White Lies perform rare song at Coachella

And Airborne Toxic Event make their festival debut

White Lies gave an intense and brooding set at their very first Coachella Festival today (April 17).

Dressed all in black, the London trio ran through nearly every track from their recent album ‘To Lose My Life’. The band packed out the Mojave tent as an unusually cool breeze ran though it, giving the audience respite from the day’s heat.

The band said hardly a word during their 50-minute set, and singer Harry McVeigh showed off his broad vocal range, winning over several new fans.

“It’s a pleasure to be here with all you wonderful people,” McVeigh told the crowd. “We’re gonna play a song we’ve only played about three times before,” he said before the band launched into ‘Nothing To Give’.

Earlier in the day, Los Angeles locals The Airborne Toxic Event gave a spirited set in the sweltering sun.

“Hey Coachella, we feel like we never talk anymore,” frontman Mikel Jollett quipped. “It’s our first time playing Coachella, so give us a break if we forget a few words.”

The audience complied and danced with their fists in the air to crowd-pleasers including ‘Gasoline’ and several tracks from their recent self-titled album.

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White Lies played:

‘Farewell To The Fairground’
‘To Lose My Life’
‘E.S.T.’
‘From The Stars’
‘A Place To Hide’
‘Unfinished Business’
‘Fifty On Our Foreheads’
‘The Price Of Love’
‘Nothing To Give’
‘Death’

–By our Los Angeles staff.
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