1:04 PM PDT 4/14/2012 by Michael O'Connell, Rachel Shapiro, Chris Godley
Making history with a buzzed about Tupac hologram, the 13th annual Coachella music festival brought out the big guns this year. For the first time, the three-day event featured a double dose of fun between two weekends with over 140 artists, extreme temperatures (raging from 40- 105 degrees) and, as usual, legions of crazed fans, musicians and celebrities in attendance.
Monet Mazur and Bijoux Phillips both topped off their easy-breezy striped and floral print tops with floppy felt fedoras, the hat that was all the rage at the 2012 Coachella Fest. All the better to check out the HTC One Smartphone!
DJ Madeon played the Sahara tent on Friday, easily the warmest and most crowded spot on the polo field.
Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker kept the banter playfully sexual throughout the reunited band's main stage set, drawing out the dialogue before giving into their show-closing performance of "Common People."
On Coachella's Outdoor stage, fans danced on the grass and blew bubbles in the afternoon sun as Andrew Bird plucked and strummed a fiddle, whistled, and played guitar.
Vermont darling Grace Potter of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals rocked out the Outdoor stage at Coachella. "Thanks for all the unbelievable TwitterLove tonight!!!" Potter tweeted. "Our debut at Coachella was short & sweet...luckily, we'll be back next weekend;) xoxo."
Watered down crowd
After rain and 50-degree weather the first day, the second day of the Coachella festival was a comfortable and sunny 70 degrees, but festival goers couldn't resist cooling off again.
Radiohead was easily the biggest draw at Coachella on Saturday, with fans dancng on the lawn throughout the nearly two hour performance.
The lighting design at Coachella lit up the desert skies of Indio, California.
Usher and David Guetta
David Guetta had us fallin' in love again when he surprised the crowds Saturday night with an appearance by Usher. The R&B singer jumped on top of the DJ booth while Guetta spun their hit single, "Without You."
Canadian singer-songwriter Fesit kicked off her upcoming tour at Coachella to mixed reviews.
Electronic dance music is on the up at this year's festival, with acts like Kaskade joining the lineup in the Sahara tent Saturday night.
Miike Snow frontman Andrew Wyatt closed out the outdoor stage Saturday night, with a massive crowd stretching almost all the way to Gobi stage.
Rihanna was spotted in the crowds at Coachella's first weekend, sporting a denim bikini and bright blue baseball cap. Other musicians spotted enjoying the music from the sidelines: Katy Perry, Fergie, and Jared Leto.
Tim Bergling, better known as DJ Avicii performed onstage for an electric crowd of fans at Coachella. The Swedish remixer and record producer got the crowd pumping with his new production. Although he had the same timeslot as Tupac’s hologram moment, which pulled a much bigger crowd, many Coachella ravers came out to hear the DJ's new beats.
Scottish producer Calvin Harris gave a surpise for his late-night DJ set. His twitter followers had a heads-up after he tweeted, “There might be an exciting surprise during my Coachella set later!” That treat was a double-dose of Rihanna who joined him on-stage to sing the two tracks Harris produced for her off her new album, Talk that Talk.
With a throw-back to the 1990s, the big closing act included Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and a slew of other hip-hop artists making special appearances. Even the late-rapper Tupac Shakur was including in the set; a life-sized 3D hologram of him was projected onto the stage while exchanging lyrics to “Gangsta Party” with Snoop.
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg made sure the night ended on a “high” note, smoking a large joint on stage. Snoop and Dr. Dre were joined on-stage by appearances from fellow rap-icons Eminem, 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Kurupt and Warren G.
Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine
Included on Sunday’s line-up was the free-flowing Florence Welch of the band Florence and the Machine. The band performed hits off both their albums, “Lungs” and “Ceremonials.”
Specializing in mashups and digital sampling, Girl Talk took to the stage at Coachella igniting his usual dance party frenzy.
Talented Belgian-Austrailian singer-songwriter Gotye performed his huge hit “Somebody That I Used to Know.” In the past two weeks, the pop jam has been covered on Glee, American Idol and The Voice.Steven Tyler admitted that he is a huge fan of the song.
Donning a dapper tux and top hat, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, lead singer of the Swedish band Hives, launched himself off a large amp and into the crowd performed their 2001 hit, “Hate to Say I Told You So.”
Vampire Diaries attend Coachella
Vampire Diaries stars and real-life couple Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev were spotted getting cozy several times during the festival.
Ke$ha kicking back at Coachella
Ke$ha was among the long list of celebrity appearances to be kicking back and enjoying the music in the desert.
Kimbra Goes Coast to Coast: SNL to Coachella
Following a recent performance on SNL with Goyte singing their duet “Somebody That I Used to Know,” New Zealand breakout artist Kimbra joined Goyte on-stage at Coachella for an encore to a jam-packed tent filled with screaming fans.
Looking happy and healthy, Lindsay Lohan joined the crowd in the desert.
Many celebrities dressed with free-flowing hippie-style outfits, including Rihanna’s cut-off “peace” top and spiked denim shorts. She performed on-stage with Calvin Harris.
Katy Perry and Rihanna
Getting a better view, Rihanna enjoys the Coachella party as Katy Perry looks up at her (right) with her new purple locks and a flower dress.
Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg
Rapper Wiz Khalifa joins Snoop Dogg in a cloud of smoke, singing their hit single “Young, Wild & Free.”
Spotlight on Snoop
Snoop Dogg enjoying the spotlight during his big closing act, as the first weekend of Coachella came to a close.
Vanessa Hudgens continued Coachella’s celebrity-boho chic style with a flower-head band, cut-off shirt and high-waist denim shorts.
With temperatures soaring past 100 degrees on the fest's second weekend, Battleship star Alexander Skarsgard found relief in the shade of a palm tree.
Photo by: Sara Jaye Weiss/ Startraks
Among the music luminaries basking in sun and tunes at the SKYY Infusions Coconut Escape party were Sweden's own Lykke Li (center), one-third of DJ collective Ingrid Soundsystem (Li, Peter, Bjorn and John and Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow).
Photo by: Sara Jaye Weiss/ Startraks
Nikki Reed, Penn Badgley
Twilight's Nikki Reed and Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley, sipped on slushies in a cabana at the SKYY Infusions Coconut Escape party held at the Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa.
Photo by: Sara Jaye Weiss/ Startraks
American Idol season 10 alum Paul McDonald attended Coachella for the first time with wife Nikki Reed.
Hot Temps Bring Dancing Fans
Crazed Coachella fans bare all for Round 2 of the music festival, where temperatures nearly reached record heat -- hitting 105 degrees in Indio on Saturday.
M83’s Anthony Gonzalez performed his electronica set during the festival. Gonzalez has worked with The Killers and Kings of Leon, but his next goal is to work on Katy Perry’s next album. "I think I saw Katy Perry dancing [to] 'Midnight City' yesterday night," he wrote on his Facebook page following his performance. "Katy, let me write your next album!"
It was the Shins first year playing at Coachella. Their unique mellow sounds draws fans of all types, including The Office’s John Krasinski.
Tune-Yard’s multi-instrumentalist Merrill Garbus banged on a pair of hand drums and strummed her guitar, playing both weekends of the festival this year. Her sophomore album whokill came in at number 13 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2011.
It was a reunion for Swedish punk-rockers Refused, as they played their first show in 14 years during Coachella this year. Frontman Dennis Lyxzen emotionally thanked the audience for making the reunion possible.