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For the first time in a decade, I opted out of Coachella. There were a bunch of reasons: maybe it was the weak lineup, maybe I’m going through concert fatigue (three shows a week for 10 years can do that), maybe (gasp!) I’m really just too old for the neon and the Native American appropriation that happens in the desert for six days each April.
If my husband weren’t going I would’ve totally forgotten that the festival was happening this weekend. Still, in keeping with my propensity to hashtag everything instead of actually being in the moment, I figured I should check out Coachella’s live streaming YouTube channel to see what I was missing out on.
As it turns out, #Couchella2014 was the best idea I’ve ever had. Let me break it down by listing the pros and cons of NOT going to Indio this year.
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•CHEAP: Did you hear that tickets were going for $1,800++ this year? WTF. That’s not even including three nights of $500-a-night hotel accommodations, food, supplies such as sunblock and hats, and transportation. Not only did I spend $0 watching the stream from my couch, I didn’t even have to take any vacation days.
•EASY: The first day of the fest, I set it up Coachella’s YouTube service — which now consists of three channels — at work. I opened three browsers for each of the channel and listened/watched the sweet sounds of Aloe Blacc, the generic GroupLove and snoozy ZZ Ward while finishing a presentation.
Broken Bells: Tolerable in 8×11 format.
My son watching the Goat rebroadcast on the iPad: I told him to look for daddy at Coachella!
•BETTER ACCESS TO ARTISTS: I’m 5-foot-flat, so unless I had a photo pass at Coachella, I was relegated to watching the bands on the big screens adjacent to the stage. With #Couchella2014, I could see each and every one of Este’s snarly bass faces up close, in HD. YES! Not only could I concentrate on the artists and what they were doing, I could also focus on the overall music better because the songs were all being streamed in such good quality. No leaking through of music from other stages, no annoying bros singing at the top of their lungs beside you.
Outkast with my oatmeal.
•COMFORTABLE: At the real festival, I’d have to zip around from tent to tent to try to catch bands in 100 degree heat. My feet would hurt, I would get sunburnt, get beer spilled on me and have to squeeze in with 10 other people in a hotel room. At my #Couchella2014, I could play Plants Vs. Zombies, go in my own flushable bathroom, sleep in my king-sized bed, wear pajamas, eat dessert from my fridge and be in air-conditioned bliss the whole time. I didn’t even have to stay up to watch Outkast — I fell asleep when they showed the snoozefest that was Girltalk on the main stage. Not that it mattered — I woke up at 8 a.m. and found Outkast’s whole set already uploaded on YouTube. Watched it with my oatmeal in the morning!
BUT, there is one major CON to Couchella…
So this is what happens when you eliminate all the inconveniences at Coachella. No more neon, no more feathers in your hair, no heat, no dehydration, no $10 beer = A way better musical experience. Thank you internet!!!