Welcome back! Fans were in musical heaven when Outkast took their talent to Coachella. On Friday, the duo Outkast, including lyricists Big Boi (real name Antwan Patton) and Andre 3000 (real name Andre Benjamin) came off of their 8 year hiatus, at the annual festival.
While their outfits didn’t include football uniforms and wigs, both returned to the stage with signature street-chic looks. Andre went casual, wearing overalls, while Big Boi donned a fatigue patchwork jacket. Their one and a half-hour set included a number of 25 hits including Idelwild’s “Bowtie” and “Vibrate” , mainstream hits such as “Hey Ya”, “Sorry Ms. Jackson” , “The Way You Move”, “Prototype” and a number of endless classics. One of the highlights of the evening, were musical appearances by rapper Future and the indomitable Janelle Monae.
Outkast had the crowd revved until the set was cut short at 1:00 a.m. (4:00 a.m. ET), inciting boos from the crowd and apologies from Andre 3000. The reunion received mixed early reviews from fans at the festival and watching live online, with some complaining that the band’s set was not upbeat enough for a headliner, while others praised the rappers for performing their classic songs as well as the mainstream hits. As expected spectators, both at Coachella and watching online, tweeted their observations. Check em out below:
Coachella is the first major festival of the summer live music scene, and is often an important stop for an artist on the rise, as the festival has helped launch artists into the U.S. mainstream industry. Recent success stories include Florence + The Machine, and electronic music DJs Skrillex and Calvin Harris, the latter two both returning this year. Check out the performance below: