Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg close down Coachella's second weekend. Photo by Marilyn Chung.
With thousands of fans packing the field at the Coachella Stage, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg put on an almost identical set – including word-for-word stage banter – from last Friday’s spectacle.
All the special guests came back: Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Eminem and, of course, the hologram of Tupac Shakur. The latter seemed anti-climactic the second time around as the crowd knew exactly what was in store, even being able to see the reflective screen being lowered one song in advance.
However, in one of those “only at Coachella” moments, a bright yellow shooting star shot above the stage as seen from the VIP section within a few seconds of hologram Tupac materializing. In fact, I didn’t even believe that’s what I saw until fellow MyCoachella staffers Kate and Nick, standing right next to me, confirmed they saw the same thing.
I’m not one of those superstitious kinds, so I’m not gonna say that shooting star was anything other than what it was: amazing timing of a special effect by Mother Nature. A nice finishing touch… not that Dre and friends needed any extra help closing down Coachella.
Hardcore rockers At the Drive In are playing the Main Stage in the slot just before headliners Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre appear. They just claimed to be the first band ever to play at Coachella. They were low on the bill on the first day of the fest in October 1999 for the very first Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (headlined by Beck and Rage Against the Machine).
At the Drive In broke up in 2001, and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez went on the form prog-rock outfit The Mars Volta.
But right now as At the Drive In winds down its set, most of the crowd seems to be waiting for Snoop, Dre and the Tupac hologram – and whatever other surprises they may have up their sleeves.
On day 6 of Coachella, our photographers are still at it, capturing images from all across the polo grounds.
Check out their work from Sunday below:
Midway through her mid-afternoon Coachella Stage set, Santigold invited several fans up on stage. Seems a handful of artists every year lure a few fans up on stage to dance around during their set, and the heat didn’t seem to diminish their enthusiasm once onstage.
Santigold’s reggae/Caribbean sound seems a good fit for the heat surrounding her set. Fans swayed and danced to hits like “Disparate Youth.”
A look at the Coachella Music Festival from above.
You’ve seen the end result of Coachella: The constant stream of music on 5 stages over 6 days, the massive and innovative art installations, the food, the fans, the port-a-potties…
Now take a behind-the-scenes look at the people and the process making everything run smoothly with Bruce Fessier’s story on Goldenvoice, the company that puts on Coachella.
Miike Snow may be closing down Coachella’s Outdoor Stage right now (with special guest Lykke Li), but earlier today, they were all spinning at the Skyy Infusions Coconut Escape Coachella Party at the Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells.
MyCoachella reporter Mariecar Mendoza captured this video of their DJ set there. Members of Peter, Bjorn and John also appeared.
James Mercer of The Shins (photo by Marilyn Chung)
The Shins, fronted by James Mercer, played a mellow set to a gathering crowd just after nightfall on the Coachella Stage. The band, which gained nationwide popularity by appearing on the soundtrack to the 2004 film “Garden State,” played their current single, the power-pop “Simple Song,” early on in the set.
Among the crowd watching The Shins in the VIP area was Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, who chatted with a friend and graciously posed for photos with fans.
Despite the sweltering heat, our photographers are swarming the grounds at the second Saturday at Coachella. Check out their work below in a gallery that will update as we add more.
We’ve got over 50 photos from today at Coachella. We’ll keep adding as the night rolls along.
Is that you get a second chance to go see the bands you missed in weekend #1.
For me, that meant a trip over to the Mojave tent at 5:05 to catch Grouplove, who put on a great 50-minute set.
As in the first weekend, the band pulled out Whitney Houston’s “I Want To Dance With Somebody” sandwiched in between their singles “Tongue Tied” and “Colours,” which closed out their set.
As further proof of the heat, the temps were soaring in the tent with all the body heat contributing to a sweaty experience. A woman passed out a few feet away, and after several in the crowd helped revive her with donated water bottles, she swayed again. She finally made her way out safely, but another reminder that this is one of the steamiest days in Coachella history.