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Coachella 2012: Arctic Monkeys survive the heat

April 20, 2012 |  7:39 pm

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British indie rock band Arctic Monkeys took the main stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on weekend No. 2 at 6:30 p.m. on a scorching hot Friday evening. Yet, even in the sweltering desert sun, the band's rhythmic beats moved the crowd and ultimately signaled the tribal togetherness that would hopefully bind this weekend's installment of rock 'n' roll devotees.

As the sun dipped and the clothes tipped off tan bodies everywhere, the first moment of festival unity took hold.

The second of two festival weekends, which has drawn converts from around the world spending more than $300 for a three-day wristband, became grounds for a religious musical fervor. Fans fighting to avoid heatstroke bowed down to a bass-laden groove.

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It didn't matter what music you liked, what kind of person you were or how long you had waited outside for admittance. Unity was gained in 100-degree weather, as those in attendance became soldiers for rock.

Word is Saturday will be hotter, but we will still be here, loving our favorite bands more than ever.

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Image: The Coachella crowd Friday. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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