Thousands of music fans are heading out to the desert in Indio, California for the 2019 #Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, just like music lovers have for the last 19 years. For the 20th Anniversary, Coachella’s lineup continues to thrill with #ChildishGambino and #ArianaGrande as headliners, along with # JanelleMonáe, #KidCudi, and #Khalid taking the stage. Dozens of indie artists will also be introduced to keep the show going nonstop on multiple stages.
As folks gear up for Coachella 2019, let’s reminisce about the top 5 best Coachella performances of all time:
Beyonce – “Beychella” goes down in history as Beyonce became the first black woman to headline the festival in 2018. Bey’s two-hour performance celebrated black pride, as she sampled #NinaSimone, played an excerpt of a Malcolm X speech and sang “Lift Every Voice.” From her Balmain costume changes, the step dancers, and HBCU style marching band with a New Orleans twist, Bey gave the performance of a lifetime. She also brought out surprise guests like her sister #Solange, husband #JayZ, and Destiny’s Child reunited as #KellyRowland and Michelle Williams took the stage to perform some of the group’s biggest hits together. What a show to have witnessed!
Kanye West – In 2006, Coachella booked one of the festivals first mainstream hip-hop artist 24 hours before the show started…Kanye West. But in 2011, Kanye returned to the stage and brought along #PushaT and Bob Iver and performed hits like “Gold Digger,” “Jesus Walks,” “All Of the Lights” and “Power.”
Kendrick Lamar – “Damn!” was released two days before Coachella in 2017 and Kendrick Lamar did fans who hadn’t yet heard the album the Live debut they couldn’t have imagined, performing 10 out of 14 tracks on the Grammy-winning album. To help make the show even more memorable, he enlisted the help of #ScHoolboyQ for a cover of “That Part,” #Future for their remix of “Mask Off” and #TravisScott for their collab on “Goosebumps,” which was the first time Lamar ever performed that song live. His whole high energy set was 19-songs, ending with a visually mind-blowing performance of “Humble” and “Love.”
Prince – Coachella took a slightly different approach in 2008, adding #Prince as a headlining act for the festival and although the crowd was not vastly familiar with the music icon’s earlier music, his performances of “Little Red Corvette” and “Purple Rain” sent the desert in an uproar…in a good way. Prince even brought Shelia E. and members of the Time along, kicking off the set with a medley of “Jungle Love” and “The Bird.”
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg & Tupac – Possibly the most controversial Coachella performance was in 2012 when hip-hop icons Dr. Dre and #SnoopDogg reunited, bringing along 50 Cent, Warren G., #WizKhalifa and #Eminem to perform some of their 90’s G-Funk classics. The controversy? #Tupac also performed for a shocked audience as a life-sized, hologram 3D projection, performing two songs himself. Totally trippy!
Who do you look forward to seeing at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival this weekend?