April 16, 2016


Coachella 2016: The 13 Best Things We Saw on Friday

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Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

The 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival kicked off with a bang on Friday (Apr. 15), as the three-day fest saw some huge guest stars, amazing covers and insane acts of fandom. The best part was, none of it was out of the ordinary—that’s just the beauty of Coachella in a nutshell.

Check out the 13 coolest things we saw on Day 1 of Coachella 2016:

1. Kanye West was the big surprise on Day 1 of Coachella, hopping onstage twice, and successfully performing once. After a disastrous appearance during A$AP Rocky's set (someone might want to turn that mic on!), Yeezy made up for it by returning to the same stage hours later to perform "Power" during Jack U's set. Sadly, Kanye did not crash the set that occurred on the Outdoor Stage in between Rocky and Jack U: Sufjan Stevens' performance.

2. This shirt basically defines Coachella, or Brochella, or at least BernieBrochella:

3. Years & Years performed an inspired mash-up of Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" and Drake's "Hotline Bling"; the only downside was that the sultry spin on the smashes didn't include frontman Olly Alexander trying his hand at Juicy J's verse on "Dark Horse."

4. Hey, did you hear that Seal performed during the first day of Coachella? Yeah, that was a pretty big deal.

5. "Do you guys like house music?" asked Christine and the Queens leader Héloïse Letissier midway through the French pop project's afternoon set. The crowd cheered, and got a reward: a cover of Technotronic's "Pump Up The Jam," with full choreography!

6. Spotted in the back of the Jack U crowd: a dude on crutches spastically dancing with little care for his body or well-being. The crutches were, of course, decorated in Christmas lights.

7. Zedd and his posse were spotted in the VIP section watching LCD Soundsystem at the end of the night. It's hardly shocking that the EDM star chose LCD over Jack U, considering his ongoing beef with Diplo.

8. In addition to bringing out D.R.A.M. to perform his hit "Cha Cha," British duo Snakehips closed their late set with their bubbling hit "All My Friends," inviting passerby to sing along to Tinashe and Chance the Rapper's guest verses.

9. G-Eazy paused his electric Coachella set to share an adorable fact: His mother was in attendance. The rapper brought his mom to the festival for her birthday, and made his audience wish her a very happy b-day.

10. Rae Sremmurd went up against LCD Soundsystem at the Sahara tent, but showed out. Fresh off of announcing their new album SremmLife 2, Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy ran through their hits, revving up the impressive crowd with "No Type" and debuting new single "Look Alive."

11. As the sun set on Coachella, some of the most mundane art installations became instantly eye-popping…

12. M83 closed its invigorating, '80s-leaning afternoon performance with "Go!" featuring Mai Lan, bringing live instrumentation to the electro-inspired single from the group's latest, Junk.

13. LCD Soundsystem might have slightly spoiled it's big Coachella comeback by playing a handful of club shows leading up to the festival, but James Murphy and co. had one trick up their sleeves: a rollicking cover of David Bowie's "Heroes," unveiled for the first time since the group reformed.