After a nearly three-year wait, about 100,000 people from all over the world reunited on the iconic Empire Polo Club fields for Weekend 1 of Coachella, shedding the burdens of pandemic-related restrictions.
Now Weekend 2 is winding down. We're there to the very end.
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Swedish House Mafia, The Weeknd close out festival
After starting late during Weekend 1, Swedish House Mafia began their set 12 minutes early this Sunday. A Coachella rarity to be sure.
The group, consisting of DJs Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso, charged through the same tracks and set list as the first weekend, but the extra-large crowd seemed more receptive this weekend.
Swedish House Mafia finished its 55-minute set with one of those great goosebump-inducing moments. As they played “Don’t You Worry Child,” they dropped the music entirely at the key moment to allow the crowd to sing the chorus in unison: “Don’t you worry, don’t you worry child. Heaven has a plan for you.” The words rang out from seemingly all across the festival grounds.
They then passed the baton to The Weeknd as they transitioned with him on the songs “Sacrifice” and “How Do I Make You Love Me?” before exiting the stage and letting The Weeknd finish Weekend 2 on his own.
And he didn’t let the momentum die, starting right out with his dance-party jam “I Can’t Feel My Face” to re-hook the crowd. Even those who seemed to be calling it a night after Swedish House Mafia had to stop in their tracks and dance.
The Weeknd rolled through a crowd-pleasing list of hits, including “The Hills,” “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming.” He closed his set with a slowed-down version of his mega-hit “Save Your Tears.” Then Swedish House Mafia rejoined him and they closed the set, and the 2022 Coachella experience, together with the song “Moth to a Flame.”
Jessie Reyez shows strength
Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez is the current opening act on Billie Eilish's "Happier Than Ever" tour, which included recent dates at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles in April. But when she asked the crowd on Sunday at Weekend 2 how many people had seen her perform before, the response was slight. When she asked for a show of how many were seeing her for the first time, the crowd erupted.
She started her energetic performance with "Dear Yessie," and also played her 2020 collaboration with Eminem, "Coffin."
Before launching into her 2017 song "Gatekeeper," she talked about her experiences with producer Noel "Detail" Fisher, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women. Reyez said he told her she needed to perform oral sex on him for a record deal.
"Can my strong men who are not bystanders who see (expletive) and stick up for strong women, can I hear those men — and those men only — say 'yeah!'" Reyez asked, receiving a loud ovation.
Karol G surprises fans with J Balvin, debuts new single
Colombian star Karol G turned it up on Weekend 2, opening her set with "El Makinon," covering DJ Tiesto's EDM anthem "Don't Be Shy" and dueting with special guests Becky G and J Balvin.
Fans were particularly waiting for the return of a spectacular medley of songs by all-Latino artists that Karol G had whipped up Weekend 1.
It included: Carlos Santana's "La Bamba," Gloria Estefan's "Conga," Selena's "Como la Flor," Ricky Martin's "María," Los Del Rio's "La Macarena," Celia Cruz's "La Vida es un Carnaval," Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina, " Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito." When it ended with J Balvin's "Mi Gente," the Prince of Reggaeton himself appeared at the stage to sing along with Karol G.
Her Weekend 2 Coachella set saw the first public performance of her new single, "Provenza." "I kept this song to perform on this stage!" she declared.
Duck Sauce wishes Barbra Streisand a happy 80th
Babs was not in the house at Coachella 2022, but the singer/actress/director was recognized on Sunday — her 80th birthday — by the electronic music duo Duck Sauce, whose biggest hit is called (you guessed it) "Barbra Streisand."
The nearly wordless song is more than a decade old, but remains far and away the group's most-streamed song on Spotify; the video has been streamed tens of millions of times on Youtube.
Duck Sauce formed in 2009 in New York City. The duo consists of American DJ Armand van Helden and Canadian DJ A-Trak.
Streisand's most recent album, "Release Me 2," came out last August. It's a compilation album of some of her rare and previously unreleased recordings, including "Rainbow Connection" and "Be Aware."
FINNEAS delivers breezy Sunday performance
Finneas O'Connell has been busy at Coachella. After backing his sister, Billie Eilish, on Saturday night, he performed a breezy 50-minute set of his own on Sunday.
