Singer made surprise appearance at the festival
Alexandra Pollard
11:33 13th April 2014

Pharrell took to the Coachella stage last night (13 April) and, amongst a whole host of star-studded performances, was joined onstage by Gwen Stefani for a performance of 'Hollaback Girl'. Watch it below.

As his set entered its final twenty minutes, Pharrell said to the crowd: "The name on my album is called GIRL, and I can tell you right now there's only one incredible, historical, most important, incredibly talented, fucking awesome, rad girl in the world", before the iconic opening beat of 'Hollaback Girl' erupted and Stefani marched onstage to the screaming crowd.

"Please do me a favour before she leaves" said Pharrell as the track, which Stefani co-wrote with Pharrell back in 2004, came to an end. "You've not seen her in nine months, look how amazing the Queen looks as she is making her arrival back into the music industry. Make some noise for the Queen of Awesome. Love you Gwen." He then burst into a fairly short rendition of 'Blurred Lines', which is still refusing to die.

Watch Pharrell and Gwen Stefani perform 'Hollaback Girl' at Coachella below

Other big names who joined Pharrell onstage during his hour long set included Nelly, who performed a rendition of 'Hot In Herre', Busta Rhymes and Diddy who sang 'Pass The Courvoisier Pt. II', Tyler, The Creator who sang 'Lapdance', and Snoop Dogg who rapped 'Drop It Like It's Hot'. We told you it was star-studded.

Sadly, by the time Pharrell closed his set with 'Happy', his voice had all but given out. Not that the crowd seemed to mind.

The first weekend of Coachella 2014, which takes place in Indio, Caifornia, comes to an end tonight (13 April) before starting all over again next weekend (18-20 April).

Below: 21 reasons we wish we could get on a plane to Coachella 2014

  • Foster The People: The band mastered indie-pop with their debut album Torches, and return in 2014 with new material. The US trio are also known for stunning live shows. It's good to have them back on the scene and back on the festival line-ups.

  • Pharrell: Think Pharrell is famous now? Wait until his new solo album drops later this year. The former NERD frontman has become a superstar in the past 12 months, thanks to megahits 'Happy' and collaborations 'Get Lucky' and 'Blurred Lines'. Despite controversy over the latter, Pharrell has kept his nose clean, and is a guaranteed highlight from this year's Coachella.

  • James Vincent McMorrow: Mr McMorrow is set for big things in 2014, as his second album, Post Tropical is an album of pure brilliance, bringing in classic soul sounds to his traditional folk sounds. His live performances are mesmerising. Miss him at your peril.

  • Lana Del Rey: Lizzie Grant has been touring off the back of her Born To Die album since 2012, but with second album Ultra Violence announced, Coachella could be the place for the 'Video Games' star to finally drop some new material. That being said, we'd be happy to her close her set with the epic 'National Anthem' time and time again...

  • Blood Orange: Dev Hynes has spent far too long behind the scenes, and while his work for Solange, Sky Ferreira and MKS has been good, he wisely kept his best bits for his own 2013 album, Chamakay. Effortlessly cool and perfect listening for the California sunshine.

  • Washed Out: Coachella comes with the weather almost guaranteed, and there are few bands that sound better in the sunshine than Washed Out. 2013 album Paracosm was critically acclaimed but slipped off the radar somewhat, but a bust festival schedule in 2014 should rectify that sharpish.

  • Lorde: For all the hype and excitement concerning the Royals chart topper, Lorde live shows have been pretty scarce since her rise to fame. The singer is touring the US later this year, and her Coachella appearance is sure to be one of many festival shows in 2014.

  • Bombay Bicycle Club: Back for 2014, and dare we say it, better than ever. A certainty for numerous UK events this summer, the breezy new electronic elements of the band's new album So Long, See You Tomorrow will make them a festival favourite this year.

  • Banks: Tipped for big things (as you may be aware), Banks is the new mistress of dark, downtempo soul, and having toured with The Weeknd in 2013, has proven she can seriously cut it live. Chilled out euphoria you'd be a fool to miss.

  • Empire Of The Sun: The Australian duo's second album, Ice On The Dune was a bit of a flop, but but the Empire battles on. Worth seeing for both their giant hats and epic pop tunes, their US fanbase is keeping the band frustratingly Stateside it seems.

  • Arcade Fire: A worthy headliner, Canada's finest have been astounding audiences with their latest Reflektor tour. With fancy dress, a carnival atmosphere and a new epic dance-rock sound, expect nothing less than the greatest show on Earth.

  • Queens Of The Stone Age: Like Clockwork is arguably be the best album of their career and the finest rock LP of the last year. Hear that sheer class elevated by a whole lot of swagger, bravado and noise when Josh Homme and co also prove themselves to be one of the best live acts around.

  • CHVRCHES: By showcasing utterly exquisite synth-pop gems from their debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe, this Scottish trio enraptured audiences around the world on last year's festival circuit. Critical acclaim and huge success followed - expect them to step up into the league that they deserve with with mesmerising live show at Coachella 2014.

  • Jagwar Ma: It's an Australian cliche, but everywhere they go, Jagwar Ma seem to take the weather with them. In a space where psych sounds meet electro, drowned in surf-pop mixed with some phat, phat bass, this Aussie duo are going to make the California desert feel a whole lot hotter

  • The 1975: The unexpected runaway success story of British guitar music in 2013, Matt Healy and co have since been making waves around the world and in the States. Expect expertly crafted guitar-pop anthems and row after row of screaming teenage girls.

  • Muse: A bit of a no-brainer, really. Widely regarded as the most insane live band on the planet, Muse's ever-expanding space rock ambitions reached all new dizzying heights this year. The mind-blowing stage theatrics are a given, but maybe they'll throw in a few surprises and rarities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of when they first formed?

  • Crosses: Deftones frontman Chino Moreno's industrial electro-metal side-project have been teasing the world with a trickle of EPs and singles. If their latest, the tremendous and terrifying 'Bitches Brew' is anything to judge by, then they could dominate the rock world in 2014. Miss them at Coachella at your peril.

  • Mogwai: Mogwai need no introduction or explanation, but here we go. They're always incredible, and their 2014 album Rave Tapes is no exception. Just shut up and go see them.

  • Beck: Art-rock's leading man makes a welcome return to the scene after several years' absence. It's worth going along just for obvious college rock classics like 'Loser', 'Devil's Haircut' and 'Sexxxlaws', but fingers crossed his new material from Morning Phase is equally as essential.

  • Neutral Milk Hotel: Alt-folk heroes NMH had been on hiatus since 1998, leaving only the countless bands they inspired to carry their legacy (Frightened Rabbit, Arcade Fire, etc). Now they're back and here to reclaim the indie crown that is so rightfully theirs. Their slot at Coachella ought to be very special indeed.

  • Outkast: One of the worst kept secrets in recent memory, Outkast are confirmed to reunite, and headline Coachella 2014. One of the most innovative and influential hip hop outfits of all time, it's time for us all to shake it like a polaroid picture once more.

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