The Great Equalizer – Coachella 2014 Weekend 1 Day 2

April 13, 2014 11:02 AM

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The Great Equalizer – Coachella 2014 Weekend 1 Day 2

Day one of Coachella 2014 was filled with a bevy of music’s best, brightest and most revered. Day two of the grand champion of American music festivals surpassed the first day in every way save the spectacle that was OutKast’s first concert in 13 years. This day’s bill was packed. Packed on the level of where it was almost impossible to see the heavy hitters without literally running around for seven hours straight without stopping for a dinner break. The talent quality was as high as it could be hoped for, but unlike the sweltering heat of day one, day two had a unique problem seldom seen in all of Coachella’s history: extreme wind. As those who drive east from Los Angeles know seeing the windmill fields, much of the high desert around the Coachella Valley has a propensity for powerful windy spurts. This day was pleasantly cooler than yesterday, but the wind not only rocked every standing piece of architecture; it also kicked up enough dust to choke the audience into submission.

This day appeared to cement a notion building about the festival while attending these last three years: it’s not a diehard music fan’s festival anymore. No, those many years droves of practically obsessed music fans were what kept this festival going are gone. There was a time when the Pixies playi...

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