Grace Mitchell and Preoccupations lured festival-goers to the Empire Polo Club early Sunday. Mitchell made her first, and hopefully not her last, appearance at Coachella and performed new music off her forthcoming album. She also played the whimsical and upbeat “NOW” and “Kids (Ain’t All Right).” Over at Mojave, Preoccupations rocked out with heavy drumbeats, strong vocals and guitar riffs. Their last song had an intense five-minute interlude that left the crowd exhausted.
GoldLink destroyed the stage Sunday afternoon. He had a perfectly balanced set that segued from hits off his recent album, At What Cost, to the creation of a mosh pit to an ode to west coast rap to collaborations with Masego. His performance was one of the best of the weekend. NAO followed GoldLink on neighboring stage, Gobi. She sung “Adore You,” “So Good” and seduced the crowd with her adorable accent and humble attitude.
Across the grounds, Grouplove brought their eccentric style and over-the-top routine to the Coachella stage. Members rocked out and rolled around on stage in a loving fashion. Shortly after, Bishop Briggs, who originally was slated for an early afternoon slot, brought down the tent at Gobi. Moving blue and white lights added to the trap-electronic feel as Bishop Briggs performed “Pray (Empty Gun)” and “Dead Mans Arms.” The whole crowd matched her intensity by jumping and dancing along to the set.
Three years after her Coachella debut, Lorde returned to the Coachella stage. She was backed by a simple lighting scheme and a large cage that held a group of people performing menial tasks and having sudden bursts of emotion as she performed “Tennis Court,” “Liability” and “Royals” and debuted her new song “Homemade Dynamite.” At one point everyone in the crowd was singing “Team” in complete harmony. That unique connection was one of those Coachella moments attendees will remember forever. She finished with her recent single, “Green Light.”
Kendrick Lamar followed Lorde with one of the dopest sets of the weekend. The majority of the set was projected onto side screens in monochrome and a large adjustable screen displayed water-like images above Kendrick’s head. He opened with “Loyalty.” (as Rihanna watched from the crowd) and performed “DNA.” and “Element.” off of his album DAMN., which was released Friday. Lorde into Kendrick Lamar was the most fitting end to an epic weekend.
Article: Alx Bear