"Thanks to all of you who stayed up late for Billie's set last night and still made it here for this one," O'Connor, who goes by FINNEAS, said Sunday. "Much love to my sister for being here also."
Donning a natty light-blue suit, he rolled through almost the same set he performed last Sunday, acknowledging that for him this is Weekend 2, but to all the fans out there this is their Weekend 1.
He kicked his set off with the song "Naked." During his song "Around My Neck," he was so comfortable he actually laid down on top of his piano, singing up to the sky. He followed that with the emotional "I Lost a Friend" and concluded with his biggest hit, "Let's Fall in Love for the Night."
Altın Gün brings Turkish rock-funk to big crowd on Sunday
The six-piece band Altın Gün (Golden Day) has released four albums since 2018. Their 2019 album "Gece" was critically acclaimed and was nominated in 2020 for "Best World Music Album" at the Grammy Awards.
Bassist Jasper Verhulst, who is from the Netherlands, is a fan of '70s Turkish rock. He said he had the idea for starting the band in 2016 but didn't know any Turkish musicians. He was able to find the other members of the band, including vocalist, keyboardist and Bağlama player Erdinç Ecevit Yıldız, via the Internet. The band is a combination of musicians from Amsterdam and the United Kingdom.
On Sunday, Altın Gün brought their unique brand of Turkish funk-rock to Indio, performing in the air-conditioned Sonora tent. Bassist Jasper Verhulst was nervous the crowd might be small, but he needn't have worried.
"It was a pleasant surprise because it was 1,500 (people)," Verhulst told The Desert Sun.
Sampa the Great flies the Zambian flag
Sampa the Great, the Zambian-born, Botswana-raised songstress and rapper, was delighting Sunday in performing again.
"It's great to be back on stage again," said the 28-year-old, noting that during the COVID-19 pandemic, she had been forced to stop performing, and everything she had "worked so hard for" and "defied my parents for" seemed to be slipping away.
Performing alongside her in the Gobi tent were her sister and cousin. The Australian-based performer expressed pride in being the first Zambian act to perform at Coachella, though she vowed she "wouldn't be the last."
Farewell to BROCKHAMPTON
Coachella is often a festival to catch bands on their way to fame, but occasionally it's also a final curtain call for beloved artists. Such was the case Saturday night with the farewell show from BROCKHAMPTON, which announced ahead of the festival that they would be going on "indefinite hiatus" after their performances in Indio.
The BROCKHAMPTON members didn't seem to be emotional about their final show. Instead, it appeared the pressure was off and it was all about having a fun night. Wearing jackets saying "All Good Things Must Come to an End!" the seven main members of the band — Jabari Manwa, Matt Champion, Dom McLennon, Merlyn Wood, Kevin Abstract, Bearface and Joba — gave the crowd energetic deliveries of "Buzzcut," "Star," and Gold," before taking a beat. The group, which formed in 2010, engaged with the crowd on several occasions, making jokes and thanking them.
"This is the last song we'll ever do as a band. That's kinda crazy," Abstract said before the group closed with the song "Boogie."
Surprise wind gust sends tent flying in Coachella campground Sunday
On an otherwise calm afternoon as campers trudged to and from the showers before heading into the festival for the final day Sunday, an out-of-nowhere gust of wind sent people scrambling.
A light blue tent took flight, and passersby began to take video of it on their phones, only to have it swoop down and send them ducking for cover. The 15-second long flight for the tent-turned-kite was a reminder to always keep your tents anchored even on a day that seems calm.
No one was injured and the owners were able to retrieve their tent about 40 yards south of where it started.
Cuco and Nicki Nicole represent Latinx community with pride
Mexican American singer-songwriter Cuco and Argentine rapper Nicki Nicole both took the stage Saturday, representing the Latinx community at one of the most diverse Coachella festivals to date.
Cuco, aka Omar Banos, played a 50-minute set that featured animated psychedelic visuals as he switched between singing songs in English and Spanish, playing guitar solos and bringing out a ’70s jazz mood when he played his trumpet.
Nicole, who was nominated for Best New Artist at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2020, rapped several songs from her latest album, “Parte De Mí," making Argentine festivalgoers' day.
"Argentines have a lot of pride," said concertgoer and fellow Argentine Melissa Cespedes. "I was like, 'I have to come because she's Argentinian.'"
