Kings Of Leon, Kanye West, Arcade Fire and The Strokes headlined the annual Coachella Festival in California over the weekend. Keep clicking for all the bands, punters, and sunshine fun. Julian Casablancas and co. played Sunday night, in their first appearance at the festival since 2002.
Wiz Khalifa played on Sunday (April 17), opening with a tribute to the recently deceased Nate Dogg and a warning to fans to stay hydrated (“Drink some water, man. Don’t pass out in this shit, bro,” he advised.)
Foals played a Saturday (April 16) afternoon set which saw Yannis Philippakis crowd surf twice; once with his guitar and once without.
It was the 12th Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which took place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California.
Crystal Castles played on Friday (April 15). Frontwoman Alice Glass had a crutch and a giant cast on her foot, but that didn’t stop her from crowd surfing.
The celebrity roll call at the festival included Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lindsay Lohan, Vanessa Hudgens and…Danny Devito.
Kanye West closed the festival Sunday night with a show that included fireworks, ballerinas and a guest appearance from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. “I have fans that were here since ‘Through The Wire’, I really appreciate y’all tonight,” he said.
Also spotted were Robert Downey Jr, Paris Hilton, Kelly Osbourne and Nicole Richie.
Gogol Bordello made their second visit to the main stage on Saturday night. Commenting to the sweltering heat, singer Eugene Hutz said: “We are all members of the Church of Sweatology” .
The temperatures soared at the festival, reaching around 99 degrees according to the National Weather Service.
Cee Lo Green turned up 25 minutes late to his Friday slot. Organisers forcibly cut his set down by 20 minutes, prompting him to leave the stage.
Mumford and Sons played on Saturday night. “In 2008 I was a punter sneaking in here for Rage Against The Machine,” Marcus admitted during their set.
Erykah Badu played on Saturday. Her set was hit by technical difficulties including microphone feedback. “Keep in mind, I’m an artist and I’m sensitive…,” she told the crowd.
Some stats: There are five stages at the festival and this year around 70,000 people attended.
The Kills played Saturday night. “It’s good to be back. It’s our third time, and it’s a full moon tonight,” front woman Alison Mosshart told the crowd.
The duo played a mix of old tracks like ‘U.R.A Fever’ and new ones like ‘DNA’ and ‘Satellite’. They closed with ‘Sour Cherry’.
Black Keys played on Friday night. They began 15 minutes behind schedule because of the delay with Cee Lo Green’s set. However they made time to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to drummer Patrick Carney.
Arcade Fire headlined on Saturday evening. During set closer ‘Wake Up’ hundreds of huge, multi-coloured balls dropped onto the audience.
Surprises at the festival included Paul McCartney joining DJ Afrojack on stage and Rihanna and Katy Perry not joining Kanye West during his set (despite being in attendance).
Kings Of Leon played on Friday night. They said they were “tired of playing the new stuff,” before launching into ‘Molly’s Chambers’. Nathan Followill had a physical therapist on hand to make sure his recent arm injury didn’t halt their set.