Coachella 2014: Weekend 2

April 25, 2014


In a time of technology, where every memory is published online within minutes, a music festival that runs on concurrent weekends with the same lineup is guaranteed to be boring and predictable the second time around, right? WRONG! Coachella 2014 and boring definitely don’t belong in the same sentence! While I’m not sure my commentary will live up to Norman’s Weekend 1 Review (check it out here: I’ll do my best!

Between his abnormally large hat and a track that makes everyone happy, Pharrell Williams has been taking over the headlines and the music industry, in the same way that he took over the Coachella stage! During Coachella’s first weekend, Pharrell invited Gwen Stefani, Nelly and Snoop Dogg (or Lion or whichever animal he’s referring to himself as this week!) to join him on stage. This past Saturday, Pharrell called in a few favors as T.I., Usher, Jay Z and the Jabbawockeez joined him on stage. Saving the best for last?

Jay Z might have shown up during Pharrell’s set on Saturday night but during the festival’s first weekend, he ended Nas’ midnight set. For weekend 2, Nas switched things up a bit with a full run through of his debut album, Illmatic—for celebratory purposes! Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, making the celebration completely worth it and necessary! His set for the second weekend wouldn’t have been complete without a few cameos—bring in Lauryn Hill and Damian Marley!

The weekend’s biggest surprise might have been revealed on Sunday night as Arcade Fire performed its headlining slot. We saw a huge variety of guest appearances throughout each weekend but Arcade Fire ended the festival the right way with Daft Punk—kind of? Two people dressed in white with trademark robot hats performed a slowed down version of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” but it’s unclear if the two were actually Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. At the time of writing this article, reps for Daft Punk and Arcade Fire haven’t confirmed if the performance was legit or just a prank so we’ll leave it up to you to decide!

Well, another year of Coachella has come and gone. Another year of me watching from the East Coast while simultaneously wishing I was in the crowd. Next year, I’ll be there! Will you? Send us a tweet at @weknowthedj and share your thoughts

Meg C (@meganciampo)

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