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The wait is over: aespa takes the stage and makes Coachella history
Last weekend, the K-pop group 2ne1 performed as part of 88rising's "Head in the Clouds Forever" set, and this week, fellow girl group aespa got that slot.
The performance is aespa's Coachella debut, as well as bandmates Karina, Winter, Giselle and Ningning's U.S. concert debut. Saturday's set also marks the first time an all-girl K-pop group will perform on the festival's main stage.
BLACKPINK, perhaps the most well-known female K-pop group among Americans, famously broke the seal on K-pop girl groups at Coachella with a well-received set in 2019 inside the Sahara tent. Epik Kigh, who is part of this year's festival and also debuted at Coachella in 2016, was the first Korean group to play at the festival.
Anitcipation for the set was building all week, and on Saturday morning, a banner attached to a plane flying over the festival grounds shared someone's excitement to see lead singer Karina.
Surf Curse bandmates channel their inner Dorothy
Surf rock band Surf Curse kept its "The Wizard of Oz" theme going on Saturday, but this time, the musicians all dressed in Dorothy's iconic blue and white gingham dress.
Members Jacob Rubeck, Nick Rattigan, Noah Kohll and Henry Dillon walked out on stage as a recording of Judy Garland's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" played. Throughout their set, a video of the yellow brick road leading up to the Emerald City played behind them.
"Last weekend we all dressed as different characters," such as the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, said drummer and singer Rattigan. But "it was hot," he added, so they all decided to show off their legs for Weekend 2.
We found Harry Styles' Pleasing pop-up store
In addition to causing thousands to swoon during his headlining sets the past two Fridays, Harry Styles gave fans the chance to get a free manicure in his own pop-up store on the festival grounds.
Styles' beauty brand, Pleasing, includes nail polish, skincare and apparel items, all of which festivalgoers could shop at the pop-up near the Yuma tent during Weekend 2. Those willing to brave the desert heat and wait in line got a free manicure — and the chance to peruse an array of expensive merchandise.
A pink hoodie with the Pleasing logo and cloud fish figure on the front would put you back $110. A four-color nail polish set went for more than $60. For those on a budget, the $20 bandana with a bunch of cloud fish on it was a solid option.
If you don't get a chance to snag any swag at Coachella, the Pleasing website is always open at www.pleasing.com. Plus, new subscribers get free shipping on all orders.
Harry Styles and Lizzo sing "I Will Survive"
In a big shift from his Weekend 1 special guest Shania Twain, Harry Styles brought out Lizzo Friday night for a rendition of "I Will Survive," the 1978 Gloria Gaynor disco anthem.
The duo sent the crowd into a frenzy as they strutted the extended stage in matching furry coats.
Styles brought the same energy to his Weekend 2 set as he did the first weekend. He implored the crowd to sing if they wanted to sing and dance if they wanted to dance — and to simply “Be the person they most want to be tonight.”
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He traded in his silvery sequined one-piece outfit from Weekend 1. He took the stage with a three-piece red and silver ensemble. He quickly shed the jacket, leaving him in shiny red pants with his initials, HS, on the back pockets, no shirt and a red and silver vest with cherry and strawberry decals.
As he did on Weekend 1, Styles opened with his new song “As It Was,” the only track he has released from his upcoming album “Harry’s House.” The album drops on May 20, but festivalgoers got to hear two more songs from it — “Boyfriends” and “Late Night Talking" — that he debuted live for the first time last Friday.
"Let me tell you, I'm in a fantastic mood," Styles said to the crowd, adding that he was celebrating his producer Thomas Edward Percy Hull's 40th birthday.
Baby Keem brings out special guest Kendrick Lamar
Rapper Baby Keem brought out fellow rapper — and rumored member of his family — Kendrick Lamar for his Friday night set. Together, they performed "Vent" and "Family Ties," the latter of which being the song that won them Best Rap Performance at the 2022 Grammys. It was Kendrick Lamar's 14th Grammy win and Baby Keem's first.
Lil Baby rides solo on Weekend 2, crafts emotional George Floyd tribute
Rapper Lil Baby hit the Coachella Stage for a solo effort Friday night, giving his fans a stripped-down but powerful performance mixing party jams and poignant pieces throughout. One particularly touching moment came when he played "Bigger Picture" while showing images of a Black Lives Matter rally for George Floyd. It drew cheers from the crowd. Lil Baby actually accompanied George Floyd's family on a trip to the White House in 2021.
