The climax to Coachella 2015 was headlined by a very special guest. Although weekend two wasn’t as incident-heavy as the first, there was plenty of magic that engulfed the festival. Here are some of the most noteworthy.
1. Kanye makes his presence felt
Looks like Madonna snogging Drake wasn’t the only surprise Coachella had for its attendees over the span of these two weekends. On Weekend two, right in the crux of the anticipated performance by The Weekend, during which they performed Kanye’s 808s and ever-famous single Heartless, Kanye himself appears as the beginnings of Can’t Tell Me Nothing sound across the stage. This ensues a deja vu of his phenomenal performance at the festival in 2011, the year he headlined it.
2. A minor earthquake on Day 2
A surrounding spring in California witnessed a 3.2 magnitude earthquake and with the temperatures soaring upto twenty degrees above normal, the conditions were really putting festival goers to the test. The festival triumphed though, with so many outstanding performances and guest appearances giving weekend two a slight edge over the first installment.
3. The Sahara stage witnessed some fantastic guest appearances
Tove Lo, Ciara, DMX, AlunaGeorge, Tinashe and a host of other surprise appearances really added some glitter to the festival roster. Guest appearances are the current trend at music festivals, done usually to promote new tracks or simply as a throwback to escalate a rather normal DJ set.
4. Florence Welch mesmerized Coachella folk inspite of broken foot
After snapping her foot last weekend post a boisterous crowd surfing ritual, the lead voice of Florence and The Machine was a major doubt this weekend. She did not let her injury hold her back as she delivered a stunning acoustic performance and even yelled out ‘Just because I can’t jump and dance doesn’t mean you guys can’t’.
5. The hip-hop revival was a joy to watch
This year’s Coachella paid a fine tribute to hip-hop by including a number of masters of the genre that has fallen out lately owing to the rise of it’s electronic version – Trap. The likes of DMX, Rae Sremmurd, Action Bronson, Lil B and others proved that old school hip-hop and rap are still alive and firing on all cylinders.
6. AC/DC put on another pyrotechnic beauty
Although they played an identical set, the rock moguls showed no signs of aging with blistering stage presence backed up by a relentless pyro treat.
7. The last of Jack White
The guitar god announced that he will be out on a long hiatus during his performance before The Weeknd‘s set and his Seven Nation Army encore completely enveloped the main stage with an air of magnificence that is seldom witnessed at the music festival of today. The Sherp certainly hopes to see The White Stripes man back in action soon.
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