Sixth Coachella Festival Ends On A High Note

Performances from some of the world’s most popular and influential bands highlighted the sixth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which concluded last night (May 1) at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. About 50,000 people descended on this desert town for the two-day event, which featured headlining sets by Coldplay and Nine Inch Nails, plus rare appearances from Bauhaus, Gang Of Four and hip-hop duo Black Star.

Coldplay’s Saturday set went heavy on such anthems as “Clocks,” “The Scientist,” “Yellow” and “In My Place” but was bookended by songs from its upcoming Capitol album, “X&Y”: opener “Square One” and closer “Fix You.” The group also debuted new album track “Low” and “‘Til Kingdom Come,” the latter of which was penned for Johnny Cash prior to death but appears as a bonus cut on the upcoming disc.

Last night, the Trent Reznor-led Nine Inch Nails drew one of the biggest crowds of the weekend to the main stage for intense versions of “Head Like a Hole,” “Closer” and “Piggy,” plus its latest single, “The Hand That Feeds.” That cut is the lead track from the new Interscope album “With Teeth,” NIN’s first since 1999.

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