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- Posted on Apr 18th 2011 3:30PM by Charley Rogulewski
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"I use to come to Coachella a lot as a teenager," Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino told Spinner on Sunday, a couple hours before her set on the Outdoor Stage. "I think I came three or four years in a row. It was always the cool California summer festival thing -- there wasn't always too much else going on festival-wise -- so we'd just come here and underage drink and do a bunch of stupid stuff and sleep in the desert."
Cosentino was playing her first Cocahella under the Best Coast moniker, after the skyrocketing success of last year's shimmery, lo-fi debut 'Crazy for You.'
"I'm having a very nostalgic weird day," she continued. "This festival is humongous now and being here is not something I ever thought would happen when I was coming here and eating pot brownies in the parking lot. Never ever."
Also channeling the same feeling this weekend was Mumford and Sons banjo player Winston Marshall. During the folk band's Saturday evening set on the main stage he told the massive audience, "I was a punter sneaking in here for Rage Against the Machine." The festival had sold out that year, in 2007, and the funk-metal band's reunion forced him to scaled the festival fence.
While the progression of music fan to professional musician sounds like a natural one, Cosentino can't exactly wrap her head around it.
"I'm really nervous," she admitted. "I'm less nervous about how many people are here and more nervous about the fact that I use to be one of those people in the crowd and now I'm on the stage. It's just blowing my mind a little bit."