COACHELLA 2016 – WEEKEND ONE HIGHLIGHTS

Sia wows the Coachella crowd
Sia wows the Coachella crowd during her Sunday night performance

The first weekend of Coachella has ended in a flurry of desert dust and flower crowns. From Sia to Bernie Sanders, The Untitled Magazine has a recap of the best moments to get you excited for round two.

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A$AP Rocky kicked off the party on Friday night. After a mind-bending intro video courtesy of actress Juliette Lewis, the rapper launched into his latest hit, “L$D.” He later brought out the infamous Kanye West on stage for a performance of “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” and although West’s mic went out a few moments in, the appearance was one to remember. Later that night, Yeezy made another surprise appearance during JACK Ü’s set. He nodded along while Diplo and Skrillex spun their remix of his ego anthem, “Power.”

Those who fought through the hangovers were in for a treat on Saturday afternoon. Arizona songstress, Zella Day, who was recently featured in The Untitled Magazine, woke up the crowd with her debut Coachella performance.

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A little later, Run the Jewels gave Coachella the most unexpected guest spot of the weekend when presidential hopeful, Bernie Sanders, announced the group via video screen, saying “One of the highlights of running for president…has been getting to know Killer Mike.”

INDIO, CA - APRIL 16: Singer Kesha performs onstage with record producer Zedd during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA – APRIL 16: Singer Kesha performs onstage with record producer Zedd during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

The surprise appearances continued into the night on Saturday. At Zedd’s performance Kesha emerged to loud applause. Although her lawsuit from Sony bars her from playing her own music she was able to sing Zedd’s 2015 hit, “True Colors.”

INDIO, CA - APRIL 16: Musician Axl Rose and Slash of Guns N' Roses performs onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA – APRIL 16: Musician Axl Rose and Slash of Guns N’ Roses performs onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

In competing time slots Guns N’ Roses threw down while Grimes gave fans such as Taylor Swift and Lorde a digital dance party. Although Axl Rose was confined to an on-stage throne due to leg injuries he made it up to the audience by bringing Angus Young of AC/DC to the stage. Only hours before it was confirmed that Rose will fill in for Brian Johnson on AC/DC’s upcoming “Rock or Bust” tour.

INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Sia (L) and dancer Maddie Ziegler perform onstage during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA – APRIL 17: Sia (L) and dancer Maddie Ziegler perform onstage during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

On Sunday the star of the night, and maybe the entire weekend, was Sia who performed past hits, covers, and songs from her recent album, This Is Acting. Her stage set involved wraparound giant video monitors that broadcasted clips featuring actors such as Kristen Wiig, Tig Notaro, and Paul Dano. On stage, Maddie Ziegler and other dancers mimicked the screen action, making it hard to tell who was actually there IRL and effectively masking Sia, just the way she likes.

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Sia’s good vibes sailed the crowd right into Calvin Harris’ late night set where Big Sean came on stage for his break-up track, IDFWU. The anthems to lost love continued on Harris’ stage. He closed out the night by bringing the bad gal herself, Rihanna, on stage to perform their massive hit, “We Found Love” as again, dancing duo Lorde and Taylor Swift moved their bodies to the beat.

Opening photo courtesy of @siathisisacting Instagram
Run The Jewel photo courtesy of TimeOut

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