Hot Chip, New Pornographers tear it up at Coachella

Travis and The Decemberists also play desert festival

The second day (April 28) of the Coachella festival featured a diverse array of performances including the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Regina Spektor, The New Pornographers and The Decemberists, all playing in front of 60,000 concert-goers in the sweltering California desert.

The searing heat didn’t stop people from dancing during Hot Chip’s lively set in the Mojave tent at 4pm in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Spektor played for a sizeable crowd kicking back on the lawn and trying to grab a bit of shade near the main stage.

Shortly afterwards, Travis previewed new material from their forthcoming album, ‘The Boy With No Name’, due out next month.

They also played older tunes ‘Turn’ and ‘Driftwood’ at full volume, nearly overtaking the Outdoor Theatre nearby where The New Pornographers were playing.

However the band did their best to drown out the sounds of Travis, but gave up the battle at one point and encouraged the audience to sing along with the Glaswegians during ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’

When they could be heard, the band previewed songs from their forthcoming albums and delved into their back catalogue during one of the liveliest sets of the afternoon, overshadowing The Decemberists who came on next.

Frontman Colin Melloy took the stage wearing a full suit. “I don’t know what you think, but seersuckers are perfect for this kind of weather,” he quipped.

The Portland band gave it their all, employing accordions and mandolins and a giant plastic whale for their song ‘The Mariner’s Revenge’, but several audience members wandered away during their set.

The festivies however got livelier after the sun set.

Following a stoming performance from the Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem got things thumping in the Saraha Tent with the help of Hot Chip man Al Doyle.

James Murphy and co played crowd-pleasers including ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’ and several songs off of their latest album, ‘Sound Of Silver’.

Nearly everyone in the overflowing crowd was dancing underneath a giant disco ball during the set.

Before the show, Murphy told NME.COM that he was looking forward to playing Coachella but was taking it all in stride. “You’re playing to people who are window shopping, which is great. So I’m not really nervous or excited,” he said.

Despite his modest assumptions, it was apparent that the massive crowd had ventured out to the far end of Coachella for the sole purpose of dancing Saturday night away with his band.

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