Just like that, the first weekend of Coachella 2014 has come and gone, and now all we have left are a few hipster jokes and the lingering sensation that there’s a feather headband out there biding its time until next year (or next weekend). The three-day music festival featured 169 performances by bands, solo artists, and DJs, but through the massive lineup of acts, there are a few moments that stand out. Don’t worry if you weren’t there — you can watch them online, sans dust and desert.
Solange Surprises Crowd With Beyoncé
In an inevitable but thoroughly enjoyable surprise, Beyoncé joined her sister Solange onstage to dance to “Losing You.” Beyond the adorableness of this display of sibling affection, it also marked the first time Beyoncé has appeared on a Coachella stage since 2010, when she performed “Forever Young” with Jay Z. We prefer this surprise appearance, though, because the dancing is on-point, energetic, and perfectly in sync. Plus, it ends with a hug. Let the “awww”s commence.
Lana Del Rey World-Premieres “West Coast”
Finally, a new Lana Del Rey track — one that’s actually confirmed to be new! While performing her Sunday night Coachella set, the artist premiered the first single from her upcoming album, Ultraviolence. It’s produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, and even though you can feel that grittier influence, “West Coast” is still plenty Lana Del Rey.
After seven years without a live performance together, OutKast closed out the first day of Coachella, performing a whopping one-and-a-half-hour-long set. They closed with “Hey Ya” (obviously), and also brought Sleepy Brown, Janelle Monáe, and Future onstage for cameos. Naturally, their performance ended up being the festival’s most-tweeted moment.
Pharrell and Gwen Stefani Hollaback to 2004
The rumors weren’t true. Pharrell didn’t bring Daft Punk to perform “Get Lucky.” Instead, he packed his set with a slew of other guest stars, including Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Tyler the Creator, Diplo, and Nelly. But the best might have been Gwen Stefani, who he enlisted to join him in a rendition of their 2004 hit, “Hollaback Girl” — only this time, he was wearing that really large hat.
Foxygen Performs New Material
With little fanfare (but lots of frontman Sam France’s typical jittering about the stage), Foxygen premiered two untitled songs on Saturday. The first kicked off their set, while the second starts around the 10:16 mark.
Paul McCartney Dances With Girl Talk
Girl Talk provided yet another round of guest stars. Starting at the 16:30 mark, Busta Rhymes materializes to rap his “Look at Me Now” verse over the instrumental to Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up.” Juicy J, E-40, and Too $hort also appear. But the best part, according to Pitchfork, is that Paul McCartney was apparently amongst the throngs of people dancing onstage.
Justin Bieber Makes an Appearance
It seems even Coachella is not safe from Justin Bieber. Against all odds, the Canadian pop star made an appearance with Chance the Rapper, performing their song, “Confident.” It’s mostly notable for the fact that he jumps around stage a lot, all while wearing an LL Cool J-style bucket hat.
Jay Z Duets With Nas
In the same weekend that Beyoncé joined Solange onstage, her husband Jay Z made an appearance with onetime rival Nas. The two performed their collaborative “Dead Presidents II” and the track “Where I’m From,” with an epic blackout reveal surprising everyone in the audience.
Debbie Harry Duets With Arcade Fire
Last week, Arcade Fire covered Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” while on the Houston stop of their Reflektor Tour. For Coachella, they did one better by actually bringing Debbie Harry to perform “Heart of Glass” with them, in addition to their song “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).” Régine Chassagne is mostly relegated to backing vocals, but come on, it’s Debbie Harry.
Lorde Makes Her Coachella Debut
Basically: Lorde performed at Coachella for the first time and everybody loved it. The end.