If you were in any doubt as to whether Coachella 2014 belonged to the dance or rock acts, then Calvin Harris’s Sunday night set put all arguments to rest. While Arcade Fire closed the festival (in competition with Disclosure), the biggest crowd of the festival went to Harris; “the 2nd biggest crowd in Coachella history today…” Harris later posted to Facebook. “2nd to Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg and Tupac hologram. I’m feeling some type of way.”
As the LA Times reviewer reported, the crowd swarmed to Harris’s mainstage set from the opening notes of Feel So Close: “waves after waves of glow-sticked-bodies filling out the lawn until it was an ocean of raised hands. The tents nearby may as well have been claims-adjustor offices for all the action they saw.”
Of course, Calvin Harris wasn’t the only dance act to slay at Coachella 2014: Skrillex debuted his new stage set-up with debut album Recess front and centre, while Dillon Francis delivered a set of house party jams to the monster-sized crowd. Stay tuned for live sets to come from the likes of Zedd, Fatboy Slim andMartin Garrix.
But the festival belonged to Calvin Harris, who followed in the footsteps of Tiesto, The Chemical Brothers and Swedish House Mafia to lead Coachella’s biggest dance-off. Skip to 55 seconds in the recording of his set below to hear the crowd singing along in full voice to Feel So Close, before Harris tears through an hour of his own hits – from new single Summer to Sweet Nothing, Bounce and We Found Love – feel good slices from the likes of Icona Pop and hard-edges like DVBBS & VINAI’s Raveology.