If there was a message each artist wanted us to hear loud and clear this past weekend at Coachella, it was to live in the moment. Childish Gambino told us to put our phones down, and that statistically it was very likely one of 100,000 people watching his set would die next week. Billie Eilish told us how that we would never be in, or experience, that exact moment in time again. And 070 Shake reminded us how precious life is and to be present. Staying present is the key to a good Coachella. And so we ran through the desert to the sounds of heavy hip hop, soft R&B and psychedelic rock. Here are our favourite acts from Coachella 2019 Weekend One:
Not a headliner, but a headlining show. We’ve been following Billie Eilish’s journey since we discovered her music in 2017, and saw her play to small group of people at the Lansdowne Hotel in Sydney. Her set was real, raw and dark. A few of our favourite things. Her sweet, chill-inducing falsetto vibrated waves through the audience, bringing some to tears and the deep, whispering hypnotic staccato in other songs hyped it up. She’s just too good.
Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals
Probably the ultimate ‘Coachella’ experience. We began the weekend at AP and the Free Nationals set, and it felt good, real good. Music that is so heavily influenced by California it could only feel right. The show was dubbed is “album release party,” after dropping ‘Ventura’ the night before. We like to party. And we love Ventura.
Our one to watch from a few years ago has played the game as expected. Signing to G.O.O.D Music, 070 Shake aka Dani Moon was part of Kanye West’s ‘Ye’ album and is now set to release her debut. The strength of her voice, lyrics and having the legendary Mike Dean on stage with her made it one of the best sets of the weekend. And girl looks good in a suede camel coloured fringe jacket.
There’s no one smoother. H.E.R. took to the Outdoor Theatre on the last night to sing her heart-hitting songs. She doesn’t have a bad one. It was simply a great set, and true to H.E.R.
We love a little nostalgia and Kid Cudi had the whole of Coachella on the pursuit of happiness on the second night. He radiated, his happiness completely infectious and also performed a few of the Kids See Ghosts’ songs… Satisfied.
Because we must include an Australian. The psychedelic rock of Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala was what Coachella was all about. Everyone lost themselves and the main stage screens oscillated the hottest pinks, vivid purples and cool blues. Tame Impala like to put on an experience.
The Irish singer/songwriter has been on our radar for a few months. His songs are intense, passionate and his tone was mind-blowingly good. And it’s always nice to slow it down.
Last but obvs not least Ariana Grande did her thing and oh does she do it well. Her vocals were pitch perfect, her whistle tones beautiful and the bar was set heaven-high when it came down to choreography and production. Bringing out NSYNC, Nicki Minaj, Diddy and Mase were the kind of special appearances you want at Coachella. Yes, it was good, so good the weekend is officially being called Arichella by fans and critics. Thank you, next.
by Roxy Lola