Best Moments From Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 2024

The first weekend of Coachella is always unforgettable and this year was no different. With Coachella’s reputation as one of the country’s biggest music festivals, the yearly event attracts people from all over. As weekend 2 approaches, anticipation builds for headliners like Tyler, the Creator, Doja Cat, No Doubt and Lana Del Ray, along with over 100 other artists at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA.

Reflecting on the highlights of weekend one, the festival delivered iconic moments. The bar is definitely high but here’s what went down at Coachella so far:

Tyler, the Creator Shares a Moment with “Uncle” Charlie Wilson

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Tyler, the Creator. Image: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for Coachella.

Tyler, the Creator’s set was elevated by special guest appearances from Charlie Wilson, A$AP Rocky, Childish Gambino, and Kali Uchis, who joined him to perform their collaborative songs. The highlight of the performance came when Tyler and Charlie Wilson shared the stage for a rendition of “Earfquake,” creating an unforgettable moment for the audience.

Tems Bring out Wizkid and Justin Bieber to Perform “Essence”

Tems. Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Coachella.

Tems made waves at Coachella when she brought out Wizkid and Justin Bieber to perform their hit track “Essence,” which dominated the summer of 2021. This collaboration created an electrifying atmosphere, showcasing the power of their collective talent and leaving a lasting impression on the audience.

Ice Spice Previews a New Song

Ice Spice. Image: Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella.

Ice Spice not only brought the essence of New York to the Coachella stage but also treated the audience to a preview of a new song. The track samples Sean Paul’s “Gimmie the Light,” adding a fresh twist to her performance and exciting fans with a glimpse into her evolving sound.

Victoria Monét Hits Bold Dance Moves and Makes Even Bolder Statements

Fresh off her Grammy wins, Victoria Monét made her Coachella debut, captivating the crowd with a vibrant performance that transported them to Jamaica. Incorporating dance routines set to Mad Cobra’s “Flex” and Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam,” she infused the stage with infectious energy. Amidst the celebration, Monét also used her platform to advocate for peace, urging listeners to “stop the war” and emphasizing the importance of thinking big.

Will Smith to Performs “Men in Black” Alongside J. Balvin

Will Smith and J. Balvin. Image: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for Coachella.

J. Balvin’s set took a nostalgic turn as he brought out Will Smith, transporting the audience back in time with a memorable performance of “Men in Black.” The surprise collaboration added an extra layer of excitement and nostalgia to the Coachella experience, delighting fans with a blast from the past.

Jhene Aiko and Big Sean Give Twenty88 Feels Onstage

During Jhené Aiko’s set, she brought out her child’s father and her Twenty88 groupmate to perform their hit track “Beware.” The surprise appearance added an extra layer of depth to her performance, showcasing the chemistry between the two artists and delighting fans with a memorable moment.

Doja Cat Closes Coachella on a High Note

Doja Cat. Image: Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times for Getty Images.

Doja Cat left a lasting impression as she closed out the final night of Coachella weekend one, showing her versatility by focusing on rap hits during her set. While omitting tracks like “Kiss Me More” and “Say So,” she brought out 21 Savage, Teezo Touchdown, and A$AP Rocky, demonstrating her command of the stage and leaving the audience in awe with her dynamic performance.

Updated: April 15, 2024 — 6:01 pm