Fiery and furious fun – and a “Barbie Girl” dance party – from the British rapper

Slowthai is among the performers kicking off Coachella on Friday April 15 (AFP via Getty Images)

Coachella Alright, it’s the first f****** day, alright,” the Northampton rapper insists slowthai, to the sweaty, bouncing California crowd. “Is that the lightest you can be?” Turns out that’s definitely not the case, especially when Slowthai – real name Tyron Frampton – leads them in a lighthearted, extremely NSFW call-and-response chant. With a huge smirk on his face, he’s as endearing as he is pleasantly sweary.

The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is currently underway, as the free two-weekend musical extravaganza kicked off Friday, April 15 with Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Swedish house mafia and The weekend headlining the event at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA.

While ASAP rocky might not join him for a hard-hitting version of his 2021 single “Mazza,” but Slowthai gives us more than enough energy on his own — until Florida’s king of hardcore hip-hop, Denzel Curry , takes the stage for a heavy and intoxicating “Psycho”.

While some artists use Coachella as an opportunity to showcase new material, Slowthai seems to be using the festival as a chance to introduce the world to a new hairstyle – a full head of curls instead of his usual shaved shave. But there is also a new song. The perfectly perky “I Feel So Good” comes across as if it were Slowthai’s most singalong, friendliest song to date, with a looping, punk-adjacent chorus of Britpop flair from a mystery singer.

Speaking of Britpop, Slowthai’s gruff howl sits perfectly alongside Damon Albarn’s disembodied vocals in his solo version of Gorillaz’s “Momentary Bliss.” After all that excitement, it’s only fitting that he relaxes with the slow, smooth groove of “Feel Away” before bowing out with a flawless final burst of pure fire in the rowdy “Doorman.”

Well, it looks like it’s over, but before he walks off the stage, beaming and shirtless, the DJ drops Aqua’s 1997 single “Barbie Girl” and Slowthai smiles the biggest smile he’s ever had. smiled all night, singing and leading the crowd in a bustling bustle. , if not a little weird, dance party.

Huge fun.

A new set of the group Arcade Fire Also on the bill, the band playing at 6:45 p.m. (PT) on the night of Friday, April 15.

Other programming highlights include Phoebe Bridger, Megan you stallion, Doja CatRun the Jewels, Jamie xx, Carly Rae Jepsen, Vince Staples, Caribou and more.

You can follow live updates on this year’s edition of Coachella here.

Edward K. Thompson