After watching Beyoncé deliver a landmark performance on Saturday night (April 14) at Coachella, fans pondered if Day Three of the 19th annual festival would be as promising. Fortunately, they weren’t disappointed. Marquee acts such as Eminem, Miguel, Migos and Cardi B breathed life into the scorching desert with their action-packed sets. With Coachella 2018 finally in the books, take a look at our Day Three experience below.
1:55 p.m. After a chill beginning to his set, Bay Area-based DJ Giraffage kicks things into second gear with an edit of Lil Pump’s “Gucci Gang” laid over an instrumental that sounds like The Chemical Brothers’ “Star Guitar” as composed for the Legend of Zelda series. Things ramp up even further with a Baltimore club-sounding remix of Ginuwine’s ’90s R&B classic “Pony,” and then with an actual live guest of Giraffage’s — Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast, stopping by to help out on the two artists’ impossibly dreamy “Maybes” collab. — ANDREW UNTERBERGER
2:51 p.m. Always refreshing to hear a hip-hop act taking on a song from Nirvana’s Nevermind that isn’t “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” as rap/R&B hybrid duo THEY. do with their performance of “Rather Die” — which prominently samples and interpolates the album’s side-one-closing acoustic ballad “Polly.” A little odd to hear such a disturbing song refitted with its own drop, perhaps, but Kurt Cobain probably would’ve appreciated the subversion. — A.U.
4:25 p.m. Russ kept the crowd engaged with his energetic set, but also, his bold commentary. The loquacious MC had no problem voicing his issues against his conspirators during his time on stage. “Stop crying in my mentions,” he said. “Rappers never wanna see me in person and let me check you. Stop all the talking.” — CARL LAMARRE
4:28 p.m. Portland rapper Aminé leads the entire Mojave Tent in a singalong through the entirety of his unexpected crossover hit “Caroline” — with one exception: When the song gets to its irresistibly drawled “Killa… west side n—a…” hook, Aminé instead cautions his audience “If you ain’t black, don’t say it.” After the song, he specifically shouts out the fans who had the good judgment not to sing along with the line, even before his admonition. — A.U.
4:53 p.m. Fresh on the heels of her debut album Expectations, pop singer Hayley Kiyoko packs out the Gobi tent bringing rock flavor and synchronized moves with backup dancers to the stage. “Do you guys know the love in the tent right now?” she told the audience between renditions of “Curious” and “Girls Like Girls. “Look at everyone around us, we’re all gathered to listen to food music and look at hot girls. Let’s do this every week.” — STEVEN J. HOROWITZ
7:10 p.m. With a red solo cup in hand, rapper Jidenna glided across the stage running through selections from his 2017 debut The Chief including “Bambi” and “Classic Man.” — S.J.H.
7:20 p.m. Having already brought out Lil Pump and G-Eazy, before concluding his star-studded set, French Montana closed things out in style, enlisting Puff Daddy for an electric performance of “All About the Benjamins.” – C.L.
7:32 p.m. 6LACK was in full force during his early evening set at the Mojave tent, explaining to the crowd how far he’s come. “Coachella, I’d like to welcome y’all to the 6LACK show,” he said to the crowd, so packed it was spilling out of the tent. “A couple years ago, I was in a room somewhere thinking about Coachella thinking about a crowd this big to see me. I just want you to know, I love you, I see you, I’m free, freer than I’ve ever been.” — S.J.H.
7:42 p.m. Portugal. The Man’s early-evening main stage set essentially doubles as a rock history lesson for the young’ns in the audience, with the group kicking off their set via Metallica’s storming “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” and also touching on classics from Pink Floyd, T. Rex, Black Sabbath and more, before ending with a “Hey Jude” singalong. “To anybody who says that there’s a lack of rock bands at Coachella, it’s not about genre — it’s about music,” the group’s hypeman offers, before adding: “But if you are gonna complain about the lack of rock bands at Coachella, this is the only band here you need to see.” — A.U.
8:33 p.m. R&B singer Miguel got his rock star on during his night set at the Outdoor Theatre, holding his own in the middle of a raised stretch of stage consumed in smoke. It was hit after hit from albums Kaleidoscope Dream and, more recently, War & Leisure, including “How Many Drinks?” and the well-received “Do You,” accented by lyrics on the screen behind him asking, “Do you like drugs?” — S.J.H.
10:23 p.m. Migos unveil the set pieces that have been covered for the duration of their Sahara Tent show until that point: Oversized replicas of their chains, with an alien-headed spacesuit for Takeoff, the classic “Bando” for Offset (whose original was given to him by fiancée Cardi B), and a huge Quality Control logo for Quavo. “Let’s show ’em how our records keep spinning on the radio,” the group teases before launching into Hot 100 hit “Ice Tray.” — A.U.
11:21 p.m. After bulldozing through his solo classics, Eminem opted to let his protege, 50 Cent, have some fun during his headlining set. The G-Unit commander won the crowd over easily when he unleashed performances of his 2000s hits “I Get Money” and “In Da Club.” — C.L.