Coachella 2019: Ariana Grande, ‘NSYNC, family, fashion and more wrap up the festival’s first weekend

That’s a wrap on the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Sunday, April 14, was capped off with Arichella and special guests, crowd-pleaser Lizzo and Pusha T‘s iceberg set.

Not only did we catch headliner Ariana Grande, who fans at home had a hard time waiting for, we also spent some time with H.E.R., Khalid, Bad Bunny, Gucci Gang, and more. You can also check out photos from Saturday sets here and Friday performances here.

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Grande definitely topped off the night by bringing out ‘NSYNC, Nicki Minaj and Diddy, but some festival goers and Couchella viewers at home had a hard time picking between the pop star and the premiere of HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones.”

We didn’t see people watching “Game of Thrones” on their phones, but they were doing plenty of other things. Coachella had plenty of new tech partnerships for 2019, including Postmates delivery, Amazon lockers and more.

Two of the stages got into the tech, too. The Do Lab’s new stage has some LED columns incorporated into its design while the Sahara Tent revamped with an augmented reality experience.

Meanwhile, we kept an eye out for festival fashion all weekend, but we didn’t see any janties. However, there were plenty of bedazzled faces.

And if you really want to know about the heart of Coachella, it’s the people. At age 70, Susan Phillips attended her first Coachella, with her son Eric, who clocked his 10th this weekend. We spent time with them throughout the weekend.

We’ll be back next weekend for a second round of Coachella goodness, and to quote Sunday night’s headliner, we say, “Thank U, Next.”

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Coachella 2019: Ariana Grande slays weekend 1 of Coachella complete with an ‘NSYNC reunion

If “God is a Woman”, then the official god of Sunday’s weekend 1 of Coachella Arts and Music Festival is Ariana Grande.

Due to a delay, fans waited longer than expected for Grande to hit the stage, but it was worth the wait for those catching the live streams and fans at the festival.

Grande pulled out all the stops which included costumes that doubled as couture, an ‘NYSNC reunion, a Nicki Minaj and Diddy appearance, and a string orchestra.

Below is a roller coaster of emotions that started from the delay until the last song, in tweet form.It wasn’t just the fans having a meltdown for Arichella, even mama Grande was counting down:

#Arichella about to go down!!!!

— Joan Grande (@joangrande) April 15, 2019

When a delay prevented people from seeing Grande’s set both in Indio and the live streams, fans had this to say:

Waiting for Ariana Grande to come on stage at Coachella. H.E.R didn’t finish her masterpiece yet.

— Naama Yemini❤ (@naamayemini05) April 15, 2019

they’ve been saying “Ariana Grande next” for the last 30 minutes but i see everything but not her

— ricky (@ricardodrtmelo) April 15, 2019

But this teaser was worth it:

Tune in now https://t.co/kRjOZ0KCue @coachella @ArianaGrande pic.twitter.com/fc1tOLyayb

— *NSYNC (@NSYNC) April 15, 2019

You know you’re a true fan when:

HI GUYS, I’VE NEEN INSIDE THE CROWD CLOSE TO THE BARRICADE FOR THE PAST 5 HOURS FOR ARICHELLA!!

✨Francis Dominic✨ (@frncissdominc) April 15, 2019

But once Grande started, Twitter went wild:

IT’S HAPPENING…… #ARICHELLA pic.twitter.com/s4deCGdiee

— dillen 43 (@arianassuperior) April 15, 2019

So Ariana Grande did NOT allow our professional photographers to capture her #Coachella set. When this happens, I have Terrible Stick Figure drawings like a courtroom artist, terrible because I can’t draw. Here’s the first from #Arichella pic.twitter.com/OmTOSfB6NN

— Vanessa Franko (@vanessafranko) April 15, 2019

#ARICHELLA BABY KILLED GOD IS A WOMAN AND IM LIVING FOR IT. pic.twitter.com/41UmiRBMwE

— ʟʏss ♡ (@umgrvnde) April 15, 2019

When ‘NYSNC (minus Justin Timberlake) came out to sing “Tearin’ Up With My Heart”:

