three days at Snowball, I could honestly say that festivals were something I loved with every ounce of my being. I went to Coachella a month later and had my big "aha moment." I saw that these festivals meant the world to millions of people, and that no one was talking about them from festival-goers point of view. After attending a few more festivals I decided to try and find a way to make them my full time gig. I left my job and managed to make it to ten festivals that year, including a trip to Burning Man. At the end of the season I had moved back to Colorado for the winter. I met with the SnowBall team and explained festival innovations that I had discovered during my travels.
Festivals are about so much more than the music. They give us the opportunity to make friends with people that we would have never had the chance to otherwise. Here is a video I made of a festival reunion I had last weekend at Buku Music Festival.
I'm going to go a little more in-depth with my reviews this festival season. The idea is to provide readers with a real sense of what they can expect from the festival and to provide the promoters with a roadmap of how they can to improve their festival.
Name: Buku Music And Art Project
Location: New Orleans, LA
Dates: March 21st-22nd
Size: 12,000 (estimate)
And I'm back. I took a little hiatus from writing while I work to launch my new company FestEvo. Something that I'm going to be working to accomplish this year is getting people to review the festivals they got to. The idea is to identify problems so the festivals continue to improve every year.
The first thing you need to know is what you can and can't review a festival on.
Looking at festival lineups for your favorite festival can be risky business. If you love it, you LOVE it. If you don't like it…. well… you're gonna go anyway but man is it a bummer. With this in mind- I have really good news for my fellow West Coast festivalgoers. I came across the previously unreleased Lighting In A Bottle lineup and it's a real beauty.
Check it out!
Personal highlights: Moby, Phantogram, Gramatik, Break Scrience, and Fort Knox Five.
My contacts at The Do Lab have confirmed this is the real lineup so you can breath a sigh of relief.
If you are on the fence about going to LIB or not. 100% go. NO ONE does it better than these guys.