Coachella 2012
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Coachella 2012

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The Coachella festival, which started in 1999 on the desert lawns of the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, has grown from 25,000 attendees to 75,000 a day over the three-day weekend, and has become an important platform for alternative rock, rap and electronic music.

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Coachella music fans dance as DJ Girl Talk (aka Gregg Michael Gillis) performs.Photo: Getty Images

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Rappers Dr. Dre (L) and Snoop Dogg perform onstage.Photo: Getty Images

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Snoop Dogg smokes while performing.Photo: Reuters

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Musician Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine performs.Photo: Getty Images

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Singer Pelle Almqvist of The Hives performs onstage.Photo: Getty Images

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Singer Kimbra aka Kimbra Johnson performs with musician Gotye during Day 3.Photo: Getty Images

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Actress Vanessa Hudgens attends Day 3.Photo: Getty Images

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Coachella music fan dancing during Day 2.Photo: Getty Images

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Guests attend Black Lips performance during Day 2.Photo: Getty Images

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Coachella music fans watch The Weeknd perform during Day.Photo: Getty Images

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Coachella music fans dance during Day 2.Photo: Getty Images

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Coachella music fans kiss and dance.Photo: Getty Images

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Singer Usher and DJ David Guetta perform onstage.Photo: Getty Images

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Singer Rihanna attends David Guetta performance during Day 2.Photo: Getty Images

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People dance under water sprayed from hoses at the Do Lab.Photo: Reuters

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Alexander Antebi attends the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.Photo: Getty Images

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Katy Perry in the audice while the band M83 performs onstage.Photo: Getty Images

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Jarvis Cocker performs with Pulp.Photo: Reuters

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Singers Chas Smash and Graham "Suggs" McPherson of the band Madness perform on April 13.Photo: Getty Images

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The band Madness performs on April 13.Photo: Getty Images

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General view of the Outdoor Theatre stage.Photo: Getty Images

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Musician Anthony Gonzalez of the band M83 performs onstage.Photo: Getty Images

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DJ SebastiAn aka Sebastian Akchote performs (with a cardboard cutout of actor Nicolas Cage in the audience) on April 13.Photo: Getty Images

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Singer Jarvis Cocker of Pulp performs onstage.Photo: AFP

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Musician Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys performs onstage during day 1.Photo: Getty Images

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High Dynamic Range image of the view from the ferris wheel at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival held at The Empire Polo Field in Indio, California.Photo: Getty Images

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People dance as they are hosed with water at the Do Lab.Photo: Reuters