April 18, 2016


Coachella 2016: The 13 Best Things We Saw on Sunday

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Mike Windle / Getty Images

The 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival wrapped up with plenty of big moments on Sunday (Apr. 16), with incredible performances by Sia and Calvin Harris capping off the day. But before the weekend ended, there was a full day of highlights, from guest stars to injury risks to outstanding signs.

Check out the 13 coolest things we saw on Day 3 of Coachella 2016:

1. After running through the highlights of his breakout release Malibu, Anderson Paak invited a truly unexpected guest to the stage: T.I. The King of the South stopped by to help Paak out with “Am I Wrong,” then stuck around for a life-affirming rendition of “Bring Em Out.”

2. And the surprising recipient of one of the weekend’s biggest rounds of applause was… Morgane Stapleton! Chris Stapleton’s wife received a huge response after singing “You Are My Sunshine,” then shedding a few tears after getting caught up in the song’s emotion.

3. The Vandals’ cover of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” including a scary moment for frontman Dave Quackenbush, who appeared to stumble offstage during the performance. He seemed to be okay, though, and jokingly hollered, “I think I broke my leg!”

4. How’s this for a family affair: during his afternoon performance, jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington invited his father, Ricky, on stage to play flute, while performing the song “Henrietta Our Hero,” dedicated to his grandmother.

5. The 1975 singer Matthew Healy took a beat during the band’s stirring main stage performance to generally acknowledge those less fortunate who couldn’t be part of the “superficial atmosphere” of Coachella. “I love it here, but we are so fucking lucky,” he said of the privileged Coachella-goers.

6. The circle pits for Rancid were particularly fierce during the veteran group’s afternoon performance in the sweltering heat. Don’t forget to hydrate, guys!

7. Couldn't get enough of G-Eazy on Friday? The Chainsmokers had the remedy for that, bringing out the Def Jam rapper during their wildly overpacked evening set at the Sahara Tent to perform "Me, Myself & I"—plus Tiesto, Third Eye Blind and Walk the Moon. An action-packed set, indeed.

8. Le Youth pulled a huge crowd at the DoLab stage as the sun broiled the Coachella grounds, bringing out DJ Anthony Pisano to play his new single "It's Not Right" as well as his own banger, "Boomerang."

9. The guests came swift and strong at Baauer's Sahara Tent set. Clad in her signature mask, Leikeli47 shredded "Day Ones," while AlunaGeorge's Aluna Francis, who performed her own set and made a cameo at Disclosure the day prior, popped up before Pusha T, who closed with "I Don't Like."

10. Not only did Sean Paul come out during Matoma on the second day of the festival, but he came back for more, bringing the riddim to Major Lazer's set while running through his classic hit "Gimme the Light."

11. TOKiMONSTA pulled a pretty hefty one-two punch at the Sahara Tent, bringing out AndersonPaak, who held his own during an evening set later on, as well as MNDR, rocking vocals for their duet "Go With It."

12. Axl Rose and co. rocked the main stage on Saturday night, and it showed the following day: Sunday included several Guns N’ Roses t-shirts on the lawn, a fashion endorsement from satisfied customers.

13. We’ll miss you, Coachella!