Turn back the clock to 2008 and take a look at one of the United States’ most popular festivals, Coachella, with this epic documentary!
The ninth edition of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival was marked by a stunning list of acts who took the stage for over 150,000 eager attendees over the course of the festival. Originally announced to feature headliners Jack Johnson, Portishead, and Roger Waters, the late addition of Prince became one of the most beloved memories of Coachella 2008. In typical fashion for the festival, the undercard also had plenty of names that were major acts too like Calvin Harris, M.I.A., A-Trak, Justice, and more.
While the lineup was definitely on point with some quality names, the festival did lose some steam as it was the first year since 2003 that it did not sell out. Even though the festival grossed nearly $14 million it lost money due to high booking costs for Roger Waters and Prince.
Even though many of you reading this now may not have even known about the festival, or only dreamed about attending, Huell Howser brought his documentary series California’s Gold to the festival for an inside look. The series itself featured historical, natural, and cultural aspects of the state, and Coachella definitely fit the bill to be featured!
Check out the full hour-long video below and see just how much the festival has changed in the past decade alone as we approach the festival this upcoming April. Interestingly enough, if you pay close attention, many things from 2008 are still around today like the Water Bottle Recycling Program, the complaints about tents being too small, plenty of unique art, and more!
Watch California’s Gold – Huell Howser – Coachella Music Festival (2008):
As an added bonus, and in memory of legendary artist Prince, check out his rendition of “Creep” from Coachella 2008 on YouTube:
Check out the lineup poster for Coachella 2008: