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Ellie Goulding

At Coachella, the arts and music have an election-year topicality

At Coachella, the arts and music have an election-year topicality

The election year did not go unnoticed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but it wasn't always the musicians on stage making the boldest statements.

Scattered among the grounds of the Empire Polo Club in the desert city of Indio were a number of large-scale installations, some of them referencing the most controversial topics in this year's political debates.

One piece focused on the working class who have been priced out of Coachella. Another aimed to reflect on those permanently displaced by Hurricane Katrina, while R&R Studios' "Besame Mucho" installation took aim squarely at presidential candidate Donald Trump and his calls to build a wall along...

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