By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which is commonly referred to as Coachella, is an annual two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival. Held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, which is located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert, people of all ages dish out a whopping 600 bucks for a chance to see their favorite artists. This year’s musical extravaganza kicked off last weekend with a bang, and will continue this coming weekend.
A man named Paul Tollet founded Coachella in 1999 when he realized that the Coachella Valley was the perfect size to host a huge festival. Now, the event features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip-hop, and electronic dance music. However, despite being well known for its musical performances and celebrity sightings, plenty of non-musical artists showcase their pieces and sculptures.
So, let’s dive into the artists that performed at this year’s event! First, you should know that there are more than 100 guests performing on the 5 miles of land at the same time. There are 3 main stages, and smaller venues located all over the valley where fans can enjoy their particular kind of music. For many attendants, the return of OutKast was high on their “must see” list. The band broke up around 2 years ago, but came back strong by performing their hits “Hey Ya” and “Ms Jackson”.
If you aren’t familiar with OutKast or feel lukewarm about them, then maybe you’d prefer to hit up one of the main stages at Coachella and watch Grammy winner Lorde belt her lungs out! She started her set with “Glory and Gore” and performed several songs from her album, such as “Team” and “Royals”. Another celebrity that turned heads, despite not being on the performance list, was Beyoncé! She hopped on stage to join her sister Solange on her track “Losing You.”
When it comes to sculptures and art, there was one eye-popping piece that loomed high over the Coachella valley. The “Escape Velocity” moving sculpture by artist group Poetic Kinetics was a huge astronaut-shaped float that glowed in the night. Though there was no real explanation behind the sculpture, it paraded around the festival for the entire weekend.
So, regardless of whether or not you’re a huge fan of mainstream music, there’s a little bit of everything for everyone at Coachella!
Images courtesy of Coachella Facebook.