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Coachella 2011 Day 1: More Light and More Spectacle Fail To Overshadow Music

By April 16, 2011

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There were rocky moments earlier in the day as Coachella 2011 kicked off. One of the most disappointing for fans, and most certainly the performer himself, was the late and cut short set by Cee Lo Green. The festival keeps to a tight schedule so when he arrived on the stage quite late, blaming the late afternoon performance slot, there was only time for five complete songs. Plenty of boos from the audience were heard and the song "F**k You!" took on even more performance. An attempt at a final song was cut off by the Coachella powers that be.

As the evening arrived, the avalanche of music that is Coachella took over. Fortunately, a late arrival from Ms. Lauryn Hill, pictured below, following Cee Lo Green, did nothing to squelch the quality of her music. She proved to be as entrancing, if eccentric, as ever. For some reason, she was even allowed to go slightly over her allotted time and perform the classic "Doo Wop (That Thing)." As is always the case with a large music festival, bands booked at competing time slots created dilemmas for fans. One of those was a big chunk of newcomer Marina and the Diamonds' (pictured above) set matched against The Black Keys.

As the night wore on a crowd pleasing performance by headliners Kings of Leon on the Coachella main stage gave way to Robyn (above) commanding the Mojave tent. Her stellar dance pop may be woefully overlooked in the US, but there is a growing sense that just may be turning around. She did not disappoint on this night. The mainstage of Coachella closed out the night with electronic dance stars the Chemical Brothers. Lights and spectacle were allowed to take center stage this time with the pounding beats carrying a successful day one to a satisfying close.

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Photo of Marina Diamandis of Marina and the Diamonds by Karl Walter / Getty Images
Photo of Robyn by Charley Gallay / Getty Images
Photo of Ms. Lauryn Hill by Kevin Winter / Getty Images

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