SHE BEOUGHT NSYNC BACK TO LIFE GOD REALLY IS A WOMAN AND HER NAME IS @ArianaGrande #ARICHELLA

— 𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙖𝙣𝙖 (@hermosohs) April 15, 2019

https://twitter.com/amblingpanda/status/1117669837147267072

When @NSYNC got on stage for @ArianaGrande pic.twitter.com/wxR01NFdm4

— 𝐬. (@stayupwithsarah) April 15, 2019

When Nicki Minaj showed up, tweets in all caps came out:

NICKI & ARIANA A DREAM TEAM #ARICHELLA

— dom (@uncutissuperior) April 15, 2019

I LOVE THEIR FRIENDSHIP @ArianaGrande @NICKIMINAJ #ARICHELLA WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN

— where no one knows my name (@leavemefnlonely) April 15, 2019

Oh, and there was this special surprise:

OK #AriChella with the @Diddy, Mase, and Biggie tribute. ✊🏾@ArianaGrande

🤴🏾 (@TheGreatOne___) April 15, 2019

A taste of some of her visuals:

#ARICHELLA pic.twitter.com/i6dI7kWlOa

— ShyRazzy21 (@Raeshaw78842618) April 15, 2019

These outfits on top of the talent are just unreal😩😍@ArianaGrande you’re so cool ily #Coachella

— Danielle (@deetornatore) April 15, 2019

 

And of course, Grande had to say “Thank u, next”, that is until weekend 2 of Coachella.

ENDING THE NIGHT WITH A NUMBER ONE SONG, LEGEND #ARICHELLA

— brenna | may 14th (@breakupwitchagf) April 15, 2019

 

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Coachella 2019: Ariana Grande sweetens festival’s closing night

When Ariana Grande was announced as a headliner of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in January there might have been some grumbling from the old-timer crowd but as the 25-year-old pop star’s set got underway it all made sense.

Grande might be even more current in the pop scene than last year’s headliner Beyoncé. Which isn’t to say she’s better than Queen Bey — she’s not, though she is undeniably an incredible talent.

And the Now means a lot in music, which is what Grande brought, though not without the occasional nod to the past on Sunday.

Grande opened with “Raindrops (An Angel Cried),” just a snippet really, which revealed her onstage seated at a long table with her dancers in a tableau reminiscent of a Last Supper scene.

“God Is A Woman” followed as Grande, wearing a puffy shoulder crop jacket over a bra top, mini skirt and platform stilettos worked the song’s slow groove.

Huge cheers greeted “Bad Idea,” the stage still bathed in deep red tones, and when “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” followed, there was an air of anticipation — this was the song the widely rumored ‘N Sync guest turn was expected to occur during, given her use of a bit of their music in it.

“Ladies and gentlemen, ‘N Sync!” Grande announced near the end of the song and there they were — minus Justin Timberlake, who is on tour.

When that number ended Grande joined the boys — who really look like Lil Ariana’s dads these days — to perform the boy band’s “Tearin’ Up My Heart.”

While I was writing this she did a few more numbers and now Nikki Minaj is out with her, so got to run. Check back later for Our full report.

 

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Coachella 2019: Tame Impala, Billie Eilish, and Weezer cap off Saturday in the desert

While Tame Impala technically headlined the main stage at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday – and played a strong and enjoyable set – two other acts, one old, one new, captured most of the conversation as the second day of the festival wound down.

Weezer, who play festival sets around their native Southern California so often they almost feel like the region’s house band, turned in one of its strongest sets in recent memory, thanks partly to the cross-pollination its recent album of covers brought to the band’s mix of sing-along songs.

And Billie Eilish, the 17-year-old indie pop musician from Los Angeles, was set for one of the biggest crowds and most-anticipated sets of the weekend until technical issues delayed her start for more than 30 minutes, during which a good number of fans drifted away – their loss, because once she hit the stage she was terrific.

