April 20, 2013 19:08

Blur headline second weekend of Coachella festival

Damon and co top the bill ahead of Madchester legends at California bash

Blur headline second weekend of Coachella festival

Photo: Press/Tony Woolliscroft

Blur topped the bill at Coachella Festival in Indio, California last night (April 19), as they switched slots with last weekend's headliners The Stone Roses.

The lead-up to the festival's second weekend was dominated by rumours that they had swapped roles because of the small crowd that the Madchester legends had attracted last Friday (April 12), although a spokesperson for the band insisted that it was always the plan for both groups to share the headline slot.

This time, The Stone Roses did draw a slightly larger crowd, although the audience for Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who played before them, was significantly bigger - the New York trio's set saw the mass of punters stretched to the back of the field, whilst the Roses' crowd effectively stopped at the mixing desk.

They were still enthusiastically welcomed by the fans in attendance, however, as Ian Brown announced: "We are The Stone Roses" before the band launched into renditions of classic tracks including 'I Wanna Be Adored', 'Fools Gold' and 'Waterfall'.

After a sing-along rendition of 'This Is The One', Brown asked the crowd: "You are gonna stay here until the end, aren't you?" before playing 'She Bangs The Drums' and then capping off their hour-long set with 'I Am The Resurrection'. "You lot smoke way too much weed," said Brown, by way of goodbye as the band left the stage.

Blur, however, drew a larger - and more vocal - crowd than The Stone Roses as they assumed headlining duties. "Good evening," said frontman Damon Albarn as he addressed the crowd, although he deigned to make reference to the fact he and his bandmates had been bumped up the bill, instead just telling those in attendance that he was "glad to be back".

They delivered a similar setlist to their show last weekend, with a 15-song performance that kicked off with 'Girls & Boys' and also included 'Beetlebum', 'Out Of Time' and 'This Is A Low' as well as 'Tender' and 'Coffee & TV' - although there was also a rare and well-received outing for 'Death Of A Party', which was first recorded as a demo in 1992 but was later included on the band's fourth, self-titled album in 1997.

The Britpop favourites then wrapped up their set with renditions of 'For Tomorrow', 'The Universal' and, finally, a performance of 'Song 2' as fans yelled along to the chorus, with Albarn signing off by telling the crowd: "Enjoy the rest of your weekend. God bless you."

Blur played:

'Girls & Boys'
'There's No Other Way'
'Beetlebum'
'Out of Time'
'Trimm Trabb'
'Caramel'
'Coffee & TV'
'Tender'
'Parklife'
'Death Of A Party'
'This Is A Low'
'Sing'
'For Tomorrow'
'The Universal'
'Song 2'


Coachella is set to come to a close this evening, with scheduled shows from The xx, New Order, Franz Ferdinand, Bat For Lashes, Biffy Clyro, Savages and Phoenix.

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