Coachella Valley

Music and Art Festival Report

April 24, 2017

The first weekend of the annual three-day concert in Palm Springs kicked off with brunches and dinners hosted by POPSUGAR and the CFDA, along with Revolve.

Later, everyone made it out to the concerts in boho-infused outfits. Including fashion bloggers, models and influencers from all over the world who would not miss this Californian festival to be able to entrust their social network with the wide range of their chosen looks.

Present were Chiara Ferragni from The Blonde Salad, Paris Hilton, the beautiful Victoria’s Secret Angels, Alessandra Ambrosio and Sara Sampaio, Katy Perry, Jeremy Scott, Diane Kruger with her beau Joshua Jackson, the it-girl Alexa Chung and many other celebrities.

The true quintessence of the festival is the magical atmosphere created by the palm trees and setting sun over the deserted mountains, an iconic aspect of the Coachella Valley. But we can’t forget that Coachella is originally a music festival, with music for every preference.

Music genres range from hip hop to electronics, from rock to indie, covering most of the categories.

Radiohead arrives on opening night with a long and meaningful history at Coachella. It was back in 2004 that the festival really became a fully formed happening, and Radiohead had something to do with that. Featured at the top of the flyer followed by the reunited Pixies, The Cure, Flaming Lips, Kraftwerk and Air.

Radiohead returned in 2012 and in 2017 fuelled by another powerful album, last year’s A Moon Shaped Pool. On stage Friday 14th and 21st of April, together with many other musicians, including The XX, Mac Miller, Empire Of The Sun and Dj Shadow.

Guest star of the second day was Lady Gaga, both on the 15th and 22nd of April. She debuted a new dance song, “The Cure,” to a warm reception. Overall, it was a mostly flawless performance representing its most accessible side. Some fans might have wondered where the artsy extremist went off to (other than an onscreen glimpse of her with a tentacle octopus in her mouth). At Coachella, Gaga came to dance.

Then there were also The Weeknd, Bon Iver, Gucci Mane, Drake and many others.

But in 2017, rap took over Coachella. If there’s a single theme for this year, it’s the ubiquity and attendance for top hip-hop artists, with Travis Scott, Future, Schoolboy Q and others making more noise than any other genre. Hitting the stage with the explosive “DNA” on Sunday night, Kendrick Lamar volleyed between high points like Travis Scott-assisted “Goosebumps” and more of his slower, jazz work.

The last days, the 15th and 23rd of April, rap reigned, but we could hear Lorde with her new song, called Homemade Dynamite, too.

And in the quiet night of the desert Coachella ended, but the magic of those days and atmosphere will continue to inspire our summer outfits.

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