Tame Impala opened strongly with one of its most melodic numbers, “Let It Happen,” the soaring vocals of Kevin Parker and swirling psychedelic rock of the Australian band an instantly engaging sound. Add to that trippy visuals, often in electric pinks and reds, and anyone who’d altered their consciousness before the show was surely digging the scene.

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But the video screens also seldom let fans see Parker or the other musicians, who played strongly on songs such as the heavy rocking “Elephant” and catchy “Less I Know The Better,” which created a distance between fan and performer that didn’t change until the final number, “New Person, Same Old Mistakes,” when Parker’s face could finally be seen on screen.

  • Tame Impala performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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  • Tame Impala performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Tame Impala performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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Eilish, whose career has skyrocketed over the past year, made her debut on Saturday after her team struggled through the kind of apparently serious technical difficulties that had to have created a bit of panic back stage.

Once she arrived on the Outdoor Theatre about 33 minutes after her scheduled time the teenager showed no sign it had affected her, opening with the live debuts of a pair of songs, “Bad Guy” and “My Strange Addiction,” off her debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” which arrived the last week of March.

Other highlights of her set included “Idontwannabeyouanymore” and “Watch / & Burn,” the latter which featured a guest turn by rapper Vince Staples though continuing technical problems made his vocals nonexistent to listeners on the field.

Weezer, who played before both Eilish and Tame Impala, might have been the fan favorite set of the night. They opened with a barbershop quartet rendition of “Beverly Hills,” then clicked into rock mode and blazed enthusiastically through one familiar song after another, including numbers such as “Buddy Holly,” “Hash Pipe,” and “Island In The Sun,” all of which had fans singing loudly along wherever you were on the field.

Add to that the that recent covers album, the so-called Teal Album, made for opportunities to bring in guest stars. Tears For Fears’ Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal joined singer Rivers Cuomo and the rest of Weezer to performer “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” A little later, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of TLC out to sing “No Scrubs” with the band.

But the final cover, “Africa” by Toto, had the biggest impact on the fans. It’s the oddball choice that started Weezer on the path to recording the covers album, and you should have heard all the Coachella-goers blessing the rains down in Africa as they sang it loudly, sincerely, and happily so.

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Coachella 2019: Billie Eilish was 30 minutes late to her Coachella set, but fans were totally OK with it

Whether you were one of the thousands waiting for Billie Eilish during weekend 1 of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Saturday night or relaxing from home, people started to get antsy when the 17-year-old failed to start on time.

Related: Childish Gambino takes festival to ‘church’ and delivers a powerful sermon as Friday headliner

But once Eilish took the stage, 33 minutes after her scheduled start time of 9:35, her strong presence and high energy made everyone forgive and forget the singer’s mishap.

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The response online was swift; Twitter users were praising and loving everything from the visuals, songs and her attempt at starting a mosh pit.

Here’s a taste of Eilish fever in 280 characters or less:

Billie Eilish just asked the crowd at Coachella to “open the pit up” 😂😂😂

— Tam! (@citylightsTAM) April 14, 2019

I’m hanging with three teenagers and they’re geeking out over Billie Eilish. First time of me seeing them but I admit it’s a good show so far. #Coachella2019

⭐ Jeremy (@Jeremy_Nash) April 14, 2019

The crowd outside the Outdoor Stage for Billie Eilish is huge this evening. Many thousands of people. Probably one of the biggest crowds — if not the biggest — I have seen this weekend.

— Alex Groves (@AlexDGroves) April 14, 2019

If someone told me Billie Eilish was actually a thousand year old vampire disguised as a ridiculously talented teenage girl I’d be like, yea, sounds about right. #Coachella2019

— ChaoticApathy (@ChaoticApathy) April 14, 2019

billie eilish has the coachella crowd wrapped around her pinky finger

— emilycandies (@emilycandies) April 14, 2019

In Billie Eilish we trust.

