INDIO >> On the third day, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival celebrated Easter with as only the mega festival could: with several surprises, from an artist cancellation to a fake appearance of Daft Punk.
It was only fitting headliners Arcade Fire chose to cover Prince's “Controversy” on the main stage Sunday night as front man Win Butler started off the night by announcing a surprise guest only to reveal two men in white suits who appeared to be Daft Punk standing behind a DJ booth playing an off beat version of “Get Lucky.”
Fans quickly caught on they were being duped and referred to the appearance as “Daft Punk'd.” The set also featured an appearance of the Reflektors — the bobble heads made out of each band member — and Beck as pope.
Earlier in the night, Beck played his own set featuring some classics such as “Devil's Haircut,” “Where It's At” and a cover of Michael Jackson's “Billie Jean” on the Coachella Stage. Early in his set he told the crowd he was going to keep things short, referring to the first weekend when his set was cut off.
While Kurupt was not expected and helped Aiko perform “Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None),” Slash was a welcomed encore performance from last weekend. The guitarist played with the rock band on the same song, “Ace of Spades.”
There was also a cancellation from Chance The Rapper due to illness early in the day, but strong sets from Los Angeles alternative rock band Fishbone, New Orleans' Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and English folk/punk singer and songwriter Frank Turner helped fill some of the void.
Besides the music, fans celebrated Easter and marijuana culture, marking 4/20.One Coachella vendor advertised an Easter nut hunt for actual nuts.
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