Coachella 2013

Coachella

So the day I’d been anticipating for ages finally came… The Coachella 2013 line up announcement. To be honest, I was dreading it (or my bank account was) because I knew if it was as good as last year I’d be booking a ticket and not eating for the next three months in order to go. Luckily, for my bank balance’s sake, I wasn’t blown away. As good as they are, I didn’t feel as though the headliners, are worth a trip to California since their probably isn’t going to be any year defining ‘stunts’ this year. Let’s face it; if getting to see Dr Dre and Snoop (then) Dogg on the West Coast wasn’t enough, we were just so lucky enough to be graced with an appearance from the one and only Tu Pac, in hologram form. No disrespect to Blur and The Stone Roses, but with their oh-so-cool reputation I don’t think it’s in their nature. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers on the other hand are more likely to pull something out the bag, especially being Cali natives, but they don’t have that flash attitude that the rappers have.
Last year, I thought there were a fair few British acts on the line-up but this year I think there are taking over. The funny thing is that there are so many of my favourite artists on the list, but I have seen most of them in the last year or am going to see them in the next few months. As amazing as it would be to see them live, tucked neatly between the beautiful mountains of Palm Springs, on the super green, mud-free manicured lawns of Empire Polo Club, you just can’t beat seeing an act that you love on their own stage. Coachella 2012 was an amazing experience for me, so I’m going to leave it at that and maybe make my return to Indio in 2014 instead.

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Haim @ Kings College

On a cold Wednesday evening in November we went down to The Kings College site just off the strand int he hope that some sunny California girls could brighten up our evening. Haim consist of three sisters with a west coast sound that’s oh-so nu-folk-nineties.  They are one of my favourite musical things from 2012 because they come from a movement of bands like Tribes, Palma Violets, Savages and Pond, who for the first time in a decade, have all threatened to show up everyone who had come before them. When I first heard their debut song, Forever, it instantly sent me straight back to my memories of California, where I was earlier on the year for Coachella, so I was hoping their show would do the same. True to the sounds heard on their EP, these girls made us forget about the bitter cold outside and got us rocking out and our heads shaking and forget about she bangs the drums, it was all about they bang the drums as they finished off with each of them pounding in unison while the crowd went wild. They’ve taken girl power to the next level and are certainly ones to watch in 2013. Now all that’s left to do is sit back and wait for them to release their album and catch them on the festival circuit next year, which I’ve no doubt that they’ll rock just as hard, if not harder, then they did at this gig.