Coachella always signifies the beginning of summer festival season and brings out top notch showmanship from all who appear on its many stages. The first weekend of Coachella 2017 was no different than recent years, with everyone from headliners like Kendrick Lamar to smaller stage acts like Anna Lunoe and Mura Masa beaming out a collection of music’s biggest or rising names for some of the most buzzed-about performances.
Desiigner gave an enthusiastic take on his Mura Masa collaboration “All Around the World” during the DJ’s set.
Not only did Australian singer Anna Lunoe surprise fans with news of her pregnancy, she brought Skrillex out to guest spin during her set.
German electronic music producer Mura Masa brought out eight guest vocalists, including his “1 Night” collaborator Charli XCX.
On the first day of the festival, Dillon Francis gave fans a live performance of his G-Eazy collaboration “Say Less” with the rapper sporting a Hawaiian shirt on the California stage.
In the midst of a golden set, Wiz Khalifa joined Tove Lo for a special performance of their collaboration “Influence” from the Swedish pop star’s most recent album, Lady Wood.
Two of rap’s most buzzed about young stars came together during one of their Coachella sets: Playboi Carti appeared to perform “Woke Up Like This” during collaborator Lil Uzi Vert’s Sunday appearance.
Tennessee’s Blac Youngsta performed “Hip-Hopper” with the EDM giant.
Barker surprised the Marshmello crowd with a drum-off against the DJ to the song “All Alone.” Naturally, the Blink-182 member won.
Alongside former tourmate A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator joined him performing A$AP Mob’s “Telephone Calls” during Schoolboy Q’s set.
On Saturday, A$AP Rocky appeared at two different sets. During Schoolboy Q’s performance, Tyler the Creator joined him for “Telephone Calls” and powered through his Mura Masa collaboration “LoveSick” at the DJ’s set.
Future kicked off Coachella’s first weekend with a special appearance from Ty Dolla $ign, performing their hit “Blasé.”
Drake supported one of his frequent collaborators and recent tourmate Future during the Atlanta rapper’s Saturday set. The pair pummeled through “Jumpman” before Drake let the crowd take the lead on singing his recent hit “Fake Love” during a solo moment.
Puff commandeered Gucci Mane’s set by performing four of his own tracks. After tackling their collaboration on the remix of Waka Flocka’s “O Let’s Do It,” Puff performed his own “I Need a Girl (Part Two),” “All About the Benjamins” and “Mo Money Mo Problems.”
The Tupelo, Mississippi-raised brothers of Rae Sremmurd returned to Coachella for what would have been a sorely missed opportunity if it had not happened: a performance of megahit “Black Beatles” with the George Harrison to their Lennon-McCartney: Gucci Mane.
Lil Yachty performed his own hit “1 Night” along with “Ice Cream” during Gucci mane’s guest-filled set.
The Kings of Miami and frequent collaborators Rick Ross and DJ Khaled came together for a rousing take on “Everyday I’m Hustling” during Khaled’s set.
French Montana debuted his new song “Unforgettable” during his friend DJ Khaled’s Coachella set.
2 Chainz offered one of the biggest treats during DJ Khaled’s set, performing a trio of hits for the Coachella audience. The Georgia rapper powered through “No Problems,” “Rich as Fuck” and “Birthday Song” during his appearance.
A$AP Ferg blitzed through “Work” and “Shabba” alongside DJ Khaled and also found time to hit up Marshmello’s set as well.
Travis Scott had his own Coachella set but still snuck into a pair of other performances. At Kendrick Lamar’s headlining slot, Scott performed “Goosebumps” and joined Nav for “Beibs in the Trap.”
Future had his own rousing, guest-filled Saturday night set but he returned on Sunday to perform his viral megahit “Mask Off” with Lamar.
After getting cut off promptly at 9:20 during his Saturday set, Schoolboy Q returned on Sunday to finish up his hit “That Part” during his Black Hippy peer Lamar’s Sunday headlining set.
Lauryn Hill showed up during DJ Snake’s largely EDM-heavy performance to perfectly belt out the Fugees’ “Ready or Not” and “Killing Me Softly” as the DJ happily took a backseat.
Though they didn’t have their own set at all during the weekend, the Migos were everywhere in Indio, showing up to four sets over the course of two days. At each, they performed their Number One hit “Bad and Boujee” though they gave the crowd for Future the added bonus of performing their single “T-Shirt” as well.
At 2015, the Weeknd’s headlining Coachella set was a breakthrough, star-making performance for the Canadian R&B crooner. This year, he joined labelmate and collaborator Nav for a few songs, belting his own singles “Starboy” and “Party Monster” as well as the pair’s collaboration “Some Way.”
Michael McDonald pairs up with Kenny Loggins for Thundercat’s single “Show You the Way” and performed the song live with the jazz bassist during the Coachella weekend. McDonald stuck around to perform one of his biggest hits, his Doobie Brothers collaboration “What a Fool Believes.”
While rolling through iconic scores from The Lion King, Gladiator and more, the renowned German composer Hans Zimmer brought out frequent collaborator Pharrell Williams. Together, they performed Williams’ 2015 single, “Freedom.”