Love it or hate it, it felt right for Coachella to be back this weekend. The Californian festival is one of the biggest events on the music calendar and it made its return after more than two years this weekend. It gave everything that you'd expect from the festival with surprise guests, new music and massive outfits. For those playing Couchella at home, you can check out all the highlights below.
Harry Styles & Shania Twain
Harry Styles' first time performing at Coachella saw him headline night one and he didn't disappoint. He put on the show of his life as he moved through songs from his whole career plus One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful. The peak of the set, however, came when brass blared the beginning of Shania Twain's Man I Feel Like A Woman as she ascended from the top of the stage. Styles and Twain sent the crowd into a frenzy with their natural chemistry which culminated in a version of You're Still The One. Styles explained to the audience that Twain taught him how to sing when he was younger in his Mum's car.
Arcade Fire's Surprise Set
Arcade Fire weren't on the Coachella bill until they appeared on the timetable the day before. The band are very familiar with the Coachella grounds having headlined the festival once before but this time around they surprised on one of the smaller stages. They brought songs old and new to the stage as frontman Win Butler constantly got overwhelmed by the whole spectacle. Their new album WE is set to arrive next month and they took the opportunity to air out three new songs before finishing with Wake Up.
Carly Rae Jepsen's New Song
Carly Rae Jepsen has been teasing a new era for a few weeks now and she finally fired the starting gun at Coachella. During her jubilant Friday set, she debuted her new single Western Wind. Rumoured to have been produced by Rostam, it's a sleek, airy pop song that by all accounts went down a treat in the desert.
Carly performing "Western Wind" at Coachella.🎥 pic.twitter.com/dgkE6stnnN
— Carly Rae Jepsen News (@carlyraeupdts) April 16, 2022
Megan Thee Stallion's Fresh Diss Track
The new songs kept rolling as Megan Thee Stallion used her main stage set to debut something fresh. The crowd went absolutely wild for the vintage-sounding diss track which she described as being "very motherfucking personal." Over a beat that samples Jodeci and Wu-Tang Clan's Freak'n You Remix she raps, "Poppin' Plan B's 'cos I ain't planning to be stuck with ya." It's already sounding like it's going to be Meg's summer for the taking.
— Stallion Access (@StallionAccess) April 17, 2022
The Rookie Rapper Who Stole Dave's Set
Dave has a pretty good track record when it comes to picking out budding rapper from the crowd. He's done it once before at Glastonbury and he repeated it again at Coachella. During his track Thiago Silva, he picked out a member of the crowd who simply went by Spike to rap along to AJ Tracey's bit. As it turns out, Spike actually has some serious chops and he tore the verse apart as the crowd looked on in disbelief.
The Potent Combo Of Swedish House Mafia & The Weeknd
The Weeknd stepped in at the very last minute to replace Kanye West but there was nothing about his set that felt last minute. Teaming up with Swedish House Mafia, who were already on the bill, The Weeknd delivered a hit-filled set. While there was plenty to rave about, it was the moments where he truly gelled with Swedish House Mafia that were special. A remixed version of Sacrifice was goosebump-worthy while closer Moth To A Flame revealed a classic that may not have reached its chart peak just yet. This is his second time headlining the festival and it surely won't be his last.
.@theweeknd x @swedishousemfia set kicks off with an epic #Sacrifice performance and goes through all the hits with a nod to kanye west's #Hurricane #Coachella #coachella2022 pic.twitter.com/eWeBaclAos
— ☀ stevie wong ☀ (@wongie1) April 18, 2022
Doja Cat & Rico Nasty Bringing The House Down
Doja Cat's main stage set on the Sunday was one of the most endearing of the weekend. She teased new music, announced the return of Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza and brought out Rico Nasty for Tia Tamera. On the charts, Tia Tamera was criminally underrated but during her live shows it has started to sound like the classic it is. It was a rowdy moment by two of the most charismatic and skilled rappers out there right now.
Doja Cat and Rico Nasty. Thats the tweet guys pic.twitter.com/oXTk01Z24q
— KILO.␈ (@kiIorders) April 18, 2022
Brockhampton Bid Farewell
Brockhampton's Coachella sets are their last ever and it was as emotional as you can imagine. "This our last shows ever...we not coming back," they announced as they took to a packed-out tent for a career-defining set. A tight setlist full of hits if anything proved that perhaps they were cutting their run short too early. Thankfully, they announced during the set that there would be one final record out this year.
god this hurts to watch im gonna miss brockhampton so much man :( pic.twitter.com/KlVsZLfkzV
— pietro 🥳 (@rec3de) April 17, 2022
Billie Eilish Does Gorillaz
Surprise guests are basically expected now at Coachella but somehow they still manage to catch us off guard every single time. Billie Eilish had barely been born when Gorillaz released Feel Good Inc. and yet she brought out group leader Damon Albarn to perform the 2005 hit during her huge Saturday night headline set. It was a big moment in a set that was full of them, eclipsed only by the finale of Happier Than Ever which ripped through the desert with fury.
Coachella encourages everyone who takes to the stage to step it up and that means outfits that go harder than any other time. Harry Styles set a high bar with his Gucci jumpsuit on the first night but he wasn't the only one to bring the goods. Omar Apollo looked great in a hot pink suit while Conan Gray went with a daring pink Valentino outfit. Doja Cat also went with pink as she donned knee-high metallic pink boots and a neon yellow skirt. Megan Thee Stallion also went with metallics with a silver bodysuit as did Lil Baby with his silver puffer vest and pants.