Arooj Aftab serenades the crowd at Coachella in his first performance
Arooj Aftab is not tired of making history yet. After winning Pakistan’s first Grammy Award, the singer became the first Pakistani to perform at the Coachella Music Festival, which returned this year after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic. Taking to her Instagram, the Mohabbat singer shared snippets of her performance, writing in the caption of one post, “Epic Epic Weekend 1 at Coachella. new to Coachella for weekend 2.”
In terms of fashion, the singer went for an edgy look, wearing a structured black top and matching black pants. Aftab kept her hair up for the performance, adding a pair of sunglasses to the mix to pull the outfit together. For her offstage look, the singer kept things casual in a black t-shirt and jeans with a long, colorful collared shirt thrown over the top.
Partygoers in thong bodysuits, sporting glitter eyeshadow and neon wraps partied late into the night on Friday as the first Coachella since the pandemic began began in the California desert.
Harry Styles made his Coachella debut as a headliner, kicking off the night’s premiere wrapped in a fur coat before stripping down to reveal a disco ball from an outfit he donned to dance on the stage floor, thousands of screaming fans clamoring at her feet.
He later thrilled fans by bringing none other than Shania Twain on stage for a series of duets, telling the audience he used to sing along to the 90s superstar’s hits in his mother’s car. .
“I’m kind of amazed… It’s kind of surreal to sing this song with you guys,” Twain said when the pair performed their 1997 track. You are still the only one.
The mammoth event which takes place over two three-day weekends is one of the most watched festivals in the world and traditionally kicks off the summer concert circuit of the year.
The 2020 edition of Coachella was scrapped when the coronavirus pandemic took hold, and two years of chaotic cancellations, rescheduled shows and lineup shuffles ensued.
As it returns after a three-year hiatus, Coachella is a bellwether for the multibillion-dollar tourism industry that is still on shaky ground after lingering pandemic setbacks.
After other large-scale festivals, including Lollapalooza last year, required proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 result, Coachella announced this winter that it would not require any mitigation measures for this. type, including masks or social distancing.
Other major artists playing at Coachella this weekend include Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat.
After Styles Friday, Billie Eilish is set to headline Saturday and The Weeknd will collaborate with Swedish House Mafia to lead on Sunday.
The duo act was an 11-hour addition after agent of chaos Kanye West unceremoniously stepped down from his headlining spot just weeks ago.
Travis Scott also dropped out after a deadly rush on his Astroworld show in Houston last year, while slated 2020 headliner Frank Ocean is set to return to the desert in 2023.
Stromae is scheduled to play on Saturday, as is Palestinian DJ Sama’ Abdulhadi.