It’s officially festival season. The first weekend of Coachella 2017 kicked off at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Valley at 12pm sharp on Friday. Like years past, the weekend was warm, dusty and filled with amazing acts. We’re reliving some of our favorite performances from this weekend in hopes of tempering that Coachella comedown.
Broods and Francis and the Lights held down the early evening sets on Friday. At Mojave, the indie pop group from New Zealand, Broods, brought uplifting beats and synth with a tinge of delicacy. Lead singer Georgia Nott, adorned in her leather-fringe cape belted out vocals that matched the intensity of their set. Next door at Gobi, Francis Farewell Starlite of Francis and the Lights tripped and danced across the stage like an electronic Michael Jackson. Many have been told that he is wild, but no one expected his performance to be as memorable. He is definitely a must-see for weekend two.
Banks debuted her new stage setup and performance as the sun was setting. Doused in red light and wrapped in see-through red tulle opened with hit singles “Poltergeist,” “Fuck with Myself” and “Gemini Feed.” Banks owned the stage and packed the Gobi tent. Shortly after, The xx took the Coachella stage. The English trio delivered hits off their newest album, I See You, “Performance” and “Say Something Loving” and classics “On Hold” and “Shelter.” Listening to Romy Madley Croft’s vocals as the sun set was surreal.
Later Little Dragon showcased their eccentricity on the Gobi stage. The Swedish quartet performed music from their fifth album Season High that was released earlier that day. Radiohead closed the Coachella stage Friday night. By now everyone has heard about the sound issues that Thom Yorke attributed to “aliens,” but the band’s ability to come back after the sound cut out multiple times was remarkable. Radiohead began with a few songs off of A Moon Shaped Pool and then played fan-favorites “Creep” and “Karma Police.”
Blossoms held the opening slot at Outdoor Stage on Saturday afternoon. The five-some that hails from Stockport, United Kingdom lured people away from nearby stages to create a deep early afternoon crowd. They played songs from their debut album that was released in August 2016. Later on Mojave, Mura Masa brought Charli XCX and A$AP Rocky on stage to perform their respective singles “1 Night” and “Love$ick.”
ScHoolboy Q pulled a huge crowd to party around the Outdoor stage. He was joined by A$AP Rocky and Tyler the Creator to perform “Telephone Calls.” Bahe ck at the Sahara tent Martin Garrix took the stage. Garrix had one of the best electronic sets of the weekend. The music, along with the production and lighting scheme, drew tens of thousands of people to area. Dua Lipa joined him to perform their single, “Scared To Be Lonely.” Lady Gaga may prove to be one of the greatest performers of our generation. Gaga came out in a floor-length leather coat and black leather captain hat. A crew of dancers backed her on stage as she performed with reckless abandon.
Article: Alx Bear