Coachella 2015 Photo Gallery: Weekend Two, Day Two
Things finally started to slow down a bit on Saturday (April 18) during the second weekend of Coachella, thanks to the temperatures soaring to scorching heights. Fans sought refuge in any piece of shade available -- behind decorative planters, tucked between fences and charging stations, and under the wings of the roving Papilio Merraculous butterfly. It wasn’t until the sun went down that some mercy was given to festival goers by the cool night.
Alabama was represented well for the second day in a row, as St. Paul and the Broken Bones totally ripped up the Mojave tent. (We only wish that they and Alabama Shakes had been booked on the same day, with the possibility of a collaboration between the two.)
Braving the intense sun on the Outdoor stage, Michael Kerr and Ben Thatcher are not a run-of-the-mill drum and bass duo by any means, and were seemingly unfazed by the blazing heat. Mid-set, Kerr provoked the crowd to get excited: “Make some noise for motherf---ing Ben Thatcher on drums. Half man, half son of a bitch!” To which to crowd obliged. True to form, Royal Blood fought back against the heat, ending in Thatcher’s traditional triumphant crowd surf.
Taking things down a notch, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness turned things around with sunny piano-driven pop. Fans lined the front rail to sing along with every heartfelt lyric while McMahon shined with the afternoon sun.
Last weekend, Benjamin Booker was valiantly battling against a case of laryngitis. Despite his efforts, his struggle was obvious during that performance, though things were much better yesterday. It seems Booker took the time between the festival's first and second installments to recoup and gained some momentum back.
The evening started to cool off with the U.K.’s Jungle and Glass Animals, bringing grooves to the Mojave and Gobi tents. Both acts bring a unique and fresh flavor to crowds looking to dance, but not willing to brave the intenseness of the almighty Sahara tent.
It was a bit disheartening to see such a thin crowd for Glasgow’s Belle and Sebastian at the Outdoor Theatre; a shame, with their set timing perfectly with sunset, providing a perfect beautiful backdrop. Frontman Stuart Murdoch charmed the small crowd from the start, celebrating the band's earlier years: “We were here in 2002, 2004 and the only thing that’s gotten more beautiful is the audience. They were a bit crusty back then.” With their bright, friendly sound, the crowd gradually grew just in time to join in on the onstage dance party.
After sundown, the rock acts really came out to play, with Drive Like Jehu and Kasabian revving up the night before Jack White’s scorching guitar-driven set. San Diego’s Drive Like Jehu drew a much more sizable crowd this weekend as they were at the top of their game.
From the start, it has been apparent that Jack White is a performer with no need to bring along any special guests, as has been the trend for headliners in recent years. His band is a group of equally talented musicians, something that White made sure to highlight throughout the night’s set. White also paid tribute to his good friend and late keyboardist Ikey Owens, dedicating the entire set to him.
Oh, and with the biggest and most talked about surprise of the weekend, R&B singer Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a. The Weeknd was joined by none other than Kanye West. The late night surprise had fans exploding with excitement, raising the energy to cap the night.
If were weren't able to make it to Indio, make sure to check out our exclusive photo gallery up above. It's hard to believe, but Coachella 2015 is coming to a close -- stay tuned for our complete coverage of Day Three of Weekend Two!