Yesterday, the Weeknd headlined the final night of Coachella’s first weekend alongside Swedish House Mafia, debuting a handful of Dawn FM tracks and performing his verse from his Kanye West collaboration “Hurricane.” He also played “Low Life,” “Or Nah,” and “Crew Love,” his songs with Future, Ty Dolla Sign, and Drake, respectively. Watch clips below.
The set concluded with Swedish House Mafia returning to play their Weeknd collaboration “Moth to a Flame,” from Paradise Again. Follow all of Pitchfork’s Coachella 2022 coverage.
Swedish House Mafia and the Weeknd replaced Ye as festival headliners after the rapper withdrew for undisclosed reasons. He had previously threatened to pull out if fellow headliner Billie Eilish did not apologize to Travis Scott. West believed that Eilish had insulted Scott—whom West intended to bring out at Coachella—when she paused a show to help a fan, not long after the Astroworld tragedy. Eilish said she “literally never said a thing about travis” and “was just helping a fan.”
In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello said that the Weeknd was already planning on showing up during the group’s Coachella set, but being bumped up to headliner status gave the trio a much larger budget and more creative freedom. Swedish House Mafia were originally scheduled to perform Friday night, following Harry Styles’ headlining slot. The Weeknd paused production on his forthcoming HBO series to perform as a co-headliner with the electronic trio, according to the article.
The Weeknd previously headlined Coachella in 2018 and performed in 2012 and 2015. Swedish House Mafia headlined Coachella in 2012. In January, they remixed the Weeknd’s Dawn FM track “Sacrifice.”