Rap duo play first since in 12 years on same bill as Haim, The Replacements and The Knife as US festival begins
Outkast played their first Stateside set since 2002 last night (April 11) on the opening day of this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. See above to watch the full set now.
Andre 3000 and Big Boi’s show drew a massive crowd to the Main Stage of the festival, but also mixed reactions, as they played a set relatively low on production values and featuring a host of strange props, including a taxidermy polar bear, a small table and chairs, an Atlanta street sign and a bicycle.
The duo were backed by a small band, including a couple of brass players and backing singers. Arriving onstage at 11.30pm, local time, the duo opened up their set with ‘BOB (Bombs Over Baghdad)’ from 2000’s ‘Stankonia’. Their hour and a half long set – which was cut short due to time constraints, making them unable to play the finale of ‘The Whole World’ – also featured ‘Hey Ya’ and ‘Ms Jackson’, as well as ‘Rosa Parks’ from 1998’s ‘Aquemini’ plus ‘Roses’ and ‘Ghetto Musick’ from 2003’s ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’.
In the middle of the set, Janelle Monae joined the duo onstage to perform her own track ‘Tightrope’, on which Big Boi was a featured guest star. “I wanna say that this is my favourite group in the world, and what you’re witnessing right now is history,” said Monáe as she left the stage. Other guests included singer Sleepy Brown and rapper Future.
Andre 3000 spoke little with the crowd during the set, though did stop to inform the crowd of a very special presence on the festival site. “One of my idols is backstage tonight,” he said. “Prince. Prince is backstage.” Prince however did not join OutKast onstage following the announcement.
Other acts to play on the opening day included Haim, who told the crowd that they were playing the festival for the very first time, despite attending as punters for many years. Later, Ellie Goulding drew a huge crowd to the Main Stage, telling the audience, “There are so many of you! This is so cool!” before playing ‘I Need Your Love’. She followed it with ‘Lights’ as the sun set on the spectacular site of the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, again chatting to the crowd, commenting: “I’m literally the shyest I’ve ever been today – I’m usually gobby as hell.”
During their main stage slot, Chromeo sang their own version of 2-Pac and Dr Dre’s ‘California Love’ through a vocodor, changing the words to “Coachella, knows how to party”. Mash-up artist Girl Talk then played songs by Queen and David Bowie, Robin Thicke and Blur, whilst live footage of Bryan Ferry playing across the site was streamed onto the Main Stage video screens for a portion of his set.
The Knife bought their ‘Shaking The Habitual’ show to the outdoor stage, with an 11-piece band performing choreographed dance routines and swapping vocals and instruments whilst sporting matching shiny lurex jumpsuits and glitter eye make up. The Replacements also appeared on the same stage. The pop punk band who played their first shows in 23 years on 2013, played a set that included ‘Bastards of the Young’, ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ and ‘Androgynous’ to a small but dedicated crowd. Frontman Paul Westerberg opened up the band’s set by jokingly saying “There’s been a lot of good music here today – we’re about to put a stop to that.”
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Neko Case, Bastille, AFI, Kate Nash, Broken Bells, Nicolas Jaar and Austra also played on the opening day.
‘BOB (Bombs Over Baghdad)’
‘Skew it on the Bar-B’
‘Da Art of Storytellin Part 1’
‘Spottieottiedopalicious’ (with Sleepy Brown)
‘Tightrope’ (with Janelle Monáe)
‘She Lives In My Lap’
‘Behold a Lady’
‘Same Damn Time’ (with Future)
‘Ain’t No Way Around It’ (with Future)
‘Benz Friends (Whatchutola)’ (with Future)
‘Elevators (Me & You)’
‘So Fresh So Clean’
‘The Way You Move’