Gorillaz, Thom Yorke, Pavement help close Coachella festival 2010

Damon Albarn and his band bring the Los Angeles event to a close

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Coachella festival 2010 came to a close yesterday (April 18) with sets from Gorillaz, Thom Yorke and the first major American gig in 10 years by Pavement.

Pavement's set was briefly delayed momentarily due to drummer Steve West finishing off a phone call as he settled behind his kit. Once the Californian lo-fi legends got going they treated the crowd to a 70-minute greatest hits set including 'Shady Lane', 'Range Life' and 'Cut Your Hair', while percussionist Bob Nastanovich took a moment to praise Public Image Ltd., who had played earlier at the event.

Meanwhile, on the second stage, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's 'other' band Atoms For Peace attracted a vast crowd.

Playing the entirety of 2006 solo album 'The Eraser' - during which he dedicated the track 'Atoms For Peace’ to Pavement - Yorke also threw in solo version of Radiohead's 'Everything In Its Right Place' and an acoustic version of 'Airbag'.

Gorillaz rounded off the weekend with a soulful set featuring video projections accompanying each song. The Damon Albarn-led band turned out dressed as sailors and included former Clash members Paul Simonon and Mick Jones making a rare appearance together.

A number of special guests managed to join the band onstage during the show, including Bobby Womack for 'Stylo' and De La Soul, who reprised their role on 'Feel Good Inc' for the encore.

Earlier highlights on the day included late afternoon slots from New Jersey mainstays Yo La Tengo and The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, who attracted a huge crowd to the Mojave tent for his solo set.

The frontman referred to the festival affectionately as “Chelly” throughout and despite the 90 degree heat decided to include his yuletide cover 'I Wish It Was Christmas Today'.

A rare appearance by soul legend Sly Stone had been scheduled to take place at 7pm (PDT), but with a packed Gobi tent crowd waiting, a stage hand unexpectedly announced that the performance had been postponed, causing fans to boo loudly. Stone did finally take the stage at 11pm, only to play a shambolic set that was plagued by sound problems to just a few hundred people.

Earlier in the weekend Muse covered Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix for their performance. Jay-Z played a headline slot as part of a schedule that the grounding of flights due to the Icelandic ash drifts had caused havoc with.

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