British acts Blur, Raye and Jungle at Coachella after Billie Eilish surprise set

British stars Blur, Raye and Jungle will descend on the desert to perform at Coachella – after Billie Eilish made a surprise appearance during Lana Del Rey’s headline slot.

The world famous festival, held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, will see Tyler, The Creator headline on Saturday, having become a mainstay since debuting at the festival in 2011 with his hip-hop group Odd Future, as well as playing solo sets in 2015 and 2018.

It comes after the first day of the festival saw two-time Oscar Winner Eilish unexpectedly appear during Friday’s headline slot to sing her 2016 track Ocean Eyes, before dueting on Del Rey’s 2012 hit song Video Games.

Del Rey told the audience she was “grateful” for Eilish, describing her as “the voice of our generation”, while Eilish praised Del Rey for being “the reason for half of you b******’ existence…including mine”.

The headline show also saw Del Rey bring on Grammy-winner Jon Batiste to play the piano on her hit Candy Necklace, and Taylor Swift’s long-time collaborator Jack Antonoff to play the piano on Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have – But I Have It.

The first day of the Californian festival also saw Shakira announce an upcoming world tour during a surprise appearance during the set of Argentinian DJ Bizarrap to perform their new track La Fuerte and BZRP Music Sessions, Vol 53.

Meanwhile, the Saturday line-up will feature a reunion from two-time Grammy winning band No Doubt, with lead singer Gwen Stefani.

It comes almost a decade after the US rock band, best known for songs including Just A Girl and Don’t Speak, last appeared on stage together in 2015 – having sporadically performed together since their hiatus in the early noughties.

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No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani performing in 2002 (Yui Mok/PA)

London-born star Raye will also perform, a month after beating Blur, Harry Styles and Adele to pick up the most Brit awards in one year during the 2024 ceremony.

Her total haul on the night was album of the year for My 21st Century Blues, artist of the year, best new artist, best R&B act and song of the year for Escapism featuring 070 Shake.

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Jungle performing on stage during the Brit Awards 2024 at the O2 Arena (James Manning/PA)

Just days before the festival, British music star Benga was forced to pull out ahead of his Saturday performance with producer Skream after a “snag” with his US visa.

The pioneering dubstep DJ and producer, real name Adegbenga Adejumo, was scheduled to appear with Skream during a Saturday slot over both weekends of the festival on April 13 and April 20.

Skream, real name Oliver Jones, still appears on the Coachella line-up in an alternative slot, alongside New York-based DJ Dennis Ferrer.

Other big acts include Antonoff’s rock group named Bleachers and break-out rap star Ice Spice.

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