The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is drawing big names and incredible performances once again. The festival, often known as just Coachella, is rolling out its 19th event in 2018.
Each year, the huge gathering draws some of music’s most well-known performers. This year, headliners are Beyonce, Eminem, and the Weeknd.
The festival runs the course of two weekends, a format it has used since 2012. Despite two separate weekends, the event features the same lineup on the same days both sessions. The dates this year are April 13-15 and April 20-22.
After one weekend, the headlines are already flowing.
Headliners Put On Big Shows For Coachella First Weekend
Beyonce, who became the first African-American woman to headline the event, wowed fans and critics alike with her first-weekend show. The much-loved singer was set to headline last year but delayed due to her pregnancy.
The mega-star put on a visual show with tributes to African-American culture. Beyonce also brought out the other members of Destiny’s Child and husband Jay-Z for portions of the performance.
Eminem put on a solid show to cap the weekend on Sunday night as well. The rapper enlisted the help of Skylar Gray, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent to punch up a performance of old and new songs.
The Michigan native ripped on himself throughout the set, playing off criticism of his most recent album.
A flurry of other artists and celebrities turned out to the first weekend of Coachella 2018. Grammy winner Chance the Rapper was in attendance for Beyonce Saturday night, calling it the “greatest show to ever happen.”
Fellow musicians Rihanna and Justin Bieber were also in attendance. Festival-goers spotted NFL wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and actor Leonardo DiCaprio as well.
The festival continues to draw the biggest names in music and entertainment as both performers and fans. Coachella began in 1999 and continues to occur once a year ever since, except for 2000.