Coachella 2014: Calvin Harris, Disclosure Bring Big-Stage Dance Parties
Once each weekend, Coachella hands the main stage over to an EDM producer who has the honor of hosting the polo field’s biggest dance party. Swedish House Mafia, the Chemical Brothers and Tiesto have all taken their turns at the helm of the festival. The event's 2014 edition belonged to hit-making Scottish artist Calvin Harris.
Taking the stage just after sundown, Harris lit up the sky with a non-stop barrage of hand-raising hits that included his own anthems “Feel So Close,” “I Need Your Love” and “Sweet Nothing.” From the minute the first beat dropped, Coachella transformed into a full-blown rave as one of the largest crowds of the weekend (its density rivaled only Outkast’s) danced frantically to Harris’ electro-pop productions.
Considering the conveyer belt of special guest stars that Coachella had already produced -- even Justin Bieber got into the act with Chance the Rapper earlier in the day -- many fans were expecting Harris to pull one of his many collaborators onstage; Rihanna had joined Harris and effectively set a precedent during his 2012 Coachella appearance. But the fact that there was no one other than Harris on the stage didn’t matter one bit. Riri or no, when “We Found Love” came through the speakers, Coachella went off like a powder keg.
Later in the evening, U.K. house duo Disclosure kept the party rolling on the Outdoor Theater. Picking up the pace after Lana Del Rey’s dreamy set, the pair dropped ass-shaking jams from their acclaimed debut “Settle.” English singer-songwriter Sam Smith graced the stage during the group’s monster hit “Latch,” but it was Ms. Mary J. Blige who got the night’s biggest cheer when she popped in and turned the party out with her performance of the “F for You" remix.