The 14th edition of the Coachella music festival started on Friday, at the Empire Polo Club in California, USA. The three-day festival offers a vibrant array of musical genres, ranging from rock and indie to electronic and hip hop.

The 2013 Coachella festival started with British bands taking centre stage. Blur, who were credited with rock-infused Britpop in the 1990s, re-united after six years to open the main stage. A report said the group performed Girls & Boys, Beetlebum, Coffee & TV and Parklife.

Also in action on the first day were The Stone Roses and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as well as alternative group Alt-J. The highlight, though, was a surprise video appearance by Daft Punk, who were not scheduled to make an appearance. However, a two-minute video featuring R&B star Pharrell Williams singing Get Lucky from forthcoming album Random Access Memories, sparked rumours the band might make a surprise appearance.

Meanwhile, other talking points after the first day at Coachella included James McCartney, the son of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and Icelandic folk group Of Monsters and Men.

The Coachella festival continues on Saturday and Sunday and will be broadcast live on the event's YouTube channel.

Saturday will see indie-French rock band Phoenix headline the day, with a widely-acclaimed post-rock band from Iceland called Sigur Ros joining Grizzly Bear, Hot Chip, New Order and a host of other groups and musicians. Sunday promises to be a massive hit as well, with Red Hot Chili Peppers and James Blake in the line-up.

For more information on line-up, see the official website.

Joe Newman of British band Alt-J performs during the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CaliforniaReuters
Musician James McCartney performs during the Coachella Music FestivaReuters
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