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Why the Do Lab Is the Best Thing About Coachella

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Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 8:10 AM
click to enlarge COLIN YOUNG-WOLFF
  • Colin Young-Wolff
It's the coolest outdoor spot on the Coachella grounds - literally. Misters and water guns help you beat the heat while you dance your little behind off to thumping electronic music. 

So, what's not to like about the Do Lab stage? Lots, apparently.

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click to enlarge The Do Lab - MARY GRACE CERNI
  • Mary Grace Cerni
  • The Do Lab
The Do Lab has generated a lot of hate on the Coachella message boards. "I don't want to hear fat dubstep in the background while I'm watching a band like Foals," said one commenter. Another called it an "anachronistic burning man nuisance." 

But the most frequent complaint concerns its sound bleed into the other stages. Apparently the organizers heard their whining, as it's been moved from the center of the festivities to an area near the food courts. 

In any case, no matter where you put it, the Do Lab is the best thing about Coachella. There's no other stage where you can get quite as wet or weird. And it's the only one where, rather than a passive relationship between performer and audience, the audience is an integral part of the experience. 

click to enlarge COLIN YOUNG-WOLFF
  • Colin Young-Wolff
The fact is, metaphorically (if not geographically anymore), the Do Lab is the heart of Coachella. It's also the festival's best, non-judgmental space to go completely balls out, to music that is pretty darn good:

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