“This is actually the first big thing I ever booked,” a wind-swept Lorde told the crowd packed onto the land surrounding the outdoor stage. “I said … holy fuck, we booked Coachella. I was screaming on the phone. We are so lucky to be here. This is mental.”
Last May, when Lorde (aka Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor) initially got the desert gig, she was just a quirky New Zealand teen with a dream. Now that she's taken up residence near the upper reaches of the Billboard Hot 100, with the indomitable "Royals" having spent nine consecutive weeks at number one last year and follow-up single "Team" creeping toward the Top 5, there's nothing standing between Lorde and the big stages.