An outsider’s review of Coachella


Lorde performing at Coachella in 2014 (Daniel Patlan/flickr)

Reagan Freeman, Submissions Editor

I’ll be first to admit that I have always wanted to attend Coachella, an annual music, and arts festival held in Indio, California, but I’m not willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a ticket. So instead, I live through the attending celebrities’ wild Coachella explorations, by stalking their Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat accounts.

What makes this festival so great? The five stages used to display a variety of music. From the soft tunes of Kaleo’s “All the Pretty Girls,” to the eclectic indie sounds of Bon Iver, music is what makes Coachella.

Out of all the videos and pictures I’ve seen online, I have determined Lorde’s comeback to be the most amazing element from Coachella.. Oh lordy, she is a queen. Lorde debuted with the hits “Homemade Dynamite and Melodrama.”. “Homemade Dynamite” is one of Lorde’s best songs to date. Rivaling her popular song “Royals,” which was on the Top 10 list of Hits 100, “Homemade Dynamite” is powerful and classy; it’s a song you can party or write an essay to.

Along with these two songs, Lorde also sang a vibrant version of her song “Tennis Court” from Pure Heroine, and she even broke into a bit of Kanye West’s “Runaway.”

Another “queen” who performed at Coachella was Lady Gaga; she was the opening act for Saturday’s main stage set. Gaga was a late fill-in for Beyonce after Queen B’s pregnancy caused her to bow out of the lineup this spring. She played a variety of her hits such as “Love Game,” “Venus,” and “Born This Way.” Towards the end of her performance, Lady Gaga shifted to the piano with a ballad of “The Edge of Glory.”

The hip hop artist occasionally dubbed the “trap god,” Gucci Mane came back for another round of Coachella with his crew. He brought out Migos, Lil Yachty, and Rae Sremmurd as his guests, and collaborated with Sremm Life on their hit “Black Beatles,” which has become one of Gucci Mane and Rae Sremmurd’s biggest hits as of late.

Since the electronic dance music (EDM) craze has collapsed, DJ Snake among many other artists at the festival in the Indio Valley  has been there to pick it back up with his loud, party-friendly music: “Turn Down for What” and “Lean On.” Coachella is all about making your time memorable. He did that by not only bringing out guest rappers but also bringing out the legendary Lauryn Hill as a collaborator guest. Don’t worry if you missed it, you can catch the action here.

If you feel like you missed out at Coachella, well you did, but a simple hashtag search on Instagram will make you feel like you’re there.