Coachella goes back to alternative roots

April Cambero
Social Media Editor

The indie resurgence was a success at the 2024 Coachella music festival. The two-weekend three-day event took place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio with the first weekend kick-off on April 12 through April 14 and again on April 19 through April 21.

The Coachella music festival is famous for their high-intensity performances, unique artwork and extreme popularity from the public. Many festival goers commute from all over the world to join in on the festivities and celebration of music, art and culture.

At first, I was skeptical of the popular music festival because while growing up in Southern California, I have heard many mixed opinions on Coachella. This was my first time attending the arts and music festival and I must say it met all my expectations.

The festival line-up was filled with indie and alternative artists. It was all I could dream of and reminiscent of the music I grew up listening to in my adolescent years. Big time performers like Lana Del Rey, Kid Cudi, Grimes, Deftones, No Doubt and more all headlined at Coachella. 

Several different stages and tents were placed around the grounds to host different performances and genres of music. The Sahara tent is known to hold electronic dance music performances. This year’s most popular were Peggy Gou, John Summit, Grimes and others.

The dance-pop artist, Grimes, had an interesting performance weekend one where she was unable to mix her music correctly while performing. She had to stop many times to try and explain to the audience why her DJ set was not properly working.

By weekend two, Grimes was back in action and played a Hyperpop set that had the crowd jumping and dancing throughout her entire time on stage. 

The Coachella tent is considered the main stage and holds the performances of the main headliners such as Lana Del Rey, Tyler, the Creator and Doja Cat. 

I attended the performance of Lana Del Rey at the end of the night on day one of weekend two. Lana Del Rey and her dancers entered on the backs of motorcyclists to the Neil Young song “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue).”

Lana Del Rey was dressed in all black with an intricate long, black veil covering her face. She waved to her fans as she rode in and took in the moment. As she stepped on stage, she began singing her song “Without You,” which completely transported me back to my freshman high school bedroom. 

Lana Del Rey ended her performance on day one of weekend two with a performance of her popular song “Young and Beautiful.” The audience sang along to the beautiful melody and watched as Lana Del Rey completely lost herself in the music.

Lana Del Rey sealed the night by dancing and jiving off the stage to some 1950s inspired instrumental music as fireworks blasted off into the desert night sky.

A band that the majority of the crowd were familiar with was No Doubt. Lead singer Gwen Stefani had a huge stage presence at the Coachella stage and left fans completely enamored with the band. 

They played many of their most notable songs such as “Bathwater,” “Underneath It All,” “Spiderwebs” and “It’s My Life”. It was amazing to see their chemistry as this was the first time they played together in nine years.

No Doubt made a tribute to their first time playing at Coachella in 1997. This iconic moment where Stefani encouraged the boys in the audience to sing along to “I’m Just a Girl.” She was able to recreate this iconic moment for the new generation of music lovers. 

To Stefani’s surprise, the boys in the audience were more than willing to participate and absolutely killed it in the exercise. 

After calling on all the boys in the crowd it was time for the girls to shine. The girls came back twice as loud creating another special moment in Coachella history.

April Cambero can be reached at april.cambero@laverne.edu.

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