Coachella kicked off this past weekend for its 19th iteration in Indio, California and brought with it big celebs and even bigger performances.
If you couldn’t snag tickets to party in the dessert, the whole festival was conveniently live streamed this year on YouTube so you could kick back and watch all the music action from your own couch. But watching the performances online doesn’t compare to actually being there IRL. If you were glued to the live stream, you might have missed out on a few things that happened behind the scenes.
Here’s everything you missed from Coachella weekend one.
Beyoncé killed Coachella with her memorable headlining performance, with fans aptly renaming the festival #Beychella in her honour. One of the most standout moments from the set was when Queen B reunited with Destiny’s Child.
As she did with her Super Bowl Halftime show five years ago, Bey was joined by Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for a three-song medley, including “Lose My Breath,” “Say My Name,” and Soldier.” Set your alarms, because it will probably be another half a decade before this happens again.
— . (@goddessyonce) April 15, 2018
It seems there was a sister trend at Coachella this year. First, with sister trio HAIM filling the slot prior to Beyoncé and then with Bey bringing her own sister on stage for a dance-off. Despite having a backup crew of 100 dancers, Beyoncé and Solange came together to rock some fun dance choreography to the extended version of “Get Me Bodied.” It was a brief but exciting moment, and echoed that of Solange’s 2014 Coachella performance, where she similarly brought Beyoncé on stage to dance with her.
Wal-Mart yodel boy—actual name Mason Ramsey—became an internet sensation after a video of him singing in the aisle of a supermarket went viral. More than 20 million views later and an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show, the 11-year-old was invited by DJ Whethan to perform with him at Coachella.
supposed to be playing his school talent show but took him to coachella instead pic.twitter.com/NU99eBfXbp
— Whethan (@whethanmusic) April 13, 2018
Mason admitted he has been bullied since the video of him went viral but no doubt he got the last laugh when it turns out Justin Bieber is a fan. The two met backstage at the festival and chatted while posing for pictures.
— Jax Kelly (@jaxon_kelly) April 13, 2018
Austin Richard Post—more commonly known as Post Malone—made his debut performance at Coachella during weekend one. Having never performed at the festival before and in his classic growling bravado, the 22-year-old rapper sung some of his past and present hits like “White Iverson,” “Congratulations,” and “Rockstar.”
Ahead of the release his sophomore album Beerbongs & Bentleys, which is set to drop April 27, Posty gave fans a preview of a handful of new tracks expected to be on the LP.
— w i l l (@WillzzzYT) April 15, 2018
The new tracks he sampled seem less focused on rap and more geared towards the singer-songwriter quality of his music. Having frequently referenced his love for Bob Dylan and other rock music, Beerbongs & Bentleys is expected to have an array of acoustic ballads alongside a couple chart bangers.
The Weeknd gave an emotional performance at Coachella on Friday night, visibly breaking down in tears during his headlining set. The tears left audience members wondering: is he crying over Selena Gomez?
The 28-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter ended the festival’s first day with a tender and raw performance of his recently released six-song EP My Dear Melancholy. Two of the tracks, “Call Out My Name” and “Privilege,” struck a chord with The Weeknd as fans watching at home on the live stream pointed out that the artist was crying. As it turns out, those songs have been assumed by fans since their release to be about The Weeknd’s relationship with ex Selena Gomez.
To add to the confusion, The Weeknd was reportedly spotted hanging out with ex-girlfriend Bella Hadid at the festival “kissing all night,” so who really knows what’s going on.
On Sunday, Cardi B turned Coachella from Beychella to Boachella with her early evening set. Showing—and twerking—off her growing baby bump, Cardi rapped different cuts from her debut album Invasion of Privacy, which was released just two weeks before the festival.
'And that's how I got pregnant, y'all.' — Cardi B, after becoming the first pregnant woman to twerk on the main stage at Coachella.
— Peter Larsen (@PeterLarsenBSF) April 16, 2018
Towards the end of her set, the Bronx native told the audience that she was tired and was going to get her friends to help her out. Cue in Chance the Rapper and 21 Savage to assist Cardi with performances of “Best Life” and “Bartier Cardi,” respectively. G-Eazy and Kehlani also stopped by to sing along with the pregnant rapper.
— queen headass. (@_mariecharles) April 16, 2018
Portugal. The Man took over the main stage after Cardi B with one of the best Coachella rock sets, of which there were few of at this year’s festival. They opened with a chunk of Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” played a bit of Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones, and finished off with The Beatles’ “Hey Jude,” occasionally flashing a notice on the screen that read “If you’re here for Odesza you’re early.”
Most predominantly known for their catchy hit single “Feel It Still,” fans seemed surprised yet intrigued in Portugal. The Man’s rock set, having taken the audience through some of rock and roll’s greats as a welcome break from the festival’s steady pop and R&B performances.
If Adele dancing along to Beyoncé’s Coachella set at home in her sweatpants wasn’t enough, Rihanna was also showing her love for Queen B from Coachella’s front row. Gleefully singing along and dancing with happiness, Rihanna proves that stars are just like us when it comes to worshipping Beyoncé.
RIHANNA OUT HERE FRONT ROW AT BEYONCE LIVING HER BEST LIFE ❤️ pic.twitter.com/WKW1dzOVon
— Alexander (@fuckinfenty) April 15, 2018
Canadian music queen Carly Rae Jepsen showed up midway through Bleachers’ set on the Friday evening of the festival to sing two songs with the New Jersey indie pop band. Sporting some 1970s inspired curls, the Canadian singer-songwriter sang “Hate That You Know Me” and “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song),” which was featured on the soundtrack for the film Love, Simon.
Need we say more? Check out some of the other celebrity Instagrams from Coachella weekend one here.
After watching Beyoncé deliver a memorable performance Saturday night, fans wondered if day three of Coachella would hold up. Luckily, Eminem delivered and while he didn’t have a group of talented backup dancers like Queen B, Slim Shady’s lyrical gymnastics was more than enough.
After blazing through his solo singles like “Til’ I Collapse,” “Square Dance,” “White America,” “Sing for the Moment,” and The Marshall Mathers 2 standout “Rap God,” Eminem brought his protégé 50 cent on stage. The duo gave fans a nostalgic rendition of their 2003 track “Patiently Waiting” before 50 took centre stage for his hits “I Get Money” and “In Da Club.”
— 50cent (@50cent) April 16, 2018
Later, long-time friend and collaborator Dr. Dre joined Eminem as the iconic pair belted their ’90s collaboration “Forgot About Dre.” The staggering reaction from the audience gave Shady the energy to finish out his first-ever Coachella headlining set on a strong note, rapping classics like “My Name Is,” “Not Afraid,” and “Lose Yourself” with the energy of someone who couldn’t possibly be 45 years old.