— Catherine Ancona (@CatherineAncona) April 14, 2019

My greatest regret in life is not being at @coachella to watch @billieeilish right now 😭😭😭

— Kat H (@zekittykat) April 14, 2019

During the show, Eilish told everyone in the audience to scream and this tweet sums it up:

@billieeilish Might have the loudest crowd in Coachella history. Most of the time the crowd seems like half engaged but this is just screams

— James Harvey III (@JamesTheBlasian) April 14, 2019

Wow @billieeilish crowd at Coachella is the loudest I’ve ever heard on a live stream. A superstar in the making.

— A M A R I ⚡ (@AlwaysAJ_) April 14, 2019

When Eilish forgot the lyrics to her song:

also @billieeilish smoothly just forgot the lyrics to all the good girls go to hell at her coachella set and it somehow made me love her more

— winnie the jooh (@JuliaaBurke) April 14, 2019

Even though most forgave Eilish’s tardiness, a few were still not having it:

Took you long enough to come out, in your sweats @billieeilish @coachella #Coachella

— Keanu Raves #Coachella2019 (@SpecialistDee) April 14, 2019

i love billie eilish but i’m so mad at her right now

— qui (@jackks_bergs) April 14, 2019

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Coachella 2019: Live updates from weekend 1 of the music festival

We’ll be bringing you all the latest news, photos and more from weekend one of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.

You can also follow along on Instagram stories, find out how here.

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Coachella 2018: Photos of the performers and their fans from Sunday, Weekend 2

We’re out at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for the second Saturday. Follow along as we check out all of the bands on Sunday, April 22, the final day of the festival.

  • FIDLAR’s Zac Carper performs in the crowd during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    FIDLAR’s Zac Carper performs in the crowd during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • FIDLAR’s Brandon Schwartzel performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    FIDLAR’s Brandon Schwartzel performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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  • FIDLAR’s Zac Carper plays guitar on the floor during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    FIDLAR’s Zac Carper plays guitar on the floor during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • FIDLAR’s Zac Carper performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    FIDLAR’s Zac Carper performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Fans cheer as FIDLAR performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Fans cheer as FIDLAR performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • King Krule performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    King Krule performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • King Krule performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    King Krule performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Fans listen as King Krule performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Fans listen as King Krule performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • King Krule performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    King Krule performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Cardi B performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

    Cardi B performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

  • Cardi B performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

    Cardi B performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

  • Cardi B performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

    Cardi B performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

  • Princess Nokia performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

    Princess Nokia performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

  • Princess Nokia performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

    Princess Nokia performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

  • ODESZA performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

    ODESZA performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

  • ODESZA performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

    ODESZA performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

  • ODESZA performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

    ODESZA performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

  • ODESZA performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

    ODESZA performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

  • Princess Nokia performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

    Princess Nokia performs on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

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Coachella 2018: See photos of the bands and their fans on Saturday, Weekend 2

We’re out at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for the second Saturday. Follow along as we check out all of the bands on Saturday, April 21.

  • Alt-J’s Gus Unger-Hamilton, left, and Joe Newman perform during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Alt-J’s Gus Unger-Hamilton, left, and Joe Newman perform during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Alt-J’s Joe Newman performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Alt-J’s Joe Newman performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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  • The Oh Sees’ John Dwyer performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    The Oh Sees’ John Dwyer performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • The Oh Sees perform during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    The Oh Sees perform during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • The Oh Sees perform during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    The Oh Sees perform during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Jessie Ware performs at the Coachella Stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Jessie Ware performs at the Coachella Stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Jessie Ware performs at the Coachella Stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Jessie Ware performs at the Coachella Stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Jessie Ware performs at the Coachella Stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Jessie Ware performs at the Coachella Stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Beyonce fans watch as Jessie Ware performs at the Coachella Stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Beyonce fans watch as Jessie Ware performs at the Coachella Stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Alina Baraz performs on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

    Alina Baraz performs on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

  • Alina Baraz performs on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

    Alina Baraz performs on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

  • Beyoncé performs high up over the crowd on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

    Beyoncé performs high up over the crowd on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

  • A lemonade stand is on the field as Beyoncé performs on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

    A lemonade stand is on the field as Beyoncé performs on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

