Coachella….. Superbowl of Concerts??

outkast at coachella

This past weekend we were blessed to see another Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Many powerhouses of music from Girl Talk to Skrillex participated in the festival which brings national attention to the Valley every year. The biggest headliner was on Friday with Outkast performing for the first time in 8 years. The duo performed songs from ATLiens to Idlewild, They also brought out Janelle Monae and Future. Also Nas hit the stage performing Illmatic in its entirety  brining out Jay-Z  to perform Dead Presidents.  It was interesting to see Chance the Rapper bring out Justin Bieber to perform “Confident”. Also Jhene Aiko brought out Drake to colab on “From Time”. I personally believe that Skrillex and the Flatbush Zombies had the best performances of the weekend. Their crowds were always engaged and just displayed a vibe of pure elation. This was my first time hearing Skrillex and I was impressed to the point where I did my homework and looked up a couple of Skrillex projects only to be even more impressed. One thing that really caught my attention was the crowd during Outkast and Nas performances. they seemed very stagnant and disengaged. To the point where Andre 3000 could be heard asking the crowd “Are y’all tired” on several occasions. This leads to my question “Is Coachella the Superbowl of Concerts?”. Hear me out, it is great that all these artist are performing but it comes with a cost. First off, ticket prices are astronomical with a general admissions ticket starting at $375. This eliminates the vast majority of true music enthusiasts  from partaking in the event. The true fans are left to the mercy of the live streams which left out many key performance such as Chance, Jhene Aiko, and Kid Cudi. All in all, Coachella is a great event that music enthusiasts look forward to every and will forever be one of the biggest stages in music history. If you missed any performances you would like to see the show goes on next weekend as well.

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