How Arroyo Seco Weekend compares to Coachella, Stagecoach, Desert Trip

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Coachella 2017: What happened on the final day of the festival

As we watch the sun set on the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for another year (and was it ever a spectacular sunset Sunday night), there was plenty of big things to keep people buzzing on the final day.

Again, the biggest production of the day was the headlining set from Kendrick Lamar, who continued to be on fire after dropping new album “DAMN.” 48 hours before his Weekend 1 performance. Hip-hop was huge at Coachella 2017. Lamar, Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane, Future and Travis Scott were just a few of the rappers who had massive crowds over the weekends, which are a bit different from each other.

Lamar wasn’t the only hot performer on the main stage, either. Lorde gave a command performance as the penultimate act on Coachella’s largest stage. Sadly, the Taylor Swift appearance we only dared to dream about didn’t happen. And like Weekend 1, everyone still loves Hans Zimmer and orchestras in the desert. Among the other musical highlights was Bishop Briggs. We snapped photos of so many performers, including Show Me the Body, Ezra Furman, Future Islands and many more. Take a look. And if you were in the crowd, you may be in the photo gallery, too.

Things that people weren’t loving included the parking woes on the final day of the festival. And the bad guys won’t stop stealing phones, but the Indio Police Department is on the case. The Coachella lost and found is a place where people can get their phones back, as well as everything else people left behind on the grounds of the Empire Polo Club in Indio. However, if you lost your drugs, you’re out of luck. But we did learn about drug testing kits that can inform people that when they think they’re taking ecstasy, they’re actually taking bath salts.

But as we close the book on Coachella 2017, the thing that our staff enjoyed the most over both of the weekends was the new Sonora Tent, a welcome addition and a haven of air-conditioning that also welcomed rock and Latin-inspired acts.

If you missed anything, including the work of our fabulous photo team, take a gander at our Coachella page for all of the highs and lows and everything in between at the festival.

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Coachella 2017: How two Los Angeles artists left their mark on the festival

The Gobi Tent proved to be a memorable spot for Los Angeles musicians at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival thanks to standout performances from two up-and-coming female vocalists that bookended the desert music festival.

Banks and Bishop Briggs were two of the most talked about performers from the first weekend who weren’t named Kendrick Lamar or Lady Gaga and they didn’t disappoint on the second weekend, either.

On Friday, 28-year-old Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Banks mesmerized the crowd with deeply honest music driven by dark R&B beats as well as pop and electronic elements.

  • Banks performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Indio, CA. (Micah Escamilla, The Sun/SCNG)

    Banks performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Indio, CA. (Micah Escamilla, The Sun/SCNG)

  • Banks performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Indio, CA. (Micah Escamilla, The Sun/SCNG)

    Banks performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Indio, CA. (Micah Escamilla, The Sun/SCNG)

  • Banks performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Indio, CA. (Micah Escamilla, The Sun/SCNG)

    Banks performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Indio, CA. (Micah Escamilla, The Sun/SCNG)

  • Banks performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Indio, CA. (Micah Escamilla, The Sun/SCNG)

    Banks performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Indio, CA. (Micah Escamilla, The Sun/SCNG)

  • Banks performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Indio, CA. (Micah Escamilla, The Sun/SCNG)

    Banks performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Indio, CA. (Micah Escamilla, The Sun/SCNG)

  • Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Fans clap as Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Fans clap as Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Fans cheer as Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Fans cheer as Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Fans watch Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Fans watch Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Bishop Briggs performs in the Gobi Tent during the third day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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It all mixed nicely with her smooth sultry vocals and provocative dance moves.

“She’s killing it. It’s just her voice, how she sings and what she says,” said Glendale resident Marla Mercado, who was dancing throughout Banks’ set. Like many in the crowd, she sang along to the dozen or so songs Banks performed.

Banks sang songs from her critically acclaimed albums; 2014’s “Goddess” and her 2016 release “The Altar.”

Dressed in a black dress with thigh-high boots and wearing a black veil, she sported black tribal body paint on her arms and part of her neck as she walked onto the stage at the Gobi tent, which was packed full with her fans.

She was flanked by two female dancers, who along with Banks, mixed theatrical dance with hip-hop moves throughout several songs in the nearly hour-long set.

 

The crowd danced along, too, and the dancing from the audience got more enthusiastic with her hit “Trainwreck.”

Banks said few words to the crowd but what she did say seemed heartfelt.

“This has been one of the most special experiences of my life,” she said with a smile towards the end of her set.

