Coachella 2018: Brilliant Beyonce and other highlights

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Coachella 2018: Brilliant Beyonce and other highlights

  • 16 April 2018

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Hands up if your timeline was flooded with news from Coachella this weekend? You’re not alone.

Social media was buzzing with Beyonce’s headline set, The Weeknd “crying” and a pregnant Cardi B twerking.

Around 100,000 fans are expected in California for the two-week festival which runs until 22 April.

If the cost of flights and a hotel, plus the £300 tickets meant you couldn’t be there, here’s a rundown of the best bits.

Beyonce and the return of Destiny’s Child

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Once again the the 36-year-old singer showed why she’s considered one of the world’s greatest entertainers.

B opened her two-hour set surrounded by dancers in military-themed costumes before husband Jay-Z joined her for a rendition of her 2003 hit, Crazy In Love.

If the venue had a roof, it would’ve come off, when Beyonce was joined onstage by Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

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It’s the first time the trio, aka Destiny’s Child, have appeared together since the Stellar Gospel Music Awards in 2015.

Beyonce was due to headline Coachella last year but pulled out due to the fact she was pregnant with twins Rumi and Sir.

Judging by the reaction on social media, it was worth wait.

At one point Beyonce was responsible for 15 of Twitter’s 20 trending positions.

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#Coachella When Michelle and Kelly came on stage #Beychella #beyonce #DestinysChild pic.twitter.com/mMWvVtLyDg

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We are used to numerous costume changes but some eagle-eyed fans even spotted that Beyonce executed a nail change during her set.

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And THEN…did she change her nail polish during her outfit change??? No one speak to me for the rest of 2018… I need to go figure out what I’m doing with my life…k-bye…👋🏾 #Beyonce #Beychella #Coachella 🔥 pic.twitter.com/DAzfmDvXBc

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Justin Bieber and ‘Walmart Yodel Boy’

What do you mean who?

Walmart Yodel Boy is actually 11-year-old Mason Ramsey. He became a viral sensation after a video of him singing in the aisle of a supermarket was uploaded.

More than 20 million views later and appearances on shows like the Ellen Degeneres Show – Mason was invited by Coachella to perform.

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Me: which aisle can i find light bulbs?

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Mason admitted he had been bullied and trolled because of the video but no doubt he got the last laugh when it turns out Justin Bieber is a fan.

The pair met backstage at the festival and had a chat before posing for pictures.

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A pregnant Cardi B twerking

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Cardi B and Chance the Rapper perform onstage during Coachella 2018

Being pregnant may have stopped Beyonce performing last year but it didn’t stop Cardi B this year.

The rapper, who confirmed her pregnancy earlier this month, ran through hits from her debut album Invasion of Privacy.

She was also joined by Chance the Rapper and G-Eazy during her set.

Although the 28-year-old twerking was the moment most fans were gushing about online.

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Cardi B is cheered on by her dancers as she twerks

Wizkid’s no show

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Obviously not a Coachella highlight because the Nigerian singer failed to make it to the festival.

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Band had some visa issues…I’m upset bt See y’all next week”🚀 #GhettoboyStory #Coachella 🤬🙏🏾🚀❤️

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Although the musician hasn’t confirmed the reasons why, it seems his team didn’t have the right travel documents to make the trip.

Coachella has announced that he will be performing during the second week of the event instead.

Where’s Eminem?

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Eminem’s headline set wasn’t available on Coachella’s YouTube channel

It was left to Eminem to close out the first weekend of the festival when he headlined on Sunday night.

But fans were left frustrated when the set wasn’t available on the official Coachella YouTube page.

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Coachella is not steaming Eminem ? Only set I was looking forward to all weekend .. weak …

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Everyone (including me) trying to find the @Eminem @coachella live stream… #Eminem #Coachella pic.twitter.com/pjCR0Z8WJd

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This fan seemed to offer a suitable explanation as to why the show wasn’t live streamed.

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Eminem is going on tour after Coachella with these sets, he didn’t allow them to stream it for that purpose. Can’t blame @coachella or @Eminem. #GOAT

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Looks like anyone hoping to catch it online missed a decent show. Em was joined on stage by 50 Cent, Dr Dre and Bebe Rexha.

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#Coachella was worth all the mouthfuls of dust, sticky heat, and body odor because @Eminem 💜#Coachella #Eminem #DrDre #50Cent pic.twitter.com/LbwUdwYjDV

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An appearance by Marilyn Manson at Coachella? Sold. Yoshiki, the leader of rock band X Japan, has pulled it off, too. Not easy, with Manson tweeting that he was previously banned from the festival, but who follows the rules anyway?

The fact that X Japan are one of the few hard rock acts on the bill speaks for itself. With hip-hop recently stealing the No. 1 spot as the most popular music genre in the world, X Japan's headlining set at the Mojave Stage is a big deal. He's up against Beyoncé in the highly coveted time slot, and even Yoshiki admits he'd rather be watching Queen Bey live in person.

On the Wednesday between Coachella weekends, Yoshiki hosted a screening of We Are X, a music film/documentary showcasing the band's journey into near-legendary status. Prior to the event, we caught up with Yoshiki to discuss bouncing back from two neck surgeries, his relationship with Marilyn Manson, and how the band established their own style in fashion overseas.

