From art to food and tents, Coachella 2018 already has some surprises.
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Three-digit heat traffic and afternoon traffic trapped Coachella on Sunday. But enthusiasm for the event could not have decreased, which says something given its decades of winning prizes as the main music festival in the United States.

Beyoncé was largely responsible for raising the social importance of Coachella. As for the weather? "It's a dry heat," said Daisy Gomez of Las Vegas.

Fans who braved the afternoon sun – a small percentage of the more than 100,000 people who attended the art and music festival on two weekends in Indio per day – preferred to sit under trees hundreds of meters away Coachella's main stage instead of approaching eclectic artists such as Lion Babe, LANY and Vance Joy.

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INDIO, CA – APRIL 14: Beyonce Knowles performs on stage during the 2018 Festival of Music and Arts of Coachella Valley Weekend 1 at Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2018 Indio, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca / Getty Images for Coachella) (Photo: Larry Busacca, Getty Images for Coachella)

"I know it's Sunday and it's hot," said Paul Jason Klein of LANY (an acronym for Los Angeles) -NY). "But this is a dream come true to play in this scenario."

Laura Pergolizzi, singing under the stage name LP at the Mojave store, did not seem as enamored of the second weekend as many artists and fans said they were.

"There are 150 out there," he said before presenting his song, "When We & # 39; re High". "I hope you are well".

As if animating Dancing, the enthusiastic crowd sang along with their band, thanked Coachella and said: "This is better than I could have expected."

That was the sensation in the fulminating fields of the El Imperio and El Dorado polo clubs. Admirers from all over the world came to watch the lineup of more than 170 musical performances, as well as giant art installations, product stores, food stalls and attractions as a cinematic augmented reality experience in Antarctica.

Veronica Barbara of Los Angeles said that her friend, Brenda Pinedo, was "about to faint" in the sun on Sunday afternoon. But Pinedo said: "It does not ruin it." You know what awaits you "

There were two of thousands of fans who knew that Beyoncé was going to be the highlight of the festival, and they were willing to pay the price to get a good place to show up and watch her perform. with good visibility in an open-air tavern at 6 pm and remained there until the pop-R & B star finished her set before the 1 am curfew.

"Beyoncé was beyond everything," Gomez said she and a friend parked in front of stage six of Coachella hours before Beyoncé, enjoying Tyler the Creator and Haim during the wait, Brandon Bryan of New York said he was standing in front of the The main stage for 11 hours so as not to lose his place for Beyoncé, he said "it was incredible" and that it would have been worth waiting even in the heat of Sunday.

The popular Japanese metal band X Japan added a third guest artist, Marilyn Manson, and generated long conversations about his merits compared to Beyoncé on Facebook and Twitter. But his audience in the Mojave tent was still eclipsed by the massive crowd of Queen Bey at the same time.

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Both weekends were full of surprises and disappointments when some special guests they did not reappear. Kendrick Lamar played two songs with SZA Weekend 1 but not with Weekend 2. SZA sat down with Cardi B Weekend 2.

April 22, 2018; Indio, CA, USA UU; Cardi B is presented during the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival at Empire Polo Club. Compulsory credit: Richard Lui / The Desert Sun through USA TODAY NETWORK (Photo: Richard Lui, The Desert Sun-USA TODAY NETWORK)

But both weekends received similar help from Beyoncé and that eclipsed everything the rest.

Haim, a singing brother trio from the San Fernando Valley, called Coachella his "hometown festival" and said they were thrilled to be on the same stage that Beyoncé would soon grace.

Much of the conversation about Coachella has focused on the most R & B and hip-hop acts, and Beyoncé focused even more on the contribution of African-American music to today's pop culture. His set includes again James Weldon Johnson's "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which has been called "the African-American national anthem," and the big-band segments with baton-twirling were compared to HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and University). .

National Public Radio reported that even Beyoncé's mother, Tina Knowles, expressed concern that "the predominantly white audience in Coachella would be confused with all black culture and black university culture." Knowles said her daughter answered, "I have worked very hard to get to the point where I have a true voice and, at this time in my life and my career, I have a responsibility to do what's best for the world and not what It is more popular. "

Coachella has become a forum for that message, just as it has become a launching pad for artists who wear their racing to another level. Ariana Grande used her guest appearance on Friday, programmed by electronic artist Kygo, to release her new single, "No Tears Left to Cry," just hours after the video premiere. Kygo also used his set to recognize the earlier death that day of the 28-year-old electronic artist, Avicii. The fans said early that day that they expected some kind of recognition for him in Coachella, where he was a featured attraction of the Sahara in 2012, and Kygo provided that moment by closing his set with Awitii "Without You".

Coachella co-founder and CEO, Paul Tollett, recalled before the festival that there was a time when "we used to think we were going to be without headliners."

"We talk about that all the time," he said. "It's possible that the show does not last because, as soon as you've hit all the headliners and you've milked it all, it would collapse. And I'm already starting to see next year and there are too many (to choose easily). "

The cultural shift towards greater inclusion has opened up opportunities for more artists and Beyoncé is a symbol of that as the first black woman headliner.

Brian Thuyen of San Diego, assisting her second Coachella in a Row said he thought there was more balance between genres this year than the previous one, he called it a good "transition experience" for young music lovers and said that Coachella is "his own world".

But he said that Beyoncé impacted the festival in many ways.

"This year was a bit more hectic," he said. "But that's for Beyoncé."


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