Coachella 2015: Madonna Helps Drake, Rilo Kiley Semi-Reunites & 25 Awesome Sunday Moments
The 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival concluded with a wet kiss between Drake and Madonna on Sunday night (Apr. 12), but before that, there were special guests, insane outfits, celeb sightings and, oh yeah, a full day of amazing music. Check out 25 of the most memorable moments at the Indio, Calif. festival's final day of Weekend 1:
2:45 PM -- Less than four hours before she's due on the Outdoor Stage, Jenny Lewis has made a pit stop at the KROQ party house in Indian Wells, where an intimate pool crowd takes in an acoustic three-song set. Lewis can't resist poking fun at the heavily sponsored affair, introducing her set with "Thanks, Captain Morgan!" before switching to genuine concern. "Are you guys staying hydrated out there? One for one, as they say."
3:46 PM -- The most random t-shirt of the weekend officially has been determined: a guy in the crowd is wearing a white tee sporting the poster of The Ides of March, the forgettable 2011 drama starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling.
4:17 PM -- During RAC's afternoon set, Penguin Prison appears as a surprise guest to help deliver a bright, sunny rendition of "Hollywood," adding a pop punch to the energetic show.
4:59 PM -- St. Lucia mastermind Jean-Philip Grobler is clearly both a rap fan and HBO subscriber. "How many of you are excited about 'Game of Thrones' tonight?" he asks the group's crowd. "We're obviously way more excited about Drake, but 'Game of Thrones' is up there."
5:10 PM -- For their first Coachella, and first live gig in five months, St. Lucia are making quite the impression with set closer "Elevate" -- the breezy, late-period Genesis-esque single from the band's 2013 debut When The Night.
5:56 PM -- Marina & The Diamonds is celebrating the recent top 10 debut of her new album FROOT with her loyal devotees, and picking up a few new fans in the process. Whether it's maintaining impressive control of her pop-eratic falsetto, rocking a giant jackpot cherry headdress for half her set or dropping fat beats on older dance cuts like "Primadonna," Marina is the exact kind of mid-day Sunday vibes Coachella needs.
6:00 PM -- "We're gonna bust out some old-school shit for you," Jenny Lewis says, and delivers on the promise by bringing out Blake Sennett for a mini-reunion of Rilo Kiley. The pair and Lewis' backing band perform only one song together, but make it count by choosing the crowd-pleaser "Portions For Foxes."
6:08 PM -- Surprises at Coachella come when you least expect them, and singer-songwriter Vance Joy draws one of the more sizable crowds at the smaller-sized Mojave tent. The highlight? Surprise! His folky rendition of Top 40 hit "Riptide."
6:26 PM -- Paris Hilton, a cell phone clutched to her ear, swiftly leaves the VIP area as Marina and the Diamonds gets the crowd moving to "Radioactive," off to wander the festival grounds while chatting with some unknown figure.
7:08 PM -- In the crowd for Brand New, a five-foot woman shuffles through the crowd shrieking along to the lyrics of "Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't" with an intensity to match the band's Jesse Lacey.
7:16 PM -- Ryan Adams has a mini-rant in between songs at the Outdoor stage. "Hey guys, do you hear that?" he says, referring to the distant rumble of untz-untz, presumably coming from French EDM wunderkind Madeon at the Sahara tent. "That's what music sounds like nowadays."
7:30 PM -- A few minutes into Kaskade's main stage set, it becomes clear that the EDM star will attract one of the weekend's largest audience, and one nearly as big as what Calvin Harris brought to the main stage last year. For reference, Kaskade's crowd is about 10 times the size of the group watching Ryan Adams on the adjacent stage.
7:37 PM -- The VIP area's star power is starting to take on new levels of density - and randomness. In a less than three-minute span, FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson breeze past Scissor Sister Jake Shears, while Usher hobbles through with an inflatable boot cast and a cane to recover from a recent foot injury.
8:10 PM -- Kaskade decides to "make some new memories" at Coachella and end his hugely attended main stage set with a soulful new song, featuring himself on vocals.
8:17 PM -- St. Vincent feels at home in between songs -- and choreographed robotic dance moves -- during her energetic set of avant art-rock. "A very special welcome to all the freaks and others of Indio, California," she tells the crowd, who welcome her right back.
8:44 PM -- It's 30 minutes into Jamie XX's DJ set at the Gobi Tent, and we're just now getting treated to some vocal tracks after a groovy, disco-paced first half. Though surprise guest vocalists have become the norm at the dance tens, Jamie XX keeps it strictly about the new beats (his solo debut, In Colour, hits stores in June) - including standout cut "Loud Places."
8:55 PM -- Even if bubblegum EDM isn't your thing, you've got to give David Guetta credit for always making an effort to spread good vibes. A few minutes into his set, he addresses the crowd, somewhat adorably, shouting: "If you're ready for some sexy party time, put your hands in the air!" He then teases the surprise guests, who wind up being the Black Eyed Peas, warning the fans that "some crazy sh-t was about to happen."
9:13 PM -- After asking if anyone in the audience likes Calvin Harris, Florence Welch leads her Machine in an elegant ballad version of her dance collaboration "Sweet Nothing." The crowd quickly adjusts to the slower tempo.
9:15 PM -- In an interview with Billboard, David Guetta says he was inspired by Flosstradamus' show the night before he was due to perform, and decided to add more hip-hop into his set. Among the many rap songs he spins are Big Sean's "I Don't F-ck With You," Wiz Khalifa's "We Dem Boyz," and his own "Hey Mama," featuring Nicki Minaj.
9:21 PM -- As the crowd begins to swell at the Mojave tent for Gesstafellstein and the lights dimmed, an audience member smack in the middle waves a flag bearing the name "Kaskade," who performed hours prior at the main stage.
9:23 PM -- "This next song is from the new record and actually, the title of it was inspired by the L.A. sky," Florence Welch says of "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful," the title track to her upcoming third album. "So it really means a lot to be playing it tonight in front of you so thank you so much for having us."
9:30 PM -- The Weeknd is spotted in the VIP section during Gesaffelstein's set, wearing a bandana around his nose and surrounded by a team of bodyguards. It's possible he is curious about the producer Kanye tapped to co-produce some tracks on Yeezus.
9:42 PM -- Florence Welch has apparently asked Coachella to jump together before during set closer "Dog Days Are Over." So, she decides to up the ante: "I want you to embrace each other! Touch each other's faces -- get weird with it!"
10:11 PM -- Drake gets the crowd hyped up by starting his pre-set playlist with Eminem's "Lose Yourself," which inspires a mass rap-along.
11:22 PM -- Madonna! Not only does the Material Girl come out as the sole guest during Drake's closing headlining set, but she takes the opportunity to plant a wet one on the Young Money rapper. Instead of letting him get his way, she removes her lips from his, turns around and declares, "Bitch, I'm Madonna!" before leaving the stage.