The first weekend of Coachella Festival 2019 has officially wrapped up, and it wasn’t without its fair share of drama. Alongside a strong selection of banging headline performances, movie streams, and debut DJ sets, were technical issues that disrupted some of the weekend’s biggest performances.
When the mics weren’t failing, however, many artists seized the opportunity to acknowledge and pay tribute to late artists Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle, and discuss the impact and legacy left by both musicians.
Find our round-up of everything that went down at Coachella 2019’s first weekend below.
Anderson .Paak paid tribute to Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle
As .Paak began to perform Miller’s track “Dang” on Friday, he asked everyone in the crowd to raise their hands for his friends. “One hand in the air for my brother, I miss him so much, Mac Miller. One hand in the air for my brother, Nipsey Hussle!”
As did Jaden Smith
“We just lost a legendary person, an amazing man, a legendary MC, so I want to use this time here up on stage on Coachella to just say R.I.P Nipsey Hussle,” Smith said. “We love you.”
And Childish Gambino
Donald Glover gave tribute to Hussle and Miller, and also opened up about the death of his father, talking of legacy and how we remember those who impacted us the most. “All we really have is memories. All we are is the data we pass on to our kids, our friends, our families,” he said.
Gambino & Rihanna streamed their movie, Guava Island
The much-publicized film emerged as a 55-minute feature helmed by Atlanta-veteran Hiro Murai. Watch a clip of the movie above.
Idris Elba made his Coachella debut
Elba made his Coachella DJ set debut and, as you can see in the vid above, he was really feeling the beat.
Vince Staples joined Billie Eilish on stage
Eilish made her debut too and killed it, despite suffering from various mic issues. Vince Staples joined her on stage to perform their track, “&burn,” but unfortunately his mic wasn’t working and the crowd missed most of his guest spot. At least he has a good sense of humor about it!
Ariana Grande also suffered technical difficulties
Eilish wasn’t the only one struggling with technical fails either. While Grande made history this year as the youngest headline act ever for the festival, she also had to exclaim”we can’t hear anything” while performing “Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj because their earpieces weren’t working.
Beyoncé’s 2018 stage was on display
Beyoncé’s epic 2018 headline show was remembered this weekend through the return of her pyramid stage, which was installed so fans could take pictures of each other and slay like Queen B.