Bjork dazzles in the desert

The star pulls out all the stops at Coachella

Bjork performed an unorthodox and visually stunning set at Coachella tonight (April 27).

Backed by an all-female choir and brass section that included trumpets, trombones and French horns, the Icelandic chanteuse reinterpreted some of her earlier hits and previewed new material from her forthcoming album, ‘Volta’.

Bjork took the stage wearing a colourful costume and a giant headdress, which she soon shed to reveal a colourful dress underneath.


Multi-coloured flags adorned the stage and green lasers bounced around the audience.

The neon-clad band and choir added colour and depth to every song. Giant screens on the main stage revealed the use of high-tech synthesizers with touch screen control panels, as well as a sonic croupier dealing electronic cards to create a dazzling display of lights and sound.

“It’s great to be here in the desert with you!” Bjork told the audience who roared back in response.

Keeping between-song banter to a minimum, she didn’t say much more than “thank you” or “gracias” throughout the evening.

Playing songs including ‘All Is Full Of Love’, ‘Bachelorette’, and ‘Army Of Me’ were reinterpreted by Bjork and her new band, often taking on a cinematic quality.

Bjork performed the only encore of the evening, returning to the stage for a rousing rendition of her new song ‘Declare Independence’, to bring the first day of Coachella to a close.


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