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Bjork, others bring desert thrills to Coachella music festival in California

Bjork, others bring desert thrills to Coachella music festival in California

Tens of thousands of music fans descended on the California desert this weekend for the Coachella Music Festival, which featured performances by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire, Bjork, Peaches and others.
The bikini-clad women and bare-chested men who arrived early for the festival's second day Saturday battled the intense heat by guzzling water while they milled around the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) east of Los Angeles. Temperatures exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit (around 40 Celsius).
Hours before, during the festival's first day, they had swayed happily to stellar performances by eclectic chanteuse Bjork and raunchy performer Peaches. On tap for Saturday were, among others, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Arcade Fire.
"I went to Coachella three years ago. It's the pit of hell, but every year there's something stunning," said 18-year-old musician Jordan Deherrera.
Celebrity fans in attendance at the festival included Kelly Osbourne and Cameron Diaz.
More than 50,000 concertgoers braved the heat, traffic jams and long entrance lines to see a wide array of 37 bands and DJs on Friday, the first day. Police arrested 25 people Friday, mostly for drug and alcohol related charges and unruly conduct, said Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron.
Bjork kicked off her world tour Friday night with a colorful, headlining performance on the main stage.
Joined by an all-female brass band dressed in Day-Glo green, orange and blue, the Icelandic singer wore a multicolored headdress with floor-length cape. She soon threw it off, revealing a black and white bone bodice with green and orange hula skirt that rivaled the attention-grabbing swan outfit she wore to the 2001 Academy Awards.
Swaying, barefoot and skipping in the night breeze, facing a field of screaming fans, she launched into the bombastic "Earth Intruders," the first single from her upcoming album, "Volta."
An energetic set of old and new songs followed, from operatic '90s hit "Army of Me" to the Timbaland-produced new tune "Innocence" and politically charged "Declare Independence."
"She's amazing," said singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, who played earlier that night. "As usual, I'm jealous of Bjork. I have only one French horn player, she has many more."
Peaches, known for her sexually charged lyrics, was appropriately introduced by porn star Ron Jeremy. The black leather catsuit-clad Canadian musician ran onstage wearing a gold mask and carrying a light saber.
"There's still a war going on, no matter that there's a fest," Peaches (real name Merrill Nisker) told The Associated Press before her set, adding that she didn't think enough women played the event.
Singing the opening track of her new newest album, "Impeach My Bush," Peaches yelled out "impeach Bush, impeach Bush!" to roars from the packed audience.
Across the fairgrounds, at the smaller Gobi tent, British singer Amy Winehouse brought on a more sedate dash of steamy sassiness.
Backed by eight-piece funk band the Dap-Kings, the bouffant-haired Winehouse crooned and joked, showing off her new engagement ring and hoisting up her tank top in the heat.
"Between the shoes and the hair, I'm not that big. I just met Danny DeVito. I'm his size," she told the crowd, which spilled past the tent's confines.
Buzz artists at the festival include pop-reggae newcomer Lily Allen and Brazil's CSS.
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Updated : 2021-01-22 20:30 GMT+08:00