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Coachella 2011: Robyn brings glitter and glow sticks -- and a dose of electropop

April 16, 2011 | 11:09 am

00coachellarobyn With the night sky providing some much-needed relief as Day 1 of Coachella came to a close Friday, the Mojave tent was aglow as a sea of hands threw around different objects: glow sticks, pulsing red LED lights, satchels of glitter that exploded in the air, and one girl, hoisted by a rather strong fellow, waving around the Swedish flag -– all while green strobes danced on the ceiling of the tent.

All of this for Electropop diva Robyn, who was ending the night as one of the top draws.

Having attracted one of the bigger crowds of the evening -- thousands of fans were stuffed into the tent -- the Swedish pop chanteuse ran through a fluid string of selections mostly taken from her acclaimed three-album series “Body Talk,” which saw a staggered release throughout 2010.

Images from the 2011 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

Known for sweat-inducing, club-ready electropop, Robyn didn’t have to do much legwork to keep the Mojave crowd dancing –- though by the end of her opening song, “Fembot,” she had broken a sweat, tossed off her jacket and cooed to the audience about how hot she was getting. 

The singer, wearing those platform construction boots she seems to love, turned her stage and the audience into a club floor. Her command of the crowd was a testament to the loyal followers she’s built over the last years from her extensive touring schedule, which next sees her opening for Katy Perry.  

Though the video screens beside the stage could have used a fine tuning (they started working by the third song, and then flickered in and out for the rest of the show), most didn’t seem to care; they preferred screaming and mimicking the frenetic dance moves Robyn was doing onstage.


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-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photo: Robyn performs in the Mojave tent. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times