Coachella kicks off with a host of stars...

The third installment of the California based COACHELLA music festival kicked off Saturday night drawing tens of thousands to catch BJORK, SASHA & DIGWEED and QUEENS OF THE STONEAGE.

Stormy weather, which had been forecast for the weekend, held off as revellers were treated to mild sunshine in the desert locale just east of Palm Springs.

Groups including the Charlatans, Princess Superstar, Cornershop, Kosheen, Beta Band and Groove Armada performed to thousands scattered across the events four stages: 2 outdoor and two tented locales.

Highlights of day one included Dave Grohl’s appearance with Queens Of The Stone Age. The group, easily the loudest act of the day, performed favorites including ‘The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret’ and ‘Feel Good Hit of the Summer’ alongside several new tracks to a hearty crowd.

Hotly tipped Aussie act The Vines, performing in the Mojave tent were overshadowed by headliner Bjork on the main stage, who drew a crowd estimated at 20,000, the largest gathering of the day. The Icelandic artist turned up in a white, multi-layered ruffled collar dress and performed a set of her greatest hits.

Elsewhere Sasha and Digweed in the Sahara Tent also kept a crowd of 7000 from the Vines, with their DJ set of progressive house and trance tracks.

Temperatures are expected to soar for Sunday’s show that includes a heavily anticipated set from Oasis and dance act the Prodigy, their first US gig in five years.

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