It’s a wrap on Weekend 1 of Coachella 2018, and there has been plenty and more to write home about. Beyoncé (to the surprise of absolutely no one) delivered the spectacle of the century at her long-awaited headlining spot, raising the bar for the limits and the possibilities of a festival set. Meanwhile, fellow headliners The Weeknd and Eminem delivered polished, hit-laden performances that more than confirmed their main stage appeal.
Of course, that barely scratches the surface. This weekend also saw such delights as Kendrick Lamar making surprise appearances in both SZA and Vince Staples’ sets, BROCKHAMPTON taking a leaf out of Kanye’s book for their orchestral performance, and Cardi B enlisting nearly all of her debut album Invasion of Privacy‘s guest-features for her Coachella debut.
Get the scoop on all of those and more in our Coachella Weekend 1 Recap below:
Kali Uchis brought out BFF Tyler, The Creator for a very cute duet
Kali Uchis kicked Friday’s festivities off with a set featuring her pal Tyler, The Creator. Together, the two melted hearts on “After the Storm”, their breezy duet that is one of the standout tracks on Kali’s just-released debut album, Isolation. Kali served desert-heat-realness in a flawless, gold lamé belly-dancer look, while Tyler’s leopard-print hair hasn’t come close to outstaying its welcome.
Kendrick Lamar stopped by Vince Staples’ electric ‘Big Fish Theory’ set
Vince Staples delivered a set heavy with cuts from last year’s superlative sophomore album Big Fish Theory, and he was joined by an extra-special guest: Kendrick Lamar. They closed the set with their high-octane collaboration from the album, “Yeah Right”.
SZA literally jumped for joy
Kendrick also helped SZA close out her set (with their Black Panther-soundtrack duet “All the Stars”), but it’s to the credit of 2017’s breakout star that he hardly stole the show. SZA’s exuberant set also featured appearances from Isaiah Rashad and Trippie Red, a rendition of her Rihanna-collab “Consideration” from Ri’s Anti, and at one point, she was jumping on trampolines while singing.
The Weeknd nearly broke down crying
In case you hadn’t heard from the release of his latest EP My Dear Melancholy,, The Weeknd is working through a lot of feelings right now (even more than usual). And while delivering the live debut of his overtly-confessional new songs, his emotions almost got the best of him. It was one of the only shows on the main stage where tissues were necessary.
Nicki Minaj hung out with Shania Twain
In what is undisputedly the party-photo of the weekend, somehow Nicki Minaj and Shania Twain crossed paths and became besties. Do they have the potential to be the most unexpected pop-music duo in history? You bet. Also on hand were The Weeknd, Nav, French Montana and… Timothée Chalamet?! Yes, 2018’s Oscar golden boy was here, for reasons that are far better left to mystery.
Tyler, The Creator delivered a career-defining set
Tyler continues to prove that he’s in the midst of a career high-point during his first-ever performance on Coachella’s main stage. Delivering a medley of hits that ranged from last year’s Flower Boy to classics from Wolf, he lit up the stage effortlessly (literally lit, his glaring construction-worker look made a return). Oh, and Timothée Chalamet turned up yet again for this one, particularly perfect given his shout-out in Tyler’s latest track “OKRA”.
Yodel Kid strikes again
The saga of viral sensation Mason Ramsey (aka the Yodeling Kid) continued with an unexpected appearance at Coachella – even performing for Justin Bieber, in a moment that feels an awful lot like the viral video boy padawan being blessed by the viral video boy master.
Beyoncé. Beyoncé. Beyoncé.
Ay carumba, where do we even begin? After delaying last year’s planned performance due to her pregnancy, expectations were through the stratosphere for Beyoncé’s Coachella set (one that is the first-ever slot occupied by a woman of color in the festival’s history). Of course, we all knew it was going to be incredible. But few could have expected it to be as monumentally-transcendent as it was. Well maybe some did, but we digress.
Not only did she have multiple outfit changes and a dizzying array of hits across her 2-hour set, Beyoncé managed to duet with hubby JAY-Z, have a dance off with sister Solange, and mother-effing pull off a Destiny’s Child reunion that blew their Super Bowl halftime moment out of the water. Consider the world shook.
BROCKHAMPTON got orchestral
Despite being marred by technical issues, BROCKHAMPTON made a serious splash at their debut Coachella performance. Reportedly inspired by Kanye West’s ploy for Late Registration, the collective were accompanied by a section of string players, memorably done up in their trademark ‘blue-paint’ look.
Cardi B brought along a serious crew
Also making her Coachella debut was the unstoppable Cardi B, playing a set while, lest we forget, very pregnant. Not that that could have possibly slowed her down; the “Bodak Yellow” rapper tore through the hits from her newly-released Invasion of Privacy, inviting its featured guests like Chance the Rapper, 21 Savage, YG, and Kehlani to the stage for their respective parts.
Eminem delivered the heat (and the catering)
Eminem’s headline set was, unsurprisingly, electric, full of all the hits he’s amassed over his decades-long career. A special moment arrived in the appearance of Dr. Dre, on hand to perform “Forgot About Dre” natch. Even more special was the ‘Mom’s Spaghetti’ themed food-truck, perhaps the most ingenious bit of merch imaginable.
If you haven’t already, check out our analysis of the 5 types of people you most definitely ran into at Coachella here.