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Coachella 2017: Hip-Hop and Dance Pile on the Surprises, Lady Gaga Debuts New Song & Other Day 2 Highlights

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Drake and Future perform on the Coachella Stage during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, Calif.

Day 1 may have skimped on surprise guests but Day 2 exceeded expectations. Coachella's primetime hip-hop and dance acts brought out a slew of famous plus-ones to their performances on Saturday night (April 15) including Future, Nav, Gucci Mane, ScHoolboy Q and DJ Snake. Headliner Lady Gaga capped off the night by gifting her little monsters a new tune and a raging set that spanned all of her catalog. Check the recap courtesy of the Billboard squad below. 

3:25 p.m. A rare circle-pit forms in the small Sonora stage tent during Downtown Boys' blast of co-ed punk. Singer Victoria Ruiz is clearly encouraging the small, enthusiastic crowd; eventually she leaps off the stage to join the mosh pit. — Jeff Miller

3:48 p.m. Banks & Steelz -- the hybrid project between Interpol's Paul Banks and Wu-Tang Clan's RZA -- welcomed a third collaborator, alt-rock chanteuse Bishop Briggs, onstage to sing the Florence Welch part of their song "Wild Season." Briggs was initially slotted for an early tent set today but "The River" singer was moved to Sunday evening -- a more appropo time for her bombastic songs. — Jeff Miler 

4:55 p.m. Car Seat Headrest channeled The Strokes' rather illusive vibes with lead singer Will Toledo – who sported a full-on bright blue suit – donning shades as well as an eye-concealing moptop hairdo, not saying much between sets but keeping everybody rocking, especially during "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales." To close out their set, the band pieced together a few of their songs to make a medley that ended in a guitar-heavy, trippy fade-out. — Taylor Weatherby

5:05 p.m. “It feels really good to be outdoor giggin’,” The Head and the Heart’s Charity Rose Thielen told the crowd early in their 50-minute set. While they are most certainly a jam band no matter where they’re playing, Thielen’s comment (along with her band’s all-or-nothing performance) offered a little revelation that perhaps the palm tree-lined Coachella setting is the most fitting for the folksy, lighthearted acoustic sound they create. — Taylor Weatherby

5:34 p.m. After getting the crowd amped with his hit "Heading Home," Gryffin took things to the next level by bringing out Khalid to sing their new collaboration. But he didn’t stop there… the DJ also brought out Bipolar Sunshine for “Whole Heart,” closing with a surprise appearance from Daya for their new hit “Feel Good.” Even with his little tricks, Gryffin proved he's just as much a musician as he is a DJ – between his soundboard mixing, he was switching from piano to electric and acoustic guitar to create his sounds himself. — Taylor Weatherby

5:54 p.m. Who thought that in 2017 65-year-old Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald would bring the house down at Coachella -- of all places? Well, he does, sitting in with smooth, funky jazz bassist Thundercat (likely most well-known to the packed crowd for his collaborations with Kendrick Lamar) for three extremely well-received songs, including the Doobie classic "What a Fool Believes." — Jeff Milller

6:10 p.m. “Most of our songs are very depressing,” Bastille frontman Dan Smith told the Outdoor Stage crowd while introducing “Good Grief.” “If anyone wants to jump up and down with us to a song about death, please do.” Like the upbeat sound of their pop-rock tunes, Bastille’s performance is lively enough to make you forget the depressing-ness – especially when Smith orchestrated a mass jumping session to their throwback song “What Would You Do?” — Taylor Weatherby

7:18 p.m. Prior to his set, Mura Masa had announced he’d be bringing out eight guests during his Coachella performance. After getting the crowd going with dance-worthy tracks like “What If I Go?,” Mura Masa stacked the biggest surprises back to back, bringing out Charli XCX for “1 Night” and A$AP Rocky for “Love$ick” without even giving eith of them a proper introduction. — Taylor Weatherby

7:19 p.m. After a lengthy set of mostly newish material (and some guest lead spots from his proteges) funk pioneer George Clinton finally rewards the throng slammed inside the tiny Heineken House with a medley of his classics, including "Turn This Mother Out" and "We Want the Funk." Of course, the encore is "Atomic Dog," complete with Clinton's loud percussive woofs. — Jeff Miller

