Published Apr 18, 2011Festival season is only just beginning, but it looks as if Coachella is going to be the one to beat. The event took place this past weekend in Indio, CA, and the lineup was nothing short of jaw-dropping. In addition to the second reunion performance from noise-makers Death From Above 1979, the weekend included appearances by Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Paul McCartney, the Strokes and many more (not to mention some impressively elaborate staging).
Below are some of the video highlights from the weekend. These include professionally shot webcast clips, as well as fan footage. Scroll down to see the best of the three-day extravaganza, and start getting excited for the many festivals coming to Canada this summer.
Video highlights from Coachella 2011:
To begin this video roundup in true Canadian style, here's some songs from Death From Above 1979. Thankfully, Coachella went a lot smoother than the band's riotous SXSW reunion:
Next is the entire 98-minute performance by Kanye West. In typical Ye fashion, the theatrical set features a troupe of ballet dancers plus guest vocals from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon:
Here is a new track from Animal Collective. This squiggly electro cut comes from the band's new writing sessions, which Panda Bear recently told us about:
Here's almost six minutes of a dance party DJed by Afrojack. This fan-shot video doesn't quite convey the energy of the set, but the real treat comes at the 51-second mark. That's when the big screen suddenly cuts to a clip of Paul McCartney and Usher in the audience. Sir Paul appears to be a little embarrassed to be caught wearing sunglasses and dancing to bass-heavy club music:
Here's the triumphant "Wake Up" from the inimitable Arcade Fire. If ever a song was made for massive festivals, it's this:
Here's a pair of tunes from the Drums: "Book of Stories" and a new track called "Money." Even inside of tent, this band still manage to sound like the beach:
Next on deck are four videos from Interpol's set:
Here's the ultra-gloomy "Lover I Don't Have to Love" by Bright Eyes:
Lastly, here's the venomous "Yonkers" from Tyler, the Creator.
There are plenty more excellent Coachella clips on YouTube, so go here to start digging.