As Frank151 gets ready for weekend 2 of Coachella, here’s a recap of highlights and some not-so-highlights of weekend 1 of Coachella.
Kali Uchis brought out Tyler the Creator, Don Toliver, and Omar Apolla
On Sunday night, Kali Uchis performed on Coachella’s main stage. Tyler, the Creator joined her during her performance for their Flower Boy duet, “See You Again.” Soon after, Omar Apollo performed “Worth the Wait,” and Don Toliver joined for “Fantasy.”
Latto brought out Lola Brooke, TiaCornie, and Saweetie
The 24-year-old lyricist performed on the festival stage. TiaCorine, Lola Brooke, and Saweetie were among her guests, and they all sang remixes of songs with Latto. Lola Brooke performed a “Don’t Play With It” remix, TiaCornie performed a “FreakyT” remix, and Saweetie performed a “Bitch From da Souf” remix.
Björk hit the stage, for the first time since 2002
Björk, a creator of complex masks and costumes, is skilled at protecting herself in imaginative ways while yet being able to access the profound emotional realities contained in her songs. She wore a dress that resembled a Dale Chihuly glass sculpture on top, a leather mini in the center, and a chain-link fence with black mesh at the bottom as part of her armor last night on the main stage. Her face was also covered in spidery prosthetics.
Frank Ocean’s long-awaited return to the stage had some bumps in it
With Frank Ocean, the stakes are always extremely high. Expectations ranged from giddily delighted to dreadfully awful because the singer’s headlining set was scheduled seven years after Blonde and six years after his last performance. Both of those things did not occur on Sunday night when he performed brand-new versions of classic songs after arriving over an hour late. It was a subdued, 80-minute performance that didn’t do much to impress and concluded quickly. According to speculations, Ocean decided to forgo a complicated stage design in favor of a melting skating rink setpiece at the last minute, which may also account for his decision to withdraw from the festival live-steam. Whatever the case, people are hella tight!
Nylon House Presented by Samsung Galaxy
Artists, festival-goers, and tastemakers made their way to the California desert for Coachella this past weekend. One of the most anticipated events, Nylon House Presented by Samsung Galaxy, did not disappoint as guests like Jaden Smith and friends enjoyed sets from Diplo and Alesso till well past 3 in the morning!
An out-of-this-world celebration of music, art, and technology. At the center of it all, The Star, an art installation developed in partnership with LA-based artists, Media Pollution. The star lit up the night with its epic design inspired by the past, present, and future of technology. The installation also showcased the amazing low-light Nightography capabilities and QuickShare features of the new Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra which guests had the opportunity to borrow for the night.
Debbie Harry (AKA MF BLONDIE BITCH!) hit the stage
Blondie and Debbie Harry completely controlled the Mojave Tent. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted new/no wave band’s greatest hits included “One Way or Another,” their iconic covers of the Paragons’ “The Tide Is High” and “Hanging on the Telephone,” the Giorgio Moroder-produced American Gigolo smash “Call Me,” “Atomic,” “Dreaming,” a snippet of “God Save the Queen,” and “Heart of Glass” mixed with Moroder’s Donna Summer “I Feel Love.” She performed while dressed in what appeared to be a discoball cloak from Grace Jones’ closet.
Metro Boomin brought 21 Savage, Diddy & more
At the Sahara Tent, Metro gathered his team of Avengers for his self-described “Trochella,” and even paid tribute to those who weren’t able to attend, such A$AP Rocky, whose pre-recorded audio of him formally introducing Metro blared from the speakers. At the top of the stage, he emerged from a black robe, the full orchestra highlighting his ominous appearance. Metro, however, called out Future for a somber yet triumphant performance of “Superhero (Heroes & Villains),” proving that he is not the antagonist in this tale.
Then, in keeping with the theme of Metro’s most recent album, Heroes & Villains, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, Don Toliver graced the stage while sporting sunglasses that resembled a mask. He performed songs from the album, including “I Can’t Save You (Interlude),” “Too Many Nights,” and “Around Me.”
He threw a red-carpet welcome for his adored bandmate 21 Savage as they performed fan favorites from their Savage Mode days as well as other cherished 21 songs, such as “Bank Account” and “Knife Talk.”
Pusha T brought Cokechella to Coachella
The crowd erupted into screams when the Clipse rapper entered the Main Stage wearing nothing but white. He stood in front of a giant “Welcome to Cokechella” sign that was hung at the back of the stage while singing the first few notes of “Let The Smokers Shine The Coupes.”
We’re crossing our fingers and hoping weekend 2 is even more lit.
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