The R&B singer headlined the first day of the festival, performing a mix of his biggest hits, fan favorites and new tracks off “My Dear Melancholy,” in his first appearance as Coachella headliner (he’s performed further down the festival lineup twice, and his first performance was six years ago).
For his appearance, The Weeknd sported an olive-green jacket with dark pants, accessorizing with a backward baseball cap. He completed his look with black combat boots.
The Weeknd, a Puma ambassador, often sports the athletic brand’s sneakers onstage. He has a signature shoe, the Parallel, with the athleticwear giant, and he also wears other styles from the brand. But the combat boots added more edge to his look — perfect as he performed against a backdrop with a giant face that looked like an ancient statue lodged among ruins.
The 28-year-old concluded his 20-plus song set (and Day 1 of Coachella) with his 2015 single “The Hills,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100.
Beyoncé headlines tonight after pulling out of the festival last year, while Eminem will take to the stage Sunday. Cardi B will perform her highly anticipated set Sunday, and others on the loaded festival lineup include French Montana, Haim and Portugal the Man.
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