Friday 19 April 2019

Sound issues for Ariana and Nicki and Billie Eilish forgot her lyrics – what happened at Coachella

INDIO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 14: Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande perform on Coachella Stage during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AG)
INDIO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 14: Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande perform on Coachella Stage during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AG)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The first weekend of Coachella was an eventful one, not least due to the calbre of the line-up which saw Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande headlining across the three nights.

Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, launched into his guestless Friday night set by requesting that fans ditch their phones which, at the Indio, California festival, is akin to asking them to chew off their own left arms.

Madison Reed and Victoria Justice attend #REVOLVEfestival Day 1 at Merv Griffin Estate on April 13, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
Madison Reed and Victoria Justice attend #REVOLVEfestival Day 1 at Merv Griffin Estate on April 13, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
Jill Wallace and Brittany Xavier street Style at The 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Aimee Song attends the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Camila Coelho attends the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Olivia Culpo attends #REVOLVEfestival Day 1 at Merv Griffin Estate on April 13, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
Stella Maxwell attends #REVOLVEfestival Day 1 at Merv Griffin Estate on April 13, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
Stella Maxwell attends #REVOLVEfestival Day 1 at Merv Griffin Estate on April 13, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
Olivia Culpo attends #REVOLVEfestival Day 1 at Merv Griffin Estate on April 13, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
Stella Maxwell attends #REVOLVEfestival Day 1 at Merv Griffin Estate on April 13, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
(L-R) Sara Sampaio, Jasmine Tookes and Shanina Shaik attend #REVOLVEfestival Day 1 at Merv Griffin Estate on April 13, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
Stella Maxwell attends #REVOLVEfestival Day 1 at Merv Griffin Estate on April 13, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
Peyton List attends #REVOLVEfestival Day 1 at Merv Griffin Estate on April 13, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
Camille Kostek attends Lucky Brand And Rolling Stone Live Present Desert Jam at ARRIVE Hotel on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Lucky Brand)
A festival goer poses for a picture at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 14, 2019, in Indio, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)
DJ/producer Agoria poses for AFP at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 13, 2019, in Indio, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)
Olivia Culpo attends #REVOLVEfestival Day 2 at Merv Griffin Estate on April 14, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
Festivalgoer street style is seen at The 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style is seen at The 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style is seen at The 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Kiana Ledé attends Republic Records Celebrates Their Class Of 2019 In Coachella Valley at Zenyara on April 14, 2019 in Coachella, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Getty Images for Republic Records)
Arianny Celeste attends Republic Records Celebrates Their Class Of 2019 In Coachella Valley at Zenyara on April 14, 2019 in Coachella, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Republic Records)
Justin Livingston street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Brittany Xavier and Jill Wallace street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Jill Wallace street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Jill Wallace street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Brittany Xavier street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Brittany Xavier street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Festivalgoer street style at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
Rachel McCord attends Lucky Brand And Rolling Stone Live Present Desert Jam at ARRIVE Hotel on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Lucky Brand)
Rachel McCord attends Lucky Brand And Rolling Stone Live Present Desert Jam at ARRIVE Hotel on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Lucky Brand)
AnnaLynne McCord attends Lucky Brand And Rolling Stone Live Present Desert Jam at ARRIVE Hotel on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Lucky Brand)
Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson attend Lucky Brand And Rolling Stone Live Present Desert Jam at ARRIVE Hotel on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Lucky Brand)
Sydney Sweeney attends Lucky Brand And Rolling Stone Live Present Desert Jam at ARRIVE Hotel on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Lucky Brand)
Olivia Culpo attends Lucky Brand And Rolling Stone Live Present Desert Jam at ARRIVE Hotel on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Lucky Brand)
(L-R) Jennie Kim, Rosé, Lisa and Jisoo of 'BLACKPINK' are seen at the YouTube Music Artist Lounge at Coachella 2019 on April 12, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images for YouTube) ***BESTPIX***

He went down a storm nevertheless, reportedly pausing mid-set for a few minutes to smoke and shoot the breeze with a fan.

Friday also boasted performances from rock band The 1975, Janelle Monae, and Grammy winner for best album, country music star Kacey Musgraves.

Saturday's headliner, Tame Impala, treated fans to an eclectic set, performing hits such as Let It Happen, Apocalypse Dreams and Borderline.

However, it was American teenager Billie Eilish - the 17-year-old who became the first artist born in the 2000s to achieve a number one album in the US - who caused the biggest stir on Saturday.

Although she arrived on stage half an hour late she wowed fans with songs from her album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

She also asked fans to be mindful of living the experience rather than recording it through their phones.

“We’re always looking forward to the next thing. We’re not thinking about what’s happening right now and this’s happening right now. And this is crazy," she said.

“This is the only chance we get to be in the moment, so why don’t we be?”

Eilish managed to forget her own lyrics to All the Good Girls Go to Hell, but it only endeared her even more to the crowd.  However, there were other issues with her set, which also plagued other artists across the weekend.

The microphone of her guest, Vince Staples, was not working for most of their duet.

Away from the main stage, things appeared to run a little more smoothly, with Wheezer praised for their set which saw them perform 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' with Tears for Fears and TLC's Chilli for a version of 'No Scrubs'.

Idris Elba also took to the decks for a set which ultimately saw him applauded off stage.

On Sunday, Katy Perry made a surprise appearance on the main stage alongside record producer Zedd to perform their single 365.

She told fans she “used to sneak in” to the festival, adding: “I’ve been doing Coachella for about 17 years.”

Also on Sunday night, Ariana Grande (25) made history by becoming the youngest headline act in Coachella's 20-year-history.

She headlined with a belter of a set including guest appearances from NSYNC, Justin Timberlake, P Diddy, Mase, and Nicky Minaj.

NSYNC and Jutin Timberlake joined her to perform Tearin Up My Heart.  She also performed Biggie's 1996 single Mo Money Mo Problems with P Diddy and Mase.

However, technical issues conspired to ruin Nicki Minaj's guest appearance. They were performing Bang Bang and Side to Side together when sound issues struck.  At one point Ariana declared 'We can't hear anything'.

Consummate professionals, they bravely soldiered on, as did Lizzo, who had experienced similar issues on Friday.

It was her Coachella debut and Variety reports that the soul singer, who sings live to a pre-recorded track, had the sound disappear at several points during her set.

However, she persevered with her performance despite the issues, much to the admiration of the crowd, although she did address those issues at one point

“It’s my first time playing Coachella, so ain’t nothing gonna f*** my time up, bitch!” she said, before adding, in the direction of production, “So when I’m headlining next time I’m gonna need my motherf***ing ears to work.”

The second weekend of the Coachella Vallye Music and Arts Festival takes place from APril 19-21 and features an identival line-up.  Fans have been calling for any sound issues to be resolved before then.

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