Lorde killed Coachella set, shut haters the f%#k up

Coachella 18/04/2017

After making a cheeky last minute announcement and playing her first show in two and a half years, to a small group of fans at a pre-Coachella set on the Friday night, where she dropped a new single called ‘Sober.’ -

 – Lorde absolutely set the Coachella stage on fire with her headline slot on Sunday (April 16th) .

Like any artist that takes a hiatus, Lorde’s had to face the wrath of the internet and thousands of people posting what - based on their highly educated and important opinions - she should be doing, why they think her new music is shit, claiming she’s sold out, she’s turned into a Taylor Swift protégé, blah blah blah…

Truth is, haters gon’ hate.

Buuuut, the set she just performed at Coachella has a largely unanimous opinion - across music blogs and social media – that it was pure fire, or should we say ‘Homemade Dynamite’?

Yes, people can’t stop talking about the moment Lorde unleashed the never-before-heard track ‘Homemade Dynamite’, with that rebel-without-a-cause hook: “blowing shit up with homemade dynamite,” wavy vibes, a banging back beat and stuttered vocals… It’s a huge tune. Check it out below.  

She also debuted the album title-track 'Melodrama'.

Other highlights in her 55-minute set included her opening track ‘Tennis Courts’ and of course the iconic ‘Royals.’ People can’t stop raving about her stage presence and confidence. And the charming moment she broke into Kanye West’s 'Runaway; before performing her new ballad ‘Liability’ is plastered across the interwebs.

Lorde’s come a long way from the stripped back, minimal look she channelled at her last official Coachella performance back in 2014.

This year's Coachella setup featured a large translucent box hydraulically lifted into the air with her signature kryptonite green lighting, that served as an enormous theatrical set, mirroring her night-at-a-rowdy-party concept that dominates the upcoming album ‘Melodrama.’

Throughout the show, dancer’s inside the box re-enacted the dynamics of a party, from the shit-yarn small talk at the start of a night, to the escalating debauchery in the middle, to a passed out pile of bodies, showcasing the messy finale at the conclusion of any good party.   

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Reviewers are back to hailing our girl as the alternative pop-queen we know she is.

And as always, she remains a humble Kiwi at heart. As she wrapped up her set she declared to the Coachella audience: “this has been one of the greatest honors of my career, spending this hour with you.”