Coachella: Fear of missing out takes hold

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INDIO, Calif. – “FOMO” The Fear of Missing Out. The unbearable heaviness of being that is part and parcel of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival when a minimum of six performances — of 166 acts on the official festival lineup — are going on at any given moment.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing at North America’s preeminent “big footprint” summer music event doesn’t ultimately matter. There is always the unshakable sense that something else better and buzzier — the topic of conversation that will no doubt dominate all discussion of Coachella Weekend 2 for perpetuity — is unfolding several hundred feet away despite all of your better efforts.


Music fans dance and try to cool off Saturday at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / April 19, 2014)

PHOTOS: Coachella Weekend 2

Around 4 p.m. Saturday, as Carbon Airways bludgeoned the Sahara Tent masses with the teenage sibling duo’s signature blend of electronic and rock-inspired sounds, the sense that life was somehow passing me by invaded and I hastened to exit the aircraft-hangar-sized space.

But where to go next? The choices were almost overwhelming.

The stylings of Scottish electronica trio Chvrches on the Outdoor Stage? Dark R&B singer-songwriter Banks in the Gobi Tent? The British indie rock quartet Bombay Bicycle Club back in the Mojave? Guy Gerber upwind at the Yuma Tent?

In addition to all those performers, the Coachella-goer is conceivably conflicted about attending any number of sideshows and beguiling non-lineup events that similarly vie for FOMO attention.