The 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is only halfway in the books: Weekend 1 of the annual Indio, Calif. festival concluded last Sunday night, but Weekend 2 is just about to get underway, with headliners Drake, AC/DC and Jack White all returning to entertain the masses in the desert. With what we witnessed last weekend, however, new questions about the best sets, the biggest surprises and the most amazing stage banter can be formed. As Weekend 2 kicks off on Friday (Apr. 17), here’s what we want to know about the second half of Coachella 2015:
1. Can Drake Recover?
Drake’s headlining set last Sunday night (Apr. 12) left something to be desired: the momentum stalled, the crowd was unenthusiastic, and the decision to have Madonna as the only guest star was curious. Simply put, it was an uneven showcase, in what should have been a main stage coronation. Drake apparently knows it wasn’t up to snuff, and looks to rebound with a do-over during Weekend 2 — perhaps without locking lips with the Queen of Pop. Speaking of which…
2. Who Will Drake Bring Out?
The not-so-quiet Weekend 2 rumor is that Drake is bringing out Kanye West, but really, Drizzy could welcome a number of artists onstage for an overwhelming antithesis to Weekend 1. Maybe ILoveMakonnen pops up for “Tuesday,” Big Sean strolls out for “All Me” and “Blessings,” and Saturday performer the Weeknd shows up for some “Crew Love.” With Drake, the possibilities truly are endless.
3. How Mobile Will Florence Welch Be?
Florence + The Machine gave the best performance of Weekend 1 in our humble opinion… but that crown came with a cost, as Florence Welch broke her foot while jumping around during the set. The band is soldiering on in spite of the injury, although their set time has been cut to half an hour and the U.K. singer-songwriter will likely be avoiding the stage sprints that marked last weekend’s show. Can Florence still bring the fire on one wheel?
4. What Else Is Up David Guetta’s Sleeve?
Like Drake, Guetta delivered one of the biggest surprises of Coachella during Weekend 1’s waning hours, as he brought out the reunited Black Eyed Peas for their 2009 smash “I Gotta Feeling.” Could Weekend 2 include a surprise performance with Nicki Minaj, who guests on his latest single “Hey Mama”? Could he convince frequent collaborator Sia to make a rare live appearance?
5. Will Gorgon City Be Way More Crowded?
Last Friday, Gorgon City rewarded an audience that skipped concurrent sets by Steely Dan, Caribou and DJ Snake by bringing out Jennifer Hudson to perform their collaboration “Go All Night,” as well as Jess Glynne for her song “Right Here.” The British duo also happened to deliver a spellbinding set — and with all the positive buzz, it will be interesting to see how much more packed the Gobi Tent is on Friday night of Weekend 2.
6. Will Ghostface Killah & Raekwon Play ‘C.R.E.A.M.’?
An undeniable bummer of Weekend 1: Rae and Ghost didn’t have time to squeeze in the Enter The 36 Chambers highlight at the end of their set. Hopefully the Wu leaders will do a better job of allotting a few minutes to the classic single after running through Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.
7. What Will Steely Dan’s Weekend 2 Rant Be Like?
Toward the beginning of The Dan’s triumphant Weekend 1 performance, guitarist Walter Becker lightly harangued the crowd with declarations like, “We’re here, we still got it, and if you want it come and get it… You’re gonna know that your little tree has been shook, and that your world has been rocked.” If anything, we’d like to see Steely Dan go even harder in their Weekend 2 speech — maybe calling out other bands, using crazier metaphors and quoting HBO’s The Wire (maybe Donald Fagen can whisper behind his grand piano, “Come at the king, you best not miss”).
8. Does The Weeknd Bring Out Any Guests?
The R&B crooner seemed to have something to prove while closing out the main stage last Saturday night, and his solo performance was impressively commanding. Weekend 2, then, should be a high-wattage victory lap: let’s see Ariana Grande come out for “Love Me Harder” and Drake pop up one night prior to his Sunday showcase.
9. How Present Will The Haim Sisters Be This Weekend?
Last weekend, Este Haim joined Hozier for a cover of The Time’s “Jungle Love,” and then all three Haim sisters joined Jenny Lewis onstage to perform “Girl On Girl.” Ideally, their Coachella guest appearances would continue, and become even more random: maybe Este joins AC/DC, Alana plays with Run The Jewels, Danielle helps out Brand New and all three slow jam with FKA Twigs on Saturday night.
10. Who Will Rule Weekend 2?
Weekend 1 included an astonishing number of entertaining performances, but some Coachella sets found a way to rise to the top. Can acts like Tame Impala, Jack White and Azaealia Banks continue their winning ways, or will other artists step up to the plate and deliver Weekend 2’s home runs? With Coachella 2015: The Sequel kicking off in a few hours, we’ll know soon enough.