At Coachella, Create Your Own Festival

April 14, 2015 10:47 PM

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At Coachella, Create Your Own Festival

When the lineup for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was announced in January, it seemed an overwhelming mixed bag of artists cast together without logic or an overarching theme: too many, too much. But it made sense this past weekend as the three-day event unfolded on the enormous pitch here. Coachella 2015, which continues with the same lineup next weekend, perfectly reflected what is happening in rock and pop: Just as today’s music fans make their own playlists on streaming services or in their iTunes libraries, Coachella attendees create their own festival to suit their eclectic preferences.

The festival features about 170 artists on six official stages; others perform at smaller venues tucked away from the main thoroughfare. Music begins at 11 a.m. and runs until well after midnight, and some of the best sets this past weekend occurred under the stark desert sun: Allah-Las’ update of m...

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