#Beychella: Beyoncé is the Queen Bee of the desert with triumphant Coachella show
Monday - 16/04/2018 02:50
As for Coachella Saturday, it belonged to the Queen Bee, the queen of the desert, of course — but she wasn’t the only artist who delivered a fantastically bombastic show.
“I had time to dream, dream, and dream, with two beautiful souls in my belly, and this was more than I even dreamed of,” Beyoncé announced toward the end of her epic two-hour set at Indio, California’s Coachella festival Saturday — referring to her cancellation of last year’s Coachella show after she became pregnant with twins. Her rescheduled Coachella appearance this weekend was well worth the wait — and it was, in fact, more than any Bey fan could have dreamed.
Beyoncé turned Coachella into “Beychella” with her historic performance (“Coachella, thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline,” she declared), and truly, the word “epic” is not adequate to describe the spectacle.
Beyoncé delivered moment after Instagrammable moment Saturday, whether it was the opening number “Crazy in Love” with a brass marching band; a lovely rendition of James Weldon Johnson’s black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing”; a “Deja Vu” duet with her husband Jay-Z; a fierce “Get Me Bodied” dance-off with her sister, Solange; or the flawless, clockwork-precision choreography of her more than 200 backup dancers.
In any other typical Coachella concert, these would have been the highlights. But this was not typical Coachella concert. This was a Beychella concert, and so the major moment came when Beyoncé’s ex-Destiny’s Child groupmates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, emerged for a reunion mini-set of “Lose My Breath,” “Say My Name,” and “Soldier.” It was the first time the trio had performed together since Beyoncé’s 2013 Super Bowl halftime show, and everyone on the Empire Polo Field (and on Twitter) predictably lost their minds.