Grimes Apologizes After Technical Issues Disrupt Coachella 2024 Performance

Grimes, who shares three children with ex Elon Musk, apologized for her on-stage technical meltdown during her 2024 Coachella DJ set April 14.

By Olivia Evans Apr 15, 2024 5:05 PMTags
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Grimes wants to delete her recent Coachella performance forever. 

The Canadian singer delivered a lengthy apology on social media after a frustration-wrought DJ set at Coachella April 14. 

"I want to apologize for the technical issues with the show tonight," Grimes (real name Claire Boucher) wrote on X, formerly Twitter, after her set. "I wanted to come back rly strong and usually I always handle every aspect of my show myself—to save time this was one of the first times I've outsourced essential things like rekordbox bpm's and letting someone else organize the tracks on the sd card etc."

And the "Oblivion" singer—who was seen yelling in irritation several times throughout her set in videos shared to social media—added that the malfunctions provided a learning experience for her. 

"I had a bad feeling beforehand not having run everything thru the cdjs myself and tho I flagged it I wasn't insistent," she noted. "the big lesson for me was a mix of 1) if u want it done right, do it yrself, 2) be a c--t even if ppl feel bad."

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She continued, "3) probably pretend it's fine and engage w the crowd rather than spend a whole show slumped over the desk trying to fix software when ur meant to be entertaining."

Grimes—who shares children X Æ A-Xii, 3, Exa Dark Sideræl, 2, and Techno Mechanicus, born in 2022, with ex Elon Musk—also promised to come back better for her second performance at weekend two of the desert festival. 

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"I will personally organize all the files next week," the 36-year-old continued. "I will not let such a thing happen again. I've spent months on this show, making music and visuals, and admittedly am not in the best mood atm, But, yeh—next week will be flawless, everything will run thru my hands." 

The singer, who has rarely toured in the last several years, will perform for the second time at the festival on April 20. 

She capped off the note by expressing how dire things were for her onstage.

"I couldn't even mix manually by ear and the front monitors were off so it was literally sonic chaos on my end trying to guess how stuff was sounding for u guys," she added. "Plz forgive me! Love, always."

While Grimes' tech issues created a viral moment, it was far from the only cause for commotion at the 2024 music festival, which had stars like Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce and Justin Bieber flocking to the desert to dance along to their favorite tunes. Read on for the best celeb looks so far.

Teyana Taylor

At Neon Carnival

Taylor Swift & Travis Kelce

At Neon Carnival

Paris Hilton, Kyle Richards & Kesha

At Neon Carnival

Evan Ross & Ashlee Simpson

At ZOEasis, with Ashlee wearing a Linea Pelle belt 

Becky G

At Desert Nights by TAO Group Hospitality 

Gwen Stefani & Olivia Rodrigo

Performing during Weekend 1

Kendall Jenner

At the FWRD welcome reception wearing a TOVE dress, The Row bag and Harlow sandals

Lukas Gage

At Camp Poosh

Victoria Monét

At Heineken House

J Balvin & Will Smith

Performing during Weekend 1

Doja Cat

Performing during Weekend 1

Hailey Bieber

At the Revolve Festival

Justin Bieber

During Weekend 1 

Megan Fox

At the Nylon House event wearing an 8 Other Reasons cowboy hat available on

Amber Rose

At Neon Carnival

Nina Dobrev  

At Revolve Festival

Charli D'Amelio

At Revolve Festival

Gleb Savchenko

At the Sonic Desert event presented by Coca-Cola Spiced and Topo Chico in partnership with BPM Music


Performing with Bizarrap during Weekend 1

Emma Roberts

At the Celsius Cosmic Desert event wearing Vogue Eyewear sunglasses

Alessandra Ambrosio

At the Celsius Cosmic Desert event wearing a Streets Ahead belt

Benny Blanco

At Ed Banger & Friends in the Desert event presented by House of the Dragon


At the Paper Playground party presented by True Religion and E11even

Campbell "Pookie" Puckett & Jett Puckett

At 818 Tequila's Outpost pop-up

Alabama Barker

At the Nylon House event

Landon Barker

At the Nylon House event

Bebe Rexha

Performing in a Garo Sparo catsuit during Weekend 1

Reneé Rapp

Performing during Weekend 1

21 Savage

Performing during Weekend 1

Tom Schwartz

At the Gallery Desert House presented by Patrón

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