5 Best Coachella Moments of All Time

This is a guest post by Amanda Brown. 

Coachella always offers surprises that redefine the limits of music festivals. If you were there, you probably remember these 5 best Coachella moments of all time.

Creators Project: Jonathan Glazer and Spiritualized

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Coachella is always fun, but the non-stop crowds and musical chaos can take a toll on your psyche. That’s what made 2011 Creators Project such a nice reprieve. This art installation combined the talents of Spiritualized and film director Jonathan Glazer.

They created a soundproofed room that was completely dark except for five cones of light. When you stepped into one of the cones, you heard a song fragment from one of Spiritualized’s greatest albums Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space.

Wu-Tang Gets a String Section

If you had Coachella Music Festival tickets for this year, you got to experience Wu-Tang Clan like never before. The iconic hip-hop group had a strings section join them for the song “C.R.E.A.M.”

It’s hard to improve on RZA’s production, but the strings section brought out something new in a song that has been thumping car stereos since 1994.

Nick Cave Brings Out a Children’s Choir

2013 was a good year for collaborations. Not only did Wu-Tang join forces with a strings section, but the veteran band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds had a children’s choir join them for their opening song “Jubilee Street.”

That’s probably not something you would expect from Cave, whose sense of musical experimentation rarely enters kid-friendly territory, but perhaps the musician has purged the rougher edges of his personality with his loud rock band Grinderman.

GirlTalk Creates Insane Dance Energy

GirlTalk had already earned respect by the time he took the stage at 2012 Coachella, but it’s hard to estimate how much booty shaking dance energy he can pump into a crowd until it actually happens.

At Coachella, GirlTalk mashed up every genre you can imagine. He even had about 50 people dancing on stage with him. He wasn’t creating a party for other people. He was participating in the party. That’s part of the man’s charm and success.

The Nate Dogg Tribute

Snoop Dogg’s career got a huge boost from Dr. Dre. It’s been a while, though, since they’ve performed on stage together in front of thousands of screaming fans. Typically, a stage only has room for so much ego. The wide-open Coachella desert made it possible for Dre and Snoop Dogg to team-up without ripping a hole in the time-space continuum.

Don’t forget the excellent tribute to Nate Dogg, which not only featured appearances by 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, and Eminem, but also a Tupac hologram. It’s hard to even imagine how much that collaboration must have cost the festival.

Every year Coachella features awesome performances and exhibits, so it’s hard to choose a favorite. What are some of your favorite memories from Coachella?

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