The 19th annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California continued on Saturday (Apr. 14) for its second day Queen Beyoncé gave her throne a temporary new location on the Coachella main stage, headlining the festival for the first time in a make-up performance from last year.
The singer had postponed a headlining spot in 2017 due to her pregnancy with twins but her 2018 return is nothing short of historic. Before Saturday’s show, Bey addressed her fans via Facebook and let them know she had a “special show planned.” That might have been an understatement.
Here are all the major highlights from Beyonce’s Coachella set.
Destiny Child’s Reunion
Beyoncé got the band back together!
On what would be the group’s 20th anniversary, Destiny’s Child reunited for a special performance during Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s headlining set at Coachella.
The R&B trio, featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined Bey for a three-song medley, including “Lose My Breath,” “Say My Name,” and Soldier.”
The group last performed together during the 2015 Stellar Awards and, before that, the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show. Set your alarms for another half a decade before it likely happens again.
Jay-Z Showed Up
At this point, it’s not a question of whether Beyoncé and will Jay-Z will duet at any major event, but rather which will song will they do? Ahead of their forthcoming On the Run Tour sequel, the two gave fans a taste of what to expect: Jay-Z surprised the crowd to perform “Deja Vu” with his incredibly gracious wife.
Beyoncé and Solange Had a Dance-off
It was a sister act at this year’s Coachella. Despite having a backing crew of 100 dancers, Beyoncé had room for one more: Solange. Her sister joined Bey for a dance-off during the extended version of “Get Me Bodied” to show them how it’s done.
She Performed with a 200-man Marching Band
Beyoncé’s Coachella theme was recreating the historically black college experience, which cannot authentically exist without a marching band. She performed with a 200-person band (all of whom performed on a set designed to resemble bleachers at a homecoming rally), formed a drum line, including a majorette, and hit the steps like she graduated from Spelman.
A Moving Tribute to Fela
At one point during her two-hour long set, the singer payed homage to Fela Kuti as her band ran through a pulsating rendition of the afrobeat legend’s 1976 classic “Zombie.”
Watch how Beyoncé paid respect to the Greatest of All Time Fela Kuti during her Coachella perfomance 👏🏽🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/TeCMwGaKvT
— #EndSARS (@NgFacts) April 15, 2018