INDIO, United States: Pop superstar Rihanna capped a celebrity-filled Coachella festival Sunday (Monday in Manila) with a surprise appearance, as her sometime songwriter Sia took a sharply different approach by testing the possibilities of on-stage anonymity.
Rihanna turned up unannounced on stage during a headlining set of Calvin Harris, the British DJ behind a slew of electronic-infused smash hits.
Sporting a camouflage cap, Rihanna went into her song “We Found Love,” which was written by Harris, to the cheers of thousands of fans at the close of three days of revelry in the heat of the California desert.
Performing astride an imposing setup of flashing lights, Harris also brought in Big Sean and John Newman to sing their own hits recorded with him.
Taylor Swift, who is dating Harris and is one of the few stars even bigger than Rihanna, could be seen in the audience dancing along.
Swift’s presence is sure to fuel speculation that she could be a surprise guest next Sunday at Coachella, which runs for two consecutive weekends with the same lineups.
Coachella has emerged into one of the world’s most lucrative music festivals and a destination for both partying youth and jet-set celebrities, with on-stage surprises a key part of the formula.