If you’ve never partied with any of the GDD™ fam you might not know that we tend to have our own take on the old proverb and prefer to go big and then go home. Once we’re home though, we like to take our time to collect our respective thoughts before passing them along to you, our dear dirty readers. What I’m saying is, please forgive us for the delay in delivering our 2011 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival review, but really, sorry we’re not sorry. Jonah, ///Bones, Troy Kurtz & myself (Matt Black) will be giving you our reviews of the best sets and our favorite moments from the three day marathon of mayhem known simply as Coachella.
Coachella is a truly incomparable experience. Sure there are the other major US festivals like Lolla, Sasquatch, and the ‘roo, and the major UK parties that put Coachella to shame in terms of scope and size, but the atmosphere, setting, vibe, and enthusiasm that are all part of the unique Coachella experience are truly special to me. In +90Fº weather with a belly full of +90 proof booze the journey to the Polo Fields began early Friday. I literally did not stop running for 45-minutes, sprinting ahead of and behind our party train of GDD™ friends and family, circling like a raving vulture, high-fiving anyone and everyone who would return the skin, from on-duty police and security, to fedora sporting middle-aged elitists and scantily clad ravers. +360 days of anticipation wouldn’t let my feet stop moving and they carried the GDD™ team and I straight to where we would spend a significant portion of our weekends, the mecca of rave, the Sahara Tent. – MB
Check out highlights, downloadable sets, and an interview with Magnetic Man after the jump.