Early Friday afternoon, Stars frontman Torquil Campbell offered a reminder to the crowd that verged on the edge of defeat.
“You mind if we play a few more? This stage is full of killer, after killer, after killer bands. Just stay right there,” he told the audience, most of whom had retreated to lie on the field, turning their attention away from the Montreal-based indie rock band.
Stars, like plenty of acts slated for early afternoon slots on the opening day of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival, faced stiffed competition from sweltering heat, which soared past 90 degrees Friday.
Though fully intending to catch more of Campbell and company, the steady stream of perspiration pouring down my face, forcing my glasses to literally take a nosedive, would not be ignored, sending me along with many heat-stricken festival-goers in search of respite.