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Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg perform at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Sunday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Snoop Dogg during his performance with Dr.Dre on the third night of the Coachella Music Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Dr.Dre and Snoop Dogg perform together on the third night of the Coachella Music Festival.

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IDr.Dre during his performance with Snoop Dogg on the third night of the Coachella Music Festival.

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Dr. Dre performs in from of a giant projection of Los Angeles at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

At The Drive-In performs at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Tony Hajjar, drummer for At The Drive-In, performs at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Cedric Bixler Zavala fronts At The Drive-In performs at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Le Butcherettes vocalist/guitarist Teri Gender Bender performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

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Le Butcherettes vocalist/guitarist Teri Gender Bender performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

First Aid Kit's Klara Soderberg performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday.

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Sleeper Agent's Alex Kandel performs on the Outdoor Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday.

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Sleeper Agent bassist Lee Williams performs a hair-raising set.

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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, perform Afrobeat on Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 perform Afrobeat on Sunday at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

The sun glitters on an electric guitar on the Outdoor Stage on a warm Sunday afternoon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

The Growlers perform at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio on Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Music fans enjoy the performance of Santigold on the third day of the Coachella festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Santigold performs on the third day of the Coachella Music Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Music fans are sprayed with water in the Do Lab during the performance of Deru at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Fans react as Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, takes the stage at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio on Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, performs at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio on Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Bon Iver performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A couple take an afternoon siesta in the shade at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Dancing fans get cooled off with a giant water gun at the Do Lab.

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The Shins, led by James Mercer, perform Saturday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

The Shins perform.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Sunset at Coachella in Indio on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Noel Gallagher performs.

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AWOL Nation performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Azealia Banks performs Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

A back up dancer performs with Azealia Banks.

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Azealia Banks fans cheer her on stage Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Eric Sanderson, bassist of We Are Augustines, performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Suzanne Kite spins a hoop on the second day of the Coachella festival. Kite, who attends school as a violinist, hopes to one day Hula-Hoop full time.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Amon Tobin performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Refused fans sing along as the band performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Music fans walk past the lighting during the first day of the Coachella Music Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Billy McCarthy, lead guitarist of We Are Augustines, performs at Coachella on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Donald Glover, whose stage name is Childish Gambino, performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Childish Gambino's first album came out last year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

While Coachella music fans sunbathe, a man wearing a horse head sticks to the shade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

A music fan rests in the sun on the second day of the Coachella Music Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Daniel Bejar performs with his band Destroyer on Saturday.

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The crowd responds to AWOL Nation's performance.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Lead singer Ricky Wilson fronts the Kaiser Chiefs on Saturday.

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Lead singer Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Azealia Banks fans cheer her on stage during her performance

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Squeeze performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Music fans walk through the afternoon light on the second day of Coachella.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

The Coachella festival in the afternoon of the second day.

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The Buzzcocks' Steve Diggle, left, and Pete Shelley, right, perform.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A crowd surfer is pushed to the front of the stage as the Buzzcocks perform.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Fans dance to Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

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Fans sing along as the Buzzcocks perform.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

The sun sets on the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

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Manchester Orchestra guitarist Robert McDowell performs onstage.

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Brothers Frank McCormick, 8, left, and Jack McCormick 10, of London attend their first Coachella Valley music festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Meagan Olson, 28, of San Diego attends the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Fraser Young, 25, of Calgary, Canada, is attending his second Coachella Valley music festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

From left are Erik Franson,18; Joe DeVoogd, 18; and Evan Franson, 20. All three are from Fresno.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Derek Sanchez, 18, of Indio attend his 5th Coachella Valley music festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

David Kerr, 24, of Irvine attends his first Coachella Valley music festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Blake Marcus, 24, of Bozeman, Mont., attends his first Coachella Valley music festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Tanner Schenck, 19, of Orlando attends the Coachella Valley music festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Andy Kastler, 27, of Los Angeles attends the Coachella Valley music festival.

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Arctic Monkeys front man Alex Turner performs

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Lucent Dossier, an avant-garde circus arts troupe, performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Thom Yorke and Radiohead perform Saturday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs Saturday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Thom Yorke and Radiohead perform.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Thom Yorke and Radiohead perform Saturday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A$AP Rocky fans.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

A member of A$AP Rocky crowd surfs Saturday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Light reflecting off chains of balloons makes trails in the sky at Coachella.

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A man wheels his child past a lighted dome at the Coachella.

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People are silhouetted against the gateway and ferris wheel at Coachella.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BRIAN VAN DER BRUG / Los Angeles Times

A couple share a moment.

