Coachella Day 3: Gorillaz In Da Mist


And so … the 3-day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has come to another close. For Day 3 yesterday, acts like Thom Yorke (of Radiohead fame), Julian Casablancas (of The Strokes), Little Boots and Sly Stone rocked the fest while the British “animated” band Gorillaz closed out the weekend with their headline set. Here are some photos from the Coachella stage yesterday and some deets about the overall festival, which — for 2010 — is already dunzo!

The three-day Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is playing to sellout crowds this weekend and shattering attendance records, festival officials said. The Goldenvoice-promoted festival, now in its 11th year, is drawing a record 75,000 people per day to the Empire Polo Club in the desert community of Indio, up nearly 15,000 from last year’s daily average. But the record attendance and a later curfew — 1 a.m. instead of midnight — weren’t the only new wrinkles in the festival. Promoters found themselves worrying about the eruption of an Icelandic volcano and its massive ash cloud, which halted flights in and out of Britain and northern Europe. A festival spokeswoman said seven artists were grounded in Britain, including Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, which had been on tour in Europe. British rock bands the Cribs and Frightened Rabbit were among those unable to get to the U.S. for the festival. “We would have taken any slot, any time, just to play this festival,” said Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison. “If you’re playing to people who’ve come to see you at a club show, the battle has been won.” The band had a prime Friday afternoon slot, and was counting on Coachella to increase its standing in the U.S. “This is bad for us on all levels,” Hutchison said. “We were about to head out on a U.S. tour, and this would have been a good way to get a few more fans on board.” Getting to Coachella wasn’t easy, even for those in Southern California. Traffic was at a near-standstill for much of Friday afternoon, as the four-mile route from the 10 Freeway to the venue was at a crawl throughout the day. Once they parked, fans spoke of hour-plus waits to get into the gates. Henry Conklin, a 19-year-old New York University student, said his friend paid a woman $40 to cut in line. Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron confirmed reports that a small number of ticketless fans had jumped the gate, but police made only 12 arrests Friday, and all were alcohol- or drug-related. Despite the increase in attendance, the arrest number was on pace to be down slightly from last year, when 69 arrests were made throughout the weekend. Police were also adjusting to the later curfew. After Goldenvoice was slapped with more than $50,000 in fines last year when headliner Paul McCartney played past the midnight deadline, the company won approval to extend Friday and Saturday curfew to 1 a.m. As a compromise, the department said Goldenvoice’s country-music Stagecoach festival will end at 11 p.m. rather than midnight next weekend. Even with longer hours and five stages of music, many festivalgoers had to strain for a glimpse of the more hotly anticipated acts. Up-and-coming rock group Yeasayer and beloved electronic act La Roux were performing at one of Coachella’s three tent-covered side stages, which overflowed in the afternoon heat, keeping many fans 30 or more feet away from snaring a glimpse of the artists. Yet the mood on the grounds was far from tense. Attendees were eager to brave the heat and lines for a Friday-night headlining set from one of music’s biggest stars, hip-hop artist Jay-Z. He had an unbilled, A-list surprise guest in tow — his pop-star wife, Beyonce.

And that, my good friends, is that. Coachella 2010 is already in the books and the countdown has begun for next year’s music fest. It’s crazy how things like this tend to come and go in the blink of an eye. Even still, it just does not sound all that fun to fight the growing crowds in the desert just to stand around and watch a shortened concert performance from a great distance. I bet most of the fun is just being there but, yeah, if I’m gonna see a band play … I want to actually see the band play. In any event, Day 3 was well-attended by music fans and celebs alike. After the jump, check out some photos of some of the roving celebs who attended the Coachella festival yesterday …

Alexander Skarsgård spent another day creepin’ around with Kate Bosworth … it would seem that they are a hot new item. She is a lucky lady. Lindsay Lohan managed to pull herself away from the hotel pool to actually mill about the festival grounds on Day 3 … good for her! And the biggest news was that Kristen Stewart managed to pull herself away from BFF (and rumored beau) Robert Pattinson long enough to attend the festival yesterday. Yes, it sounds like everyone made their way to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA for Coachella this year. I don’t know that I’ll ever haul my cookies out to the desert for the fest … it would take a huge act to inspire me to make the trek. Neither Madonna nor Prince got me to attend previously … but if The Smiths ever get around to reuniting for the gig, I’d prolly make my way out to my first ever Coachella festival. Did any of y’all attend this year? Was it all that?

[Photo credit: Wireimage, Splash News; Source]

  • Kendra

    The Gorillaz and Faith No More were the big draws for me this year, but with only being able to buy the 3-day package, I wasn’t able to go..Plus, I can’t deal with the crowds anymore..My friend sent me some pics of her in the crowd and it just looked miserable!!

  • Karina

    Is that Doctor Who’s Matt Smith in the first of the second set of pics? :D

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  • Stacy

    Morrissey played at the first Coachella in 1999. That was my first (obviously lol) and last time going out there!

  • I made the trek down from Vancouver and it was so worth it. In spite of the Firghtened Rabbit’s being unable to get there…..the lineup was amazing. Couldn’t fit all the bands in.

    Highlight was Florence and the Machine – we stood for 2 hours to be close to the stage and holy mother, was she amazing. She brought out Nathan Willett from Cold War Kids to sing Hospital Beds…… so crazy good.

    The crowds were crazy, but I you don’t mind being far back, the screens at the 2 stages make it all good. I stood outside the tents for a few acts, but it was not that bad.

    I agree, the shortened sets are not ideal, but when do you get the chance to see over 30 bands for $300? So many of those bands I could not afford to see on their own, or they don’t make it to Vancouver.
    Loved it, planning next year already!

  • mattR

    COACHELLA BLEW MY FUCKING MIND! i still cant comprehend what i experienced this weekend. it was the return of the DJ this year. dubstep was in full effect. there was a lot of love on friday, got there early on thursday which is a very smart move for anyone planning on attending. saturday was out of control. sunday was a nice sendoff.

    still cant believe i got to have such an amazing experience with great friends. still exhausted, still drained, still not in reality, but i cant wait for next year. my head is spinning.

  • Steph

    I also made my way down from Vancouver for Coachella (hell 24-hour straight drive! I even slept a night in a Rest Area. Dedication!) And IT WAS AMAZING!!!
    Bit too much of a fashion-show for my liking (hello, we’re camping here!!!) but it was so so so so so fantastic! I’d do it again in a HEARTBEAT!
    Highlight was DEFINITELY Atoms for Peace (Thom Yorke & Flea, among others).. they performed all of Thom Yorke’s solo album, along with a few Radiohead songs thrown in… It was perfect.
    Oh, and I’m no Jay Z fan, but holy SMOKES! What a show! Beyonce is FIERCE in person!
    I’m still recovering from the party, but MAN! If you can ever make it out, I’d 110 percent recommend it!
    And the crowds aren’t even that bad, I managed to get up into the front 10 rows for pretty much all the shows I went to!
    Trent, do it! You’re so close anyways! And it’s not even tooo dirty if you don’t camp :) It’s all about listening to great music on a grassy field with the beautiful sun… how much better can it get?