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Coachella festival Day 1 a success

  |   April 29, 2007 at 5:20 PM
INDIO, Calif., April 29 (UPI) -- The first day of the 2007 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., featured many high-profile performances, including the singer Bjork.

She opened her main stage set with "Earth Intruders," the first single from her upcoming album, "Volta," Billboard Magazine reported Sunday.

Also headlining at the festival were Interpol, Jesus & Mary Chain, Amy Winehouse and the Arctic Monkeys.

About 60,000 people attended the festival on Day 1, despite the nearly triple-digit temperatures at Empire Polo Field Friday.

Jesus & Mary Chain stole the show when actress Scarlett Johansson made a guest appearance and sang Hope Sandoval's part on "Just Like Honey." The group also debuted a new song where front man Jim Reid sang, "I hope it don't crack."

Also for the first time in the festival's history, a block of time was given to comedian Zach Galifianakis, who got a standing ovation for his political commentary sequence that ended with him miming "Tomorrow" from the "Annie" (complete in dress) and holding up a large sign that read "Kill Dane Cook."

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