The Feeling at Coachella
The Feeling has come a long way since performing for tourists at bars in the Swiss Alps. Right after Mika and rapper Lupe Fiasco, the band played a 45 minute set on the Coachella mainstage. I had not seen the band live yet, but I was very impressed. All neatly dressed and perfectly coiffed, the group turned it up a few notches and totally rocked their brand of slick, melodic pop.
They are all very accomplished showmen, especially singer Dan Gillespie-Sells and bassist Richard Jones (husband to Sophie Ellis-Bextor) who both really got into the swing of things running back and forth across the stage. Gillespie-Sells even got a little rebellious and started kicking the hi-hats at the drum set during "Love It When You Call."
Other songs they played included "Helicopter," "Sewn," "Fill My Little World" and "Never Be Lonely." They also threw in a cover of Bugles' "Video Killed The Radio Star," wich engaged the audience more than the other songs that most had not heard before.
We all know that Dan is not a man of secrets and can't really hide his true colors. So I couldn't help but to smile when he introduced the last song "Love It When You Call" with "I will leave you with this little tune, my darlings." Hilarious.
Click for more photos HERE.
Mika at Coachella
"Last year, we were playing Manumission in Ibiza and now I'm at Coachella," Mika said during his gig at Coachella. "I can't believe it!" And he is absolutely right. It has been an incredible year for Mika so far. He is now considered a bonafide pop star in the U.K. and he is working hard to get chart success in North America as well.
His show at Coachella marked the beginning of a busy touring schedule for the Brit. He is scheduled to perform at several festivals in Europe later this spring, and he is also coming back to the U.S. for a mini tour in June.
It was an interesting choice to have Mika open the festival day on Sunday right smack on the headlining stage, the big one. I wasn't sure how he would go over with the crowd of boarder dudes and rock chicks who had settled early in front of the stage to wait for the performance of Rage Against The Machine later on Sunday.
But Mika held his own for an action-packed, vocally strong 30 minute set. Dressed in a simple white tee and "cartoon motion" military pants, he performed a solid show that included "Relax," "Love Today," "Billy Brown" and "Big Girl." He even got some of those tough dudes in the crowd to loosen up a little and bounce up and down, which is quite an accomplishment.
View my photos of Mika's gig HERE.
Air at Coachella
Air started their set more than 30 minutes late on Sunday night due to some sound issues and malfunctioning keyboards. The duo brought over more than a dozen keyboards and a bunch of vintage sound equipment to re-create their studio recordings on stage. All this special gear made it a challenging set up for the stage engineers. Fortunately, they resolved most of the problems so Air's Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel could start their much-anticipated show. And it was an amazing performance. Just what you would expect from Air. Long, atmospheric intros, synthesized vocals tricks and gorgeous melodies. View more Air photos HERE.
The Klaxons at Coachella
That expression from The Klaxons' keyboardist James Righton sums up nicely what this London foursome is all about. The Klaxons played out an exilerating blast of rock, pop and wild electro that had me dizzy on my feet from the beginning to the end. Set included their deliciously harmonic track "Golden Skans" that is a good sample of their sweeter fare. More photos of The Klaxons HERE.
Cansei de Ser Sexy at Coachella
Amy Winehouse was named the break out artist of Coachella by some papers. But I think a band like Cansei de Ser Sexy would be much more appropriate pick for that title. I missed most of their set on Sunday, but I heard the last two songs and absolutely loved them. Totally fun. Full of energy. A fan showed me their set list while we were waiting for the Klaxons to come on.