California’s annual shindig came to a close on Sunday, so here’s our special gallery from the weekend. Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell plays a set with DJ Steve Porter at Coachella on Friday (April 16). Check out nme.com/festivals for all the news from this summer’s events.
Vampire Weekend perform at Coachella on Friday (April 16). The band played hits from their 2008 self-titled debut album as well as second album ‘Contra’. Full Coachella review.
The Specials play Coachella on Friday (April 16) as part of the Coventry ska heroes’ first American tour since 1981. They closed their set with ‘Too Much Too Young’.
Tom Morello’s new band Street Sweeper Social Club delight fans with a rock version of MIA’s ‘Paper Planes’ and a take on LL Cool J’s old school hip-hop classic ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ (Friday April 16).
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward take to the stage as She and Him at Coachella on the first day of the American festival (April 16).
La Roux demonstrates her unique style as she performs at Coachella on Friday (April 16), wowing the crowd with hits including ‘Quicksand’. Full Coachella review.
Echo & The Bunnymen play the first day of Coachella (April 16), performing their hits plus Lou Reed and Doors covers.
LCD Soundsystem warm the crowd up for Jay-Z on the Friday night at Coachella (April 16). Frontman James Murphy dedicated a song to Gil Scott-Heron who was also on the bill.
Jay-Z plays his headline slot at Coachella on Friday (April 16). Much of his 90-minute set featured guitars with samples and backing tracks from The Doors, The Prodigy and even U2.
Muse cover Nirvana and incorporate elements of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ in their Coachella set on day two of the festival on Saturday (April 17).
MGMT play a highly-anticipated set on the Outdoor stage at Coachella on Saturday (April 17). It featured much of their new album ‘Congratulations’, released earlier in the week.
Faith No More hit the stage at Coachella on Saturday (April 17) as some of the festival’s heavier acts played, including prog-rockers Coheed and Cambria.
New wave pioneers Devo, who are preparing to issue their first new studio album in two long decades, energetically close Saturday in the Mojave Tent at Coachella (April 17). Full Coachella review.
The Dead Weather round off the Saturday night at Coachella (April 17) with a set showcasing a number of songs from their forthcoming second album ‘Sea Of Cowards’.
The Dead Weather take to the stage. Jack White sung ‘Blue Blood Blues’ and another album track called ‘Hustle And Cuss’, which saw him duet with frontwoman Alison Mosshart.
Beth Ditto of The Gossip onstage at Coachella. This was the first year that the festival didn’t sell day tickets, denying fans the chance to attend for one or two days only.
Deadmau5 brings the electronic noise to Coachella. The festival saw several performers pull out including The Who, Grace Jones, Mew and, although it probably didn’t affect ticket sales, Hadouken!.
Coachella is an unusual festival. Fans enjoy the lush surroundings of the Empire Polo Field and bright, hot sunny weather but are made to drink in caged off areas away from the main action.
This year’s Coachella saw a typically brilliant line-up that included Jay-Z, Pavement, Faith No More and countless others.
Charlotte Gainsbourg onstage at Coachella. The festival has a policy of trying not to book the same bands twice, and to date only 21 acts have played the weekend twice.
Beyonce watches Jay-Z’s headline slot at Coachella. She joined him onstage in front of a massive fireworks show – check out the full report on the LA Woman blog.
The Coachella festival is renowned for its balmy desert location, endless palm trees and eccentric artwork.
Gorillaz round off Coachella with a soulful set featuring video projections accompanying each song. The Damon Albarn-led band turned out dressed as sailors, and included former Clash members Paul Simonon and Mick Jones making a rare appearance together.
The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas attracts a huge crowd to the Mojave tent for his solo set on the final day of Coachella (April 18th).
Sly Stone was due to take to the stage at 7pm but didn’t appear until 11pm, and went on to play a shambolic set that was plagued by sound problems to just a few hundred people.
Little Boots was worried for a while that her band might not make it to the festival, but everyone was present and correct when she stood up to face the Coachella crowd.
Florence flounces onstage in California. The singer recently announced a one-off gig in Cardiff on June 10th; check for tickets here.
Thom Yorke on the Other Stage at Coachella. Playing the entirety of 2006 solo album ‘The Eraser’ – during which he dedicated the track ‘Atoms For Peace’ to Pavement – Yorke also threw in solo version of Radiohead’s ‘Everything In Its Right Place’ and an acoustic version of ‘Airbag’.
Jay-Z onstage with Beyonce at Coachella 2010. For a full report check out our blog from the event.