The performance came weeks after Lil Baby, Kanye and the Weeknd won the 2022 Grammy for Best Melodic Rap Performance for "Hurricane." Many in the crowd were buzzing about who might jump up with him. Drake? Nicki Minaj? J. Cole?
A moment like that never happened, but the large crowd still went home happy as Lil Baby, real name Dominique Armani Jones, churned through some of his biggest hits, but did not follow the same set list as last week. He played "Pure Cocaine" and "Girls Want Girls," which he did not play during Weekend 1. He hit the crowd favorites, too, like "Yes Indeed," "Close Friends" and "Emotionally Scarred."
Anitta goes without special guests, fans don't mind
Anitta, one of the biggest pop stars in Brazil, showed festivalgoers in the California desert how she earned that title on Friday with larger-than-life set pieces, many costume changes and a fleet of neon-clad backup dancers. Unlike Weekend 1, when the 29-year-old singer brought out surprise guests Snoop Dogg, Saweetie and Diplo, she relied on the strength of her own fandom the second time around.
And those fans showed up in full force, packing the area in front of the main stage and chanting: "Anitta, Anitta, Anitta." Many held up Brazilian flags and sported shirts with her name scrawled across the back. The 29-year-old singer has recorded songs in her native Portuguese, Spanish and, most recently, English, with songs like "Faking Love," "Girl from Rio" and "Boys Don't Cry," all of which she sang Friday. Check out our gallery here.
Carly Rae Jepsen delights
Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen brought the house down once again on Friday with a set that included some of her catchiest hits and a look at her upcoming music. Even though Jepsen performed the same batch of songs from the previous week, she kept the energy high.
The crowd joined in loudly as Jepsen played "No Drug Like Me," then moved on to "Emotion," "I Really Like You" and "Boy Problems" off of her 2015 album "Emotion."
Fans in the Mojave tent sang along with Jepsen from the start of her set, but nothing could compare to the roar that followed when the first chords of "Call Me Maybe" rang out. It seemed like every single person in the venue belted the lyrics to Jepsen's iconic 2012 hit and danced along.
Jepsen is gearing up for the release of a new album this year after dropping hints with a "Western Wind" billboard appearing along I-10.
Fashion trends we spotted at Coachella Weekend 1 and 2
It's not a Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival without iconic fashion moments, and 2022 did not disappoint. After two years without the festival, attendees seemed eager to get their looks out onto the Empire Polo Club grounds in Indio. Among the trends we identified this year: ethereal goddess vibes, neon-colored anything, bucket hats, crocheted everything, matching two-piece sets, cowboy hats, and 'Euphoria'-inspired makeup. Check out our gallery of more than 30 photos here.
Giselle Woo invites fans to take photos with her and The Night Owls
The Coachella Valley's own Giselle Woo, along with her band The Night Owls, completed their Friday afternoon set at the Sonora tent and invited die-hard fans to join the bandmates outside to take photos. About 40 to 50 fans took them up on it as they stationed themselves in front of the marquee outside the Sonora tent that listed all the bands playing there that day, including theirs.
The local favorites received plenty of hugs and high-fives, as members calmly posed for every photo requested of them after their 30-minute set that included the band's most popular song, "Coachella Gold."
It was another big moment for the musicians, who played to a crowd at least twice as big this week as they did during Weekend 1 when they made their Coachella debut.
German techno marching band Meute kicks off Day 1 with huge crowd
Despite the group's 1 p.m. time slot Friday, German techno marching band Meute filled the entire Mojave tent, performing to a crowd of at least 2,500 — much larger than either of its Weekend 1 sets (which were still well attended).
The band, which originated in Hamburg, arranges techno, house and deep house works by well-known DJs and augments them with electronic beats created by traditional marching band instruments.
While most of its performances are instrumentals only, bass saxophonist Philip Morton Andernach did grab the mike for a rendition of "Hey Hey" by Dennis Ferrer about 45 minutes into the hour-long set.
At the end of the set, all members of the group except drummer Markus "Onkel" Lingner — who walks with crutches — went into the crowd to play a final number, interacting with fans and continuing to perform off stage.
