The incessant sandstorm didn’t stop thousands of fans from enjoying the diverse set of artists that featured on Coachella’s busiest day. In contrast to the sometimes chaotic first day of festivities, Saturday’s installment went much more smoothly. From Billie Eilish’s stellar headlining debut to the career-spanning Danny Elfman set, here’s what stood out as we nailed it.
Billie Eilish Is Owning Her History-Making Coachella Moment
Exactly three years after bringing the world of When we all fall asleep, where do we go? For Coachella, Eilish returned to the desert on Saturday with a prime slot — and delivered a performance featuring the skills of an industry veteran, but with the humility of a 20-year-old who made one of his dreams come true. “It’s a fucking journey,” she told the audience, laughing as she made history by becoming Coachella’s youngest-ever headliner. “what rubbish.”
Eilish spent most of her set within the crowd – using the catwalk and accompanying cranes for most of the show as she sang her songs. Lyrics and Coachella to A. changed into happier than ever Heaven. None of the crowd was spared the evil eye about the singer.
Eilish’s set list mirrored her recent world tour, as she introduced the giant Coachella to three key rules of her show: “No. Rule 1, don’t be an asshole. No. 2, you’re allowed to judge someone here.” No. And number 3, have fun, bitch.”
She was joined by her brother Phineas throughout the show. The two shared a sweet moment as they gave heartwarming acoustic renditions of “I Love You” and “Your Power”.
She also welcomes some unexpected guests. Khaled surprised the audience when he joined Eilish during “Lovely,” one of the singer’s most notable collabs. According to the recorded version, the voices of both the pair complement each other. Many of Eilish’s fans shared the confusion, while older fans smiled in excitement as Damon Albarn joined on stage for “Growing Older” and the Gorillaz hit “Feel Good Inc.”. Even if Albarn missed a song or two, the appearance of the Britpop legend – whom Eilish named as one of his biggest inspirations – was a sweet addition to an already memorable set. Was. “It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever experienced,” she said. “What the fuck? Where do I go from there? Boy. Excuse me? Gorillaz. Please? Please make some noise for them, man. … I feel like I’m dying.”
Eilish ended her set with a silly dance-filled performance of “Bad Guy” before captivating the crowd with an emotional “Happier Than Ever”. (Who made Billy hate this town, you suck.) Celebrity friends including Justin Bieber, Timothée Chalamet, Pablo Vittar, Bretman Rock, and James Corden were seen jamming into the crowd.
Megan Throws Shade
Megan Thee Stallion previews a new song at the end of her Saturday night set called “Use a Bitch,” a rare dis track for the rapper during an otherwise infectiously positive and easygoing Coachella set. . Meg took no punches at the song, regretting sleeping with the man the song is intended for, and of course, calling her out as a bitch. It’s not immediately clear who she’s roasting, though we have some guesses…
Beyond the new track, Meg delivered a strong, insanely fun set—even without the guest appearances fans might have hoped for a Coachella show—with everyone dancing and thanking her for her continued support. Thank you hotties.
More Horn Sections, Please
Artists such as Phoebe Bridgers, Harry Styles, and Japanese Breakfast accented their Coachella sets with trumpets and saxophones, adding an extra flavor and warmth to their mix. The Bridgers included a trumpet for “Kyoto” during their Friday set, while Jabrecki took out the sax several times during Saturday’s appearance, including standouts. jubilee Tracks “Paprika” and “Slide Tackle”. Even Danny Elfman’s set featured a killer sax solo when his orchestra performed simpsons Topics (more on their set soon). No complaints here if more artists start jumping on the trend.
reunion and departure
2NE1 fans went into frenzy when the retired girl group surprised the crowd by performing “I’m the Best” at the end of the 88 Rising Showcase on the main stage. Meanwhile, in the resort tent, there was a bittersweet celebration of what might be the last time a group of Brockhampton fans watched the group, as the futuristic hip-hop boy band hung up on it the following week after their final Coachella set. are. (Maybe Brockhampton will pull 2NE1 and rejoin Coachella in six years?) Brockhampton fans still have something to look forward to after next week, though: The group tweeted Saturday that its final album will be released sometime this year. Will come
danny Elfman Makes a Shockingly Awkward Coachella Debut
Perhaps as much fun as watching Danny Elfman’s show was watching the crowds and trying to figure out what to make of it, as actors Danny Elfman, founder of Oingo Bingo, and Danny Elfman, film and TV Basically moving between his identity as a musician. Metal fans got a kickass headbang for a track from Elfman’s recent solo album big messWhereas when he scored classic scores like simpsons And batman Subject. It’s hard not to smile as the entire crowd gleefully chants “This is Halloween” amidst the hip-hop-heavy sets of Megan Thee Stallion and Stroma.
“Try not to think about it—it’s just mismatched pieces jammed together in a construction that doesn’t logically make sense,” Elfman explained. Rolling stone of his set From his trailer several hours before the performance. ,When I perform, I like to do it all at once. ,
Elfman recalls GoldenVoice chief executive Paul Tollett coming to him with the idea for the Oingo Bingo reunion in 2019. Elfman didn’t think the reunion would work, but he was inspired seeing it set at Coachella that year and decided to create his own mashup of rock and orchestral music thanks to Tollett’s strong backing.
But as Elfman began to put the show together, he acknowledged the potential difficulties that come with working such disparate styles of music together for one concert.
“I knew the purpose of the concept here, but was I skeptical? Tons, mountains of them,” he says. “But I still kept purpose and said I would do it. You don’t know what the fuck it’s going to be until you get it done and put it in the gallery.
“At the end of tonight, I’ll think, ‘That was one of the best or worst thoughts I’ve ever had in my life,'” she continues with a laugh. The grand set seemed to win the crowd, and given how Elfman felt after the show, he would do so again next week.
hail all sonora tents
The Sonora tent may not host the most recognizable artists on the festival’s stacked lineup, but it is the best stage on the festival grounds. An afternoon appearance in dark, air-conditioned tents by gloomy Mexican artist Ed Maverick served as an escape from the scorching heat and dusty weather.
Reina + Caroline + Pablo = Slacella
On Saturday, LGBTQ shows Reina Swayma, Caroline Polachek, and Pablo Vittar took to the Gobi stage, creating a safe, inclusive space for their mostly queer, eccentrically dressed audiences (we found at least four jock straps in the crowd). see). During their set, Rina criticized the anti-LGBTQ law. ,[They’ve] targeted queer and trans people in this country, and for some reason they don’t want us to say the word ‘gay.'” She then led the crowd in slogans of ‘Say ‘When I Say,’ You Say ‘Gay’ .
Polachek then took the stage for an ethereal set that ended with a rendition of her “Free Woman” remix. Vitter started off with a bang, delivering nonstop choreography into an energy-packed performance worthy of the main stage—a stadium, even. “I’m the first drag queen to perform at Coachella,” she said. “We’re making history tonight.” Vittar performed tracks in Spanish and Portuguese such as Thalia’s “Timida” and “Rajadao”, before Swayama came out for “Follow Me”. After Vittar’s spectacular set, it remains a mystery why the Brazilian music producer has yet to become an international pop star.
Stroma makes a winning comeback
High desert winds and some technical difficulties did not deter Stroma from delivering a unique, interactive display of their performing arts on the outdoor stage. Backed by a cute animation inspired by the singer, the Belgian mastermind highlights the highlights of his latest album, Crowdwith fan favorites from square root, During an electric rendition of “Alores on Dance”, he referred to the TikTok trend that brought back his first hits during the pandemic.