The hot desert climate didn’t stop 60,000-plus fans—mostly indie-rockin’ hipsters and glow-stick-influenced DJ worshippers—from trekking to the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, Calif., on April 15-17 for the sold-out Coachella Music Festival. Here are Vegas Seven’s highlights of the epic weekend:
- More than 2,000 LED-enhanced beach balls, dreamt up by The Creators Project, were released into the crowd, making Arcade Fire’s grand finale, “Wake Up,” even more magical.
- The dreamy sunset and palm trees emulated a Moroccan background as Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst led a passionate rendition of “Lover I Don’t Have to Love.” Accompanied by trumpet player Nate Walcott, the band put a jazzy spin on the song.
- The mesmerizing visuals of LED human-like dancers during the Chemical Brothers hypnotized the crowd into a state of dance ecstasy.
- The one and only Ms. Lauryn Hill performed not just her own classics “Doo Wop” and “Ex Factor,” but the Fugees’ hit “Ready or Not,” making fans’ dreams come true.
- The Lucent Dossier Experience, a theatrical troop of dancers and aerialists in mystical costumes performing to dubstep-driven sounds, turned the Do LaB into a tribal wonderland.
- A larger-than-life inflatable duck accompanied DJ duo Duck Sauce’s set for the best disco party in the packed Sahara tent.
- The three-act, two-hour finale presented by Kanye West, complete with ballerinas dressed as phoenixes, brought his much-buzzed “Runaway” video to life. During Act 3, West appeared in his famed red suit and gold chains, performed “Runaway” alongside Pusha T, followed by a moving “Lost in the World” (with backing vocals by collaborator Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon) and a tear-jerking closing dedication to his mother, “Hey Mama.”