Lana Del Rey At Coachella: Billie Eilish Duet, Hampered By Sound Issues

The first weekend opens...

Lana Del Rey headlined Coachella overnight (April 13th).

The desert festival returns, with its two-weekend span dominated by massive headline spots from Lana Del Rey, Doja Cat, and Tyler, the Creator. Other prominent sets include performances from Ice Spice, Blur, Grimes, Justice, Reneé Rapp, Vampire Weekend, Victoria Monét and J Balvin, amongst many others.

Ticket sales have been sluggish, with the slowest Coachella uptake for a decade. In spite of this, all eyes were on Lana Del Rey last night (April 13th) for the first headline spot. Lana headlined Coachella in 2014, and famously visited in 2017 as a punter – detailing her experiences watching Father John Misty in song-form.

Speaking to Vogue, she detailed her hopes for the set. “If all goes well, it’ll be as big and bold as I hope it will be,” she said. “Architecturally, it’s going to depend on the structure, and whether I can make it … But I’m really excited about it. I’m excited, so my fans can get excited.”

Sadly, sound issues stopped Lana Del Rey delivering perfection. Riding in on a motorcycle, her hit-laden, career-spanning set was immaculate, by the sound mix by the Coachella team oddly boosted some instruments – notably the piano – while hampering her vocal.

At one point Lana asked the crowd: “As quiet as I am, how are you doing?”

That said, there were some undeniably iconic highlights. Inviting Billie Eilish onstage, the two joked with one another before performing ‘Ocean Eyes’ and a spectacular ‘Video Games’.

Watch footage below.

Elsewhere, Lana also welcomed Jon Batiste on stage to play their collaboration ‘Candy Necklace’, commenting: “Sometimes you need somebody else’s spirit to move with you, and that’s always going to be Jon Batiste…”

Here’s the full setlist for Lana Del Rey at Coachella weekend one:

“Without You”
“West Coast”
“Doin’ Time”
“Summertime Sadness”
“Pretty When You Cry”
“Born to Die”
“Chemtrails Over the Country Club”
“The Grants”
“Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd.”
“Norman Fucking Rockwell”
“Candy Necklace” (with Jon Batiste)
“Ocean Eyes” (with Billie Eilish)
“Video Games” (with Billie Eilish)”
​Hope Is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me to Have – But I Have It”
“Young and Beautiful”

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