22 Apr 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has wrapped up its second weekend and one of the questions our team always gets is, “What are the differences between Weekend 1 and Weekend 2?”
Here’s how the weekends stacked up in 2019:
Weekend 1 generates a lot of buzz for a first-time performer or a highly anticipated show, such as Blackpink’s debut or the Sunday night set from French producer Gesafflestein, which was his first live show since 2015 and simultaneously one of the darkest and most invigorating sets of the weekend.
But there can be things that pop up that give the advantage to Weekend 2. For example, Billie Eilish was great both weekends, but had some technical issues that delayed her set Weekend 1. However, Weekend 2 was pure fire.
The lineup and set times are close to identical, with a few tweaks early in the day. However, this year there was one notable artist Weekend 2 missing because Christine and the Queens had to cancel due to the death of a family member.
The special guests
Almost always, the special guests at sets for Weekend 1 and Weekend 2 are different. In the early years of the twin weekends, which started in 2012, Weekend 1 had the majority of surprise stars, but these days Weekend 2 holds its own.
These were some of the sets who nabbed surprise guests Weekend 1:
Sunday night headliner Ariana Grande had *NSync (minus Justin Timberlake) join her as well as Nicki Minaj.
Weezer had both Tears for Fears and Chilli from TLC on stage for performances of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “No Scrubs,” respectively.
DJ Snake brought out Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B for “Taki Taki.”
Zedd brought out Katy Perry.
Here are some of the guests we caught Weekend 2:
Jaden Smith still had a flying Tesla, but also featured his dad, Will Smith, during “Icon.”
Kid Cudi brought out Kanye West in the Sahara Tent Saturday night and the pair did some Kids See Ghosts material and people freaked out.
Saturday night headliner Tame Impala brought out rapper A$AP Rocky.
John Mayer showed up with Khalid on Sunday night.
Zedd had Alessia Cara and Maren Morris join him for different songs.
Grande stuck with the teen idol theme and had Justin Bieber join her for Weekend 2.
And there are the rare unicorn guests who show up both weekends, such as Vince Staples during Eilish’s set.
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Despite all the buzz Weekend 1 gets, Weekend 2 did get an exclusive when Kanye West did his special Easter Sunday Service in the campground Sunday, April 21. Thousands woke up early to check out West’s performance on “The Mountain” and paid a whole lot of money for the exclusive merchandise sold out of a tent called “Church Clothes” with a cross replacing the T. We chronicled the whole thing live, and then talked to some fans after it was done.
Want more? See photos from Kanye’s Sunday Service.
Coachella Weekend 1’s livestream on YouTube has become such a big deal that people throw parties to celebrate Couchella instead of trekking to the desert. Many of the artists stream their sets (or at least parts of them), over three channels. It’s not always in real-time, but fairly close.
This year, Coachella did some limited streaming from Weekend 2 on one channel and mixed it with segments and interviews for “Coachella Curated,” which also included some Weekend 1 sets. But, Weekend 2 did get the weird pinhole camera view of Kanye West’s Sunday Service, so there’s that.
This year, Coachella’s first weekend had it pretty nice, with temperatures in the mid 80s and lower 90s. Weekend 2 was a little rougher, with highs in the mid-upper 90s the first two days and some very gnarly wind that has us coughing like Derek Zoolander after he goes to the coal mine for the day. If you got the Coachella cough, stay hydrated and get some rest!
Since the second weekend had hotter temperatures, we might have seen more revealing options, numbers-wise, but the only sighting of Janties we had in the wild was Weekend 1.
Judge for yourself with our Weekend 1 and Weekend 2 fashion photo galleries.
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The art is pretty much the same. Some of the installations evolve not only weekly, but daily, and this year that included Dedo Vabo’s “Hazardus Interstellar Prerfessional Operations (H.I.P.O.),” a.k.a. the Coachella hippos, who were always doing something a little different by the hour, as well as Poetic Kinetics’ “Overview Effect,” the Coachella astronaut, which not only had multiple helmet visors, but also changing interactive projections at night.
But most of the stationary pieces, including “Colossal Cacti,” “Sarbalé ke,” “Mismo” and “Spectra,” were the same each week.
If you follow any of the Coachella fan groups on social media, you know people definitely have opinions on this one. Over the years, the pattern our team has seen is that Weekend 1 tends to be more celebrity-heavy in the crowd. Our consensus is there’s more of a sense of people who are there to be seen the first weekend and it’s more laid-back Weekend 2. (That being said, there are a lot of longtime loyalists for the first weekend because it usually means more/bigger special guests and Weekend 2 has its fair share of narcissists, too.)
Either weekend you choose, Coachella is what you make of it.