Coachella Rocks As 60,000 Hit The Desert
California's Coachella Valley Music + Arts Festival smashed attendance records over the weekend (29-30APR06) as more than 60,000 music fans basked in the sun at the Indio event. Temperatures hit surpassed 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) on both days of the festival as acts including KANYE WEST, MADONNA, MASSIVE ATTACK, DAFT PUNK, JAMES BLUNT and main stage headliners TOOL and DEPECHE MODE performed highlight sets. Madonna's 30-minute, six-song performance in the Sahara Tent late last night (30APR06) marked her festival debut, but the show, which attracted the biggest crowd of the weekend, didn't go completely smoothly. Fights broke out amid the crushed crowd as Madonna delayed her start time by 25 minutes and then she lost her cool at one point during her show when she asked fans to stop throwing water at her. The mood changed when the pop superstar, who began the show by emerging from a giant disco ball, asked fans if she should take her pants off. She puffed, "It's too hot to wear clothes," and then, stripping to her tights, she asked, "Does my a** look good?" Madonna wasn't the only act making her festival debut - GNARLS BARKLEY also performed outdoors for the first time yesterday (30APR06). The hip-hop hitmakers were joined by a 14-piece band for their performance, during which duo CEE-LO and DANGER MOUSE dressed as characters from the WIZARD OF OZ. Another highlight came when DAMIAN 'JR GONG' MARLEY performed covers of his father's classics COULD YOU BE LOVED and EXODUS during his set. James Blunt also wowed the crowd with covers - he performed SLADE's COZ I LUV YOU and the PIXIES' WHERE IS MY MIND. But the festival's highlight came in the shape of British supergroup Massive Attack, who were joined onstage by COCTEAU TWINS singer LIZ FRASER and HORACE ANDY.