Coachella: Day 1, NY Press

Experimental dance troupe Lucent Dossier. (PHOTO: Patrick J. Eves)

Homesickness and East Coast nostalgia definitely set in for that New York City summer smog, fire hydrants flooding the street and the AC cranking in the apartment. Amid the dry desert grounds of this year’s Coachella Music Festival, Jay-Z represented, including city montages thrown on screen throughout the set, perhaps making him feel at ease as the first day Coachella headliner. Despite a half-hour late start and scratchy vocals towards the end, he lit a new fire under the burning desert and gave a second wind to heat-exhausted audience with old school like “99 Problems” and “Hard Knock Life” closing just before the festival’s 1 a.m. curfew. Day one felt more like a warm up for the two days ahead and had few surprises other than Beyoncé joining her husband on stage for “Forever Young.”

The recent volcano eruption in Reykjavik, Iceland prevented several bands from attending this year’s festival. Yorkshire quartet The Cribs missed a Friday gig, but the band, featuring Smiths and Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr, is still determined to play a slot if it can make it into the U.S. Flight cancellations also kept Bad Lieutenant and Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit from Saturday slots and electronic trio Delphic and Gary Numan from sets on Sunday. Read entire story

*Coachella 2010 Photo Gallery

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~ by Tina Benitez-Eves on April 21, 2010.

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