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23 Hot Coachella Moments: Ellie Goulding Cheers, Beyoncé Covers & Prince Sightings Day 1

Ellie Goulding performs onstage during day 1 of Coachella 2014
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Ellie Goulding performs onstage during day 1 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 11, 2014 in Indio, California.

Coachella 2014 got underway in Indio, Calif. Friday (April 11) with huge sets by The Replacements, Ellie Goulding, Girl Talk and headliners OutKast among the dozens of acts rocking the desert. Take a time-stamped look at the 23 hottest happenings on the festival's first day. Find out why Ellie Goulding elicited a huge mainstage cheer, where Outkast spotted Prince, and who covered Beyonce.

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3:08 PM: MS MR's Lizzy Plapinger introduces a cover song as a new take on "one of our favorite songs of 2013," and the indie-pop group proceeds to unpack an austere version of Arctic Monkeys' "Do I Wanna Know?"

3:39 PM: While Jagwar Ma continues bestowing the Gobi tent with psychedelic vibes, a herd of muscular dudes is spotted in the center of the crowd, all while tank tops with the word BROCHELLA printed on the back. Apparently, the rest of the festival didn't get the name-change memo.

3:59 PM: A giant astronaut surfaces near the Sahara tent and begins making floating across the festival grounds. Coachella has officially lifted off.

4:03 PM: Diorro drops a killer remix of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" in the Sahara Tent, sending the dancing teens into a time warp.
 
4:32 PM: As if a cameo from A$AP Rocky wasn't enough of a finale, A$AP Ferg ended his set by strapping on a brown jacket that was hooked up to some type of air pump, and proceeded to blast puffs of smoke out of the arm holes. The stunt was strangely cool, and the MC had a gleeful smile on his face all the while.
 
4:38 PM: Grouplove plays an earnest and uneven cover of Beyoncé's "Drunk In Love," really going for the gusto on the "surfbordt" line.

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5:35 PM: HAIM tells a story about how they've gone to Coachella every year since 2004... but never with purchased tickets. "We snuck in... we hopped over fences," Alana Haim says with a shrug.
 
5:58 PM: Winding down its excellent set on the main stage, AFI sends rock fans running toward their midday audience when a piano intro indicates that fan favorite "Silver & Cold" is right around the corner.
 
6:03 PM: Bastille’s popularity outgrows the space of the Mojave tent. The band draws the stages biggest crowd yet, making it impossible for latecomers to approach the stage. ‘Pompeii,’ unsurprisingly, brings down the house.

The Replacements at Coachella

8:47 PM: The Replacements' Paul Westerberg begins the reunited group's Coachella showcase with some cheerful self-deprecation. "Well hello!" he tells his onlookers. "There's been a lot of good music here today, huh? We'll put a fucking stop to that right now."

"A lot of good music here today? We'll put a f*cking stop to that."-The Replacements' Paul Westerberg at Coachella

9:57 PM: The video feed at the main stage gets screwed up, so that Bryan Ferry's Mojave Tent performance is being shown while Girl Talk is onstage. Intoxicated members of Girl Talk's dance party must have been DEEPLY confused.

10:37 PM: Zedd plays to Sahara crowd so massive, navigating around the swarm of gyrating bodies becomes an impossibility. Only option is to jump up and get down with the rest of the mob.

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