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Daniel Bejar and Destroyer perform Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A technician secures shade sails, which are part of an art installation at the Do Lab at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

M83 performs Friday at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

M83 performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Dennis Lyxzen, lead singer of Refused, performs with the rest of his band.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

The Swedish House Mafia onstage Friday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

M. Ward performs Friday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Pulp lead singer Jarvis Cocker reaches into the laser light.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A crowd member lights up a cigar.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

The Black Keys, with Dan Auerbach on guitar, perform.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

The Black Keys, with Dan Auerbach on guitar, perform.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

The Black Keys' drummer, Patrick Carney, performs.

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The Black Keys with Dan Auerbach on guitar and and Patrick Carney on drums perform.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A crowd gathers to dance in the Do Lab.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Lucent Dossier performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Lucent Dossier performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

WU LYF performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Mazzy Star performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Graham "Suggs" McPherson of Madness.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Hannah Cooper of the Los Angeles-based indie rock band Grouplove performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Arctic Monkey's front man Alex Turner performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Jimmy Cliff performs on stage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Fans listen as James performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Mackenzie Leigh Alsager dances to the beat of JoBot.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Christian Zucconi, lead guitarist of Grouplove, performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

London Chow dances in a mist.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Gary Clark Jr. performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Jason Faries of Neon Indian performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Laura Newton, Lucy Holme and Louise Watkins, from left, of Britain attend their first Coachella festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A storm passes over the festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Tim Booth of James performs as a light rain falls.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Ashley Dalba balances on the feet of Justin Ansari while performing Acro Yoga.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Music fans dance while being sprayed with water.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Givers performs at the festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Jesse Tabish of Other Lives performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Suzanne Santo of Honey Honey performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Jesse Tabish of Other Lives performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Tiffany Lamson of Givers performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Tiffany Lamson and Taylor Guarino of the indie pop band Givers perform at the festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A stage technician performs a sound check with a bass guitar before the start of the festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

JoBot performs Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Body art the first day of the festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Sheepdogs lead singer Ewan Currie performs on the first day of the Coachella Music Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Taylor Guarisco, lead guitarist of Givers, performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Dennis Lyxzen, lead singer of Refused, performs with the rest of his band.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

A fan crowd surfs to the music of Feed Me.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

M. Ward performs Friday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Daniel Bejar and Destroyer perform Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A technician secures shade sails, which are part of an art installation at the Do Lab at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Fans toss a giant beach ball during the Swedish House Mafia's set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Pulp lead singer Jarvis Cocker performs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Pulp lead singer Jarvis Cocker strikes a pose.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Tim Booth of James gets close to the fans.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Sarah Bowling, left, has a kiss for friend Christina Schaffer. Both are from Riverside.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Megan Harper of San Diego flashes double peace signs at the festival.

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Edward Ducrocq of Chino Hills, left, and Brynn Brdar of Los Angeles at the festival.

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Chris Fitzgerald of Twentynine Palms, left, jumps with friend Monica Dickey of Indianapolis at the festival.

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Leah Ayres, 26, left, and Rio Reinhardt, 24, of Tulsa, Okla., shoot bubbles from a bubble gun while attending their first Coachella festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Margarita Acevedo of New York City dances in a dome.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Fans toss a giant beach ball during the Swedish House Mafia's set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Mackenzie Leigh Alsager dances to the beat of JoBot.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Thousands descend on the desert site for the festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Fans move to the music.

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Fans dance to the beat the first day of the festival.

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A group from San Diego celebrates shortly after arriving in Indio on Friday morning.

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Music fans dance to the beat of JoBot.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Bella Bronson Fay shows her eye makeup.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Bailey Olstrom dances with friends the first day of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Clouds blow over the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, site of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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Photos from the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

The three-day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, featuring headliners the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, opened Friday at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. The sold-out festival will present the same lineup next weekend. Check back often; we’ll be updating this gallery with pictures of performers and fans. Also, be sure to see our “Faces of Coachella 2012″ portrait gallery and 360° virtual tour of the festival.

For even more, there’s last year’s photos, the “Faces of Coachella 2011” portrait gallery and  a 360° panorama.

Full coverage throughout the weekend from our team of reporters can be found at Pop & Hiss, The Times’ pop music blog.

3 Comments

  1. April 13, 2012, 11:44 pm

    These are some very remarkable pictures! Three different photogs and three different views. I have tried to take pictures at a festival myself and never could capture the essence that these appear to present: the feelings of what is taking place right in front of you, the dynamic action and the enjoyment expressed is quite well captured.
    Maybe I can go back and try it again … and again… and again. Maybe then I can see how to catch what these fine photographers found and made so exciting.
    Thank you !

    By: ken 91208
  2. April 16, 2012, 8:58 am

    What a SHOW !!!

    By: csenoville@gmail.com
  3. April 17, 2012, 6:33 pm

    lol, i know the guy in the mask!

    By: firesmily@yahoo.com

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