By: Goldie Kahn
Doug Van Sant for Insomniac
As EDC and Coachella continue to grow and expand their offerings, the debate over which one of the biggest fests in the west is truly the top dog becoming more and more clear each year. Having just got back from Vegas, this year definitely made the choice a lot easier.
The cost to attend is each festival is similar, with Coachella being slightly higher. I am not going to consider the music since that is simply a matter of taste, and if we are all being honest, seeing music at a large festival is probably the worst way to experience any particular artist. Almost everyone except the biggest headliners are far better off being seen in a club or theater. So, for me, it is the overall festival experience that truly makes the difference. With that in mind, there is virtually no aspect of what Goldenvoice does for the festival-goer at Coachella that outshines what Insomniac does at Electric Daisy Carnival.
A common theme of conversations I had with people throughout the weekend is how cool it was that Pasquale (Insomniac founder, Pasquale Rotella) puts so much money back into the festival to insure the most magical experience possible. Some might say that Coachella is taking the approach that its all about the music and that all of these "features" I mention below are actually "distractions" from paying attention to the music on stage. But as I mentioned earlier, if it was really all about the music, they wouldn't even host a festival.They would just book the bands into the venues that provide the best possible listening experience for that specific artist. Festivals are designed to make boatloads of money for everyone involved, promoters, bands, DJs and the local economy. So if you're going to pull it off, show some integrity and respect for the people who save money all year to attend and give them an experience that they will never forget. As someone who has attended both festivals for many years and loves them each for different reasons, I thought it was time to set the record straight.More »