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Coachella 2010: Wale comes out late but chipper nonetheless

April 16, 2010 |  4:21 pm


Hey guys, there's a Ferris wheel at this year's Coachella! (Note: Please ride this at a time of sobriety... otherwise, we fear it could get gnarly, at least for our friends in the cleanup crew.)

Anyway, the Seinfeld-citing rapper Wale, the first scheduled main stage act of the day, was more than 30 minutes late for his 2:35 p.m. set. By the time his cohort DJ Omega took the stage around 3:10, the crowd was restless and booing. Whispers among the security staff were that Wale's management had to metaphorically put out a big fire, likely of the technical nature.

Undeterred, Wale eventually emerged to heroic snatches of main stage headliner of the evening, Jay-Z. He wandered into the crowd, giving out sweaty, grinning hugs. "We're going to get gangsta and emo," he said of the night's schedule. A guy lifted his girlfriend onto his shoulders; her marker-scrawled Keds bouncing  against his chest.

Wale_coachella For his last song, Wale urged Omega to rush the Kings of Leon sample. "Speed it up!" he admonished, noting he had only two minutes left.

A quick chat with a security guard revealed that Coachella worked with the Marine Corps this year. In exchange for the security services of some 150 volunteers, Coachella helps the Marines by paying for their stay in Vegas for the Marine Corps Ball. Cpl. Jared Barber from North Carolina, in sunglasses and with a lower lip packed full of chew, said that he'd been to other music festivals but that this was his first time at Coachella. "I'm looking forward to Tiësto," he said.

-- Margaret Wappler

Photos: Rapper Wale performs during Day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival 2010. Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images