The first ins
After a wet start the festival soon settled into perfect inflatable pink elephant flying conditions. You’ll find all our Coachella news and interviews here.
The sun shone on Metronomy’s early afternoon set at the Outdoor Theater on Sunday.
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s Sunday headline slot was gatecrashed by a behooded Eminem who rekindled that old magic on ‘I Need A Doctor’ and ‘Forgot About Dre’.
Ferris wheels, palm trees, mountains – even grass. Coachella isn’t like the UK festivals we know and endure.
Sunday’s early evening slot at the Outdoor Theater was filled by supergroup Wild Flag, pelting through last year’s classic debut album.
The second day saw Kasabian tucked into the Mojave tent, giving it the full beard and drolly dedicating ‘Club Foot’ to Noel Gallagher.
The Weeknd aka Abel Tesfaye brought his trademark tales of ennui behind the velvet rope to the main stage on Sunday evening, delivering mixtape beats with a full band.
Bruce Forsyth warmed up for his Hop Farm show with an impromptu number. Uh – no – it’s a rather dapper Hives.
Florence And The Machine gave it some big tunes and diaphanous gowns high up the bill on Sunday evening.
As ever there was a strong UK contingent among the tens of thousands of punters who made it down to the Coachella Valley at the weekend – and the festival’s happening all over again next weekend. Will you be there?
Friday night’s headliners The Black Keys barrelled through ‘El Camino”s globe-devouring blues rock, seeing off any straggling Swedish House Mafia fans.
The Hives were just one John Travolta short of a full-blown Grease revival.
In the Gobi tent on Saturday, coolest pop star on the planet Azealia Banks led the crowd in a potty-mouthed singalong of her cult – that’s “cult” – hit ‘212’.
Kaiser Chiefs brandished tambourines and aired some new songs to the early Saturday evening crowd.
Aaron Jerome – SBTRKT to you – turned up on Saturday evening with some post-dubstep sound and fury.
The winds got up to 25mph – way short of the 90mph the Coachella stages were built to withstand – but eventually the sun and the shorts were out.
The day before Dre and Snoop’s headlining turn, A$AP Rocky brought the new breed of hip-hop to the valley.
Topping the bill on Saturday night, Radiohead drew heavily on ‘The King Of Limbs’ and ‘In Rainbows’ but also threw in ‘Lucky’ and new song ‘Identikit’, while Thom Yorke showed off his LA rawk ponytail.
Gawd bless you, ma’am, and all the best for the diamond jubilee.
As Pulp threatened to upstage the more conventionally rocking Black Keys, Jarvis Cocker pulled the standard awkward shapes and introduced corduroy to California.
Noel Gallagher’s Flying Birds’ debut Coachella appearance featured more than its fair share of Oasis numbers, including Half The World Away, Little By Little and rousing closer Don’t Look Back In Anger. Well, he’s only got one solo album.
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg brought the urban jungle to the peaceful valley, and introduced special guests including Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent and, er, Tupac Shakur. Impressive.
Returning post-hardcore heroes At The Drive-In played the first major show of their second phase on Sunday evening, warming up the stage for Dre and Snoop. More on Coachella 2012