Despite rumours of an appearance by Daft Punk, headline act Phoenix were instead joined by special surprise guest R Kelly, who performed his hit ‘Ignition (Remix)’ whilst they played ‘1901’. You can watch fan-shot footage of the performance by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking ‘play’.
Earlier in the evening The xx were joined by unannounced guest Solange after The Postal Service played the first of their reformation shows on the main outdoor stage, drawing a huge crowd. “What’s up Coachella, we’re an imaginary band called The Postal Service”, said Ben Gibbard, also of Death Cab For Cutie.
The Postal Service dedicated a song to Violent Femmes who played their first show in six years earlier in the day on the same stage.
Earlier in the afternoon, Biffy Clyro played on the main Coachella stage. Arriving onstage in their customary shirtless fashion, the band raced through a short set, drawing heavily on material from the recent album ‘Opposites’, including singles ‘Stingin’ Belle’, ‘Black Chandelier’ and ‘Biblical’ as well as album track ‘Spanish Radio’.
Drawing a small but enthusiastic crowd, Biffy Clyro – who are still largely unknown in the US – thanked fans for coming to check them out, and apologised for the shortness of their set. Meanwhile, Yeasayer went head to head with Hot Chip, both playing the two open air stages after sunset.
The day opened up with lunchtime sets from The Wombats, Theophilus London and Trash Talk, whose set was crashed by Odd Future’s Tyler, The Creator, who strode onstage during the hardcore band’s last song before leaping into the audience and crowd surfing.
Franz Ferdinand, The Make-Up, New Order, Spiritualized, Bat For Lashes and Savages also performed. The festival is set continue today with live performances from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Tame Impala, James Blake and a headline set from Red Hot Chili Peppers.