From Tupac’s hologram to Daft Punk, Coachella has been at the top the pinnacle when it comes down to some the best music performances all time. Despite other festivals focusing on just one genre, Coachella’s open-mind to bring music fans what they want has helped excel Coachella to be one the biggest music festivals all time.
Ever since 1999, Coachella has impressed millions people with their once-in-a-lifetime performances. Here are the ten best Coachella performances.
10 Best Coachella Performances
10. Jay Z and Beyonce (2010)
In 2010, Jay Z became the first rapper to ever headline Coachella. To celebrate this monumental occasion, Jay Z made sure his set was extra special by bringing out Beyonce during Coachella 2010.
9. Kaskade (2015)
In 2015, Coachella granted Kaskade the main stage for a monumental live set in front thousands fans. To celebrate the occasion, Kaskade quickly displayed why he was meant for the main stage.
8. Korn & Skrillex (2011)
Before EDM really began to grow in popularity in the United States, Korn hosted Sonny Moore (Skrillex) during their 2011 set. Watch as the combination artists lit up Coachella’s Sahara Tent.
7. Madonna (2006)
For Coachella 2008, Madonna showed up and headlined the Sahara dance tent. After 30 minutes into her set, everybody knew that she was there to perform and entertain the entire crowd.
6. Kendrick Lamar (2017)
Just days after releasing his Grammy-winning album DAMN., Kendrick Lamar lit up Coachella 2017 with his incredible live set. Lamar debuted 10 the album’s 14 tracks and even managed to bring out Future, Travis Scott, and ScHoolboy Q.
5. Kanye West (2011)
Coachella wasn’t necessarily known for bringing hip-hop acts to the desert, but the organizers changed everything in 2006. For Coachella 2011, the organizers once again brought back Kanye for an awe-inspiring performance.
Just three weeks before Coachella 2018, the organizers announced that Prince would be Saturday’s headlining performance. Prince showed up with some his best songs and dazzled the crowd.
3. Rage Against The Machine (2007)
After a long 7-year break, Rage Against The Machine gathered at Coachella to perform in front the largest crowd ever in Coachella’s history. Zack de La Rocha, Tom Morello and company was so overwhelmed by the response that Rage Against The Machine turned the one-f gig into a full-scale reunion tour.
2. Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg featuring Tupac Hologram (2012)
In 2012, Coachella made history as it reunited hip-hop icons Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg to close out both Sundays Coachella’s first two-weekend event. In addition to bringing out 50 Cent, Warren G., Wiz Khalifa, and Eminem, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg resurrected Tupac with a hologram.
1. Daft Punk (2006)
Who could ever forget Daft Punk’s iconic performance at Coachella 2006? As 40,000 people crammed their way into The Saraha tent, Daft Punk came alive as the pyramid lit up the night.