  • A fan watches Beyoncé as she performs on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

    A fan watches Beyoncé as she performs on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

  • A fan watches Beyoncé as she performs on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

    A fan watches Beyoncé as she performs on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

  • Beyoncé performs high up over the crowd at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

    Beyoncé performs high up over the crowd at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

  • A worker mans a lemonade stand on the field as Beyoncé performs on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

    A worker mans a lemonade stand on the field as Beyoncé performs on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

  • A pose at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Friday, April 20, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

    A pose at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Friday, April 20, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

  • Beyoncé performs on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Contributing Photographer)

    Beyoncé performs on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Contributing Photographer)

  • Beyoncé performs on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Contributing Photographer)

    Beyoncé performs on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Contributing Photographer)

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Coachella 2018: Beyoncé brought Jay Z, Destiny’s Child and more to Beychella 2

If you’re Beyoncé and you’ve delivered the biggest headlining set in Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival history during the annual event’s first weekend, how do you follow it up?

Do it again, but this time in pink.

With tens of thousands of fans gathered under the balloon chains floating over the field of the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Queen Bey held court for a second performance on Saturday, April 21, with nearly all of the differences in the dazzling set being in the costumes.

  • Beyoncé performs high up over the crowd on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

    Beyoncé performs high up over the crowd on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

  • A fan watches Beyoncé as she performs on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

    A fan watches Beyoncé as she performs on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

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  • Beyoncé performs on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Contributing Photographer)

    Beyoncé performs on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Contributing Photographer)

  • A worker mans a lemonade stand on the field as Beyoncé performs on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

    A worker mans a lemonade stand on the field as Beyoncé performs on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

  • Beyoncé performs high up over the crowd at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

    Beyoncé performs high up over the crowd at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

  • A fan watches Beyoncé as she performs on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

    A fan watches Beyoncé as she performs on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

  • Beyoncé performs on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Contributing Photographer)

    Beyoncé performs on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Contributing Photographer)

  • A lemonade stand is on the field as Beyoncé performs on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

    A lemonade stand is on the field as Beyoncé performs on the Coachella Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

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Although she started nearly 20 minutes late (and her set ended with a spectacular fireworks show 10 minutes after the 1 a.m. curfew), she strutted to the stage with her African queen garb before taking the crowd back to the Beyoncé homecoming that so many people watched on YouTube last week. And it was good to be home.

Related: It’s Beychella, so we asked Beyoncé fans about their gateway songs

While rumors swirled throughout the week between her performances that big changes were in store, the most striking difference was that Beyoncé traded in her goldenrod sorority hoodie and denim short-shorts look from Weekend 1 — which plenty in the crowd mimicked on Saturday — for a fuchsia hoodie instead. Her dancers and marching band and orchestra and cast of characters also ditched the yellow for the pink.

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One of the gripes since the twin weekend format came to Coachella in 2012 is the absence of special guests the second weekend. But that is not how the Queen plays. Not only did she have the same guests as weekend one, she upped the ante by having J Balvin, who wasn’t there opening weekend, join her on “Mi Gente.”

Jay Z was back again to do “Deja Vu,” although he sounded like he might have had a touch of the Coachella flu on his verse. (We’re right there with you, Hova.)

Related: Beyoncé’s Weekend 1 headlining set, with Jay Z, Destiny’s Child and Solange, was one for the ages

And Destiny’s Child reunited again, too, for “Lose My Breath,” “Say My Name” and “Soldier.” The only difference this week is that the group wore sparkling white costumes and Bey didn’t have to fight her top from having a mind of its own. The vocals were so crisp and the blend so nice, they truly deserve a reunion of their own.

Beyoncé’s sister Solange showed up again for their dance-off during “Get Me Bodied” at the end of the set, but this time, when Beyoncé went to pick up her sister, they tumbled to the stage and played it off by kicking their legs in an improvised dance move. It was adorable.

At the end of the set, after “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and “Love on Top,” the latter of which she dedicated to the Beyhive, Beyoncé thanked everyone who was involved in the production, which turned out to be a lot of people.

