This is a guest post written by Sam Jourdan, founder of Good Music Matters.
Coachella has quickly established itself as a point of interest to us Brits – with the festival having developed a reputation as being an ‘American Glastonbury’. I don’t know nearly enough about Coachella to comment on its similarity or difference to our Worthy Farm event, but I can honestly say that I’m damned jealous that I can’t go.
With that said, technology never fails to marvel me, and I was delighted to discover that this year I’ll be able to watch Coachella live over the internet. Livestreaming gigs is still a very new thing, and I commend Coachella for pursuing this avenue – it means music fanatics like me can watch Run The Jewels killing it from the other side of the planet.
Let me just say that I don’t think that livestreaming is an alternative to the physical experience – but rather a supplement. If you find yourself in a position where you’re physically or financially unable to attend a gig, then watch it online. It’ll be far cheaper or even free, and you won’t have to pay £10 for a beer.
For me, there’s quite a few bands who I intend to watch live. Guns N’ Roses are responsible for some of the all-time great hard rock songs, and it’ll be a blast to see Axl and Slash sharing the stage once again – provided Axl can make it on stage in time. I’m looking forward to putting my feet up, grabbing a cold one, and bothering the neighbours with my stellar sing-a-long of ‘Welcome To The Jungle’.
Pop music and I have a somewhat difficult relationship, but Sia is pure class and talent. Having watched a couple of clips of her performing in the past, I’m really looking forward to seeing what a full-length show will look like. Performing just before Sia are Death Grips, and although the two couldn’t be more different, I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to watch both from the comfort of my bed/desk/sofa.
Finally, Ex Hex are a bit of a long shot, but I’ve got my fingers crossed that a stream will be available for them. Although it is easy to overlook their spot on Saturday’s lineup, they’re a fantastic live act; full of energy, charisma, and a genuine passion for their craft.
This is all a way of saying that I’m grateful to be a music fan in 2016. I thoroughly plan on gathering all of Sam’s usual ‘festival foods’ (something greasy, cheesy and unrecognisable from conventional ‘food’), a few mates, a couple of beers and enjoying the streams from my living room.
If you’re in a similar situation to me, whereby you love music but can’t attend Coachella for whatever reason, then be sure to check out all the Coachella coverage right here on LiveList – I know I will.
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