April 15, 2013


Jessie Ware Is for Lovers

Jason Kempin
Jason Kempin

With headliners like The Stone Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers serving up a heavy dose of the rock at Coachella 2013, British R&B songstress Jessie Ware did her part to bring some big time sensuality to the middle of the California desert on Sunday.

Dressed in a red and white crop top and matching skirt, Ware made herself comfortable on the Mojave stage, no shoes required. She ran through hits "Imagine It Was Us" and "Sweet Talk" while politely asking her audience in that adorable British accent of hers why they weren't kissing by the second verse. She encouraged the crowd to get busy, hoping to start a domino effect by planting a wet one on one lucky photographer in the pit (on the mouth). But the audience was a little hesitant - it was still light out (and people weren't drunk enough yet).

Jessie is the It Girl on music festival lineups around the world this summer - she'll make pit stops at Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival, the U.K.'s Glastonbury, and Moscow's Subbotnik Festival, among others. It might seem a bit incongruent for the 28-year-old given that she makes music more suited for downtown lounges than outdoor festivals full of tipsy, sweaty kids. But we were surprised, too - the crowd at Coachella was devoted, skipping Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem and Internet indie darling Grimes in favor of Ms. Ware.

After bringing her drummer out from behind the set for a seriously sensual "Valentine" duet, Jessie finished out her set with a near flawless rendition of her debut single, "Running." She thanked her "gorgeous" audience before excitedly bouncing off stage. And then everyone made out. (Just kidding… as far as we know.)