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Coachella's First Weekend Controversy

Last weekend, an estimated hundred thousand music fans descended upon the dusty grounds of the Indio, California music fest (not to mention millions of other music fans who couldn’t be there in person

Last weekend, an estimated hundred thousand music fans descended upon the dusty grounds of the Indio, California music fest (not to mention millions of other music fans who couldn’t be there in person were watching some of the shows streaming online). The hoards of music fans will return for a second weekend of Coachella, which starts Friday, and if the festival's first weekend is any indication, it will continue to serve up plenty of buzz and controversy.

One of the biggest and most hyped festivals of the year (and its celebrity-studded crowd) has garnered lots of media attention this past week, and unsurprisingly, has also received a significant amount of criticism.  From celebs wearing controversial cultural symbols such as feather headdresses and bindis to big name acts that failed to live up to the hype, Coachella apparently cannot not come and go without a few storms (and we don’t mean the literal dust storm that kicked up during the festival’s first weekend).

Let’s take a look at a couple of the less-than-pleasant aspects of this year’s fest from its first weekend. We wonder if any of these issues will be smoothed over for its final weekend? Probably not, but at least now music fans know what to expect...

10 The bindi

9 Indian nose ring

8 Outkast Reunion

7 Leonardo DiCaprio wildly dancing

A video has surfaced that allegedly shows Leonardo DiCaprio at the MGMT performance partaking in a frenzied and strange dance consisting of awkward wiggles and hops that we can’t exactly classify in any particular way.

6 Justin Bieber’s hat

5 Native American-inspired headdresses

4 Overcrowding

3 Mother Nature

2 Celebrities being sponsored to attend

1 Coachella

The festival itself has become controversial. Early adopters of the festival will often claim that nowadays Coachella only caters to those who attend simply to be seen (or sponsored, as per our aforementioned point). In other words, the one-time cutting edge indie music festival that existed to encourage and highlight talented musicians now simply caters to the celebrity-studded audience. In greater and greater numbers, devoted and serious music fans are saying no to attending Coachella, instead opting to support smaller concerts at venues in the region that are taking place during the time of the fest.

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