Coachella 2016: Rihanna Joins Calvin Harris, Chainsmokers Bring G-Eazy, Third Eye Blind, Walk The Moon, Tiesto & More Day 3 Highlights

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Rihanna performs on day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2016 in Indio, Calif.

Following two full days of stellar music and surprise guests, Coachella's third day did not disappoint on any front. From celebrity sightings to unexpected musical appearances, the festival's final day provided a fitting finale. Join Billboard’s on-the-ground team for a varied recap of the last day's musical highlights.

12:30 p.m. The third day of Coachella kicked off with the shoegazey trio Mint Field from Tijuana, Baja California. Performing in front of a small crowd that cheered on the young talent’s debut at the festival, Andrés, Estrella and Amor made sure to make this a memorable performance giving it their all onstage. The Mexican band took advantage of their 30-minute performance to show-off their musical abilities by switching from indie rock to alternative and vice-versa. - Griselda Flores

2:00 p.m. Cholo-goth duo Prayers gave Sunday’s sermon at the Mojave stage. “It’s Sunday, you better be saying your prayers,” said San Diego band’s frontman to a crowd that was more than ready to worship the duo’s music. The throbbing beats of the electronic rock music resonated with the powerful message the band sent out about Donald Trump. “Do not allow a piece of s**t like Trump to divide us. We all know who we are and don’t need anyone to define us. - Griselda Flores

3:42 p.m. Following Claptone's Immortal Live performance, Thomas Jack took the reins at the Sahara stage. The long-locked Aussie artist drew a sizable crowd for his groove-laden tropical beats, which perfectly fit the sunny Sunday afternoon atmosphere - Matt Medved

3:46 p.m. The cello made an appearance at Coachella, as shape-shifting rocker Meg Myers hits the Gobi Stage. The set kicked off with Myers’ lustful, intense Nine Inch Nails-esque single “Desire.” - Chris Payne

 

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5:14 p.m. A gaggle of models (or model-wannabees) all in cut-offs and flower headdresses -- posed at the front of the barricade while dependable singer-songwriter Pete Yorn played a cover of Morrissey's "Suedehead" to a Gobi tent full, mostly, of seated fans just looking for a place to cool down. - Jeff Miller

5:22 p.m. Atlanta trap artist Bro Safari rocks the Heineken House with rowdy hip-hop anthems and pummeling 808s that belie the festival's relatively early hour. With an animated MC entreating attendees to throw their hands up, the mid-afternoon set is one of the stage's most crowd-moving. - Matt Medved

?6:03 p.m. Grooving to his own rhythms beneath the Yuma Tent's slowly rotating shark-shaped disco ball, Tensnake provides a perfect early evening soundtrack with upbeat 90s house jams. - Matt Medved 

6:50 p.m. Following a seamless segue from Missy Elliot's "Get Your Freak On," Baauer trotted out Pusha T for a set-closing rendition of their audience-enthralling single "Kung Fu." After flower-crowned girls finished gyrating to Future's recorded hook, Pusha launched into Chief Keef's "I Don't Like" to the excitement of all in attendance. - Matt Medved

6:58 p.m. After nearly an hour, The 1975 wrapped their show, one of the most satisfying of the Coachella weekend. Not that we're complaining about unexpected collaborations at Coachella, but with the 1975's Sunday set, guyliner-laden frontman Matt Healy proved that a main stage band can deliver a festival performance devoid of premeditated surprises and satisfy the entire crowd. By the last 20 minutes of their set, it was clear even those unfamiliar with the U.K. outfit were feeling the band's lightly funky riffs something fierce. – Joe Lynch

7:25 p.m. Amber Rose entered the VIP section ahead of Major Lazer's concert. While she eyed the crowd to size up the scene and look for whom else might be there, her security stared down anyone within 20 feet of her. – Joe Lynch

7:27 p.m. Stagecoach Festival won’t hit Indio, Cali. for another two weeks, but country singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton looked right at home during his twilight set on the Gobi Stage. His wife Morgane Stapleton performed alongside him throughout, mostly on backing vocals, but took the reins on their stirring rendition of “You Are My Sunshine.” - Chris Payne

