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A ‘Grande’ end to Coachella 2019

I wrapped up my first Coachella experience when Weekend 2 ended with many highlights on Sunday.  Sunday started bright and early with Kanye West’s Sunday Service at the Camping site, but I was too today from Saturday’s event to join it. Plus, I had seen him perform the previous night on Kid Cudi’s set. So that was enough Kanye for me!

I arrived at the festival grounds few minutes to 4pm, just in time to catch a bit of ‘African Giant’, Burnaboy’s set. He was full of energy and delighted the diverse crowd that had gathered around the stage. I hope he finally managed to prove that he is an ‘African Giant’ .

Burnaboy coachella weekend 2
Burnaboy coachella weekend 2

This time around, I had found my way around the festival grounds and I had circled out which shows I was going to watch, although occasionally, I bumped into some sets and enjoyed it equally.

Pusha T proved his lyrical dexterity and I was particularly impressed with the way fans rapped along to his positive lyrics. Although some fans were disappointed that he didn’t surprise them with an appearance from Kanye West, it didn’t take anything away from his set.

Zedd and Alessia Cara
Zedd and Alessia Cara

German-Russian producer/DJ, Zedd known for some of the biggest hits in the dance-pop scene, blessed fans with live renditions of top 10 hits “The Middle” and “Stay” featuring Maren Morris and Alessia Cara respectively.

Both came out in bright highlighter yellow to stand out against Zedd’s ruby red visuals, and both brought even more excitement to the fan favorites.

One of my favourite from the day, Khalid was simply fantastic to see on stage. 

The 21-year-old performer brought out John Mayer to the delight of the crowd. During his surprise appearance, John and Khalid performed their collaboration “Outta My Head”. He also brought out 6lack and Ty Dolla $ign to perform ‘OTW’.

Then finally came the headliner for this year’s Coachella, Ariana Grande, in what has been termed a successful second attempt after technical issues dogged her Weekend 1 Coachella set. 

She performed a host of her hit songs and surprised the crowd when she invited Justin Bieber. Bieber performed his hit song, ‘Sorry’ and announced that he has an album coming soon. 

It was my first time seeing Ariana Grande perform; and although I know not less than 5 of her hits, I enjoyed her show and the crowd reaction to songs I didn’t even know made the experience priceless for me. I only later saw online that she was hit with a lemon, but that doesn’t take anything away from her night! Awesome!!!

Photo Credit: “Courtesy of Coachella” 

Ameyaw Kissi Debrah, known professionally as Ameyaw Debrah, is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.

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