The 15 best things we saw at Coachella 2024

August Brown, Vanessa Franko, Nate Jackson , Mikael Wood and Danielle Dorsey, Los Angeles Times on

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INDIO, Calif. — The first weekend of the 2024 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festivalhas wrapped after a wild closing set from Doja Cat Sunday night.

Whether you want catch up on the biggest moments of the weekend or you’re planning to head to the Empire Polo Club to catch the festival’s encore this upcoming weekend, these are the things worth noting from the latest edition of the long-running festival.

Strangest set of the weekend: Doja Cat

Doja Cat’s set began with her in a hazmat suit rapping furiously over a sample of 10cc’s soft-rock classic “I’m Not in Love” and it had her dancing in an extremely long blond wig amid a tribe of Yetis; it featured a giant dinosaur skeleton operated by puppeteers and it climaxed with her mud-wrestling with a troupe of female dancers wearing safety goggles as she rapped her song “Wet Vagina” in the finale where you might’ve expected her breakthrough pop hit “Say So” (which she never actually did).

This had to go down among the strangest sets ever to happen at Coachella — and that’s including last year’s Frank Ocean meta-spectacle. — Mikael Wood

Craziest stage set: Tyler, the Creator


What did one of the wildest live performers of his era do for his headlining set Saturday night? How about fighting with a giant sheep puppet, getting ripped across the stage in a fake windstorm and delivering A-list guest performers for a career-spanning set that proved his singular place in L.A. music history. — August Brown

Best way to beat the long walk to and from the parking lot: Lana Del Rey

Ten years after her last visit to the desert, Lana Del Rey headlined Night 1 of this year’s Coachella festival with an almost radically languid performance that reminded you how singular a figure she is in modern pop music: a slow-mo balladeer with a high, fluttering voice and a deeply bookish lyrical approach. Roaming a stage designed to look like a “Sunset Boulevard”-style mansion in disrepair — after arriving at the stage on the back of a motorcycle. She departed the same way. — M.W.

Best ‘90s reunion we expected: No Doubt


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