Every year, people lose their minds when the Coachella lineup is released. And rightfully so, I have been six times and have never been disappointed. The festival is so guaranteed to be amazing that me, and thousands of others, buy our tickets for the upcoming year lineup unseen. One of the best parts of the festival is that no matter who is listed on the roster, there are always unbelievably cool surprise guest appearances. Here are my top 5 best appearances!
5. Calvin Harris and Rihanna (2012)
I was lucky enough to go to both weekends of Coachella in 2012, and Calvin Harris certainly did not disappoint. His popularity has grown so much in fact, that he performed on the main stage this year. Rihanna is known to go to Coachella herself, not performing however, simply to enjoy the music like us commoners. During the show, she surprisingly hopped up on stage and performed the duo’s hit of the year “We Found Love.” And, believe me, we were all in love.
4. Skrillex and Korn (2011)
Skrillex’s 2011 performance is one that I hold particularly near and dear. This was my first taste of EDM and boy was it fun (First time on someone’s shoulders too!) Skrillex’s sound is already pretty intense, but it was really cool to see such different genres combine. It sort of brought Skrillex back to his roots, Sonny Moore of From First To Last.
3. Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg and Eminem
Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg (or Lion / whatever) was hands down one of the best performances I have seen in my lifetime. They had so many guest appearances it’s hard to keep track of who was where. I went to the fest twice this year and still chose to see this act instead of another the second weekend. Now I won’t deny that Eminem is one of my all time favorites, but he was hiding under the radar for so long before then that truly no one expected him to be there. Yes, duh, I lost it. Both times.
2. Jay Z and Beyoncé (2010)
I guess it shouldn’t have been much of a surprise that Queen Bay made an appearance at her husband’s headlining performance, but that didn’t make it any less exciting. The two sang “Forever Young,” and in those three minutes, we all were.
1. Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg and Tupac (2012)
Obviously Tupac was going to be #1 on this list. He wasn’t just an appearance, he was a revival. Never before used technology brought Tupac back to life as we watched from the crowd as he both interacted with the audience and rapped with the artists on stage. It was so lifelike that it was mind-blowing. Seeing this act twice was one of the best decision I’ve ever made, though I was no less blown away the second time around. Now both Tupac and his hologram’s legacy live on.