L.A. Weekly: For a first-timer, how would you describe X Japan?
Yoshiki: Disaster.

Yoshiki, what role do you play in the band?
Maker of the disaster. [laughs]. Leader of the band. I play drums and piano. I compose the music.

This past weekend, X Japan made their debut at Coachella. Can you speak on this experience and what it was like performing in front of the U.S. crowd?
It was so cool. We played at Lollapalooza in Chicago before, almost 10 years ago. Then we did a North American tour in 2010 — only went to seven cities. The last one we played before Coachella was Madison Square Garden, We played in New York in 2014. Since then, a lot of things happened. I got a neck surgery last year. I was almost paralyzed. Coachella wasn't only X Japan coming to the U.S. but it was my comeback also.

How does it feel being one of the only rock acts at the festival?
I think it's cool, we stand out. [chuckles] We are so lucky to be a part of those amazing artists. It's pretty eclectic, even though some people define us as a hard-rock band. But we have some ballads and some songs you can dance to.

Aside from your own set, what was your most memorable moment from the weekend?
I was playing against Beyoncé's slot. Because it was only last week or so, my agent said, “You are headlining the Mojave Stage.” I'm like, “Whoa, that's cool.” Then he says, “You are playing against Beyoncé's slot.” I said, “Noooo!” Because I wanted to see Beyoncé. The time that I was headlining was 10 p.m. to midnight or something, so I haven't really seen any bands or groups yet. Some of the groups we're looking forward to see are on Sunday after our show.

Speaking of, talk about the announcement of Marilyn Manson joining you this weekend.
Yeah, he's been an amazing friend of mine. So we talked about him showing up at Coachella and he said, “I'd be happy to."

I mean, that's a big deal!
I mean, he's just a very sweet person and he kindly tries to support X Japan — or support me. That's wonderful.

How long have you guys known each other?
A pretty long time.

What's the dynamic like in the studio with Marilyn Manson?
I enjoy every single process. I don't feel like we're “working” together. We're just talking, being friends — nobody's like “do this, do that.” Maybe just put this phrase with this melody or something like that. Just enjoying the process. He's very inspirational.

Talk about the making of We Are X. What do you want fans to get from this documentary?
It's not like a normal music documentary, it's more like a crazy drama. If we didn't make it right. that could have turned into a horror film. But somehow we made it right. There were so many deaths — my father's death, my guitar player's death, my bass player's death — then the lead vocalist got brainwashed and joined a cult. It's almost too crazy to be a true story but somehow the band came back and started touring again.

Talk about how the band started a fashion movement in Japan.
Because I didn't know the rule. So even though we were playing super heavy or fast music (or punk rock or whatever), I started dressing up something like a David Bowie — something feminine. People freaked out: “What are you guys doing?!” I came from a classical music background. Classical music is just full of rules. When you play Chopin, you should play this way. When you play Beethoven, you should play how Beethoven thinks. Which is cool!

Then after my father's death — when I was 10 years old — I found out about rock. I thought rock has more freedom to express yourself than anything, but it was not! Divided by all those genres and all those styles, I was like, “Fuck it, I'll do whatever I want!” Eventually that became our own genre.

You were also featured on the cover of Vogue Japan recently and your own fashion line, Yoshikimono, kicked off Tokyo Fashion Week. How does your style define you?
My parents used to create kimonos, a Japanese robe. Usually in Japan, the oldest son takes over the family business — but I became a musician. So I always wanted to do something with like a fashion line. Then several years ago, I met a kimono creator — a very cherished one. They've been doing it for 150 years or something like that. So we decided to do this kimono together. So we have a very traditional version, but we also have a rock & roll version. You know, kimono and wear these kinds of boots [points to knee-high military boots]. That kind of caught attention from Tokyo Fashion Week and they asked us if we can open it. I also did the finale, too. So I headlined Tokyo Fashion Week one year, and I also opened Tokyo Fashion Week.

How does it compare to fashion in the States?
Japan is an interesting place. We have influences from the West as well as the East. Things are mixed into the eclectic way of life. Japan's fashion is sometimes crazy, in a good way. Also we have some animation influence. Compared to the United States, it's almost like Japan's fashion seems somewhat out of control, but in a good way.

You've had much success over the years. What's next? What's your end goal?
I don't think I made it to that kind of level yet.

Really?!
No, I mean... I'm pretty unknown in the States. I have a lot to do still.

Where do you see yourself down the line?
Another neck surgery? No, just kidding. [laughs]. I already did two. The last time, they put a cervical disc between vertebrae five and six. The doctor told me not to play drums and not to play piano that hard, but it's rock & roll. So whatever works.

One more question. What are some American bands that you love?
I'm not saying it because he's a good friend, but I love Marilyn Manson. Of course, I love Kiss. I love Muse, Slipknot. I love … is Rihanna from America?

YES! I love Rih.
I do like her. And Lady Gaga. Beyoncé. Ah, can't see Beyoncé because we're playing at the same time! But that's the downside of things. I'm very happy, and sad. [laughs] But at the same time, it's cool playing at the same time. It's the same kind of slot. Anything else you wanna let us know? I just wanna thank my fans around the world, I'm in America right now. Because of you guys' support I'm here, and let's rock the world together.

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