Amidst the crazy sea of hipsters, hippies, old folks, pre-teens and babies(!), the first weekend of Coachella was also packed with EDM revelers, ready to get their fist-pumping music fix over the course of the three-day bacchanal. In fact, it seems that dance music lovers are growing in numbers so much that every other car in line at the campgrounds checking in on Thursday was blasting some sort of EDM anthem. The festival even dedicated a new stage to the more underground side of house music, in the form of the new Yuma Tent this year. So now that we've come home briefly from the dust storms and nursed our massive hangovers, it's time to reflect on the top five EDM Coachella highlights for weekend one.
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Alejandra Loera / OC Weekly Pete Tong
5. Pete Tong
No stranger to Coachella, Pete Tong was added to the line up last-minute and to our delight, it was at the new Yuma Tent, powered by Hollywood's Sound Nightclub. This club-style dome was giving the Sahara tent a run for it's money, as lines to get inside were up to an hour long. It was totally worth it though, with disco balls, air conditioning, wood floors, couches and dim lights with LED displays all around. Tong showed Coachella what an Ibiza-style party is like, setting the tone for Yuma for the rest of the weekend. He played an incredible deep tech house set, which combined musical quality with a sense of escapism for the grown-ups who may have outgrown the rave scene, but still rejoice in the music. Sure, he may be radio's #1 dance music broadcaster, but he is also a tastemaker in his own right and knows just what kind of tracks will get the crowd grooving. A definite must see for weekend two.
Courtesy of Rukes.com Cassy at the new Yuma Tent
International house and techno DJ Cassy Britton made her Coachella debut in the Yuma Dome last Saturday evening, and to her surprise she played an incredible deep, extended set after the legendary Richie Hawtin had technical difficulties with his equipment. Combining swagger into her classic house sound, Cassy is one of the few females who plays mostly vinyl sets, even in this male-dominated industry. Playing a slew of new tracks and deep house favorites, she brought the European Berlin discothèques she's used to spinning at stateside. Devoted to her craft, she is also a singer who blends traditionalism with her own deep grooves. Not only did we love her debut, but we enjoyed hearing this underground sound, which rarely makes it to the big festivals in the states.
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