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Coachella 2016: Major Lazer Lights It Up With Some Help from Sean Paul, Mø & DJ Snake
The kids who packed the Coachella mainstage as the sun was going down on the final night of the festival were hoping for a dance party -- and Major Lazer (the DJ crew headed by superstar spinner Diplo along with Jillionaire and Walshy Fire) delivered immediately, flanked by the USC Marching band with dancers whose choreographed, non-stop routine often felt like a Red Bull-fueled synchronized swimming routine, minus the water.
Anyone looking for substance may have been disappointed with Major Lazer's by-the-numbers EDM delivery of Caribbean-fueled beats, but those just looking to get turned-on got exactly what they came for. Any semblance of artistry was swept to the wind -- at one point in the set, there wasn't even anyone faux-manning the decks -- but with classic jock jams, reggae singalongs, and guest rappers (including dancehall star Sean Paul) in the mix, it was easy to get swept up in the beat.
The set hit all the standard checkmarks: fireworks, hands-in-the-air histrionics, "Eva-ry-body-scream!!!," and the production was nothing if not impressive -- huge LED displays rotated to expose wall-of-sound speakers, dancers somehow changed in and out of swimsuit-style getups like superheroes, and Diplo and friends were balls of unstoppable energy.
"It's Sunday night, so let's go hard," Diplo said, towards the end of the set, before singer Mø and DJ Snake hit the stage to help out with their hit "Lean On." The crowd didn't need the urging, even if they could have used something a little more unique to get there.