YouTube’s Coachella Live is how I can only dream all festivals could be

Destroyer’s Kaputt was my favourite album of 2011. I’d given up hope of ever seeing them live, as I doubt they’d ever tour Australia. The Vaccines’ What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? was a close second for album of the year. I got to see them both today. Live, back to back.

Oh, and did I mention the Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, The Black Keys, M83, Yuck, We Were Promised Jetpacks, St. Vincent, Bon Iver and Radiohead.

I’ve had the best two days of Coachella! It’s just that I’m 12,000km away, and have the wonders of streaming technology, social media, YouTube and State Farm to thank.

Yes, it’s not the same as being there, but it’s a darn close second!


The YouTube interface is fantastic. Three channels, live thumbnails, a clear who’s playing now / who’s up next, an easy to browse schedule for the three days, and calendar integration to boot.

One other big thing on the interface is the pulling in of #CoachellaLive from Twitter, Facebook and Google+. I found myself looking at it a hell of a lot more than I expected to, and the insanely moving, real-time stream of messages really added to the live, communal experience that comes with a festival.

Over 11 hours of streaming music, and not one stutter. The quality of the stream, both audio and video, was stunning.

What would it take for other music festivals to get on board something like this? YouTube is really getting into the live event business, and as of now, it’s been free, but I would happily pay for Coachella, Glastonbury, Roskilde [and countless others] 2013.

These festivals are sold out regardless, so what would they have to lose in offering a streaming option? It could be a 3 day, unlimited pass, or access to select acts.

Anyways, today’s rebroadcast is on, and Childish Gambino AKA Troy Barnes AKA Donald Glover is killing it, broken foot and all, so back to it, I go.

And there’s still a day left! Catch tomorrow over on the Coachella channel.


2 thoughts on “YouTube’s Coachella Live is how I can only dream all festivals could be

  1. Naman Joshi says:

    It’s a shame they havent put all the videos up on the channel though. Im sure lots of people want to go back and watch it. License thing maybe?

  2. c0uP says:

    Oh yeh, there’s no way the record labels and what not would let them put whole sets up! That’s actually why I’m shocked that recordings that people have ripped from the stream and re-uploaded still haven’t been taken down e.g. Radiohead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lssQQNYjXqoThey could turn it into some sort of value add if they ever start charging people; let them watch full sets for the next week or two.

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