The best Coachella 2019 sets

This year's edition of Coachella had a tough act to follow after the instant classic performance put on by Beyoncé in 2018. Though no headliner lived up to that lofty standard, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande each provided some variety to please just about every type of person at the festival. And, as always, there were plenty of worthy performers to check out on the undercard.

Click through the slideshow below to check out our favorite performers of Weekend 1.

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The best performances of Coachella 2019

King Princess, Friday at 4:15 pm

The defiant 20-year-old rocker wowed the Mojave Stage audience for her debut Coachella set, displaying a stage presence well beyond her years.

(Photo by Natt Lim/Getty Images for Coachella)

Turnstile, Friday at 3:45 pm

If you long for the days of Coachella's underground rock roots, this Baltimore punk band is more than happy to remind you of them. Frontman Brendan Yates and his bandmates had the Sonora Stage head banging as many Coachella goers were streaming through the festival entrances. 

(Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella)

Kacey Musgraves, Friday at 5:50 pm

Riding the high of her recent Grammy for Album of the Year “Golden Hour,” the country star wasn’t afraid to drop a few F-bombs as the sun began to set and twinkled off the giant disco ball rotating behind Musgraves during her golden hour set time. It was the perfect vibe to ease into the first wave of premier performers on the main stage.

(Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)

BLACKPINK, Friday at 8:00 pm

The K-Pop girl band sensation blew away the crowd with their choreography and performed massive hits “Kill This Love” and “Do-do-do-do” in the Sahara tent for their U.S. festival debut.

(Photo by Natt Lim/Getty Images for Coachella)

Chris Lake, 8:15 pm on Friday

The warehouse-like Yuma tent stepped up its production this year in a big way, and rising dance music star Chris Lake was the first major beneficiary of its improved light show on Friday, drawing a massive crowd to the air-conditioned stage.

Credit: Instagram/@chrislake

The 1975, Friday at 8:25 pm

The British rockers who were once seen by some critics as teen-pop fodder saw their song "Love It If We Made It" named Pitchfork's Best Song of 2018. They continued to blur the line between pop and scene music with a lively main stage performance that had some of Coachella's youngest and oldest attendees belting out their songs.

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Janelle Monáe, Friday at 9:50 pm

Donald Glover/Childish Gambino wasn't the only actor/singer to impress on Friday night. In fact, she certainly topped the man she opened for on the main stage in terms of energy. She had the audience dancing throughout, especially when she brought out rapper Lizzo for a steamy twerk-off on stage.

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Polo & Pan, Friday at 8 pm

The French duo brought their frivolous, almost circus-like brand of dance music to the Gobi Stage and slapped grins on the faces of everyone there singing, "La La La La La La La" to their infectious hit "Dorothy."

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Diplo, Friday at 9:30 pm

The producer and DJ who helped usher dance music into the mainstream early this decade put on a classic house set in the Sahara tent, schooling younger fans and pleasing older ones who thought he’d fully succumbed to the more basic EDM trends of the day. 

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Childish Gambino, Friday at 11:25 pm

The first headliner of the weekend performed like he had something to prove, opening his set by playing some clips of Coachella attendees being interviewed and expressing doubt about his ability to pull off a set worthy of his high billing. Donald Glover then surprised everyone by appearing on a platform hundreds of feet from the stage in the middle of a crowd much more appreciative of his talents. Gambino saved his radio hits for the end of the set, instead relying on his rangy voice and funky band to carry the crowd's energy and help deny his haters.

(Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Deep Dish, Saturday at 6 pm

The DJ duo made up of Dubfire and Sharam -- who made dance remixes for Madonna, Janet Jackson, Cher, Stevie Nicks and more before splitting in 2006 -- reunited in the Yuma tent and showed a new generation of dance music fans what they'd been missing.

Credit: Instagram/@deepdish

J Balvin, Saturday at 7:15 pm

The Colombian became the first reggaeton artist to play the main stage in Coachella history, and certainly gained a lot of fans by covering Daddy Yankee’s 2004 banger "Gasolina" along with his own Latin smash "I Like It," which went off even without absent collaborators Cardi B and Bad Bunny.

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Christine and the Queens, Saturday at 7:45 pm

The androgynous, pansexual French artist is already a household name throughout Western Europe, and she could soon be in the U.S. after a sultry performance that celebrated gender fluidity. 

"When I introduced myself three years ago, I said I was tiny, French and angry," the 30-year-old said, reminding the crowd of her first Coachella performance. "I'd say I'm still tiny, I'm still French -- I'm just horny now."

(Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella)

Weezer, Saturday at 8:35 pm

Weezer's cover-filled "Teal Album" mostly fell flat with critics upon its release in January, but they brought it to life with an inspired performance that featured guest drop-ins from Tears for Fears on "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and TLC for a "No Scrubs" performance that brought the house down. Playing at the festival for the first time in 14 years, Weezer also made sure to play plenty of their own hits such as “Buddy Holly,” “Hash Pipe,” “Island in the Sun,” and even a barbershop quartet version of “Beverly Hills."

