Coachella 2013: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wu-Tang Clan Wow Dusty Crowd on Sunday

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coachella 2013

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coachella 2013

Plus James Blake, Rodriguez, Grimes and more onstage and backstage highlights from day 3 of Coachella's first weekend

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Day 2: Phoenix's R. Kelly Surprise, Postal Service's Special Delivery
Day 3: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wu-Tang Clan Wow Dusty Crowd
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In addition to the 61 bands on the bill, high winds and choking degrees of dust were on the menu for every attendee of the final day of Coachella 2013’s first weekend. By late afternoon, the balmy rays that delighted sun-worshippers on the festival’s previous days gave way to chilly temperatures and non-stop sandstorms that brought an eerie haze over the Empire Polo Field. But rather than being put-off by the less-than-ideal conditions, the Coachella diehards simply donned hoodies, popped on the dust masks, and dove into the diverse assortment of bands that closed out the weekend. Here are some highlights from Coachella’s windswept weekend-one finale.

Top 10 Coachella Artists Tweeted About Sunday (4/14)
Source: MusicMetric

Some of the artists most-buzzed about on Sunday performed late on Saturday. Phoenix, who garnered 14.59% of the total volume of artists mentioned in Sunday Twitter activity pertaining to Coachella, had an especially overwhelming jump in volume due to the surprise appearance of R. Kelly.
RankArtist% of Tweets
2Vampire Weekend5.33%
3Red Hot Chili Peppers4.78%
5Tame Impala3.83%
6Knife Party3.16%
7James Blake3.01%
8Eric Prydz2.26%
9Wu-Tang Clan2.04%
10The xx2.00%

-- La Roux ended its set with "Bulletproof," their biggest U.S. hit and most immediate cut in their discography. Before that elated performance, however, the group -- led by the demure Elly Jackson and her perfectly coiffed red hair -- unveiled a host of new songs for the first time to U.S. audiences: "Kiss and Not Tell" was a delightful piece of throwback pop, while "Tropical Chancer" provoked awkward dance moves from the packed crowd in the Mojave Tent. After La Roux canceled on Coachella last year, the group proved to be worth the wait -- and these new tracks, presumably on the follow-up to 2009's "La Roux," sound like they are as well.

-- Coachella’s ever-growing contingent of EDM fans got a special treat this year with the addition of the Yuma tent, a fully-enclosed, night-club-like indoor space complete with hard-wood floors, numerous disco balls, a booming system and .one of the festival’s most elusive offerings: air conditioning. An army of noteworthy DJs and a handful of bona fide marquee stars (Richie Hawtin, Four Tet, Luciano) were assembled to christen the cool new space. But latecomers to the party often had a wait a while before getting their groove on, as lines the see Yuma’s biggest talents rolled long and deep throughout the weekend.

-- Music is indeed the driving force behind Coachella, but between bands, festival goers are also treated to some of the most eye-catching and innovative art installations this side of the Guggenheim. One of this year’s most elaborate additions to the grounds was “Mirage,” a 40-ft tall, 100-foot wide structure made to resemble a mid-century Palm Springs mansion. By day, the piece simply provided shelter from the beaming sun. By night, it transformed into a dazzling, 360-degree 3D spectacle that used 21 HD cameras to project ever-changing images on its walls. The icing on Mirage’s magnificent cake was a virtual swimming pool that projected images of backstroking beauties that looked so real, many attendees couldn’t resist the urge to dive in themselves.