Coachella, the music festival envy of the world, kicked off the first weekend of their two-part 2012 festival with performances from some of the best artists imaginable, including M83, St. Vincent, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, a reformed Pulp, and headliners Radiohead. For this year’s festival, Coachella benevolently set up a YouTube live stream for us poor souls who couldn’t be there, and you can check out some great sets below from the artists mentioned above.
Day 1 headliners Radiohead performed a two-hour set last night made up of cuts from The King of Limbs and In Rainbows, plus a few classics (‘Karma Police’, ‘Paranoid Android’, ‘Pyramid Song’) and a new song (‘The Daily Mail’). Thom Yorke’s ponytail also featured once again, as did some pretty cool visuals for a festival gig, and the group sounded as great as ever. November can’t come soon enough!
Watch Radiohead’s full Coachella set and check out the setlist below (via P4K).
02 15 Step
03 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
04 Morning Mr Magpie
06 The Gloaming
07 Pyramid Song
08 The Daily Mail
10 Karma Police
12 Lotus Flower
13 There There
18 After The Gold Rush/Everything In Its Right Place
19 Give Up The Ghost
20 Paranoid Android
M83’s Coachella performance looked every bit as thrilling as their headline appearance at Auckland’s Laneway festival earlier this year, mostly made up of cuts from last year’s superb double LP Hurry Up We’re Dreaming. Katy Perry was allegedly in attendance for the set.
Watch M83’s full Coachella set below.
St. Vincent delivered a typically intense and exciting set, similar to her recent Auckland gig at The King’s Arms, focusing on last year’s terrific Strange Mercy LP, finishing on a cover of The Pop Group’s ‘She is Beyond Good and Evil’, and including her punk-influenced, crowd-surfing new song ‘Krokodil’ at the 37:45 mark (not its first performance, as Pitchfork guesses, as she recently débuted it for Australasian audiences).
Watch St. Vincent’s full Coachella set below.
Bon Iver are currently rivalling Wilco as the greatest American live act, as I recently found out at their Wellington Town Hall gig for the NZ Arts Festival, and you can see proof of it in the incredible footage below. Justin Vernon and co. performed a range of Bon Iver and For Emma, Forever Ago songs, many radically reworked to accommodate his amazing nine-piece band, and you can watch their full set below.
Following their recent appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, reformed Britpop icons Pulp continued their US run with a typically debonair and entertaining performance last night. I saw the group perform a headline set at Splendour in the Grass in Australia last year, and Jarvis Cocker is still every bit the fascinating, heroic showman he ever was.
Watch Pulp’s full Coachella set below.
Alt-soul man Frank Ocean performed to some rather loud and passionate fans at Coachella last night, with a set made up of cuts from last year’s fantastic solo début Nostalgia, Ultra, as well as cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Long Time Gone’. He was also joined at one stage by fellow Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator for ‘Analog 2’. Ocean’s voice sounds even better live, if that’s possible, and he is one singer I would very much like to see in concert.
Watch Frank Ocean’s full Coachella set below.