Coachella 2017: 17 things you need to know about the festival’s first weekend

Plus, it had couches and air conditioning.7. Best place to feel like you’re in a cartoon: Sonora TentWith street art covering the walls and colorful cacti sculptures, Coachella’s newest stage is part hip-club, part ’90s Nickelodeon cartoon.It was also the home to some rock acts like Guided by Voices and T.S.O.L., getting ever more rare at Coachella as the fest trends towards electronic dance music. Best blasts from the past: Todd Rundgren and Michael McDonaldA pair of stars who released great albums long before most of the attendees at Coachella were even born were among the true surprise guests at the fest. 6.
Weirdest set props: Travis ScottThe young rapper had throngs flocking to his Outdoor Theatre set Sunday night where he started the night with multiple cardboard cutouts of himself on stage. Oh, and later, Hans Zimmer brought out Pharrell, too.5. By the end of the night, Scott was rapping with his permanent Auto-Tune sound atop a giant bird that had red eyes and flapped its wings. Best singalong: Hans ZimmerThe award-winning movie composer was so embraced by the Coachella faithful that he got his own Snapchat filter Sunday. Then everyone sang along to “The Lion King.” Coachella went Disney in the most Coachella way possible. 4. But the crowd that mobbed his evening performance at the Outdoor Theatre actually sang along to the instrumental “Pirates of the Caribbean” score. And then there were trees and giant bird cages.

the Black Turtle, which led to ninja dancers on stage with him at one point. With the first weekend of the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the rearview mirror, here’s a look the hits and misses of the event watched by tens of thousands at the Empire Polo Club in Indio and even more online via YouTube. Coolest stage set: Kendrick LamarThe Sunday night headliner had a new production design that included a video screen that was sort of a movable ceiling that could be lowered up and down and have images project down from it. As a bonus, he also had three video segments throughout that were done like an old Bruce Lee-era kung fu movie: “The Adventures of Kung Fu Kenny,” which started Lamar as Kenny a.k.a. Coachella returns to the desert with Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar for another sold out weekend beginning Friday, April 21.1.

All of that dancing and suggestive writhing and she had no runs in them at all. Singer Thom Yorke blamed alien interference, but then they played “Creep” and all was forgiven. We see an infomercial in her future.3. Best explanation for sound issues: AliensRadiohead battled through some major sound problems on Friday night, with the music cutting out multiple times. 2. Also, where did she get those tights? Most practical costume: Lady Gaga’s unitardLady Gaga had plenty of costume changes, but they were all over her black unitard, which allowed her to dance, play guitar and keytar and jump into the audience with ease.