Aside from this upsetting experience, the festival remained inspiring. The line-up was still adventurous and challenging, and the site itself, main stages apart, is gorgeous. The addition of the Beach Club this year, featuring EDM music, was positive, though it increased the size of the site and time taken to move between stages, which can constrain your personal schedule. Coachella's stages are arranged so that it's entirely feasible to take in parts of sets, instead of having to commit to remaining in a section of the site. However, the climate is far more pleasant than the Californian desert's, and there's no need to drive into the festival with hotels in walking distance and an efficient public transport system. The paucity of ice cream vendors aside, the quality of food was good and about half the price of many UK or US festivals. It lacks Goldenvoice's art installations, and technical resources in areas such as video screens, but Coachella doesn't have a beach on site. I'm currently uncertain if I'll attend next year, but it's easy to understand why the secret is out about Primavera Sound.
Note that just as I post my 300th article here, this blog will be taking a break for a few weeks whilst I concentrate on my other great passion.