Kanye West scores biggest crowd so far at Coachella

Plus the latest news from the Californian festival

Kanye West has attracted the biggest crowd so far at this year’s Coachella festival today (April 29).

Though appearing over half an hour late at the Californian festival, West drew the music fans of all persuasions for his set which was only confirmed days before the bash.

Dressed in a t-shirt paying tribute to jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, West opened with ‘Diamonds From Sierra Leon’, before the likes of ‘All Falls Down’ and ‘Gold Digger’ spurred the large audience into life.

Backed by a full string section and his DJ A-Trak, West concluded his set with the highlight, a euphoric rendition of recent single ‘Touch The Sky’.

West’s set followed a series of performances that kicked off [b[Coachella 2006.

Despite the burning mid-day sun, The Like’s early set saw the band attract a large crowd, though the heat almost proved too much for the three piece. The band told NME.COM they almost passed out three times, though managed to hold on to thrill the growing crowd.

Lady Sovereign impressed the American audience, playing with just a DJ rather than her regular live band, she attracted a crowd that bulged out of the Gobi tent.

However she was not impressed with the gifts of some of her admirers, objecting to the colour of a hair band thrown on stage.

“It’s pink!” she told the crowd. “I’m not wearing pink, sorry, I hate pink!”

The Zutons reconfirmed their status as a festival favourite, causing large parts of Coachella crowd to sing along as the band tore through songs from both of their albums.

Wolfmother’s back to basics rock pulled in a sizeable audience, as the Australians put in a sweaty and typically loud performance.

Meanwhile, TV On The Radio used their festival set to premiere new material from their forthcoming second album in front of hardcore of indie devotees.

Coachella 2006 is now continuing with Franz Ferdinand, The Rakes, Sigur Ros and headliners Depeche Mode all set to play. The festival will also witness the live return of Daft Punk tonight at the dance tent.

For more coverage straight from the site go to NME.COM/festivals.