This was the last chance to make it count. The festival seemed more crowded than ever on April 17, as fans eagerly dispersed amongst the polo fields, scavenging for their favorite sets.
Some favorites of the day included female fronted acts Noname and Japanese Breakfast, the two drawing a pretty large crowd to the normally desolate during the day Gobi tent. The audience was in a trance by both of these talented musicians. Noname played favorite hits off of debut mixtape Telefone, including “Diddy Bop” and “Shadow Man.” Following her was Japanese Breakfast covered The Cranberries, “Dreams,” a tribute said by lead singer Michelle Zauner to be dedicated to her best friends. The set concluded with their most popular hit, “Everybody Wants To Love You” that featured some great guitar licks.
I took some time in between Japanese Breakfast and Vance Joy to explore some of the cool set-ups at Coachella. I found myself in the exclusive American Express area, only meant for people who carried the card. It was a shaded paradise and relief, with jenga and bean bag chairs. After that, I went to a little heaven that sold records. Immediately entering the little pop-up record shop, I asked where I could find any Talking Heads. To my disappointment, they were all out - no surprise considering David Byrne’s performance only that night prior.
Making my way back to the main stage, I caught Vance Joy’s first song of his set, “Fire and the Flood.” His set consisted of a mixture of songs from both his debut and most recent album. The outdoor acoustics were in favor of his set, James Gabriel Keogh voice echoed perfectly in the air that gently overlapped solid musicianship.
The main stage was the main place to be on Sunday. Following Vance Joy was Cardi B, Portugal. The Man, Odesza, and lastly Eminem. I had to make the tough decision and skip King Krule at the Mojave, ending up back at the main stage for Odesza. It was here I saw the most dancing I think a show could ever put on. The euphoric EDM graced our ears with amazing drum lines and horn sections, proving to be beyond just the typical EDM.
Drones were programmed to fly above the stage in the air looking like floating paper lanterns, coming together to form the Odesza logo, the logo itself spinning around and changing colors, interacting well with the sky. Odesza went beyond just their craft to give concert-goers a full-on experience, the light portion of the show displaying lasers and swaths of color. They constantly thanked the crowd and you could tell they were not only ecstatic to be there, but humbled to take the stage before Eminem.
To conclude a long and action-packed weekend, Eminem graced the main stage. His performance began with a humorous video montage and went into a Dr. Dre cover of Medicine Man. Eminem’s set design was probably the most visually pleasing. Eminem’s performance featured a star-studded line-up of special guests including Dr. Dre, Bebe Rexha and 50 Cent.
The weekend was a memorable one for music lovers. How weekend two will top it, it’s a mystery.