April 17, 2016


Coachella 2016: The 13 Best Things We Saw on Saturday

Frazer Harrison
Frazer Harrison

The 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival continued in style on Saturday (Apr. 16), with guest star after guest star invading the stage. Yet the surprises didn’t limit the appeal of the top-line artists on Saturday, as Guns N’ RosesGrimesZeddHalsey and Ice Cube all rocked thousands of onlookers with magnetic performances.

Check out the 13 coolest things we saw on Day 2 of Coachella 2016:

1. As if their stream of guest stars—Nas, Gangsta Boo, Boots, DJ Shadow—weren't enough, Run the Jewels' El-P and Killer Mike set off their eye-popping set with a pre-taped introduction from none other than presidential nominee Bernie Sanders, sharing his respect for Mike and stating that he hopes to get closer to El in the forthcoming months.

2. In an instance of perfect timing, an airplane with a banner ad for Trojan Groove condoms flew above Rhye’s sultry R&B performance in the afternoon. 

3. This guy gets it:

4. The Weeknd is spotted chatting with his posse in the back of the VIP section as fans sneakily snap photos of the R&B star. Maybe he’ll join Disclosure for a performance of “Nocturnal”! (Spoiler alert: no, he won’t.)

5. The excited squeals from Halsey’s crowd when she brings out Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie are otherworldly; they only become more piercing as the unlikely duo switches from “New Americana” to Panic!’s “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” near the end of the set.

6. Obscenely huge eruption of the day, No. 1: the beat of “The Next Episode” dropping, courtesy of Ice Cube’s guest, Snoop Dogg.

7. Obscenely huge eruption of the day, No. 2: Slash letting loose on that iconic “Welcome To The Jungle” riff a few songs into Guns N’ Roses’ headlining performance.

8. Never underestimate Janelle Monae’s dance moves. The electric lady was lock-step with Grimes’ dance troupe during a surprise appearance to perform their Art Angels collaboration, “Venus Fly.”

9. Mr. Carmack may not be one of the higher-billed artists playing at the EDM-leaning Sahara Tent, but his spicy remix of Kanye West's "All of the Lights" had the afternoon crowd going—that is, until he brought out a visual artist who took six rings and used them to simulate wings, as if he were a butterfly, right before our eyes.

10. Deerhunter's strain of dreamy indie-pop hit the audience right when they needed it. As the band slid into "Helicopter," arguably one of their best songs, half the crowd laid back on the grass, many of whom were napping. Avoiding the hot desert sun while soaking up some fuzzy jams seemed to be the afternoon move.

11. Kesha performed at Coachella! Click here for a full recap, and #FreeKesha, of course.

12. Amine Edge and DANCE brought G-House, or "gangster house," to the Gobi tent, subbing in for Lush, who weren't able to perform as scheduled. A particular highlight: remixing Travis Scott saying "porn stars, big booties" on loop.

13. Chvrches took the torch from Ellie Goulding to stand out as the main stage's pop underdog during their early evening set. It wasn't their first run around Indio—they played in 2014, albeit with lesser material. "We have a lot more songs to play now," said lead singer Lauren Mayberry, who wore grey glitter streaking on the side of each eye. "This is such an honor."