This past weekend, Coachella 2012 kicked off with Radiohead, Dr. Dre, the Black Keys, Swedish House Mafia and a bevy of other indie rock/hip-hop/electronic acts performing at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California. This year, Coachella expanded into two identical weekends, giving music lovers ample opportunity to see a ton of bands and catch a lot of sun doing so. Here’s highlights from the first weekend.
Call it “Coldchella,” as the audience and artists did when the festival saw record temperature lows and, assumedly, record highs in sweater sales. Trendsetter Gregg Gillis, of Girl Talk, shelled out $55 to buy one. [Girl Talk’s Twitter]
The temperature lows likely accounted for the rise in alcohol-related arrests, which peaked in 1999, since concert goers weren’t as preoccupied with staying hydrated in the chilly desert. [LA Times]
The Black Lips gave Coachella attendees an extra special set when guitarist Alexander Cole whipped out his dick and used it to strum through their last song. Sadly, it didn’t earn them an encore. [LA Weekly]
R&B crooner Frank Ocean performed a rocky set, after being one of the few acts throughout the weekend to make the crowd wait, and was joined by Odd Future cohort Tyler, the Creator– who also had a rough start. [Complex]
Whereas, rookie rapper Azealia Banks killed her U.S. show debut with a set list of familiar and new material and delivered a hard-hitting rendition of the Prodigy’s “Firestarter” and the Zutons’ “Valerie” in just 25 minutes. [The Boston Phoenix]
As it turns out, the 2pac hologram wasn’t a myth: the late rap star joined Dr. Dre on stage for his Sunday night set, which also brought out Eminem, 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, and a holographic Nate Dogg. [MTV News]
Coachella’s expanded two-weekend lineup was such a draw that Indio, California’s local fire department says that 20% of festival goers will be returning next weekend, for the second installment. [LA Times]