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Pharrell, Muse and Lorde reign over Coachella night two

Hidden away within the Indio, California borders the musical stylings of Pharrell, the British rockers Muse and Lorde herself could be heard miles away in any direction. Last night was the second evening of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and although the desert cooled down by the start of the second set of evening performances, it was the sand and dust that that was taking its toll on patrons.
 
Matt Bellamy of ‘Muse’ was in top-form, the band played a long-list of their popular tracks including “Resistance,” and “Magic.” Other hits from the band included “Starlight,” and a cover of one of rock’s original grunge band’s, Nirvana made the list of set-choices for the night. Muse belted out “Lithium,” in a tribute to the late Kurt Cobain.
 
Pharrell is one of the best performers in the industry and easily one of the highlights of this year’s events. The hatted-frontman started with “Lose Yourself To Dance,” made popular from his collaboration with the French sensation Daft Punk. Other songs that made the playlist were “Lapdance” and “She Likes To Move,” but “Marilyn Monroe” from his new album was performed and the crowd of course exploded into cheers. Although “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky,” were part of his set, he was alone this night while performing them.
 
He wasn’t alone on stage long, Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Gwen Stefani and DJ Diplo joined Pharrell on stage for different songs. Then came the music sensation that is 17-year-old Lorde, one of music’s greatest New Zealand imports. Lorde has been hopping all over the globe since she won her two Grammys in 2014, and even though the winds started pelting fans with tiny earthborn shrapnel, the music was better than ever. Lore did an amazing job entertaining the crowd with personal stories, and her songs Ribs, Team and Royals.
 
Other notable performances from the night went to Jay Z, his wife Beyonce (who performed on stage with her sister Solange) though the husband and wife team didn’t make any headlines with any sexy duo performances.