If Friday at Coachella was for the Queens of Rock, those who meandered to the main stages on Saturday realized soon that this was the day for the Kings of Electronic. Galantis played their second show ever. That’s right—the two weekends of Coachella where they played the prime 9:35pm spot at the Gobi tent, were Christian Karlsson (of Miike Snow) and Linus Eklow’s first shows together, ever. And while it may have been partially due to all the free cat masks they handed out before the show, the audience loved them. Fatboy Slim amazed his audience by making it snow on them right when the festival’s roaming astronaut installation (Escape Velocity by Poetic Kinetics) entered the Sahara tent. Empire Of The Sun shredded as their dancers portrayed everything from unicorns to robot bird women, and Usher could be seen rocking out to the beginning of the band’s set before he rushed off to make a special guest appearance during Pharrell’s set.
There was no shortage of rock tunes though, with newbies and vets like Drowners, Future Islands, the Dismemberment Plan, Holy Ghost! and more standing their ground with the laptoppers and the massive poppers like Lorde and Pet Shop Boys.
While Solange didn’t have Beyonce in tow, Saturday still brought out the all-stars. Nas was joined by Damian Marley to sing Marley’s Welcome To Jamrock and Road To Zion, and was also joined by Lauryn Hill for If I Ruled The World and a cover of the Fugees’ Ready Or Not. Pharrell brought out some guests: Jay-Z, Jabawockies, Clipse and T.I. Pusha T also showed up during the afternoon for a surprise set at the Heineken House tent. The best surprise of the day though, came when HAIM performed with Kid Cudi.
For those that might have been upset there was no sushi and fewer vegetarian options for weekend two of Coachella, keep in mind that the craft beer tent was still hopping and bands’ sets were tighter, with CHVRCHES frontwoman Lauren Mayberry even announcing during their set that weekend one was just “a rehearsal.”
Photos by Annie Lesser.