Fans Abbey and Steve Hoard of St. Louis said they had discovered the band via YouTube in 2020 when they were having a "Corona-chella" at home during lockdown.
"Now our family has been listening to Meute for two years. Our kids know them and dance to them," said Abbey Hoard.
Between them, the couple — who used to live in Southern California and only moved to the Midwest two years ago — has been to at least 15 Coachella festivals. This Day 1, they said, was something special.
"Oh my god it was amazing — the best start to Coachella!" said Abbey.
Merchandise lines are already out of this world ...
If you're hoping to purchase merch at the festival grounds today, prepare for what's shaping up to be the longest lines yet. Our team arrived at 12:15 p.m. and the line for the main merchandise tent was already extending far out into the field.
Coachella weather: It's going to be windy ... protect yourself
Well, COVID-19 mask mandates have almost universally been lifted, but festivalgoers might want to consider breaking one out again ... or at least covering your face with a bandanna. City News Service is reporting that the South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a windblown dust advisory for Friday, meaning high winds are stirring up dust and lowering air quality. The National Weather Service warned of 25 to 35 mph winds throughout the Coachella Valley as a storm front approaches. High temperatures will be in the mid-70s.
Longtime festivalgoers know the drill: Cover. Your. Face. If this is your first time heading out to the polo fields, Desert Sun reporter Ema Sasic has some great tips on how to protect yourself from the dreaded "Coachella cough."
Two Coachella acts out due to positive COVID-19 tests; cases on rise in Riverside County
The great Weekend 2 shake up continues: Not only is Arcade Fire not on the lineup, but two other acts will miss the chance to reprise their sets due to positive COVID-19 tests. Desert Sun columnist Shad Powers has the scoop on Bishop Briggs and DJ Satori.
It's yet another reminder that the pandemic is not yet fully in the rearview mirror. Desert Sun reporter Ema Sasic earlier this week reported case rates are on the increase in Riverside County, the home to Coachella and Stagecoach festivals.
Set times out: No Arcade Fire on Friday lineup
Set times for Weekend 2 are out, and there's some potentially disappointing news for Arcade Fire fans. The band was added to the Weekend 1 Friday lineup a day before the festival started. News got out once set times were released. Well, set times for Weekend 2 were released and no Arcade Fire. It was fun while it lasted.
19 restaurants and coffee shops to try in Indio, Calif.
While there's a lot of (expensive) food at the event grounds, don't overlook the offerings in Indio, the Coachella Valley city that hosts the music festivals. Dining at these restaurants is a great way to support the local economy which welcomes thousands and thousands of visitors every year. And please remember that many businesses and individuals are still recovering from the economic hit of COVID-19 so tip like you mean it.
Weekend 2: What we hope will be fixed by Friday
There's a school of thought that Weekend 2 is actually better than Weekend 1. And it makes sense. The second edition offers a chance for organizers to fix what went wrong during the first installation. Well, our staff had some thoughts on what could be improved upon after the trial run. It involves trash, traffic, water and fashion.
Getting it right: Five things we hope change by Weekend 2
The wait for Weekend 2 set times, news on Arcade Fire
Those looking to plan their Weekend 2 festival experience have a lot of information at their disposal to start doing that. The final pieces of the puzzle will come together when Goldenvoice announces set times. Yes, the set times for Weekend 2 will be basically the same as Weekend 1, but festival organizers are known for making a few tweaks ... and who knows? It might mean you can see two of your favorite artists when it wouldn't have been possible Weekend 1. It's also unclear if Arcade Fire will reprise their "surprise" Friday night set.
Planning your weekend: When will Weekend 2 set times drop? Will Arcade Fire return?
We checked out some of the tastiest eats at the festival
The food is expensive, yes, but there are some enticing options for food to fuel your party. From mac and cheese to ice cream, check out our recommendations.
Tasty treats: Fun and unique things to eat while at the music festival
Was Weekend 1 worth the wait?
One Desert Sun reporter talked to festivalgoers near the end of Weekend 1 about whether their expectations had been met after a protracted leadup that saw several lineup changes ... including the headliners. Their answers? Resoundingly positive.
Great expectations: Did Weekend 1 live up to the hype? Festivalgoers say it was worth the wait
This is a developing story and will be updated throughout the weekend.
This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Coachella Weekend 2 live updates: Weeknd closes fesitval