Coachella 2013 in video: R Kelly performs 'Ignition (Remix)' with Phoenix, Earl Sweatshirt plays with Flying Lotus, The xx recruit Solange.

hologram stole the show at Coachella 2012, and, this time around, the big talking point was a 2-minute video.

Daft Punk might not have appeared after all, but a sizeable clip of their forthcoming ‘Get Lucky’ single made an appearance in their stead. Still, there were plenty of shenanigans going on around Indio way; below is a video highlights package of the first leg of California’s finest music festival.

The robots, contrary to rumours, didn’t turn up during Phoenix‘s Saturday headline set, but a very special guest did – R. Kelly. During a rendition of calling card ‘1901’, the honey-tongued loverman appeared on stage to sing ‘Ignition’ (Remix) over the top. As chaotic as that might sound on paper, the results work a treat. Kelly also laid the a cappella for 2007 single ‘I’m A Flirt’ over Phoenix’s ‘Chloroform’, taken from their forthcoming Bankrupt! LP.

Friday saw OFWGKTA’s young contender Earl Sweatshirt take to the stage for a full performance. Kid’s only wee, but he still comported himself with confidence and wild-eyed glee. Flying Lotus played DJ throughout the performance, and Tyler, Domo Genesis and Vince Staples also made appearances.

The xx performed a typically stately set of The xx and Coexist material to a huge crowd on Saturday. The group also pulled out Solange Knowles to assist on their cover of Aaliyah’s ‘Hot Like Fire’; skip to the 20.00 minute mark to peep the team-up.

Long dormant Cali rap outfit Jurassic 5 also took to the stage on Friday, rattling through a back catalogue of catchy, sing-song boom-bap. They’re pretty much perfect festival fodder, and came on strong on the night, with Cut Chemist (and guest DJ Nu-Mark) stepping out front to play what can only be described as a CDJ-tar.

Finally, here’s a snippet of James Blake‘s Sunday afternoon set, which saw material from the excellent Overgrown material bedding in nicely.



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