Coachella Weekend 1

Coachella 2012

75,000 music fans descended on Indio for the much-awaited first weekend of Coachella. With around 100 acts slated to perform, there was definitely something for everybody to enjoy. The weekend brought some amazing performances and cool surprises. Here are a few of the performances that got everybody talking:

Snoop Dogg performs with hologram of Tupac

Snoop Dogg’s co-headlining performance with Dr. Dre featured guest appearances from some of the biggest names in hip-hop–Eminem, 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, and even the late great Tupac Shakur. The use of hologram technology allowed Snoop and Tupac to join forces on “Come With Me”, “Hail Mary”, and “Gangsta Party”. For those who stayed around to watch the last performance of the weekend (10:30pm on Sunday night), this certainly made it worth it. Hollywood Reporter did a great write-up on the smash performance HERE.

Rihanna joins Calvin Harris during his set

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Calvin Harris’s tweet on Sunday was not exactly the most subtle–after all, his smash hit with Rihanna was one of the biggest songs of 2011. Sure enough, Rihanna joined him on stage during his DJ set on Sunday to lend her voice to their killer duet. Rihanna was also seen hanging out with BFF Katy Perry, who crowdsurfed during the Harris/Rihanna performance. New York Daily News and Hollywood Reporter posted some more info and pictures of Rihanna and Katy at Coachella.

Frank Ocean

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*picture via LA Times article, Credit: Karl Walker/Getty Images

Despite some technical difficulties, Frank Ocean impressed the crowd with his ability to go with the flow and delivering an impressive performance on Friday evening. He sang some of his most popular hits, including “Thinking About You” and “Novacane”. His set also featured an appearance by fellow Odd Future member Tyler the Creator. 

The Black Keys

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*photo credit Brian van der Brug/LA Times

As Friday night’s headliner, the band certainly had a lot of hype to live up to–and they more than delivered. The duo, made up of singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, brought the energy with their performances of hits “Lonely Boy” and “Hell of a Season”, allowing Auerbach to go to town on guitar. But the best part of the set was the pared-down performance of “Everlasting Light”, allowing Auerbach to use his sweet, but not-often heard, falsetto. It was a rare moment of quiet beauty to end the first night out in the desert.

 

For a full recap of the weekend, be sure to check out LA Times’s Coachella coverage HERE.

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