Coachella kicked off the second weekend of its 2018 edition on Friday (4/20) in Indio, CA. Entrance to camping was delayed due to high winds, and the Do-Lab tent was damanged by what chief financial officer and logistical arm Dede Flemming, in an interview with Press Enterprise, called "the largest windstorm in Coachella (festival) history."
Winds got so severe that crew members were evacuated and they all had to watch remotely from a security webcam. “It was tough to watch something you put so much energy into get ravaged by the wind,” he said. “At that point we didn’t know what the plan was going to be.” On Tuesday morning, the remaining Do Lab team still out in the desert came to assess the damage. Once they removed all the torn fabric, they put it on the ground like pieces of a puzzle to see what they had and what was missing, Flemming said. The plan at the point was to call in the fabric team from Los Angeles; six industrial machines were also brought to the campgrounds. Coachella organizers allowed the Do Lab to use the Yuma tent – which is air conditioned – for two straight days. All the blue fabric was repairable but the orange fabric had to be completely remade, he said.
Less than 12 hours before gates opened Friday for Weekend 2, 10 boom lifts and ladders with at least 30 crew members were still feverishly installing all the new fabric.
As there often are, Friday at weekend two of Coachella included some surprise guest appearances. Before her Outdoor Theatre set, St. Vincent joined Bleachers, whose frontman Jack Antonoff produced her excellent 2017 album, MASSEDUCTION, onstage to cover Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough" (watch that here). Ariana Grande came out for Kygo's set, as did Miguel - Kygo also paid tribute to Avicii. SZA brought out Khalid, and Kali Uchis, like she did during weekend one, brought out Tyler, the Creator. Jamiroquai (who did, in fact, play "Virtual Insanity"), Soulwax, Perfume Genius, Vince Staples, The War on Drugs, Moses Sumney, Kelela, Benjamin Clementine, The Weeknd, Fazerdaze, Boogarins also played Friday at weekend two - check out pictures in the gallery above.
Weekend two isn't streaming, but you can watch some weekend one highlights from St. Vincent, Perfume Genius, and Vince Staples below.
photos by Charles Reagan Hackleman, Christopher Braun, Christopher Miller, Elli Papayanopoulos, Everett Fitzpatrick, Greg Noire, Jesse Fulton, Julian Bajsel, Kayla Reefer, Lance Gerber, Michael Drummond, Miranda McDonald, Mitchell Brown, Neil Husvar, Quinn Tucker, Roger Ho, Ryan Parrilla, Timothy Hans and Tod Seelie, courtesy of Coachella