Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
Whether a festivalgoer in booty shorts or a music lover in pjs enjoying the live stream on YouTube for #Couchella2015, there were moments you’ll treasure for years to come and things you just won’t be able to unsee. Here’s our list of the best moments from Coachella weekend one:
Sure it was Drake’s time to shine as a first-time Coachella headliner, following in the hip-hop footsteps of Kanye West, Jay Z OutKast, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and even the late Tupac Shakur, but it was Madonna who stole the show Sunday night.
Florence In Rare Form
Florence Welch is known for her operatic pipes, but the frontwoman of Florence + the Machine made a new impression on fans for her showmanship. On Sunday, Welch stripped off her top and ran barefoot right into the arms of her fans, showing a really fun side to the songstress.
Run the Jewels Performs Coachella Style
In true Coachella spirit, the hip-hop duo Run the Jewels surprised fans Saturday with several special guests. Former Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and rapper Gangsta Boo joined Killer Mike and El-P for a truly memorable set.
Tyler Disses Kendall
Tyler, The Creator sparked quite the stir at the festival and on social media when he hurled a big f-bomb at Kendall Jenner of the famed Kardashian brood. A photo of her on Twitter shows Jenner flipping the bird at the Odd Future rapper on Saturday, but it became apparent it was all in fun. Tyler, The Creator later tweeted: “@KendallJenner PEOPLE REALLY THINK I HATE YOU LOVE HAHAHAH” — to which Jenner retweeted with emojis.
AC/DC Still Rocks!
AC/DC proved you’re never too old — or too young — to rock out.
“I hope you guys like rock & roll because that’s all we do,” AC/DC singer Brian Johnson told the crowd Friday.
The 1970s band drew a diverse crowd during the first night of the festival, performing 20 songs before ending its set with a fireworks show at the Coachella Stage.
Among the highlights was 60-year-old guitarist Angus Young shredding it on the guitar.
Romance at Father John Misty
Josh Tillman, who performs under the moniker Father John Misty, performed a hilarious, yet somewhat romantic set during Coachella showcasing his vocals and his wit.
While poking fun at his own music, like “Bored in the U.S.A.” which he describes as a sarcastic ballad, he told fans: “Oh yeah, this one brings the house down.”
But what really made the Saturday set at the Outdoor Theatre memorable was when he brought up one of his female fans onstage.
Having her sit in a rattan chair surrounded by balloons, teddy bears and — most awkward — two women wearing masks and pasties, Tillman serenaded the woman with a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man.”
“Let’s all thank Amy,” Tillman said after the song. “Sorry about the nightmares you’re going to be having tonight.”
Jack White Preaches
Jack White used his nearly two-hour set to not only shake up Coachella with stompin’ tunes, but the rocker also used the time to advocate for transgender equality and emphasize the important of supporting local musicians.
“Support your local artists, please. It’s time to do that now,” he said, also proclaiming: “Music is sacred!”
Action Bronson Tears it Up
The Brooklyn rapper reveled in the fanfare during the first day of Coachella, ditching the stage to be amongst the crowd. Action Bronson shared a few smokes with fans, went up to a man in a wheelchair and took a picture, plus even kissed a few (not like Madonna kissed Drake, of course).
Among his VIP fans, surprisingly, was comedian George Lopez. Action Bronson was so elated Lopez came to watch the set that he brought Lopez on stage to wave at fans.
Jenny Lewis struck a cord with her early fans when she brought out her former bandmate Blake Sennett. The two, who fronted Rilo Kiley during its hey days in the late ’90s through 2011, sang the band’s 2004 hit “Portions for Foxes.”
Lewis, who is riding the wave of her latest solo album “Voyager,” was also joined by Haim for “Girl on Girl.”
After two days of selfies with the giant caterpillar art piece that roamed Coachella, festivalgoers on Sunday were greeted by a stunning butterfly.
The dazzling piece known as Papilio Merraculous was created by artists of the Los Angeles-based art collective known as Poetic Kinetics, which created the larger-than-life snail named “Helix Poeticus” in 2013 and the 2014 astronaut named “Escape Velocity” for Coachella.
Best Weather Ever!
The mild desert temperatures, which never got close to the triple-digit heat typically associated with Coachella, made Indio the perfect outdoor music venue. While there were some gusty winds Friday night, the occassional breeze during most of the days simply helped festivalgoers cool off in between dance parties sparked by acts like David Guetta, Alesso and other acts.
The hottest day for Coachella was April 21, 2012, when temperatures reached 107 degrees.