by JACK DUANE
The dust has settled, quite literally, on Weekend 1 of Coachella 2013 in Indio, CA. After three days of standing, swaying, and sweating it’s time to break down the hits and misses from this year’s festival.
Coachella sold out both weekends this year, a testament to the rising popularity of the festival format. The annual Indio tradition stands alongside Chicago’s Lollapalooza and Tennessee’s Bonnaroo as one of the nation’s favorite festivals, and the rise of regional festivals in San Francisco (Outside Lands), New York City (The Governors Ball), and The Gorge Amphitheater in Eastern Washington (Sasquatch) indicates that music fans will continue to encounter live music in bulk.
Before covering the highlights from this year’s Coachella, I’d like to break down the benefits and drawbacks of the festival experience.
Pro - Cost Effective
A ticket to Coachella ($349) or Lollapalooza ($235) can be pricey, even before you factor in a camping pass, transportation, and $7 slices of pizza. That being said, its still cheaper, and easier, than seeing twelve of your favorite bands at twelve different venues.