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Saturday was definitely crazier than Friday. Even though Friday was sold out, it seemed more tame because crowds had just driven in from work or were trying to “do” the Coachella festival while working from their blackberry on site.  It’s not always that easy to find the stamina to rock after putting in your nine to five, I imagine.

Saturday was more carefree and the masses were in full vacation mode. Early crowd pleasers like Ida Maria and Cloud Cult kept the crowd upbeat through 90+ temperatures. The hotter it got, the hotter the crowd…  I was stoked to find myself getting drinks next to Fast and Furious hottie Paul Walker and pushing through backstage crowds while Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal were chatting up Joss Stone’s crew.

As the sun set, some of my personal faves took the stage at this year’s tenth annual desert rock gathering. Michael Franti set the tone for a ganja smoking vibe. TV On the Radio followed, garnishing tons of attention from fans across the field. I watched from side stage as they played their hits, while also keeping tabs on Thievery Corporation, setting up for their 7:40 set.

Unfortunately fan favorite Glaswegian band, Glasvegas, had to cancel their set last minute. Singer James Allan apparently had come down with a bad case of heat stroke, but we all know, pale UK boys and 90+ degrees never go hand in hand. I was disappointed, but there was no time to sulk, so instead, I rushed over to Fleet Foxes, as they took over the outdoor theater.

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The highlight of the evening, however, was M.I.A., who always wins over the crowd with her infectious energy and star aura.  She looked great after just having a healthy baby boy (with Exit singer Ben Brewer). The crowd went mental for hits “Boyz” and “Galanga”. M.I.A. even got up on the speakers, got off stage into the pit and shouted to the crowd, “Coachella main stage!  Next year I prefer the tent, I like to feel the sweat”. It was pure brilliance as the petite singer rocked neon piping through her entire outfit of white jeans, black t-shirt and fluorescent shades… unbelievable!

Only the Killers could follow a set like M.I.A., complete with stellar light shows and a stage set only befitting to Vegas king pins. They even had mini palm trees in their stage set up; a nice Palm Desert touch. The boys wailed through a 2-hour set, playing all the staples, from “Jenny”, “Smile Like You Mean It”, “Sam’s Town”, “Shadowplay”, and many more. They closed the show with a big bang, setting off some amazing fireworks to boot.–Aishah Roberts

 
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