The annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival kicked off on April 12, 2014 at the Polo Grounds in Indio, CA. Regarded as one of the countries best music festivals, the event is spread out over the course of three days and two repeating weekends.
Although the event was built upon a reputation of bringing together the best in indie and alternative rock, pop and hip hop, the festival has evolved to encompass whatever is 'now' in music. This years festival is perfect case in point: Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is placed on the forefront with two stages now dedicated to the genre, including day 1 headliners Chromeo and Girl Talk performing on the festivals largest stage.
While the EDM artists, which also included Flume, Zedd and Glitch Mob, brought the largest crowds, several iconic artists from the 1980's brought back the nostalgia. The newly reunited, Replacements performed songs from their mid 80's catalog including "Alex Chilton" and "Bastards of Young" while Roxy Music front man performed some of his major solo cuts including 1985's 'Slave to Love."
Other artists performing on the first day of the festival included: OutKast, The Knife, The Replacements, Broken Bells, Zedd, Girl Talk, Ellie Goulding, Chromeo, HAIM, Neko Case, AFI, Martin Garrix, Bonobo, Bryan Ferry, The Glitch Mob, The Afghan Whigs, The Cult, Bastille, Flume, Aloe Blacc, Jagwar Ma, A$AP Ferg, Grouplove, Woodkid, Carnage, Shlomo, Gareth Emery, Michael Brun, MS MR, Kate Nash, Hot Since 82, Damian Lazarus, GOAT, Nina Kraviz, Anthony Green, Duke Dumont, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solomun, ZZ Ward, Anti-Flag, Caravan Palace, Flatbush Zombies, Deorro, Waxahatchee, Title Fight, Davide Squillace, DJ Falcon, Dum Dum Girls, Austra, Tom Odell, Dixon, Wye Oak, Crosses, Mako, The Preatures, The Bots, Gabba Gabba Heys.