Coachella Weekend One Full of Surprises



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Avery Drake

The opening weekend of Coachella 2023 started with a wide range of mixed reviews. From $117,000 in curfew fines to headliners making history, it certainly has everyone talking. With weekend two just around the corner, let’s take a look at the performances that made the most noise.



The quartet made its Coachella debut in 2019 and have returned to make history as the first K-pop act to headline the festival. Without any guest performances, the group performed hit after hit for over an hour to a crowd of around 125,000 people. The stages were filled with lights, feathers, background dancers and of course, their iconic choreography. The ladies of Blackpink also included their hit solo songs such as ‘Money,’ ‘Flower,’ ‘On The Ground’ and Jennie’s viral unreleased track, ‘You & Me.’ Trending on Twitter for hours after their performance, Blackpink surely didn’t disappoint for their ‘Pinkchella’ (a word which fans have dubbed in honor of them) comeback. 


Bad Bunny

Making history as the first Latino solo act to headline the festival, the Grammy-winning rapper took to the stage for an electric two-hour show. The first half of his set included hits like ‘Me Porto Bonito,’ ‘Moscow Mule’ and ‘Estamos Bien.’ Bad Bunny brought out Jowell & Randy, Nengo and Post Malone (whose appearance was overshadowed by microphone problems) before closing the performance with a lengthy firework show behind him. Through his outfits, set designs, songs and heartfelt speeches, he made the show his own, paying homage to his beginnings in Puerto Rico to his rise to fame.



The Spanish singer gave one of the best performances of the weekend, with incredible dancing, innovative camera work, interactions with the crowd and an impressive setlist featuring songs from her Grammy-winning album ‘Motomami.’ Halfway through her set, Rosalia welcomed her fiance, Rauw Alejandro, on stage to perform ‘Beso’ and ‘Vampiros’ from their new joint EP, ‘RR.’


Frank Ocean

From starting an hour late to hardly being visible on stage, Frank Ocean’s first-weekend performance wasn’t exactly the one fans had anticipated. Making his live performance comeback for the first time in six years, the singer’s set was notably not live-streamed for fans like the other performances were throughout the weekend. With a questionable set list filled with long, silent pauses, Ocean was only on stage for half an hour before being ushered off stage due to the curfew set in place. With a disappointed fanbase, viewers around the world are wondering how his second-weekend set will go.


Kali Uchis

Bringing her smooth R&B sound to the main stage, Uchis’ star-studded set was all over social media. Kicking off her performance with her hit, ‘Telepatia,’ Tyler, the Creator then joined her on stage for ‘See You Again.’ Fans also witnessed duets with singer Omar Apollo and rapper Don Toliver. The Columbian-American finished her dreamy performance with hits off of her new album, ‘Red Moon in Venus.’


Fans of Coachella performers are anticipating weekend two, but aren’t quite sure what to expect from some of their favorites… especially Frank Ocean. This weekend’s performances will kick off Friday, April 21-Sunday, April 23 for those wanting to catch a glimpse of the action. All stages will be live-streamed on Coachella’s YouTube channel.