My Day 1 Top 10
1) Haim 9/10
Haim rarely disappoint, and playing to their home crowd on the Outdoor Stage, they demonstrated the honed professionalism of their live act, and ability to engage the audience.
2) Broken Bells 9/10
Again on the Outdoor Stage, but playing as night fell, Broken Bells' act was particularly notable for the lighting. But the audience got most excited when half way through the set, they played some material from their first album.
3) GOAT 8/10
I'd seen GOAT the previous weekend in an unforgettable gig in San Francisco from the front of the stage. This experience couldn't live up to that intimacy, but the Swedish collective's masked performance, with elements of blues and world music was still engaging.
4) Austra 8/10
The Canadian electro pop band played an impressively moody set in the Gobi tent, showcasing songs from Olympia, released last year, and notable for the power of Katie Stelmanis' voice.
5) Bonobo 8/10
Playing at night in the Sahara tent, the British producer's vocals and bass lines were mesmerising.
6) MS MR 7/10
With an early afternoon slot on the main stage produced a committed performance, their breezy pop complementing the cooler than expected first day temperatures.
7) Wye Oak 7/10
I'm less convinced than most at the direction taken by the Baltimore Band on their new album Shriek, where Jenn Wassner abandons her guitar, yet live the duo has lost none of its energy.
8) Neko Case 7/10
The small audience on the Outdoor Stage for this seasoned and accomplished performer seemed the result of a miscalculation by Golden Voice: the set would have worked better in one of the tents. Despite the lack of atmosphere, the delivery could not be faulted.
9) Woodkid 7/10
I was new to this French neofolk artist, and was impressed by a set which will be remembered for its eclecticism: he invited the rapper ASAP Ferg on stage with him, in what is becoming a strong Coachella tradition of collaborations.
10) Tom Odell 7/10
The British singer songwriter opened the first day of Coachella to a reasonably sized audience. He music isn't entirely to my taste, but he rose to a potentially challenging occasion with a spirited performance.