California’s COACHELLA FESTIVAL came to a rousing climax last night as NINE INCH NAILS played their first festival performance of the year to a 30,000 strong crowd.
Trent Reznor’s band showcased highlights from new album ‘With Teeth’ alongside classic songs including ‘Head Like A Hole’, ‘Closer’ and ‘Hurt’. The band played for over an hour to a packed crowd, who braved soaring daytime temperatures.
Earlier in the day, the main stage saw a thrilling performance by New Order who entertained festivalgoers with ‘Blue Monday’ and ‘Crystal’ alongside Joy Division cuts ‘Transmission’, ‘Atmosphere’ and ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.
Many of the latest wave of British bands who were booked for the event commanded large turnouts including The Futureheads, British Sea Power and Kasabian.
In addition to packed crowds, a host of celebrities including Danny Devito, Dangermouse, Vincent Gallo and cast members from CSI all turned up to watch the various groups.
The Bravery made their festival debut to a bulging crowd in the Mojave tent who remained feverish for the New York quintet despite sound problems following their opening number ‘Unconditional’.
Speaking about the outage that affected their instruments frontman Sam Endicott quipped, “the heat just melted our equipment”.
After regaining sound levels, they launched into a cover of U2’s ‘Electric Co’ followed by singles ‘An Honest Mistake’ and ‘Fearless’.
The evening closed with a main stage set by Mos Def’s hip hop supergroup Black Star who replaced the Cocteau Twins, who cancelled their reformation for the event over a month ago.