Coachella, the most grandiose music festival of the year, took place last weekend in Indio, California. After three days at the magical haven, it is safe to say it was nothing short of spectacular. With sunny days and cool nights, it was yet again, the perfect desert oasis. Let's recap the highlights of this unforgettable weekend!
The artists at Coachella gave us out of body experiences. 18-year-old, DJ/producer Whethan, started the weekend strong, bringing out the Walmart internet sensation to the Sahara Stage, Mason Ramsey. Around 3:45PM, the famous yodeling boy stepped out, melting our hearts with his adorable voice. Hundreds of fans ran to the stage and pulled out their phones to capture the adorable moment. Another special moment was captured of Justin Bieber chatting backstage with the overnight star.
Saturday night Beyonce fulfilled our childhood dreams, reuniting Destiny’s Child at the Coachella main stage. Fans cried tears of joy as the trio performed iconic songs “Say My Name”, "Soldier" and "Lose My Breath". Beyonce gave a cinematic performance, with hundreds of dancers on stage, a ramp that moved the starlet over the crowd, and another guest performance by husband Jay-Z. The singer shared how this show had been in production for five months.
At 8:40PM Sunday night, the electronic duo ODESZA took over the Coachella main stage, lighting up the sky with a magical performance... literally. Midway through their set, the pair made stars appear from over the stage, dispersing throughout the sky. While their drumline played cinematic music, the stars came together forming ODESZA’s signature geometric shape. This unique addition to the show blew everyone in the crowd away. We found out later the spectacular feature was created by hundreds of HP drones.
After attending Coachella several times, this year’s art installations were the best yet! Let’s start with The Antarctic Dome. Created by the genius team at HP, this giant dome was planted in the heart of the festival and became a dream world for attendees. You wait in line for the attraction as if you are waiting for a rollercoaster ride, having no idea what to expect. Every 15 minutes, they let in around 200 people, allowing you to enter a dark, air-conditioned dome with bean bags lined up row by row like a movie theater. Once everyone is seated, the magic begins. HP then brings art, music, and art together -taking you on a journey through breathtaking digital visuals. The digital masterpiece is accompanied with music from ODESZA, making this a one of a kind experience.
Edward Tresoldi’s most eye-catching piece, Etherea, turned heads throughout the weekend. The three gigantic sculptures were created with mesh wire, giving the artwork a blurry effect from afar. At night the pieces would light up, radiating a magical energy no one had seen before.
Another unforgettable structure was Newsbubstance’s Spectra, a 7-story installation with 300 colored Plexiglass windows and 6,000 LED lights. Inspired by the sunset and sunrise, attendees could walk the enormous spectacle and experience breathtaking views of the entire festival.
All in all, if you have the chance to attend Coachella weekend 2, we urge you to do so!