7:32 p.m. “I spent a long time in vans pulling trailers,” Chris Stapleton reflected, introducing his song “The Devil Named Music.” “We’re not doing that anymore. Thank you for that.” No kidding. Stapleton had been a songwriting force in Nashville for some time, but his 2015 solo debut album Traveller has been a frequent entrant to the top 10 of the Billboard 200 since Stapleton pulled off a surprise Album of the Year win at the 2015 CMAs. His Coachella set is another feather in the ol' cowboy hat for what's been an incredible year so far. - Chris Payne

7:47 p.m. Toward the end of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' crowd-pleasing set (which persisted despite sound bleeding in from Major Lazer's nearby gig), frontman Alex Ebert handed his microphone to the crowd. One man shared a story that concluded with, "You changed my life, man -- your music is amazing." Ebert's response: "I swear I didn't plant him here." – Joe Lynch

7:50 p.m. French house artist Tchami transformed the Sahara tent into his personal cathedral, complete with a white-clad choir and stunning stained-glass window visuals. The crowd that gathered for evening mass pulsed along with his throbbing bass lines while the Indio sun sinks beneath the horizon  - Matt Medved

8:10 p.m. Dancehall star Sean Paul came out onstage with dance trio Major Lazer to sing his hit "Get Busy," sending kids into a nostalgia tizzy for 2003. Yep, that was 13 years ago. - Jeff Miller

8:45 p.m. Returning to the scene of his Coachella debut a couple days earlier, G-Eazy bounds up the Sahara stage steps to join The Chainsmokers for "Me, Myself & I." The lanky rapper grins as he swaggers across the stage and invites the crowd to throw their hands skyward. - Matt Medved 

8:58 p.m. Night has completely fallen upon the Coachella grounds, and Beach House drapes its Outdoor Stage audience in the blissful vibes of its Depression Cherry track “Sparks” to close out its set. - Chris Payne

 

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9:01 p.m. The Chainsmokers have no shortage of special guests up their sleeves. Shortly after an appearance by Tiesto for joint song "Split (Only U)," the New York duo introduce Walk the Moon. While snares escalate a burgeoning build, the Cincinnati outfit belt out the lyrics to their smash hit "Shut Up and Dance." Martin Garrix was spotted rocking out onstage while a seemingly endless array of models took selfies beside the Chainsmokers' mountainous stage production. - Matt Medved

9:02 p.m. When Alessia Cara brought her set to a close, it was already clear there was so much more to the burgeoning R&B songstress than her breakthrough hit "Here." Regardless, it was that song that got the biggest response from the crowd, a crew full of joint-smoking dudes and necking couples. The celebratory atmosphere during "Here" was itself a benign irony, given the song is an anthem for the party-weary loner. – Joe Lynch

9:05 p.m. Sia performed a stunning, star-laden set to the Coachella crowd, but amidst the celebrity faces, young Maddie Ziegler was still the MVP. The Dance Moms breakout star twitched and gyrated while Sia, standing strategically to the side of the spotlight, belted "Alive." An argument can be made that Maddie Ziegler is to Sia as Key & Peele's Anger Translator is to the President Obama. – Joe Lynch 

9:30 p.m. Sunday Night Live! While Sia performed "Eye of the Needle" obscured by a bushy wig, Kristen Wiig took the stage to emote crying and heavy, emotional breathing during the song. Why? #Art – Joe Lynch

9:58 p.m. While Sia's set alternately captivated and confounded the Coachella goers waiting for Calvin Harris to take the stage, her closing song was an unqualified success. When Sia hit "Chandelier" with abandon, even those who seemed disinterested in her previous set material swayed with their arms in the air. – Joe Lynch

10:18 p.m. "Is that Big Sean?" asks Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers while watching Calvin Harris' festival-closing set. Indeed it is. The Detroit native joins the Scottish artist to perform his hit song, "I Don't F--k With You." - Matt Medved

10:22 p.m.There was a traffic jam to get into the Mojave tent for Miike Snow, who packed the tent to overflow for a stellar set of electro-pop radio jams; the whole audience knew every word to both older tracks like "Silvia" and newer jams like the single "Ghengis Kahn." Jeff Miller

 

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10:50 p.m. Few are surprised when Calvin Harris brings out Rihanna for "We Found Love," but that doesn't stop Coachella' swelling main stage crowd from collectively losing their minds screaming. - Matt Medved

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