She revealed that it took 6 months of work and a whole lot of rehearsals to put the show together. The only downer is Beyoncé won’t be back to do it again next weekend.

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Coachella 2018: It’s Beychella, so we asked Beyoncé fans about their gateway songs

After Beyoncé turned the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival into Beychella on Saturday, April 14, we were ready to talk to the Beyhive about Beychella, Part 2, on Saturday, April 21.

Photographer Watchara Phomicinda and reporter Vanessa Franko roamed the fields of the Empire Polo Club in Indio during Coachella to ask people about the song that got them into Beyoncé. Many went old school with Destiny’s Child, but we also found some newer fans.

  • Alex Brown, 30, traveled from Oakland to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Destiny’s Child hit “Bills, Bills, Bills” was the song that introduced her to BeyoncŽé. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Alex Brown, 30, traveled from Oakland to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Destiny’s Child hit “Bills, Bills, Bills” was the song that introduced her to BeyoncŽé. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Eoin Herbert, 32, who is originally from Ireland but now lives in Sydney, Australia, poses during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  He said that “Crazy in Love” was the song that got him into BeyoncŽé. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Eoin Herbert, 32, who is originally from Ireland but now lives in Sydney, Australia, poses during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. He said that “Crazy in Love” was the song that got him into BeyoncŽé. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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  • Nicole Caldwell, 24, traveled from Atlanta, Georgia, to see BeyoncŽé at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. She hoped to hear “Sorry” from the album “Lemonade.” (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Nicole Caldwell, 24, traveled from Atlanta, Georgia, to see BeyoncŽé at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. She hoped to hear “Sorry” from the album “Lemonade.” (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Tyler Drewitz, 30, during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. He remembered getting into Beyoncé because of “Independent Women, Pt. 1,” the hit song Destiny’s Child had on the “Charlie’s Angels” soundtrack.  (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Tyler Drewitz, 30, during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. He remembered getting into Beyoncé because of “Independent Women, Pt. 1,” the hit song Destiny’s Child had on the “Charlie’s Angels” soundtrack. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Lily Nwafor, 24, of Springfield, Massachusetts, during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Nwafor said Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” was the song that turned her on to BeyoncŽé. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Lily Nwafor, 24, of Springfield, Massachusetts, during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Nwafor said Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” was the song that turned her on to BeyoncŽé. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Arturo Solorio, 31, of Palm Desert, sported a head modeled after that of DJ Marshmello while he walked around the Empire Polo Club during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. He said his BeyoncŽé gateway song was Destiny Child’s “Survivor,” as he sang a few bars of the chorus.
(Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Arturo Solorio, 31, of Palm Desert, sported a head modeled after that of DJ Marshmello while he walked around the Empire Polo Club during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. He said his BeyoncŽé gateway song was Destiny Child’s “Survivor,” as he sang a few bars of the chorus.
    (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Patrick Rappleye, 29, of Chicago, during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Rappleye said he and his brother were forced by his mother and her friends (and their daughters) to go to an NSync concert many years ago. On the way out, he was handed a Destiny’s Child sampler with “Say My Name” on it. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Patrick Rappleye, 29, of Chicago, during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Rappleye said he and his brother were forced by his mother and her friends (and their daughters) to go to an NSync concert many years ago. On the way out, he was handed a Destiny’s Child sampler with “Say My Name” on it. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Da’Nard Mack, 30, left, and DarŽ Ajijo, 29, of Detroit, Michigan, both agreed that Destiny’s Child’s “No No No” and the song’s remix, was the hit that got them into BeyoncŽé during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Da’Nard Mack, 30, left, and DarŽ Ajijo, 29, of Detroit, Michigan, both agreed that Destiny’s Child’s “No No No” and the song’s remix, was the hit that got them into BeyoncŽé during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Diana Do, 21, of Arlington, Texas, said “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” was the first song that got her into BeyoncéŽ during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Diana Do, 21, of Arlington, Texas, said “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” was the first song that got her into BeyoncéŽ during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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