When Coachella ends in 2018 and producer Goldenvoice turns the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California, into country mode for the Stagecoach Festival, we rank two weeks of music, artists, Amenities and experiences with winners, losers and "needs work".
WINNER: Cardi B
Expectations were so low for the former reality TV star who was booked when she had only one hit and received a tiny window on the main stage. In the run-up to the festival, she openly discussed her "low" fee ($ 70,000 / weekend), had an unusually short time, and is pregnant. None of this stuff mattered.
She came to the main stage, produced four great guest stars (including G-Eazy), recorded Beyonce's fired dancers and won thousands of fans they might never see on a hard ticket show. Above all, she was unforgettable. She will come back.
As Cardi's chart went up, her fiancé Offset and Migos went the other way. They arrived late on the first weekend (a deadly movement at tightly regulated festivals), were lethargic and were booed. They recorded it for weekend 2, but by then most of the press and buzz had continued. In 2017, they made a zillion guest appearances on other sets at the height of the popularity of "Bad and Boujee". That was the moment. Is there anything like "wait until last year?"
The super store and the fashionable festival fans do not overlap much. But the "Walmart Yodeling Kid" made headlines when he appeared on the opening day of the festival in the Sahara tent. Then …
LOSERS: Miguel and SZA
I did not hear a buzz from the singer's sets. On weekend 2, SZA did not allow photographers on their set, which does not help. Did these sets ever happen?
Miguel's highlight was Kygos (pictured) during the brilliant weekend of the producer, in which two "Remember Me Forgotten" sang.
SPIRIT AWARD WINNERS: Yoshiki Ayashi and X Japan
Someone had to play against Beyonce. It was these rock legends from Japan who are used to playing for stadium-sized crowds and selling over 30 million albums. They were in the shadow for a few years with Goldenvoice on a festival space and worked together with the powerhouse WME agent Marc Geiger.
They did not discover their terrible time until days before the festival. Bury your head in the sand? No way.
LOSER: No Functional Wifi
There is no excuse for it. For the data mining potential alone, the festival should cover the fields at least as much as the public WLAN at Burbank airport. Are fans concerned about livestreaming sets on YouTube? Put a data cap and throttle the abusers.
WINNER: The Culinary Culture
Both GA and VIP now have a range of gourmet, healthy, unhealthy, hand-held and face-nominating actions. Here MallowMallow showed one of her frozen Sorrento concoctions.
This was a lunchtime superstar: a vegetable burger from the upcoming Monty's good burger in Riverside , The festival also debuted this year modeled on the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. It was a converted beer barn with craft brews and wine "vineyards." How long before they debut a "food-only" bracelet and transform the name into "Coachella Valley Music, Art and Food Festival ". Paul Tollett, we are ready. Goldenvoice
WINNER: Saviors of Rock, Greta Van Fleet
"Straight from a Woodstock documentary," a critic summarizes the gang of brothers (and a friend) from Michigan.
"To be honest, we did not really know what we're getting into," bassist Sam Kiska told the Party Report after the show. "We all went without a preconceived notion of what we were doing, we just went on stage and here was this huge tent full of people and then crowded with people who were actually outside the tent, there was no soundcheck, no line control" We just got on the stage and played. I think that's what a musician is about. "
Goldenvoice  WINNERS: Greta Van Fleet (cont.) "I felt that we took this excitement and put it right back [in to the set] this feedback loop was always bigger and bigger by the end of the show, the last note of "Safari Song." Everyone had a great time, they go away and see something else, and take that energy with them, spread them around So, yes, I think, Coachella has fulfilled everything we thought. "
TRENDING DOWN: The Side Parties
So it was at the parties: Post Malone (a major attraction) strolled with his crew in a laid-back transplanted LA nightlife scene in a killer estate. However …
So most of them are today. This looks like a convention of "Who?" standing around in a heavily-sponsored patch of how to lock every notable in a VIP area, or right after taking the photo they need for a clumsily-sponsored fast food / clothing brand sponsor. As the festival experience itself has improved, the majority of side parties have become a second tier for those who are not (or not ready) for bracelets. Except …
VICTOR: Tao Pop-Ups
All killers, no filler, their talent parties on the first weekend challenged Ellen's Oscar selfie. After the Weeknd Headliner Show he celebrated with Shania Twain, Nicki Minaj, Oscar favorite Timothée Chalamet, some Jenners and Migos. That was "the one," and I do not know any civilians who made the list. Goldenvoice
WINNER: Festival Flow
Goldenvoice thwarted set-up times, opening new avenues and shattering stage genres to prevent single-genre fans from "camping" in a room all day. This forced people to move around the grounds and mitigate the worst bottlenecks of the recent past.
