Coachella 2017: Everything you need to know about day 1 of the music festival


The weather was gorgeous – as predicted, sunny and not too hot. Here’s a roundup of everything we saw at the festival’s opening day, from an extra 40 acres to pups in pastel:If you fell asleep before Radiohead went on, it was a doozy of a set – starting with sound problems that Thom Yorke blamed on the aliens, followed by more sound problems, followed by a rollicking set, followed by the band playing “Creep.” (Oh yes they did!) See photos from the set. Happy first Friday from the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival!

We met the Instagram famous, multi-colored malti-poos Nugget and Mali, the special animal guests of the festival.Oh, and if you didn’t hear, Lorde played a surprise show at Pappy & Harriet’s.Want more? You can celebrate Couch-ella by watching along at home on YouTube. Even better, get real-time updates without that pesky stream delay by following our team in real time. And don’t forget to follow us if you’re on Snapchat or Instagram.Keep reading for full coverage of Coachella 2017.

We also found the best places to take your next social media profile photo (you’re welcome).This year’s merchandise included all the clothing for your next staycation, such as cozy socks, leggings, and even a bathrobe.If you’ve ever wondered how the Do Lab came to be such a huge part of the Coachella experience, wonder no more.Our music and pop culture reporter gave his thoughts on Friday’s performances from Father John Misty (mellow), The Lemon Twigs (carriers of the power pop glam rock torch) and New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band (an absolute feel-good time). And by the way, Todd Rundgren showed up. Check out these photos of Friday’s bands and their happy fans.

The site of the festival has expanded by 40 acres, which allowed for a crowd capacity of 125,000 people.Check out some of the crowd scenes and…interesting outfits our crew Tweeted out.Our photographers traveled the grounds to capture scenes of festivalgoers enjoying the sunshine. Before the gates even opened, Sunday night headliner Kendrick Lamar caused a stir by dropping a new album two days before his scheduled performance.Even bigger than Kendrick’s highly anticipated Sunday night set is Coachella itself.