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April 20th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile 10 Most Buzzed About Coachella 2017 Performances

Let’s celebrate what Coachella is really about: the music! Of course, the fashion and celeb sightings are bonuses to the weekend, but the music is what brings everyone out to the desert. If you weren’t able to make it this year, don’t fret—I’ve compiled a list of the best performances to catch online. They might just inspire you to begin planning for next year’s festival!


Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar closed the first weekend of the world’s premiere music festival, and fans everywhere are calling it legendary. Not one for gimmicks, Lamar had several surprise guests and focused on his music, performing from his new album released the previous Friday.

Debuting new music from her upcoming album, Lorde made an impression on fans and non-fans alike. Beginning with what may be a show of solidarity with Coachella-snubbed Kate Bush, Lorde doesn’t hold back in her performances and this past weekend was no different.

Hans Zimmer
A German film score composer with a full orchestra performing at Coachella? Was it a joke? Hardly. It was a brilliant move that will have Coachella-goers looking back for years to come. I am hoping this is the beginning of Coachella continuing to surprise us each year by branching out and booking acts from all music genres.

Lady Gaga
Is it any surprise that Lady Gaga had one of the best performances of the weekend? Gaga may have been a replacement when Beyonce bowed out, but no one was disappointed during her dynamic set.

They may be getting more press for their sound issues than their actual performance, but Coachella veteran Radiohead has never given an actual bad performance. Radiohead will, of course, be back this weekend to prove their showmanship without technical difficulties, but do we really need further proof?

Future barely had to perform himself, with fans across the desert grass often singing loud enough to hear over the speaker system. The crowd lost themselves even further when Future brought out special guest Drake.

The xx
One of my husband’s favorite bands, the xx proved why they are universally loved as they rocked the desert last weekend. Raw, real, and emotional, the xx was a welcome addition to the heavy hip-hop and electronic lineup at this year’s festival.

DJ Khaled
If the theme of the weekend was surprise guests, DJ Khaled was the winner. From radio DJ and music producer to a musician in his own right, it wasn’t a shock to see so many guests during Khaled’s set, but nonetheless, the excitement at each new one was felt throughout the crowd.

Four Tet, Floating Points, and Daphni
The three performed together, back-to-back, collaborating for 3 hours in the Yuma tent. From disco to house music and electronica, the Yumi tent was not to be missed on Saturday afternoon. Time will tell if the trio will combine their sets for the second weekend of Coachella.

Soul singer Sampha brought his velvety smooth voice to Coachella this year and defied the odds; Coachella’s most hailed acts are usually the big name, big performance artists, but this year we’re taking notice of Sampha and his simple three-piece band and soul music.


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