Beyoncé has slayed Coachella in a powerful, moving, awe-inspiring performance that set the world on fire. Beychella wasn’t just about the music, this was one of the most important live performances of the year. Critics have already lost their minds trying to describe just how monumental Beyoncé’s performance will become–a full-throated anthem celebrating equality, justice, and music. This was Beychella. We might as well cancel next year’s show.
After the pop star couldn’t perform at last year’s festival (she was pregnant with twins), she pulled out all the stops for her triumphant appearance. The show featured a full marching band celebrating the achievements of historically black colleges universities (HBCUs), performances with her sister Solange and husband Jay-Z, tributes to Fela Kuti and Nina Simone, songs like “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “Lilac Wire,” and a Destiny’s Child reunion.
At a venue that has notorious problems delivering good sound, Beyoncé was clear and strong as she literally floated above the crowd on top of a lift crooning “Drunk in Love.” This wasn’t just a festival gig, this was a radical protest, a rally, a concert, a church, an explosion of Beyoncé at the top of her game. Frankly, there are better critics than us that have already lifted their voices to the heaven in a chorus of gratitude and appreciation for Queen Bey.
If you didn’t watch the two-hour performance or catch the livestream, it’s already hard to find a decent way to experience this awe-inspiring show. Beyoncé or the festival have yet to release an official version, except for a few snippets on Instagram, and we might never see this performance in its entirety again. Check out this video of Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child below, and Pitchfork has a great collection of videos from the whole night. We’ll always have #Beychella.