Coachella 2010: More queer every year


I have been going to Coachella for years and I love this festival: the desert, the sun, the people, the food — but especially the music. Year after year, Coachella is the place where I get to see my favorite bands that, for one reason or another have not been able to see live. It’s also where I discover the bands that, if I were truly hip, I would/should already know about.

The Coachella Music and Arts festival experience can be whatever you want it to be. It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure book for adults. This year’s lineup showcased over 130 bands crossing over all musical genres. Let’s be real — this festival had it all. From electronic to rock to mainstream hip-hop, there was something for everyone.

The other thing that I noticed was how this lineup was very queer friendly. Grizzly Bear, Sia, Owen Pallet and supported several female-fronted bands including Camera Obscura, Dead Weather, Beach House and She and Him, which I followed on my own adventure.

Beach House

All photos by Lindsey Byrnes

I arrived everyday before 1 p.m. on Friday to make sure to see the early bands. Usually, I can’t stand the heat of the sun and being out on that polo field for 12 hours, but there were so many bands that I wanted to see, and it just so happened that the temperature out in Palm Springs was probably about 10 degrees cooler then any other time I’ve been there. (Big ups to whoever or whoever decided to move the festival dates to the middle of April this year, instead of the last weekend. My skin and sweat glands also thank you!)

My adventure started out at Mojave stage where Jets Overhead were playing. I completely lost myself when they started playing “No Nations" — they sounded amazing! I continued from stage to stage catching Fever Ray’s lazer show, Vampire Weekend and then danced my booty off at La Roux.

Fever Ray

Seriously I can’t believe I didn’t put together who La Roux was until I was dancing up and down, somehow singing a long to her songs. Have I been living under a rock? Her set left me literally breathless easily one of the best of the festival, if I am gonna play favorites.