On Sunday night, Bishop Briggs’ turn to leave her mark on the festival with a set that proved she’s come a long, long way since the 24-year-old British-born Los Angeles resident’s start at karaoke bars.

As the crowd slowly trickled in, the indie pop singer nonchalantly walked on stage dressed in a white jacket, black dress and leggings with white tennis shoes on while sporting her usual braids.

The crowd seemed to be caught almost off-guard by her unassuming entrance, but they were quickly drawn in by her powerful voice as she started her nearly hour-long set with “Dark Side,” from her new self-titled EP, which was released the first day of Coachella.

The six-song EP includes her catchy hit single “River” as well as other previously released tracks like “The Way I Do,” “Dead Man’s Arms” and “Wild Horses” as well as new songs “Dark Side” and “The Fire.”

Before the festival, Briggs confessed that she always wanted to attend Coachella but was always too broke to buy tickets.

So it was understandable that the few words she said to the audience were simple shouts of “Coachella” and “You still with me Coachella?” during her set.

It was almost as if she wanted to remind herself that yes, she was actually here.

“I just love that I can say Coachella. I’m going to keep saying that even when I’m not here,” she declared to loud cheers.

“Coachella,” she shouted again before ending her show with “Wild Horses” and “River,” which the audience sang along to as they danced until the end of her set.

After Coachella Briggs heads off on a 25-city North American tour with stops at two more major U.S. festivals:  Lollapalooza and Panorama.

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Coachella 2017: Everything you need to know about Saturday, Weekend 2

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was so hot on Saturday, April 22, that it felt like the surface of the sun for the majority of the day. However, that still didn’t stop the fashionistas from turning out.

And even after the sun went down, Lady Gaga kept the heat going. Check out the photos of Lady Gaga’s Weekend 2 performance.

While she didn’t plug her new song on iTunes this week, brands are big business at Coachella, and for some music fans, the corporate partnership tents were a place to chill, literally. If you wanted something less corporate, try buying a cactus in a beer bottle or a bag made out of suede chaps. We checked out the Vintage Market in the campground for the coolest finds.

Coachella itself has transformed a lot over the past decade. One of the things people always want to talk about is how much it costs to go to the festival, so we asked people how they afford to go to Coachella.

There was plenty to celebrate at Coachella on Saturday, including Record Store Day, and the Coachella record store even got its own share of limited edition goodies. Meanwhile, the March for Science had satellite marches around the country, including the campgrounds at Coachella. There was a guy dressed as Captain Planet.

There were a couple of downers to the day, though. One of the art installations was vandalized on Friday, which stopped a lot of selfies from happening. Also, people keep trying to steal cellphones.

Now, back to the music. Check out the photos of the performers we saw on Saturday (be sure to click through for Thundercat, because he and Roisin Murphy are having a battle for craziest hat at Coachella 2017).

Speaking of Thundercat, who brought out yacht rock superhero Michael McDonald last weekend, the eclectic bassist was joined by comedian, musician and “The Late Late Show” bandleader Reggie Watts on Saturday in the Mojave Tent. Thundercat also switched up his outfits for the second week, ditching his hat o’ pelts from weekend one for something Gwar would be more likely to wear on stage.

Bon Iver also had some special guests on Saturday, among them Bruce Hornsby and Jenny Lewis to join in on a cover of “The End of the Innocence,” which was a hit for Don Henley that Hornsby co-wrote.

Also among the surprises was a late night set by Skrillex at the Do Lab Saturday night while Lady Gaga played the main stage.

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Coachella 2017: Here’s what Lady Gaga performed during Weekend 2

If you loved Lady Gaga’s performance at the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival via the YouTube live stream, you would have equally enjoyed the repeat Saturday, April 22.

Like last week, Lady Gaga eschewed the special guest gimmick for a show that clocked in at just under 90 minutes packed with Gaga in all her dancing glory, as well as the big hits and the deeper cuts. The only mild elements of surprise were her costume changes, which were slightly different than the first weekend, like a hot pink sweatshirt instead of a red one and a bedazzled fringed skirt.

Related: Photos of Lady Gaga’s Weekend 2 performance

Her start time was pushed up 10 minutes, to 11:10 p.m., but she didn’t arrive on the main stage until close to 11:30. Dressed like a military-inspired dominatrix, she again opened with “Scheiße,” but the spotlight on her belt didn’t seem to blind the audience for as long in the opening number as it did last weekend.

