Coachella 2019 Day Two Highlights: Weezer Bring Out TLC's Chilli, Kid Cudi Tributes Nipsey Hussle
Plus, Billie Eilish makes her Coachella debut.
Day 2 (Saturday, April 13) of the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was a scorcher, with temps rising into the high 80s -- and the day was full of surprise collaborations to match. Weezer performed two covers with the help of the original artists (Tears For Fears and Chilli of TLC), Billie Eilish brought out Vince Staples, and J Balvin invited Rosalia (plus some cloud people) up on the main stage, to name just a few.
It was also a day of debuts, continuing the trend that began Friday; Juice WRLD, Sabrina Claudio, Eilish and Bazzi all played to packed crowds for their first-ever Coachella sets.
Below is Billboard’s hour-by-hour recap of all things that went down during weekend one, day two of Coachella.
4:19 p.m. Towards the end of Murda Beatz’s hits-filled set, the producer gets the young crowd even more hyped as he introduced his special guest. Once the all-too-familiar beat to “Work” begins, everyone’s already predicted that A$AP Ferg will pop up on stage even before Beatz has a chance to utter his name. The Harlem rapper then keeps his guest set on fire with an energetic rendition of “Plain Jane,” plus gives Lil Nas X’s newly-remixed “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus a spin. (It marks the first time a version of the No. 1 song has been played from a Coachella stage so far this weekend.) -- BIANCA GRACIE & LYNDSEY HAVENS
5:04 p.m. See-through clothing has been a major trend at this year’s festival, but no one has rocked it quite like Sabrina Claudio, who is currently serenading the main stage crowd in a black lace jumpsuit. “It’s a little hot,” she says with a laugh, “wrong outfit, but it’s cute though.” As the sun continues to beat down on festivalgoers, the emerging R&B singer’s honeyed voice has the effect of a cool breeze. Her set list includes blissful, smooth tracks like “Unravel Me” and “All to You” plus the brand-new song “Take One to The Head,” a smoldering, electric guitar-backed tale of heartbreak which she performs for the first time ever today. “I’m working on new music,” she explains, “and I thought, which better place in the world than to premiere one?” -- TATIANA CIRISANO
6:33 p.m. Just when you thought Bazzi’s set couldn’t get more energetic, the singer riles up the festivalgoers with the introduction of his special guest: Ty Dolla $ign. The singer, who just happens to be celebrating his birthday today, is in a joyous mood as he runs through his hit songs like “Blasé” and his verse on Post Malone’s “Psycho.” -- B.G.
6:48 p.m. Canadian dance duo Bob Moses is vibing hard on the Outdoor Theatre stage as the sun begins to set, their performance matching the weather’s moody shift. “Back Down” gets a particularly pumped reaction from the crowd, and a crackling fire projected on the screen behind the group is more than a little fitting. -- GAB GINSBERG & B.G.
7:21 p.m. J Balvin brings out Rosalia for their colorful collab “Con Altura.” (The day before, the Barcelona-born singer ended her own set with the hit.) He also welcomes Sean Paul to the stage as his second guest of the set. But during “I Like It,” Balvin substitutes all-star collaborators Cardi B and Ozuna (both of whom dropped by Coachella on day one to perform “Taki Taki” with Selena Gomez during DJ Snake’s set) with life-size bobblehead versions of the two. -- L.H.
7:45 p.m. The French force that is Chris(tine and the Queens) storms onto the Outdoor Theatre Stage with her troupe of backup dancers, opening with the infectious “Comme Si.” “Coachella! How glorious!” She yells. “Girlfriend” and “Tilted” are just a few songs in her set to involve incredible choreography, and later, a giant shower of sparks adds that extra bit of magic. “This is now a safe space. Mutations are allowed. We are free to break the law — it’s going to stay between us,” Chris insists with a wink. -- G.G.
8:04 p.m. The tented Gobi stage overflows for Maggie Rogers’ evening set. Wearing a white tank, snakeskin pants and a vibrant red scarf, the singer passionately delivers “Back In My Body” before fiercely closing out with “Fallingwater” -- complete with sky-high, wailing vocals that rival the sound bleeding from nearby stages and activations. -- L.H.
8:39 p.m. Weezer takes to the main stage and opens with “Buddy Holly" against a backdrop of psychedelic imagery. “Coachella, are you ready to rock?” frontman Rivers Cuomo asks. (We are.) The band later brings out Tears For Fears to perform a cover of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (included on Weezer’s Teal Album of covers), and TLC’s Chilli for “No Scrubs.” The crowd loses their minds in between those collaborative moments, too, as the band runs through every hit in their arsenal; Cuomo’s vocals are as great on “Undone (Sweater Song),” “Pork and Beans” and “Perfect Situation” as the day they were released. -- G.G.
9:11 p.m. “Put your middle fingers up!” yells Juice WRLD at the Sahara tent, and the rowdy, packed crowd immediately complies. For his Coachella debut, the 20-year-old rapper turns the stage into a dystopian dream straight out of his rock-tinged March album Death Race For Love, complete with an "Ice Cold Cup” truck, images of barking dogs and a wall of chain link fences affixed with barbed wire. Wearing a studded vest and black cutoff cargo pants, the recent Billboard cover star pours his emotions into a rousing setlist, which includes tracks like “Armed & Dangerous,” "Hear Me Calling" and breakthrough hit “Lucid Dreams.” “I just want to let it be known that it was a dream of mine to do Coachella, and here I fucking am,” he says. “So I feel like celebrating.” -- T.C.
10:23 p.m. Fans patiently wait for Billie Eilish to finally appear on stage — she’s 30 minutes late — but the singer gives them a little surprise to appease them. Long Beach rapper Vince Staples joins Eilish to perform their energetic collaboration “&Burn.” Staples’ microphone unfortunately doesn’t work for his short appearance, but that doesn’t stop the crowd from turning up. -- B.G.
11:25 p.m. Tame Impala's frontman Kevin Park is exactly that: tame. He keeps his cool on stage as the Australian psych-rockers bring, as expected, a stunning laser light show and colorful visuals to their headlining set. The band tosses in a few new songs off its upcoming LP, but largely leans on its last release, 2015's Currents, to fill the set list (hits like "Elephant" and "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" still make it in). And while Parker has guested on stage with Travis Scott lately, no such favors were returned -- can someone say lonerism? -- L.H.
12:33 a.m. Kanye West’s “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” blares out of the speakers at the Sahara Stage, which Kid Cudi, who's featured on the track, is closing out on day two. (Though Kanye is nowhere in sight, he very well could make a cameo at next weekend's set, as he'll be in the desert to hold a Sunday Service.) Surrounded by large boulders and mountains that make up his elaborate stage design, Cudi later says, “I know this is one of your guys’ favorites,” and delivers “Up Up & Away.” The song sets off landslide of hits: “Erase Me,” “Memories,” “Day ‘N’ Night” and “Mr. Rager” -- all performed back-to-back in an epic trip down memory lane. Cudi also trends on Twitter, helped in part by the presence of Ethan and Grayson Dolan (aka The Dolan Twins) in the audience. Cudi saves the best for last, closing with “Pursuit Of Happiness,” which he dedicates to Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle. -- L.H.