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We Just Barely Survived Coachella 2012

Coachella 2012 week 2

Five stages, three days, and 100+ degree weather. I may not have seen everyone that I wanted to but I survived and I think I did a pretty good job. After my first Coachella experience, I have had a moment to compose myself and reflect on what my favorite moments of the weekend were.

-I finally got to see Madeon play!!! The teeny-tiny Frenchman wasn’t the most imposing presence I saw all weekend but he definitely showed the audience exactly why he is one of the producer/DJs to keep an eye on. He played “Pop Culture” live and the screen behind him showed exactly what kind of insanity his hands are capable of creating.

-The big winner of the weekend, although they weren’t even there, would have to be the Bingo Players. “Rattle” never failed to get the dance floor moving and was played in a bunch of sets. One of my favorite Coachella moments was “L’Amour” getting dropped into Dada Life’s high energy, frenetic performance on Sunday afternoon.

Swedish House Mafia Coachella 2012

-Swedish House Mafia showed exactly why they are masters of the house genre with their performance Friday night. Their performance brought people from all over the polo fields and definitely had a bigger crowd than headliners, The Black Keys.

I’m admittedly not the biggest fan of SHM, but their performance blew me away from the beginning when they dropped their new mega hit “Greyhound.” They easily had one of my favorite sets of the weekend.

Night time coachella 2012

-Sunday afternoon in the Sahara tent was like God heard my prayers and put all of my favorite acts back to back on one stage. It started with dubstep favorite Flux Pavilion and Doctor P, followed by Porter Robinson, Dada Life, and Nero, who played live. Easily the best four hours I spent all weekend.

These sets were full of energy and excitement, the dance floor pulsated and even the people melting in the mid afternoon heat dragged themselves out of the shade to dance their asses off.

-French duo (no, not THAT duo) Justice brought their A-game with their performance Sunday night on the main stage. Their set was the definition of a banging live performance with Gaspard jumping onto the piano, glowsticks exploding into the sky from the audience, basically a thoroughly enjoyable set that was well worth the wait.

Sebastian Ingrosso Coachella 2012

-A couple of other notable performances: SebastiAn bringing the electro heaviness to his set Friday afternoon, Jacques Lu Cont played a solid bouncy set on Saturday, followed by a dirty dubstep performance by Canadian duo Zeds Dead.

I do have to admit that I failed miserably favoring “headliners” over some of the biggest names in house music. I am currently hanging my head in shame and choosing to focus on the fact that it is Vegas Pool Party SEASON so all is not lost, because a Kaskade/Avicii/Afrojack performance is only a four hour drive away. But for now here are some of my biggest regrets.

Night time at coachella 2012

-Alesso performed on Friday and although I could hear his set from my tent I wished with all my heart that I was in the actual tent he was playing in. Every song he played had me saying “I LOVE this song!!” He dropped “Calling” and even though I wasn’t physically there I danced with reckless abandon on an air mattress.

-Martin Solveig played a booming set on Saturday Night that featured a guest appearance by Dragonette when he dropped “Hello.”

-And please don’t crucify me, but I didn’t see Avicii. I know, EPIC FAILURE. I saw the pictures too. His set was AMAZING, not only did he bring it with all of the songs he played but his set design teased at what is to come with his upcoming tour. From what I saw, it will not be disappointing.

-Aubrey

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