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Aphex Twin, Saturday at 9:05 pm

A true unicorn who rarely performs live, the acclaimed ambient techno icon took the stage with anonymous visual artist Weirdcore for a sensory overload to close down the Mojave tent. Weirdcore displayed and distorted audience members' faces as Aphex Twin played glitchy, distorted dance tunes that combined to produce a performance for the ages.

(Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

Billie Eilish, Saturday at 9:35 pm

The 17-year-old who's experienced a meteoric rise up the charts was nearly 40 minutes late to her set, forgot some lyrics and the microphone for her biggest guest (Vince Staples) didn’t work. But she still managed to leave her audience more than satisfied in what could signify a major star turn for the teenager, who had many fans roughly double her age in attendance.

(Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)

Tame Impala, Saturday at 10:35 pm

Who said rock is dead at Coachella? Kevin Parker and his supporting band showed the right band can still bring a massive crowd to the main stage, bathing onlookers in a sea of color synonymous with his psychedelic sound. Whether they were performing older, rougher tracks like "Elephant," or more recent, refined ones such as "The Less I Know The Better" and brand-new release "Borderline," Tame Impala hit all the right notes to close out the main stage. It was the most consistent, impressive headlining performance of the weekend.

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Kid Cudi, Saturday at 11:55 pm

Kid Cudi reportedly demanded to close the Sahara stage on Saturday night. If that's true, his confidence was well-deserved. He set the tone for his fan-friendly set by coming out to Kanye West collab "Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1." From there, he played a string of hits that included "Up Up & Away," "Day N' Nite" and "Erase Me" before closing with the 2009 classic "Pursuit of Happiness."

(Photo by Natt Lim/Getty Images for Coachella)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sunday at 4:55 pm

The New Zealand rock band played one of the last sets in the blazing sun on the Outdoor Stage, but nonetheless attracted an attentive crowd and provided a glimpse into the past when alternative rock ruled Coachella.

(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

Soccer Mommy, Sunday at 5:35 pm

Named for Nashville-bred, 21-year-old guitarist Sophie Allison, Soccer Mommy nearly filled up the smaller, rock-focused Sonora tent after her 2018 LP "Clean" earned the love of critics. 

(Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella)

Zedd, Sunday at 7:10 pm

Main-stage DJ performances can be plagued by uninspiring song choices watered down for the masses -- ahem, Calvin Harris -- but Zedd didn't fall prey to such an easy trap despite orchestrating one of the biggest singalong sets of the weekend. He ably weaved between his own hits ("The Middle," "Clarity") and classics like "Bohemian Rhapsody," and also brought out Katy Perry for their collaboration "365." Perry said she hoped to play Coachella herself one day, and this wasn't a bad warmup for that show if it ever happens.

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Gesaffelstein, Sunday at 7:45 pm

The French producer referred to as the "Prince of Darkness" put on one of the most revered dance sets of all-time at Coachella in 2015 before retreating into the shadows. Some fans feared his re-emergence last year producing more pop-influenced tracks for The Weeknd signaled a departure from his outsider status, and his "Hyperion" album release in March did little to quell those fears.

As it turned out, his first live show in 4 years marked both a return to form and the beginning of a new era. He's still more than happy to unleash heavy, propulsive percussion on his loyal followers, but he also has some new, synthy tricks up his metallic sleeve.

(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

Khalid, Sunday at 8:35 pm

In perhaps the most star-studded set of the weekend -- contending with the headlining act who followed Khalid, Ariana Grande -- the 21-year-old pop star brought out Billie Eilish, Marshmello, Halsey and Benny Blanco during his 55-minute set to mark his promising Coachella debut.

(Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella)

Jon Hopkins, Sunday at 9:35 pm

The former keyboardist for Imogen Heap who's helped produce albums for Coldplay and Brian Eno is coming into his own as a solo electronic artist, thanks in large part to his knack for combining visual artistry with dreamy, disjointed builds. His euphoric showing to close down the Gobi tent is sure to continue his rise.

(Photo by David Wolff - Patrick/Getty Images)

Ariana Grande, Sunday at 10:30 pm

The youngest headliner in Coachella history certainly had some speed bumps during her set -- ongoing sound issues presented problems for guests Nicki Minaj, Mase and P. Diddy -- but you couldn't deny the grandeur of her performance, and she certainly didn't let the obstacles affect her mood. Before introducing *NYSYNC and singing the absent Justin Timberlake's lyrics, Grande said she had been rehearsing her whole life for this moment. It was easy to believe her.

(Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AG)

Cirez D, Sunday at 10 pm

If you still weren't ready to call it a weekend once most of the stages were closed down on Sunday night, Yuma tent was the place to be. The techno altar ego for dance music legend Eric Prydz maintained a breakneck pace that ended things on a high note for the hardest-partying Coachella attendees, making sure every last one of them would go home with sore feet.

Credit: Instagram/@errkprydz

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