Blur and Yeah Yeah Yeahs also perform at Californian bash
The Stone Roses headlined the opening night of the festival in front of a small but dedicated crowd, running through a set heavy with fan-favourites during the early hours of this morning including ‘I Wanna Be Adored’, ‘Made Of Stone’ and ‘Waterfall’, in addition to frantic renditions of ‘This Is The One’ and ‘I Am The Resurrection’.
Blur, who played before Ian Brown and co on the festival’s main stage, delivered a greatest hits performance that included classic tracks ranging from ‘Beetlebum’ and ‘Out Of Time’ to ‘Tender’, ‘The Universal’, ‘This Is A Low’ and ‘For Tomorrow’. ‘Song 2’, meanwhile, was introduced by Damon Albarn telling the crowd “I don’t want any fucking about now”, while guitarist Graham Coxon took on lead vocal duties for ‘Coffee And TV’.
The Britpop legends were also joined by a special guest for their performance of ‘Parklife’ – English actor Phil Daniels, who features on the recorded version of the single. He announced his arrival onstage by yelling “Oi oi saveloy” over the PA system.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, meanwhile, opened their set on the same stage with new track ‘Sacrilege’, for which they were joined by a gospel choir, while frontwoman Karen O later asked the crowd “Are the drugs kicking in yet?” before playing tracks including ‘Maps’, ‘Zero’, ‘Gold Lion’ and ‘Pin’. Their performance climaxed with O putting the microphone into her mouth and growling.
Elsewhere, fans of Alt-J spilled out of the sides of the Mojave tent to see the Mercury Music Prize-winning band play, with keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton telling the crowd: “This is our first time in Coachella, and it’s pretty fucking awesome.” The biggest crowd reaction was reserved for ‘Fitzpleasure’ and ‘Breezeblocks’, while a mass singalong greeted closing track ‘Taro’.
Jake Bugg premiered a new, upbeat song during his slot on the Mojave stage, in addition to an acoustic rendition of ‘Country Song’ and the likes of ‘Seen It All’ and ‘Lightning Bolt’. He was followed by Johnny Marr, who drew upon material from his recent solo debut ‘The Messenger’ as well as classic songs by The Smiths, including ‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’ and a rapturously received ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’, before finishing up with ‘How Soon Is Now?’.
Palma Violets also played the Mojave stage, where they raced through tracks from their debut album ‘180’ with co-frontman Chilli Jesson on rowdy form as he chucked water over the crowd and ordered them to raise up their arms and wiggle their fingers. “We love you all, personally,” he told the audience when asking them to dance for ‘Best Of Friends’, before jumping into the pit for their final number ‘Brand New Song’.
Other performances included reunion shows from Grinderman and Jurassic 5, in addition to sets from Foals, Modest Mouse, Beach House and Local Natives. The festival is set to continue today with scheduled shows from The xx, New Order, Franz Ferdinand, Bat For Lashes, Biffy Clyro, Savages and Phoenix.