After all the intrigue swirling around Abel Tesfaye’s dark R&B project, it’s fascinating to see the band and the songs laid bare in the baking sunshine. Tesfaye’s got incredible pipes, and it’s wonderful hearing him mix up tracks from across the trilogy. This performance feels like a big turning point for Tesfaye – now he’s out in the open, what sort of artist is The Weeknd going to be?
At The Drive-In
Newly reformed, the high-impact Texan combo were always going to be one of the big draws of the weekend. The clip of ‘One Armed Scissor’ reinforces the perils of the V.I.P area – who wants to spend an evening watching a famously incendiary live act from behind? – but, even if seats aren’t the best in the house, ATD-I sound phenomenally tight.
Sure, there’s a fair bit of naffness about proceedings (That DJ? Those covers?). But Banks’ principal strength has always been her infectiousness, and she’s on especially ebullient form for her debut Coachella performance. Considering how cutesy a lot of her press has been, it’s bracing to watch her going hell for leather on tracks like ’212′ and ‘Fuck Up The Fun’