Updated: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:30:00 GMT | By Francis Whittaker
Coachella 2013

The Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival in California has seen the best music acts take to the stage



Coachella Festival crowd 2013 (© ZUMA/Rex Features)
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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival, one of the hottest tickets in the US festival calendar, got underway at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California last weekend. A host of stars attended the desert bash, which saw performances from Brit-rockers Blur and the Stone Roses, French outfit Phoenix, funk-rock favourites the Red Hot Chili Peppers and rap veterans Wu-Tang Clan.

The festival is unusual in that it takes place over two weekends, with each weekend having identical line-ups in order to cope with the huge demand for tickets. Click through our gallery to see highlights of the first instalment of the festival, which should give a taste of what's coming up during the weekend ahead!

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