More than 50,000 Coachella festivalgoers were in attendance for Kanye West’s Easter Sunday Service special.
West brought his Sunday Service to Coachella, and fans were invited to join the musical celebration via a “curated” YouTube livestream offering “select pieces of original content, encore performances, artist commentary, mini-docs, animated adventures by Ugly Primo and more,” according to the festival’s YouTube channel.
Live coverage of West’s Coachella Sunday Service began at noon ET/9 a.m. PT, taking place on “The Mountain,” a hillside area within the Coachella campground that has become a popular spot to take in the sunset; a repeat viewing will take place at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
Donald Glover, DMX and the entire Kardashian family were reportedly among the celebrities in attendance.
In addition, The Hollywood Reporter reports that West debuted a new song at the service, titled “Water”. The new track features such lyrics as “We are water/ Clean us like the rain in spring/ Take the chlorine out of conversation.”
According to THR, Yeezy became emotional during a prayer offered by DMX, with West swaying and dancing in the crowd, in addition to helping out on keyboards as the band performed.
With nearly 40 minutes of instrumentals before the main vocals began, the energy was low in the crowd to start the set, with some people seen sitting. When singing did start, the choir led the crowd through various hymns and gospel songs. West was seen swaying and dancing along to the beat onstage, and also played on the keyboard and provided vocals throughout the performance as well.
While the majority of the service featured the choir, West took to the stage near the end of the service to perform “Water”, in addition to his hit “All Falls Down”.
As Billboard reported, West was originally intended as one of this year’s Coachella headliners, but reportedly pulled out when the promoter refused to build a giant dome for his performance. Instead, West’s reps contacted Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett about bringing his Sunday Service to the festival instead.
“We said of course, instantly,” Tollett told Billboard. “It’s challenging for us because we’ve never done this before.”
Meanwhile, Yeezy actually did show up on the Coachella stage, making a surprise appearance Saturday night during Kid Cudi’s set, with Variety reporting he performed “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1” from his 2016 album The Life of Pablo.
West stuck around for a few more songs, joining Kid Cudi for their Kids See Ghosts collaborations “Reborn” and “Freee (Ghost Town Pt. 2),” along with West’s “Ghost Town” from 2018’s Ye album.
After West left the stage, Kid Cudi brought out a few more special guests, including Ty Dolla Sign and King Chip.
Check out this fan-shot video of West onstage at Coachella 2019: