Coachella 2019 Day Three Highlights: Bad Bunny Teams With J Balvin, Ariana Grande Reunites *NSYNC & More
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival closed out weekend one on Sunday (April 15) with a stacked roster of main stage acts -- and even more surprise performers.
While Zedd was on hand for an electronic sing-a-long featuring Katy Perry, Bad Bunny brought Latin trap beats (and J Balvin) to the stage, and Khalid invited an entourage of collaborators from Billie Eilish to Halsey to his own emotive set. And at long last, Ariana Grande brought #Arichella to life, with a headlining show that incorporated Nicki Minaj, Diddy and -- yes -- *NSYNC.
Brush up on the final night's festivities below. Coachella returns next weekend for round two, April 19 through 21.
4:20 p.m. In celebration of the festival’s final day, Republic Records is throwing an invite-only offsite party featuring their new class of artists, with Liam Payne, Kiana Ledé, NAV, Max Martin, Cash Money's Birdman and many more notable names in attendance. While the vibes start out mellow as industry folk mingle, the energy soon levels up once new signee Blueface hops on the outdoor stage to perform his catchy hit single “Thotiana.” The rapper experiences a few microphone glitches, but that doesn’t stop him nor the party. -- BIANCA GRACIE
6:21 p.m. Toward the end of his late afternoon set, Bad Bunny -- who performs in front of his signature eye icon and two larger-than-life, manicured pinky fingers -- welcomes his friend and collaborator J Balvin to the stage. (Balvin made history the day before as Coachella's first-ever reggaeton performer to play main stage at the festival). The two deliver a high-energy version of "I Like It," sans Cardi B, while waving the Puerto Rican flag. Elsewhere, Bad Bunny performs his Drake collab "MIA" and a handful of tracks off his late 2018 surprise album X100PRE. -- LYNDSEY HAVENS
6:30 p.m. The day’s lineup is already overflowing with high-energy acts, so Blood Orange’s set at the Outdoor Theater is a mellow refresher. The biggest moment occurs when the artist calls upon Colombian-Canadian singer Tei Shi to join him for a performance of “Hope,” a stunning highlight from Blood Orange’s Negro Swan album that also features Diddy. -- B.G.
7:18 p.m. New Jersey rapper 070 Shake launches into her breakthrough Kanye West collab “Ghost Town” to kick off her evening set, bounding onstage in a suede fringe jacket and teeny black sunglasses. The sound of the fiery, rock-tinged track and 070’s rich vocals lure in a swarm of curious concert-goers walking by. “This is the squad right here for the night -- it’s us,” the 21-year-old tells the growing crowd. “The only thing that matters is the impact I leave on you, and the impact you leave on me.” Bathing the crowd in psychedelic, colorful light effects, she continues to rouse the audience with standouts from last year’s Glitter EP, plus performances of just-released tracks “Morrow” and “Nice to Have.” -- TATIANA CIRISANO
7:22 p.m. Throughout his boisterous performance at the Sahara stage, YG makes sure to honor the legacy of his late friend and fellow rapper Nipsey Hussle, who died March 31 at age 33. “I couldn’t walk or talk,” YG tells the crowd about his reaction to Hussle’s death. “The only reason I’m up here is because I drank a whole bunch of tequila.” He caps off the somber revelation by asking everyone for six seconds of silence in respect of Hussle’s life. -- B.G.
7:34 p.m. As Zedd ushers dusk in to the desert, he also welcomes his latest collaborator to the stage: "the one and only" Katy Perry, to perform their team-up “365.” (Perry tagged her location as “Indio” in an Instagram post earlier this weekend, hinting at the possibility.) “I used to sneak in here,” she tells the crowd. “I’ve been doing Coachella for about 17 years!” Perry aside, Zedd’s pyro-filled performance is one of the biggest singalongs of the day, as he runs through hits like “I Want You to Know,” “The Middle” and “Clarity.” -- GAB GINSBERG & L.H.
8:42 p.m. Khalid follows an opening performance of his smooth 2017 album title track “American Teen” with “Twenty One” (written to commemorate his recent birthday), pointing to his growth as both a person and musician over the past few years. Tonight, he reaches another milestone, as his sophomore album Free Spirit debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The R&B singer-songwriter celebrates with a wide-ranging setlist spanning both albums, bringing out special guests Billie Eilish to perform their haunting collab “Lovely” plus Halsey and Benny Blanco for “Eastside” and even Normani for "Love Lies." But the most poignant part of the evening comes during Khalid’s performance of “Angels,” where he brings out a string orchestra and choir to perform the track and dedicates it to late rappers Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle. -- T.C.
8:51 p.m. Gucci Gang -- a.k.a. Smokepurpp, Lil Pump and Gucci Mane -- are the biggest party-starters of the day as they transform the Sahara stage into their own personal club. Smokepurpp calls out Lil Yachty for a lively rendition of their “Do Not Disturb” collaboration, which has the mostly young crowd shouting every word. Once it's Gucci Mane’s turn to take over the stage, the rapper ups the ante by calling on Migos’ Quavo to vibe out to “I Get The Bag” and “Slippery.” -- B.G.
9:58 p.m. Despite beginning her set nearly 30 minutes late, Grammy-winner H.E.R. still manages to entice festival-goers to the Outdoor Theater with her soulful croons. The singer has everyone deep in their romantic feelings as she sings lovelorn ballads like “Focus” and “Best Part.” -- B.G.
10:48 p.m. It’s a parade of special guests at Ariana Grande’s headlining set, with *NSYNC, Nicki Minaj, Diddy and Mase all making appearances. The highlight is definitely seeing Grande keeping up with the boy band’s “Tearin’ Up My Heart” choreography -- and subbing for Justin Timberlake on the second verse. -- G.G.