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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s festival season once again, a favorite time of year for fashionistas to combine their love of music and fashion. Music festivals are well known to be an excuse to show off your style. Months of planning go into the kind of head-to-toe festival looks you wouldn’t necessarily wear in your everyday life. This year, try mixing in pieces that are more practical yet still trendy—you’ll stand out in the crowd with your updated take on festival style.
Don’t be a Coachella cliché this year; change up your look by following these simple dos and don’ts in festival trends.
Don’t: Flower Crowns
I know, I know… Flower crowns are the epitome of music festival fashion. I myself still love a good flower crown when the moment presents itself—I wore one to my baby shower just this past weekend! But it’s time to bid adieu to the ubiquitous music festival flower crown.
Do: A Hat and SPF.
I don’t mean to sound like your mother (though if you missed it above, I am expecting after all!), but your skin will thank you for wearing a hat and some SPF during a weekend in the desert. Try an athletic-inspired or a wide-brimmed hat to top your festival ensemble.
Don’t: Heeled Anything
Heeled ankle booties are a staple of mine and many others no matter the occasion. But let’s be honest: heeled boots—or heels of any kind—are not kind to your feet during those long festival days.
Do: Sneakers and Flats
Sneakers have been trending, and our feet are taking notice and thanking us! Mix up your usual boho look and pair your ensemble with some sneakers or lace-up flats to stay trendy and practical.
Don’t: Leather, Suede, and Fur
Y’all… Music festivals are held in the desert. It’s hot! Leave those heavy layers at home and enjoy yourself instead of flirting with heatstroke. Keep these fabrics to accessories like bags.
Do: Breezy Fabrics
Sheer is in, and it’s perfect for staying cool during a weekend in the desert! Layer a lightweight dress or a sheer top over some shorts and a bralette and you’re ready!
If you’re headed to Indio later this month, you’ve probably spent hours online looking for festival-inspired looks, and you more than likely still have some last minute shopping to do. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up our favorite festival pieces fit for an epic weekend in the desert. These new arrivals are available now at your nearest Crossroads!
1. A Sassy Sun Hat
2. A Killer Dress
3. The Perfect Sandal
4. Hair Adornments
5. Glitter Makeup
Have fun with this summer trend! Grab your glitter and decals and don’t hold back!
When it comes to music festivals, one thing is for sure—nothing quite compares to Coachella. The festival has come to be known for its phenomenal lineups, celebrity appearances, iconic ferris wheel, and, of course, its fashion. For years, it’s functioned for many as a what-to-wear guide for spring and summer.
If you’re looking to pull together the finishing touches on your festival outfits, read on! Kick up your Coachella style with these outfits for inspiration.
Achieve this look with an embellished crop top, ripped jean shorts, and a long, sheer kimono. Finish it up with a pair of sturdy boots—they’ll save your toes while you’re dancing in a crowd!
If dresses aren’t your thing, play it cool like Natalie Off Duty with high-waisted shorts and a short-sleeved raglan tee. With the sun beaming down all day, a wide-brimmed hat is a must-have at Coachella!
Nail perfect Coachella style by donning an effortless all-white ensemble. Whether you choose a romper, a dress, or a two-piece, a monochrome white outfit looks polished and exudes an air of ease and sophistication.
A sheer lace number over a bralette and shorts can turn heads on its own, but layer on some statement chokers and necklaces, and you have a blogger-approved festival outfit. Pack a small bag with enough cash for garlic crab fries and watermelon slices!
Toughen up your festival look with a leather skirt featuring details like studs and spikes. Coachella is a prime time to load up on accessories, so go all out with rings, bracelets, and body chains—there’s no such thing as too much jewelry.
If you’re planning on wearing a dress to the music festival, try a long maxi dress with a slit! Not only is the slit eye-catching, it keeps you from feeling constricted when you’re dancing in the crowd.
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