The Weeknd took the Sunday night headliner at Coachella 2022 with no backup dancers, no elaborate costumes and virtually no rehearsal time – with nothing, really, except a little help from the Swedish House Mafia and one of modern music’s deepest hit lists.
The spot had been promised to Kanye West, but Ye unexpectedly dropped out earlier this month, leaving organizers in a bind. Rather than handing full responsibility for the headliner to an unprepared performer, Coachella opted for a two-for-one special, reserving SWH for the first half of the set and allowing born performer Abel Tesfaye to close out the first weekend.
The Weeknd was a safe choice, having previously headlined Coachella in 2018 and also performed in 2015 and 2012. He opened his part of the performance with the first of many live debuts from Dawn FM tracks, starting with “Sacrifice”. Swedish House Mafia provided help here, and they continued to help with the follow-up, “How Can I Make You Love Me?”
SWH left the stage before The Weeknd played his mega-hits “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Blinding Lights,” and he stayed solo for some of his most hyped features on other songs. artists, including Drake’s “Crew Love”. “, “Low Life” by Future, “Or Nah” by Ty Dolla $ign and, in an ode to the man he had replaced, “Hurricane” by Kanye West. The Weeknd closed out his 17-song set with his new collaboration with Swedish House Mafia, “Moth to a Flame”. Check out the performance video below.
If Coachella wasn’t in the cards, you can catch The Weeknd live on his next arena tour. Tickets are available here.
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Sacrifice (with Swedish House Mafia)
How can I make you love me? (with Swedish House Mafia)
I can’t feel my face
Hurricane (Kanye West cover)
Low Life (future hedge)
Or not (Ty Dolla $ign cover)
Crew Love (Drake cover)
Out of time
I feel it coming
save your tears
Moth to a Flame (with Swedish House Mafia)