The first weekend of the 2018 Coachella Music & Arts Festival was jam-packed with celebrity sightings, colorful fashion, and memorable performances.
A pregnant Cardi B celebrated the release of her debut album with backup dancers, cameos (G-Eazy, Chance the Rapper) and her biggest hits, including “Bodak Yellow.” The Weeknd, Miguel, Kendrick Lamar, Haim, Portugal. The Man, Syracuse-born rapper Post Malone and even the “Walmart yodeling kid” also performed in Indio, California.
Eminem may have had the best set of Sunday with hit after hit and big-name cameos from Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Bebe Rexha, and Skylar Grey.
Saturday night belonged to Beyonce, who famously canceled last year’s headlining performance due to her pregnancy. The “Single Ladies” singer turned her set into a major cultural event, dubbed “Beychella,” with historically black college routines including a drumline, majorettes and step-dancing.
“Thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline Coachella,” Beyonce told the crowd.
Queen Bey’s performance also included a Destiny’s Child reunion with Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, cameos by her sister Solange and her husband Jay-Z, elaborate set designs, spectacular outfits, “Lemonade” themes, and her own HBCU: BDK, which reportedly either stood for Beta Delta Kappa or Beyonce Delta Knowles — Delta represents her favorite number, four.
Jamiroquai’s big comeback was the highlight of Friday night as “Virtual Insanity” singer Jay Kay took the stage for his first U.S. performance since 2005. His electro-funk sound kept the crowd dancing and special guest Snoop Dogg helped out with a live version of “Gin and Juice.”
“It’s nice to be back in America,” Kay told the crowd. “Sorry it took so long.”
Fans were also part of the fun, as floral ensembles, boho dresses, studded looks, hipster fanny packs, and some creative ways to bare skin dominated the fashion scene. Accessories also included bold belts, bright bandanas, sunglasses and a wide variety of hats.
Coachella 2018 continues next weekend with another round of music, arts, and fashion.