7:31 p.m. Future stacked hits on hits for his Coachella debut. Backed by DJ Esco and a live band at the Coachella stage, the Atlanta hitmaker ran through the latter part of his catalog a la DS2, Future and HNDRXX sprinkled with miscellaneous collaborations. He kicked off his high-octane set with the Ty Dolla $ign cut "Blasé" alongside Dolla $ign himself before delivering his hype anthems like "New Level" and "Same Damn Time." To make his set extra special, Future allowed Migos and Drake to storm the stage for individual mini-sets, including a sing-along to the Hot 100 chart-topper "Bad and Boujee" and the 6 God's "Fake Love." — Adelle Platon

8:12 p.m. It's every eclectic electronic music aficionado's wet dream. Daphni, Floating Points and Four Tet hold court at the Yuma Stage beneath the indoor enclosure's patented shark-shaped disco ball, layering nuanced beats and rumbling sub bass to masterful effect. — Matt Medved

8:28 p.m. ScHoolboy Q bounced around the Outdoor Theater, vowing that he and the crowd would wild out. "I know I'm not the only motherf--ker drunk in here tonight," said The Blank Face LP MC, whose set included "Hell of a Night," "Hands on the Wheel," "Studio," "Collard Greens" and the closer "tHat Part." A$AP Rocky and Tyler, The Creator also emerged for an impromptu rap fest that included "Electric Body." — Adelle Platon

9:05 p.m. Martin Garrix storms onstage at the Sahara Tent with all LED guns blazing. Making his first Coachella appearance since 2014, the young Dutch star delivers a fast-paced festival set punctuated by his best-known hits. Dua Lipa joins Garrix onstage for a performance of his latest single "Scared To Be Lonely," drawing swelling cheers from the packed crowd. — Matt Medved​

9:35 p.m. "How many music songs have you heard today," asks Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, tongue firmly in cheek and clad in a black shirt reading "Discwoman," before beginning "45" -- a typically bombastic, moving ballad with shades of Peter Gabriel in its expansive arrangement. Later in the set, he asks the audience to look up to the sky, but never explains why: perhaps he saw a shooting star, or was just glancing at the balloon art above the opposite side of the field. — Jeff Miller

9:42 p.m. Martin Garrix kept the surprise cameos coming with Dua Lipa for “Scared to be Lonely.” 

9:43 p.m. "Oh man, I should have brought my XO chain," an attendee said before XO signee Nav hit the Gobi stage. The spectacled Toronto singer attracted his rabid fan base, who often sang on his behalf for songs like "Good For It," "Nav," "Ten Toes Down" and "Fell In Love." Fellow XO cohort Belly emerged for a live rendition of "Re Up" while Day 1 performer Travis Scott appeared for their Girls in the Trap Sing McKnight collabo "beibs in the trap." The crowd rushed to the front of the stage when The Weeknd grabbed the mic for a trio of tracks like "Party Monster," "Starboy" and the Nav duet "Some Way." — Adelle Platon

10:31 p.m. DJ Snake stands atop his new custom stage production at the Outdoor Stage flanked by flickering pyro while the audience mimics his moves. The highlight of his set comes in the form of a guest appearance by notoriously late Lauryn Hill, who delighted all in attendance with "Killing Me Softly (With His Song)." As her voice was heard, a group of women begin sprinting towards the stage in jubilant disbelief. Migos also make their second cameo of the night, performing "Bad and Boujee." — Matt Medved

10:40 p.m. A heart-shaped prop on the Sahara stage read "Da Hood Love Me!," an appropriate message given the Atlanta MC's trap-centric set in the desert. Launching into his performance with "Both" and "Back On Road" (both sans Drake), Guwop then dusted off his throwbacks like 2011's "I Don't Love Her" and 2009's "Lemonade." His set list also included contributions from Diddy, Lil Yachty, Migos and Rae Sremmurd. — Adelle Platon

11:21 p.m. Nicolas Jaar guides his Mojave Stage audience through prolonged builds and throbbing bass-driven breakdowns beneath filtered acid synth squeals. The Chilean-American producer transitions smoothly into "Space is Only Noise That You Can See," accelerating the beat to a climax behind searing white lights. Skrillex is spotted enjoying the show in the crowd. — Matt Medved

11:30 p.m. Lady Gaga finally takes the stage after a series of anticipation building videos on the jumotron. Referring to how Gaga was technically a fill-in for pregnant Beyonce, one fan said that Gaga is so much better than the queen B. Apparently Gaga wants no beef, though, as she included her Beyonce collaboration "Telephone" in her set -- Beyonce vocals and all. —Taylor Weatherby