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Coachella 2018

The setting is one of the reasons Coachella is the greatest places on earth to hear music. Photograph reused under the Creative Common license

The setting is one of the reasons Coachella is the greatest places on earth to hear music. Photograph reused under the Creative Common license

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For anyone who attended, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was one to remember.

The lineup for performances included The Weeknd, Vince Staples, Beyonce, Tyler, the Creator, Post Malone, Blackbear, Eminem, Migos, Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, Miguel, French Montana,  Russ and others. The highlight of the festival had to be Beyonce’s performance.

According to Guardian.com, Beyoncé set a new standard for Coachella headliners. The responses around Beyonce’s headlining performance on Saturday night were completely justified. In person, patrons were losing their minds as Queen Bey flawlessly hit every single cue, dance move and note, without losing a single breath. Her showmanship pretty much makes her renowned as the greatest living live artist. The performance was imaginative, bar-raising and generally perfect, particularly notable for its machinations–the brass band, the dancers, the guests including JAY-Z, Solange and Destiny’s Child–but also for its historical weight. “Coachella, thanks for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline,” she said halfway through the set. “Ain’t that ’bout a bitch?”

Besides Beyonce’s historic performance, Eminem made the festival memorable for fans of hip hop as he joined forces with 50 Cent and Dr. Dre, which was the festival’s most pleasant surprise. The trio performed classics like “In Da Club” and “Forgot About Dre” and reminded those in attendance that their legacy on hip hop will be eternal.

A few weeks ago, The Weeknd released a deeply emotional EP that many fans believed is mostly inspired by his ex, Selena Gomez. Specifically, the track “Call Out My Name” includes the lines “We found each other / I helped you out of a broken place / You gave me comfort / But falling for you was my mistake” and “I almost cut a piece of myself for your life.” The latter seems to be directly referring to be suggesting that he considered giving Gomez a liver when she needed a transplant last year. It’s heavy stuff, and while performing the song during his Friday night headlining set, The Weeknd appeared to be crying. At least he seemed to be in better spirits, kissing Bella Hadid all night backstage, according to eonline.

Kenrick Lamar might have headlined just last year, but that didn’t stop him from being all over Coachella 2018—from appearing with Vince Staples and dropping by SZA’s Friday set. Though her set was confusingly cut short because of scheduling issues—”Yo, they cut my songs… I’m sorry, but I’ll make it up to you next week,” she told the crowd—SZA made up for it with an appearance by Lamar. Together they played “Doves in the Wind” off her excellent 2017 album “CTRL”, and their “Black Panther” collab “All the Stars.”

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