Though Pharrell didn't “take it all the way back” as he promised (that would have meant breaking out the Wreckx-N-Effects classic “Rumpshaker”), the hitmaker parade was just a reminder of the scope of his work. Pharrell's sets both weekends were packed with huge songs (including his collab with Daft Punk, “Get Lucky,” and his current megasmash, “Happy”), and didn't even touch all of the corners of his catalog; his work with Justin Timberlake, for instance, went wholly unrecognized, as did his collaborations with Azaelia Banks, and, even much of his current solo record, “Girl.” It didn't matter one bit: this was a variety show of the highest degree, with the best MC the Coachella masses could hope for.
With temperate weather and overall high spirits, the rest of the day could also count many highlights. Muse brought out the big guns production wise, with guitarist Matt Bellamy and bassist Christopher Wolstenholme riding cages on the ends of massive cranes into the audience during “Uprising,” a stunt they couldn't pull off the first week due to weahter. MGMT and Kid Cudi traded guest spots during each other's sets, with Cudi breaking out dance moves to “Electric Feel,” and the psych-rockers playing through Cudi's “The Pursuit of Happiness.” Nas's 20th anniversary performance of “Illmatic” also ended up a run through of new guests, with Damian Marley and Lauryn Hill helping pay homage to the classic album.