Best of British rock Coachella

Franz Ferdinand and The Zutons were among the acts bringing some British flavour to day one of Coachella, with appreciative Americans proving that the 'special relationship' is still in rude health...

And nowhere was this more apparent on Coachella’s opening day than in the Sahara dance tent, where UK breaks pioneers teamed up with US legendary Janes Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, for an epic set that sounds like it shouldn’t work… but totally did!

Other dance acts showing the yanks how it’s done included Carl Cox and Audio Bullys. On the hair and guitars front, The Zutons got everyone in a sweat (including themselves!) over at the Outdoor Theatre Stage, dousing the crowd in their Mersey-beat street-sleaze.

Franz Ferdinand drew one of the biggest crowds of the day on the Coachella Stage, warming up for ’80s revivalists Depeche Mode with favourites like ‘Take Me Out’, ‘Matinee’, ‘Walking Away’, and a raucous work-out of latest single ‘The Fallen’. The less said about Depeche Mode the better…

White Rose Movement, Nine Black Alps, The Rakes and Lady Sovereign also drew impressive crowds, as US music fans flocked to see what all the fuss is about over the pond.

Stay posted as VF battles the Californian sunshine to bring you coverage direct from Coachella all weekend!