CALIFORNIA LOVE

Perry Farrell and group impress on their first live dates since 1997...

CALIFORNIA’s second COACHELLA FESTIVAL took place yesterday (April 28), marked by the live return of JANE’S ADDICTION, following a hiatus of over three years.

Jane’s, who also played a warm-up gig for the festival in Santa Barbara last week, headlined the Indio event with an elaborate stage show.

Tens of thousands gathered to watch original members Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro and Stephen Perkins, who were joined by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.

The group performed old favourites including ‘Three Days’, ‘Mountain Song’ and ‘Jane Says’ in their hour-and-a-half set which saw many costume changes.

Farrell arrived onstage in a white leather cowboy outfit, complete with stetson, and later changed into a head-to-toe silver sequinned ensemble.

Elsewhere, The Orb, who played the second stage, ran into trouble in their highly anticipated set. The stage set-up time ran into the group’s time slot, leaving them only a half-hour to play before the 12.30am curfew, which was strictly enforced across the festival.

The event seemed successful though, gathering at least 50,000 fans. Each of the five performance arenas were well attended, especially the dance tent, which had a capacity of 8,000 and saw people spilling out onto the grass during the Fatboy Slim and Chemical Brothers double-header.

Mos Def, performing with a live production outfit, gathered a strong crowd in the early evening on the second stage, as did Roni Size And Reprazent, who amassed about 5,000 people to see them perform material from their two albums, including ‘Who Told You?’ and the classic ‘Heroes’.

Unlike the last Coachella event in 1999, which had soaring temperatures, yesterday’s festival saw more mild heat counts and a breeze.

But parking problems and traffic jams which previously presented problems resurfaced, leaving many stuck in cars for hours on their way home.

Other acts appearing at the festival included Tricky, The Dandy Warhols, Ozomatli, Sigur Ros and Iggy Pop. For NME.COM’s full Coachella review, click back tomorrow (April 30).