“There will be an hour intermission before my performance, so mark your spot, charge your phones, grab your drinks.” These were Beyoncé’s explicit instructions, released via Facebook, to her fans before her headlining performance at Coachella on Saturday night.
For months, rumors about her performance — including whether it would include a Destiny’s Child reunion — circulated, and the questions remained. What will Beyoncé do to make up for dropping out of last year’s lineup? Without a new album to promote — not that she needs one, she has hits aplenty — how will she put forth something different from the Formation World Tour? And finally, what is she going to wear?
Spoiler alert: Balmain everything.
As if kicking off a sports show, an announcer’s voice opened the night by welcoming the BeyHive to Beyoncé Homecoming 2018. A drum major began drumming mercilessly, stopping only to blow her whistle, which prompted backup dancers to twirl flags and make way for Beyoncé, who donned a custom Balmain robe and bodysuit with a headpiece and cane. The Queen Bee had arrived.
A swift outfit change later, the superstar was in a custom hoodie, cutoff shorts and boots resembling a cheerleader’s pom-pom. She and her backup dancers