Coachella 2014: Was It The Best Year Yet?
Coachella 2014 was littered with standout performances - but was ultimately marred by high profile disappointments.
The Coachella Festival has closed its doors for another year, leaving a bunch of sweating Californian hipsters and A-list celebrities to pack up and dream of 2015. Many had described the 2014 line-up as one of the most interesting and diverse shows yet - but did it manage to live up to the hype?
Arcade Fire Headlined This Year's Coachella Festival
"Who was Sunday's Coachella headliner?" asked the Los Angeles Times in its review of the festival "The band that played last, to wrap up the weekend on the main stage? Or the act that drew probably the weekend's biggest crowd, and certainly its most fevered rush of fans?"
"If the answer is the former, it's indisputably Arcade Fire, which closed out the festival with a set drawing from the downtown disco of its latest album "Reflektor." But if it's the latter, then it's probably Calvin Harris, the Scottish EDM producer whose main stage set around 8 p.m."
Slacker-rock king Beck was one of Saturday's major draws, but even a festival favorite such as he wasn't exempt from Coachella's strict stage rules. The time-keepers cut his power before the end of his final number, drawing boos from the Californian crowd. Still, it didn't take away from what had been a career-spanning set.
Outkast's Headlining Set Was Deemed A Total Disaster
"Beck opened with a pair of hits from two decades ago - Loser and Devil's Haircut - which sounded as fresh as if they were cut last week, before moving chronogically to material from his acoustic-driven recent album, Morning Phase," wrote the Telegraph, "As the sharp-suited showman relayed to the audience, he played Coachella at its inception in 1999, when only 8,000 people attended, around 5 per cent of the numbers that now flock here annually."
One band that ultimately failed to impress critics was freshly-reunited headline act Outkast, who suffered from poor sound and a bizarre looking setlist.
"Poor sound, poor production values, poor choice of guests - Outkast's return to the stage at Coachella was a crushing disappointment," said the Guardian.
"It was one of the most anticipated musical reunions in years: Andre 3000 and Big Boi would be performing together as Outkast for the first time since 2002. Yet their Coachella headlining slot, which saw them at the top of Friday's bill, proved underwhelming for many fans, with a large amount of the audience deserting the performance before it reached its climax of Hey Ya!" wrote Rebecca Nicholson.
Beck Was Cut Off At Coachella 2014