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British rockers Kasabian and hotly-tipped US band Wild Belle rock out Mulberry's Coachella party

posted 16 Apr 2012, 13:40 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 16 Apr 2012, 13:41 ]

British band Kasabian and Chicago-based brother-and-sister duo Wild Belle perform at a bash for luxury goods brand Mulberry during Coachella music festival.

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (APRIL 13, 2012)(MULBERRY) - British band Kasabian and young US duo Wild Belle were amongst the acts performing at the Firepit Party on Friday (April 13) for British luxury retailer Mulberry during Coachella music festival.
The party took place at the garden of the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, where guests were picked up from the festival at night and driven back to the house, given warm blankets, and treats of music and food.

Kasabian performed the midnight set, playing an acoustic version of their hit "LSF".

The band recalled their first performance at Coachella in 2005, when they were first starting out, and admitted they broke one of their own rules.

"It was so hot and for the first time and the only time we done it as we played without our top on, which is something we never do and vowed never to do as kids. That's how hot it was," said guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Sergio "Serge" Pizzorno.

"But the photos afterwards, you know breaking the guitar, it was good man," added lead singer Tom Meighan.

Up-and-coming band Wild Belle, a brother-sister act from the US city of Chicago, performed their debut single "Keep You" by the pool earlier in the day.

Comparisons have been made to fellow US musician Lana Del Rey in terms of the hype, with the band as one of the ones to watch at the festival.

But things didn't always look up for Wild Belle as they described the difficulties with their previous incarnation, No Mo.

"Well we tried playing the new stuff out live at No Mo Show and it didn't go over at all, and we thought 'Well we need to get this music out'... and the band all quit after the show, it was really rough," said guitarist and saxophonist Elliot Bergman.

"I was fired first and then everybody quit," added his sister Natalie, who plays keyboards and is the lead vocalist, "Everyone's happy. We just had to develop a new project, entirely. Something different from my own and something different from his and we just came together."

When asked to describe their music, Elliot said: "island-soul-party music".

Other guests at the party included Emma Hill, Creative Director of Mulberry, New York-based rapper Azealia Banks, and British rockers The Vaccines.