I didn’t hear anything about this event until the second day was nearly over, and it sounds like it was a terrific couple of days. There were performances by Underworld, Chemical Brothers, DJ Shadow, Moby, Autechre, Mixmaster Mike, Derrick May and others, including more “conventional” performers like Beck, Rage, Tool, etc. The focus of the show was not on big performers in terms of popularity and sales, it was more based on the musical competence of the performers. And as a result,
Coachella was able to avoid the Limp Bizkits and Korns who might sell millions of copies, but whose amped-up audiences have helped turn recent music festivals into something akin to fraternity hazing rituals.
Instead, you had the ecstatic goofiness of the rave-goer.