It’s not like we really needed a recap on the massive impact Prince’s music had on the entire artform, but today’s tributes at Coachella have certainly been bloody welcome.
Amid shrines and endless displays of love from the punters themselves, stacks of artists on the bill have used their time to honour the Purple One.
Joey Bada$$ was among the first, jamming the heck out to 1999 in front of that massive, mystifying symbol.
From there, Ellie Goulding wrapped her golden pipes around When Doves Cry, before ripping into her own Lights.
Channeling his trademark sensitive sounds into one of the most iconic ballads of… well, ever, Sufjan Stevens employed Gallant for an absolute cracker of a Purple Rain cover.
Diplo and Skrillex as Jack Ü booted up their humungo set-prop computer to flash the symbol too; it’s fitting they’d do so, considering Prince’s eternal love for the word ‘U’:
And then, of course, the juggernauts of the evening LCD Soundsystem took the whole thing home with Controversy.
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It’s only the first day of the fest’s second weekend, and some absolute titans have already thrown together impressive tributes on a day’s notice. Expect the Prince lovin’ to continue, friendos.
BONUS: The man himself also blew the world’s collective head off in 2008, when he delivered his own rip-snorting cover of Radiohead’s Creep on Coachella’s hallowed stage.
In his honour, that footage has been copping so many feels today, and it’s 110% worth your time – and your exploded mind.
Source: The Press Enterprise.
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