Coachella’s style was a bust, but the performances were not


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Alexia Lodise, Reporter

 Every year, music lovers patiently await the arrival of Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the US. With its “boho” style and impressive headliners, Coachella is the place to be. Taking place in Indio, California, Coachella is a weekend-long event. This year, the festival was split into two weekends, April 13-15 and April 20-22, with headliners such as The Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Eminem.
   During week one, the most stunning performance was by Beyoncé’s. Her performance was legendary and blew up the Internet with the new hashtag of #Beychella. After a year of not performing due to her pregnancy, according to The Cut, Beyoncé treated her return to the stage like a family reunion with her fans. Her two-hour long show consisted of a brass band as well as a drum line. She performed two-decades of her hits while ascending a pyramid of bleachers, filled with color guard dancers and baton twirlers.

   More than an hour into her show, Beyoncé ushered her husband, rapper Jay-Z, on stage for a preview of their upcoming summer tour. She also invited her former Destiny’s Child members on stage for a quick medley of their early hits like “Lose My Breath.” With the honor of being the first black woman to headline for Coachella, Beyoncé also took the time to pay respect to black leaders and visionaries who’ve inspired her own music.
  In addition to the performance of “Queen B,” Mason Ramsey, also known as the “Yodeling Walmart Boy,” took the stage. Mason flooded the Internet with a video of him singing “Lovesick Blues” by Hank Williams in the air mattress isle of Walmart. The video has been viewed over 20 million times on YouTube and he’s gained over 200,000 Twitter followers and 1.4 million Instagram followers. He also had the privilege of meeting Justin Bieber at Coachella. Bieber was heard giving Ramsey helpful advice, such as “drink some water.” Bieber was also very proud of Ramsey and was seen to be cheering him on from the crowd.
  Along with its notable headliners’, celebrities such as Post Malone, Kendall Jenner and Rihanna were also in attendance. Displaying their creative and fun outfits with brands such as Gucci, Pacsun, Levi’s and H&M. Despite the numerous new and creative styles seen at Coachella was generic. Concert goers all looked the same and it didn’t fit the creative and original style of Coachella. Anupreet Bhui, senior editor for Global Street Style at the trend forecasting agency WGSN, who monitors over 20 music festivals yearly said, “It’s more about the looks than the ideology. Let’s not forget: it’s the Instagram generation,” referring to the numerous amounts of similar Instagram posts. Concert-goers were also seen to be mimicking last years style with recurring elements of fringe and cutoffs, metallic tattoos, and anything Mexican-style inspired.
  Although the style aspect of Coachella was a bust, fans are still talking about the historic performances. Excited for next year, concert-goers are already questioning next year’s setlist.