WINNERS – then LOSERS – then WINNERS Again: The Do Lab
Bringing out RL Grime and ZHU as surprise guests on the opening weekend has hit the nerve of EDM fans, who were disappointed by the absence of big-room guys in Vegas. But strong winds reportedly destroyed the structure between the two weekends ( right ), rebuilding the Do-Lab crew in a few days. On the Friday night of the second weekend, they were hosting a behind-the-scenes party and preparing for their own Lightning in a Bottle Festival next month.
Not only did hop-hop dominate the line-up this year, taking on two of the headliner spots of the dance tent, but also the Heineken House festival within a festival. Snoop Dogg, Mase and Diddy joined Busta Rhymes for his headliner performance on the opening weekend.
WINNER: The "New" Sahara Tent
The 2013-17 Sahara tent (pictured here) had become a safety and health hazard as the pickpockets raided at will last year. After the appearance of the Chainsmokers in 2016, a radio announcer from Entertainment Weekly said she was worried about her life there.
Voilà! By turning the landscape in the "Landscape" mode, enlarging it by 25 percent and moving it to a shady area, the Sahara solved all pain points.
People could dance in a circle with their friends and (gasp) even turn around and face each other in the new room. Panoramic screens made the back of the tent (pictured here) the size of the front. Months of Internet dismay and speculation have paid off. Bravo!
WINNER: 18-year-old French producer Petit Biscuit
Known for his dreamy, dreamy chill-time, Mehdi Benjelloun had his set driven on an energetic Saturday afternoon. He accepted the praise from the Party Report and wrote: "The festival audience is the best challenge because there are two different people in the crowd: those who already know what you are doing and the others who will discover you, and you have one hour So to make the magic come alive and bring people into your world, I thought my live show was a catchy tune and also tried my best to make it atmospheric just to amplify the emotions that my music is supposed to bring "
WINNER: 69-year-old composer / electronic pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre
Days after the Coachella occupation in January, Hans Zimmer reported to the party report that JMJ was the obligatory act of the festival. Hans Zimmer knows music. He also knows Coachella because he booked the 2017 festival as a nerd. Jarre played the laser harp (left) and imported his municipal show into the outdoor theater, winning new fans with a full audio-visual experience. Unfortunately, his short April tour in the USA is over for hunting.
The 23-year-old "SpaceMom" was not just the only woman to beat the Sahara tent. She was the only DJ who got this spot. Her hypnotic, psychedelic bass had fans who began to lug with the set, "Who's that?" (Question) to "Who the hell is this!?!" (Exclamation). This is a big jump for someone who was in the middle of the pack months ago at individual EDM festivals.
WINNER: Eye Popping Art
Spooky and haunting, Edoardo Tresoldi's wire and mesh structures were translucent, shadowy secrets from far and near.
WINNER: Spectra installation of NEWSUBSTANCE
This air-conditioned quarter-mile hike to the best views of the site was the defining icon of the festival. His aura has developed through the day and turns the festival fans into dark silhouettes. In the next few years, people will call the "Beyonce lifesaver" year in 2018, but that would be inaccurate. It will soon go nowhere. It will be back in Coachella 2019 and 2020.
WINNER: Organic brand partnerships that made sense
Telephone battery, beer, ride-sharing and interactive music partnerships were a natural fit. For example, in Google and YouTube's Casual Artist Lounge behind the main stage, artists demonstrated this Google Home Max Wi-Fi speaker, which finds its own placement in a room and can recalibrate its equalizers accordingly.
WINNER: Vance Joy
The Australian singer-songwriter was promoted to the Main Stage in 2015 after filling the Mojave tent. The day after he saw Beyonce as a fan of the field, his afternoon song literally ripped the clouds and brought the sun to light on April 15. Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" and Justin Bieber's "Sorry" live mashup left everyone in the crowd Saturday night cobwebs dance.