By Day 3, the sand storm settled and the surprise guests showed up. Parking logistics also improved today so we made it in time for production and DJ duo Classixx, composed of Michael David and Tyler Blake. I just saw them in New York, but this time their friends showed up: Isabella Manfredi and Gideon Bensen of The Preatures (from Day 1) on ‘Is This How You Feel?,’ Sarah Chernoff on ‘A Stranger Love,’ Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans of YACHT for ‘Psychic City’ and Nancy Whang on ‘All You’re Waiting For.’ Artists love their Classixx.
The next three acts I caught within the safe confines of the Heineken beer garden: English alt rock band The 1975 featuring the great vocals of Matthew Healy on ‘Heart Out,’ ‘The City’ and ‘Chocolate.’ Blood Orange, the electronic music project of British singer, songwriter and producer Dev Hynes took to the stage next with groovy tracks like ‘Chamakay’ and ‘Uncle Ace.’ New Zealand alt rock band The Naked and Famous took to the main stage as the sun set while vocalist Alisa Xayalith delivered on ‘Hearts Like Ours,’ ‘I Kill Giants’ and their best known song ‘Young Blood.’
Over at the Gobi tent, British pop duo AlunaGeorge, featuring Aluna Francis (vocals and songwriting) and George Reid (production and instrumentation), brought their ‘futuristic pop’ styling to Coachella with songs like ‘You Know You Like It’ and ‘Attracting Flies.’ Ms. Francis is interesting, but there’s something I’m not getting from her. She makes an appearance later in the evening. Speaking of attracting flies, The Outdoor Stage filled up with the vacant faces of rabid Lana Del Rey fans. She’s another one I don’t quite get. Beautiful in her little red dress, I kept asking myself if she’s ethereal or just high. ‘Born to Die,’ ‘Blue Jeans’ and ‘Video Games’ were all big crowd pleasers, but performing ‘Summertime Sadness’ while smoking a cigarette on stage was sort of everything. I get her now.
Closing Coachella weekend 2014 was English electronic music duo Disclosure, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence of Surrey. Clearly the darlings of today’s dance music scene, they too brought out the guests including Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge on ‘White Noise,’ Sam Smith on ‘Latch’ and wait for it, the great Mary J. Blige on ‘F For You.’ Mary sings her face off and her appearance respects Disclosure’s influence as one of the most sought after producers of dance music today. I’m particularly fond of their London Grammar collaboration, ‘Help Me Lose My Mind.’ The night ended with the certifiably loony and talented family affair of Arcade Fire. ‘Suburbs’ and ‘Reflektor’ made me reflect on how fortunate I’ve been to have seen so many great acts with friends I love. That’s what Coachella is all about. See you next year…