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In pictures: Roundup of the first weekend of Coachella

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A man dances as he is hosed with water at the Do Lab at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. The Coachella festival, which commenced in 1999 on the desert lawns of the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, has grown from 25,000 attendees initially to 75,000 people a day over the three-day weekend, and has become an important platform for alternative rock, rave and electronic music acts.

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Jarvis Cocker performs with Pulp at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

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Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

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A woman crowd surfs across dancers at the Do Lab at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

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Thom Yorke performs with Radiohead at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

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People dance under water sprayed from hoses at the Do Lab at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

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Lights crisscross the sky over the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

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Santigold, center, performs with backup dancers during her set on the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

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A man with a tattoo that reads " Music is the blood that unites us all" dances as Flux Pavilion and Doctor P plays at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

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Gotye performs at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

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Pelle Almqvist of Swedish band The Hives performs during the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

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