From there, the crowd sang along to “LoveGame” and Gaga and her team of dancers and musicians continued the pop workout with “John Wayne” and “Just Dance” (with all of its keytar glory) before a musical interlude that led to the aforementioned bejeweled fringe skirt and “Born This Way.”

One of the highlights of Gaga’s set was when she spent some time talking to the audience, sharing little moments.

“Most people don’t come with their parents to Coachella but my mom and dad are here,” she said early on. At the end of the show she thanked them, her record label and management team in attendance, including Jimmy Iovine, and actor Bradley Cooper, the latter of whom is directing Gaga in a remake of “A Star Is Born.” The production filmed in the Coachella Valley this past week.

She also talked about moving to California a decade ago, bringing her New York style with her in the form of a leather jacket. She said people told her “It’s a little too hot out here for that leather jacket you got,” before pointing out she was wearing one in the desert Saturday night. Earlier in the day, temperatures hit triple digits.

And when it came time to perform “The Cure,” the brand new song that debuted at Coachella last week, Gaga said she was excited to premiere it at the festival and this weekend was excited to see if people had heard it.

After “Applause,” you could hear the crowd chanting “Gaga!” “Gaga!” as she returned to the stage for “Poker Face” before taking a moment to address the crowd one more time.

“All the artists that play here at Coachella, these are hardworking musicians and artists,” she said.

Lady Gaga  ended with crowd favorite “Bad Romance,” her most famous hit, which some members of the crowd started singing before she even took the stage in the first place. However, Gaga offered more, with fireworks to send off the night.

Scheiße
LoveGame
John Wayne
Just Dance
Born This Way
Venus
A-Yo
Sexxx Dreams
Telephone
Alejandro
Teeth
The Cure
The Edge of Glory
Speechless
Million Reasons
Applause
Poker Face
Bad Romance

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Coachella 2017: What you need to know about the first day of weekend 2

Coachella, we just can’t quit you. We’re back at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for a second weekend of music, sunshine and all of the Coachella vibes. Things kicked off Friday, April 21, with a whole lot of heat.

Yep, the Empire Polo Club in Indio was hot, and mostly because of the big glowing orb in the sky. Saturday and Sunday are going to be even hotter, with temperatures expected to hit triple digits. High temperatures and drugs don’t mix, so if you’re holding, you might want to think about using those “amnesty boxes” at the gate.

However, the bands kept it way cool. Tennis had a dreamy set early in the Mojave Tent and Tacocat even brought a bubble machine out to the Sonora stage. Take a look at all of the photos of the bands we checked out on Friday. You can see Tacocat and the bubbles!

Some of them even won over the youngest fans in the audience, with these families raising their children on live music and the festival life.

The other thing that won people over on Friday was Radiohead on the main stage. The band wasn’t plagued with sound issues like last week and Thom Yorke didn’t have to blame any aliens. (Although now that I think of it, Empire of the Sun, which has a totally out-of-this-world show with costumes, dancers and guitar poses was on in Sahara at the same time as Radiohead this week and last. And Empire of the Sun might actually be aliens. Either way, the overflowing Sahara Tent was a sensory treat Friday night.) But going back to Radiohead, the band played “My Iron Lung” off “The Bends” and it was glorious. They also played “Fake Plastic Trees” in the encore, because, let’s be honest, “The Bends” is the best Radiohead album. Full disclosure: I may be biased because I used the album to score a college film project I directed that adapted William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” to be told from Ophelia’s point-of-view.

Oh, and Thom Yorke still has his man bun. We have photographic evidence.

On the complete opposite side of the spectrum from Radiohead, Gucci Mane was so enamored with his Coachella experience that he dropped a new song about it. Gucci Mane takes the stage Saturday night. I am thinking he’s going to play that one.

In the weird guest appearances of the day category, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon showed up for the Francis and the Lights set. And Ariana Grande is just hanging at Coachella and everyone is freaking out. By the way, if you see her in the crowd, you might want to hide your doughnut ice cream sandwich from her.

Grande was there to support boyfriend Mac Miller, who performed Friday. They may not be walking down the aisle anytime soon, but this couple that met at UCLA will be. We caught an epic marriage proposal happening right around sunset by the giant pinatas/rhinos/unicorns. There were literally dozens of people involved.

You can follow along on all of our adventures this weekend with our live blog. And since there’s no YouTube stream, it’s the next best thing to listening to the broadcast on the radio. You can also follow us on Instagram and Snapchat.

And check out our photo gallery to soak up those Coachella vibes while enjoying the comfort of central air.

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