Go behind the scenes at Coachella with these exclusive photos
Coachella: the annual meeting of music and beautiful people under the Californian sun. This year’s festival boasted performances from The 1975, Chvrches, Wolf Alice and more. NME’s Jenn Five went behind the scenes with some of Coachella’s finest to bring you all the bits you didn’t see from Indio this April.
The Last Shadow Puppets: Miles and Alex in their standard slick, seventies attire.
Years and Years:
The band played the second weekend of Coachella with Olly Alexander belting out bangers like ‘Desire’ to a packed crowd.
The 1975: After their album ‘I Love it when you Sleep for you’re so Beautiful, yet so Unaware of it’ topped the US charts, The 1975 were one of the bands to watch at this year’s festival. Frontman Matty Healy didn’t disappoint, performing in an blazer with ‘Love Me’ scrawled across his bare chest.
Chvrches: Glasgow’s finest have been thrilling crowds the world over with their electric brand of synth-pop magic. Their storming set at Coachella was no different. Here they are taking a rare moment out backstage.
Wolf Alice: Not content with looking ridiculously cool onstage, Brit rockers Wolf Alice had to one-up everyone behind the scenes too. Check out this trippy pic taken away from the adoring fans.
Run The Jewels: It’s not often you catch a glimpse of the US hip-hop super-duo without their sunnies on; but hey, we like to bring you the best here at NME. El-P and Killer Mike brought along a couple of their pals at Coachella this year. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders introduced them and then Nas and Gary Clark Jr. popped up for a track each.
Icona Pop: In a battle of ‘who has the best arm tattoos?’, Swedish electropop duo Icona Pop would surely come out on top. They’re not bad as a live band either. They made a surprise appearance during Louis The Child’s fierce set and are now hard at work on a new record.
DNCE: Joe Jonas’ latest non-brothers project certainly got into the Coachella spirit during their stay. They seem to have raided Happy Mondays dancer Bez’s wardrobe circa 1993. And we throughly approve.
Foals: Fresh from their ‘Best Album’ win at this year’s NME Awards, Foals have been busy with their next mission: take over the world. They made a good start with a fabulous set stuffed with classic tracks, old and new, at Coachella last weekend. Even the organisers cutting the power when they overran couldn’t put a dampener on the band’s incendiary performance.
Health: The LA noise rockers first garnered attention back in 2007 when Crystal Castles remixed their track ‘Crimewave’. Now three albums in, they’re stars in their own right. Although they might want to reconsider the band uniform. It could get a bit toasty on this summer’s festival circuit…
Lush: The British shoegaze titans reformed last September, and with new material and a couple of warm-up shows under their belts, they headed to the States. Their biggest show in 20 years was no letdown either. Even visa issues couldn’t stop the band ripping through a 20-song set including ‘De-Luxe’, ‘Ladykillers’ and more.
Courtney Barnett: ‘Pedestrian At Best’ might have been one of the best received tracks from Barnett’s Coachella set, but it certainly didn’t describe the performance as a whole. The Aussie singer-songwriter rocked her way through ten of her most barnstorming tracks, and still had time to pose for us.