Day 3! Final day… Let’s go!
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
What a year these guys are having! Lead by front man Nathaniel Rateliff, these guys bring funk, soul, and rock n’ roll to any stage they grace. They kicked off their set with I need Never Get Old. Rateliff commented on their unconventional set time, as he’s used to playing night gigs. He mentions he not the “right kind of drunk for this gig yet.” Well the crowd couldn’t tell the difference, good vibes all around. Especially from trumpet player Wesley Watkins, this guy can dance and has THE best time on stage. His energy is so contagious and you can’t help but do a jig of your own. The stank face while playing the maracas is classic.
The music would be perfectly combined with a cold beer on the back porch on a cool summer night… it’s just good, solid rock n’ roll. Their set ended with their most notable song, S.O.B and with the closing tagline of “Vote for Bernie Sanders!”
Matt & Kim
I remember watching Matt & Kim’s last Coachella performance but seemed to forget how ‘out there’ and vulgar this duo is on stage. While the crowd listened to intimate details of Matt & Kim’s sex life, the duo managed to squeeze in some music too.
Their set included It’s Alright, Block After Block, and Tonight. This was one of the biggest and best daytime crowds I’d seen at this festival thus far. Matt & Kim took advantage of it’s peoples and threw out bags of balloons for people to pass around and blow up. The duo played Make A Mess and the crowd energetically threw the balloons in the air. They moved into Cameras, then they took a moment to give props to all the female crowd surfers and begged for more dudes. Next up was Let’s Go, an acoustic version of Rihanna’s Umbrella, Get It, Now, covered Van Halen’s Jump, and Can You Blame Me.
Kim then climbed down to the barricades, climbed on top, and then proceeded to crowd twerk, yes twerk not surf, on top of people’s hands to Missy Elliott’s Is It Worth It. It was all too much a sight to see. The set then ended with Daylight and finally Hey Now.
I anxiously waited for this band to take the stage all the while waiting in my fan girl The 1975 t-shirt of course. This set was the perfect mesh of their 1st self titled album, The 1975 and their February 2016 release, I Like It When You Sleep, for You re So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It. Frontman, Matty Healy, is just the ultimate frontman for a band. He’s wickedly talented and just so damn good and can’t keep your eyes off him.
The set opened with Love Me, the 2nd track on their 2nd album, followed by UGH!, Heart Out, A Change Of Heart (Matty sipping wine from his little wine glass while performing… such a classy gent), Somebody Else, Robbers, and Girls.
The band took a second to acknowledge the Brussels Terrorist Attacks and all the hatred in the world. Healy encouraged the crowed to be free.
“If we’re going to be free, we’re going to be free for the people who aren’t.”
The set finished with If I Believe You, Chocolate, The Sound, and their crowd favorite, Sex.
This was by far one of the best sets of the weekend.
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
I’ve watched this group perform quite a bit over the last few years, and their definitely comfortable on stage, almost a bit cocky with the crowd.
Their set included All Wash Out, 40 Day Dream (Frontman Alex Ebert paused when he noticed someone in the crowd smoking a joint. He tracked the guy down, borrowed the joint, and nonchalantly took a puff for himself before handing it back to the kind fan), Ebert strolled along the top of the barricades while singing When You’re Young, Janglin (clearly a crowd favorite), Up From Below, Man On Fire, and then finally the groups most well-known song, Home.
“Alabama! Arkansas!…I do love my Ma and Pa”
I did think it was strange the group didn’t sing their newest release No Love Like Yours, but they did mention they ran short on time.
Sia really grasped the art concept of the festival. It was a very visual performance unlike any other we’ve seen this weekend. Her dancers are athletes, poets, and storytellers. I get chills. So good.
Seen in her classic get up, Sia stood still in center stage up on her mic podium in a simple white dress, notable head bow, and trademarked dual-colored wig. Joined by three dancers, 1 female and 2 males in nude leotards, Sia stayed in position for the entire performance as her dance crew ate up the stage with their spacious and quirky choreography. No Shia LaBeouf or Maddie Ziegler appearances, unfortunately.
One thing I did notice was the video screens were showing people doing the exact same choreography as the people were doing on stage in the same costumes. Only difference was, they were different people. I don’t think many people noticed this. A lot of people thought the screens were a live view of what was happening on stage but this wasn’t the case. I’m not sure if their was artistic reasoning behind this, but I’d be curious to know.
Sia’s set included Alive, Diamond, Cheap Thrills, Big Girls Cry, Bird Set Free, Reaper, One Million Bullets, Elastic Heart, Unstoppable, Breathe Me, Move Your Body, Bulletproof, and finally Chandelier.
For this being Sia’s first big live performance, I’d say it was pretty good. Just really different. Can’t really compare it to anything else I’ve seen.
Just saw a bit of this headliner.
I knew Taylor Swift was at the festival and as his girlfriend, I somehow expected Swift to be the surprise performance with Harris. But they don’t have a song together so that wouldn’t really make sense. Instead, Harris was joined by the fabulous Rihanna in her white tasseled jacket for their song We Found Love.
Other songs in the set included Sweet Nothing by Florence and The Machine, Bitch Better Have My Money by Rihanna, Think About You, I Need Your Love by Ellie Gouding, Safe & Sound by Capital Cities, Under Control by Alesso & Calvin Harris, Open Wide, and I Don’t F*&k With You by Big Sean.
That’s it! Coachella 2016 Weekend 1 is done. Who were your Weekend 1 favorites? Let me know in the comments.