Fewer Influencers, Better Production, And 14 Other Reasons Coachella Weekend Two Was Better Than Weekend One

    The second weekend feels like it's less about being seen and more about experiencing the art and music.

    If you didn't know, Coachella Music and Arts Festival takes place over two different weekends.

    Aside from the separate dates, there's very little difference between the Coachella weekends. For the most part, each weekend benefits from the same perks.

    bad bunny during performing weekend one and weekend two

    One of the best perks is the people, aka the festies (I really hate that word), who show up in their most impressive outfits each day to enjoy the endless amounts of music, food, and art.

    I can't forget the delicious food and drinks. Every type of food you can think of is present throughout the festival from local vendors, restaurants, and breweries.

    block party cocktail bar and wolfies hot chicken stand

    And then there's the artwork, because it's an arts festival after all — like these giant colorful dudes I kept calling "rainbow transformers."

    giant colorful robot sculptures

    But as someone who faithfully attends weekend two, here's why Coachella's second weekend is better than the first:

    1. Coachella's first weekend was obviously more popular, but that also meant it was overcrowded and the tickets were completely sold out.

    2. There are fewer influencers and more people who are fans of the music and not just paid photo ops or group selfies.

    3. Debbie Harry of Blondie was joined by legendary record producer, guitarist, and composer Nile Rodgers to perform "Rapture" and "Backfired."

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    Nile, responsible for dozens of hits over the decades, also performed at Coachella in 2018 with Chic.

    4. Kaytranada probably had one of the best series of guest stars, bringing out H.E.R., Tinashe, and Anderson .Paak.

    HER Tinashe and Anderson Paak

    5. The production worked out most of the kinks. The first weekend is known for awkward mishaps like no sound, bad lighting, or last-minute changes.

    Bad Bunny and Post Malone experience audio difficulties at #Coachella.

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    Fortunately, weekend two has enough time to look at what worked and what didn't the first time and make adjustments. The set times make more sense. Everyone is more preemptive about sound quality and knows what changes are necessary for an uninterrupted performance.

    6. Bad Bunny brought back the famous floating palm tree 🌴 from his tour and flew directly into the middle of the audience.

    @feelthefern07

    When bad bunny brings back the palm tree and flies directly over you. Weekend 2 has been a vibe. #badbunny #coachella #badchella

    ♬ original sound - Fernando Antonio

    7. In the middle of his performance, Bad Bunny walked into the audience, where he ran toward this woman and blessed her baby while "Ojitos Lindos" played in the background.

    @irris.xo

    gracias @badbunny por hacer mis sueños realidad en mi cumpleaños Y COACHELLA! bebecita y yo te queremos 🥺🫶🏽🫶🏽 SHOUT TO @.karenlanda for this amazing videos 🫶🏽🫶🏽🫶🏽!!! #badbunny #badbunnycoachella2023 #coachella #coachella2023 #pregnant #fyp #fyi

    ♬ original sound - iris

    8. Blink-182 reunited with the original three (Tom DeLonge, Travis Barker, and Mark Hoppus) for an explosive pop-punk performance after the original headliner Frank Ocean dropped out due to an ankle injury.

    9. Tom DeLonge brought back millennial memories when he switched up the "First Date" lyrics, saying, "I'm going to fuck every dude in the room" instead of "I'm jealous of everybody in the room."

    i don’t remember these being the lyrics 🤔🤔 #blink182 #COACHELLA2023

    Twitter: @sgrkanemusic / Via Goldenvoice

    10. After weekend one's visual mishap dissing Harry Styles, Bad Bunny created a wholesome moment and apologized to the Grammy Album of the Year singer. “Sorry, Harry. It was a mistake from my team. We love you. <3,” the new tweet read.

    11. Bad Bunny brought out the Mexican music ensemble Groupo Frontera and performed "La Cancíon" and "Yonaguni" with legendary guitarist José Feliciano — a moment in the weekend one performance with Post Malone that was cut short due to sound issues.

    ⁦@sanbenito⁩ performing my fave song "La Cancíon" with the legendary José Feliciano is why I waited for wkd 2.

    Twitter: @itsmykethompson

    He also brought out Arcángel for "La Jumpa," Jowell & Randy for "Safaera," and Jhay Cortez to perform "Dakiti," "Tarot," and "No me conoce."

    12. Instead of just bringing out Pheobe Bridgers like weekend one, Muna brought out the entire Boygenius to perform "Silk Chiffon" as their closing number.

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    Boygenius's appearance was a great treat for the band's fans, who planned to see them again the following day.

    13. Damon Albarn of Gorillaz invited special guest Beck to perform "The Valley of the Pagans." Thundercat joined Damon to sing "Cracker Island," and headliner Bad Bunny appeared to perform "Tormenta" live for the first time.

    14. Becky G performed a medley as a tribute to the legendary American Tejano singer Selena, including her hit songs "Como La Flor,” “La Carcacha,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” and “Baila Esta Cumbia.”

    I Absolutely LOVE How Selena La Reina, To This Very Day Still Continues To Impact Artist &amp; How They Pay Tribute To Her! A Million Times Thank You Becky G! 👏🏽♥️ I Wish I Could Of Uploaded The Whole 5+ Min Video Though!

    Goldenvoice / @mamaruebstar

    Becky G also brought out Libianca to sing "People" and Natti Natasha to perform "Sin pijama."

    15. Zendaya finally returned to the stage for the first time in over seven years to perform Euphoria's "I'm Tired" and "All of Us" with Labrinth.

    Did it all for love @Labrinth @Zendaya Tune in tomorrow for more Weekend 2 on the @YouTube livestream at https://t.co/w4QG9AcB3R

    Twitter: @coachella

    Labrinth also invited Sia and dancer Maddie Ziegler to perform "Thunderclouds."

    16. And finally, Skrillex, Four Tet, and Fred again... closed out the festival on Sunday with a historical "broiler room" performance utilizing the leftover ice skating rink/satellite stage initially built for Frank Ocean's set.

    ⁦@Skrillex⁩ ⁦@FourTet⁩ ⁦@fredagainagain1⁩ really saved the day with this faux boiler room set. I'm glad I picked wkd two.

    Twitter: @itsmykethompson

    The last-minute switch-up came in clutch for many of the festival attendees who were already there to see Calvin Harris, Chris Lake, and Fisher, who were booked prior to Frank Ocean dropping.

    There you have it. Weekend two is better than weekend one, and I'm willing to die on that hill.