Leonard Cohen delivers triumphant set at Coachella Festival

Veteran songwriter performs one of his first US shows in 15 years

Leonard Cohen tipped his hat to the audience as he took the Outdoor Stage at the Coachella Festival today (April 17) to give one of his first US performances in 15 years.

The legendary singer-songwriter began his very first song on his knees, winning over the huge crowd with his affecting baritone and earnest delivery.

He was joined on stage by a full band as well as three female backup singers.


Despite delivering the songs at fairly low volume, the crowd paid rapt attention to his every word as he sang classic songs including ‘Dance Me To The End Of Love’, ‘Everybody Knows’ and ‘Hallelujah’, clapping and cheering loudly in all the right places.

Cohen said hardly a word throughout his triumphant set, aside from politely thanking the crowd for their “kind attention”.

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–By our Los Angeles staff.
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