West Coast Report: Coachella Debriefing

J. Everette Perry
Jay-Z tore up the desert last Friday as the main headliner at the 2010 Coachella Fest, and when Beyonce walked out at the end of his set and performed "Forever Young" it seemed like the huge crowd watching swelled even more. Saturday night was even more jam-packed with performances from Gorillaz, MGMT, Muse, Tiesto, Hot Chip and Faith No More. Several of PAPER's latest feature subjects played including our cover girl Beth Ditto, and last year's Beautiful People Matt & Kim, Sia, and our 25th Anniversary Issue cover boy Wale, all played lengthy (two-hour!) sets. Sia's light-as-air voice was backed up by a heavy rock band and even with her self proclaimed "tummy ache" she gave us all goose bumps. Thom Yorke, Devo, Phoenix, and De La Soul all gave stellar performances, while Sly Stone apparently pre-partied a little too much and his crowd quickly disassembled while booing. Poor Tokyo Police Club was also abandoned in the hot afternoon heat as dehydrated fans opted for the shaded cover of the beer gardens. The only true downside to Coachella, however, was attempting the impossible task of catching all of the band's we -- and the other 75,000 people there -- had traveled to a very hot, very dry desert town to see. It was worth it.

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