The epic Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival got off to a simmering start Friday as thousands of fans lined up in the 96 degree afternoon heat and jockeyed to enter the Empire Polo Grounds, located in the Southern California desert town of Indio.
But smiles, good vibes and bikinis set the tone, security and venue workers welcoming Coachella music lovers with high-5’s as the fans swiped their official Coachella wristbands and entered a desert version of musical nirvana.
The water station was packed and popular, as were the impressive Art booths and displays, the opening Coachella bands trying to attract some bodies. But as night fell, Coachella went from simmering to boiling, Oukast reuniting and setting the desert on fire.
After being apart for nearly 10 years, Outkast headlined Coachella, showering their legendry dual rap talents on the overflowing Coachella audience, the first of what should be many shows ahead.
The Grammy winning Duo lit up the Coachella night with Elevators (Me & You), Hey Ya!, The Way You Move, and Ms. Jackson.
“Hey Coachella, are y’all alive?” Andre 3000 asked the crowd at the top of their set. “Are y’all alive? Are y’all alive?”
The Coachella crowd seemed alive enough, supporting Outkast after their long hiatus with positive energy.
As if to be sure, the rappers inquired of the Coachella audience several times, asking, “Ya’ll still with us? Y’all still here?”
Outkast’s performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was their first since their album Idlewild came out in 2006, back when cd’s were actually still prevalent.
“I really appreciate y’all coming out,” Andre 3000 told the Coachella crowd as their 90+ minute set came to a close. “That’s it. We can’t do no more.”
“We’ll see y’all next weekend,” added Big Boi.
Also showcasing at Coachella on Friday were Broken Bells, Girl Talk, Ellie Goulding, and Zedd. Muse and Arcade Fire will headline Saturday and Sunday.
Stay cool and drink lots of water!
Coachella, Saturday, April 12
Temples @ Mojave, 2:40pm
British rockers Temples inspired by late ’60s psych-rock.
Banks @ Gobi, 3:45pm
“Coachella-goers will get a reading on the alt-R&B singer in real life… The L.A. singer that mixes Lana Del Rey-esque moodiness with Fiona Apple’s brashness.”
Lorde @ Outdoor Theater, 7:55pm
“Royals” and Lorde should be amazing.
Pixies @ Mojave, 8:50pm
“A last-minute addition to Coachella this year.” Pixie fans will delight.
Queens of the Stone Age @ Coachella Stage, 9:40pm
They’re on a roll and that shouldn’t change at Coachella.
Pharrell Williams @ Outdoor Theater, 10:35pm
Pharrell Williams seems to be everywhere, so why not Coachella?
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