As the curtain closed on the weekend weekend of Coachella 2016, the finale (April 17) of the three-day affair seemed to be an extension of day two: major artists bringing out even more major artists. Here's some of the memorable highlights of day three...
Slotted between two of dance music's heavyweights, Calvin Harris and Major Lazer, in-demand pop singer/songwriter Sia took to the main stage just after dusk for a solo performance that crammed all the weirdness and eccentricity we've come to love of the elusive artist. Tucked away in the back of the stage (full wig in tow) behind a cast of performance artists, including comedic actress Kristen Wiig and prodigal child dancer Maddie Ziegler, Sia belted out her biggest solo hits like "Chandelier" and "Titanium" in addition to numerous tracks off her latest album, This Is Acting. The audience, who clamored into the main stage field early for an up-close seat to headliner Calvin Harris, seemed a little disinterested in one of the weekend's best sets, surely due to Sia giving total attention to the dancers and artists around her as she distanced herself to provide the musical backdrop.
Australian wunderkind Flume remains one of electronic music's most respected and well received acts, from both dance peers and fans alike—his Outdoor Theater performance last night cemented his foothold in the industry. The 24-year-old producer balanced just enough emotion with technicality playing snippets of new music from the four-minute teaser he dropped back in January from his forthcoming album Skin, as well as welcoming Canadian singer Kai to the stage to perform their newly-unsealed collaboration "Never Be Like You."
Between The Chainsmokers, Major Lazer, Tchami, KSHMR, Baauer, Maceo Plex, TOKiMONSTA and Claptone, among others, EDM certainly reigned on the festival's final day. But Calvin Harris' main stage headliner slot to close out the star-studded weekend drew a crowd similar in size to his 2014 Coachella set—except this time with a new crop of guest performers. Big Sean popped in stage for his 2014 feature on Calvin's record "Open Wide," meanwhile his set's biggest surprise was Rihanna, who sang along to their dance-pop game changer "We Found Love" with none other than Taylor Swift and Lorde in the crowd dancing and shouting the lyrics as posted on her Instagram. This comes in perfect timing as RiRi is set to pick up her Anti world tour next Sunday, April 24th, in Seattle.