There was an unwanted guest running amok at Coachella this year ... herpes.
According to honchos at HerpAlert -- an online diagnosis and treatment website for the STD -- there's been a huge spike in folks looking to get treated for herpes in the communities surrounding the famous music festival.
HerpAlert's been in business for 2 years now, with doctors issuing prescriptions to pharmacies after people submit photos of their, umm ... situation, for medical pros to review. The turnaround time is blazing fast, it only takes about 2 hours.
We're told the site has seen a massive surge in folks seeking prescriptions for herpes since Day 1 at Coachella. A whopping 1,105 cases have been reported in Indio, Palm Desert and Coachella Valley -- and also L.A., Orange and San Diego counties where most of the concertgoers live.
HerpAlert tells us they typically handle 12 cases a day in Southern Cali ... but during the first 2 days of Coachella, the site serviced almost 250 patients!!! The biggest previous spike was during Oscars weekend 2018, when they got a mere 60 cases a day.
Bottom line ... what happens in Coachella might stay with you. For life.
Building Kanye West's man-made mountain for his Sunday Service at Coachella was no easy feat ... as evidenced by the MASSIVE army putting in work in this awesome time-lapse vid.
As we first reported ... more than 50k people attended Ye's service last weekend in the Coachella campground. The event lasted a couple of hours and it brought out some heavy hitters ... from the Kardashian family to Chance the Rapper, Donald Glover, Kid Cudi and more.
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But, leading up to the massive event was Kanye's main designer's company at work. John McGuire owns TrasK House, which worked around the clock to build the man-made mountain. You can see in this incredible time-lapse video, tons of workers hauling equipment to complete Kanye's raised alter.
You see tractors pushing dirt like crazy to build the mountain ... followed by a crew laying out the sod to complete the magnificent look.
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As you know by now ... Kanye and his choir performed numerous Gospel songs and he also debuted a new track called "Water" and played classics like "Jesus Walks."
Justin Bieber jumped the gun at Coachella when he said an album was coming soon ... 'cause TMZ's learned it's actually gonna be about another year before a full set of new tunes is ready.
Sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... the Biebs got caught up in the moment when he said "album coming soon" after wrapping up his Sunday night surprise performance with Ariana Grande. Yes, he has been working on new music, but that tease for a new album immediately cranked up fan anticipation.
Great marketing, for sure, on JB's part -- and while he HAS recorded a few songs already ... we're told he's still working on creating a new sound.
Of course, the bottom line is he actually IS recording ... and doing so when everything's coming up Justin. We're told he feels very centered, and he's excited about getting back in the studio grind.
Remember ... Bieber hasn't released a solo of his own for more than 3 years -- his "Purpose" album dropped way back in November 2015. He told the Coachella crowd he hadn't performed in like 2 years and seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed, his words, getting his groove back.
Goes without saying ... Justin's new album is already highly anticipated.
Kid Cudi just wrapped up a very busy weekend at Coachella, but he still found time to feed the needy ... with a huge assist from Postmates.
The rapper got things started off on the right foot in the California desert Friday night by ordering $10k worth of Popeyes chicken, biscuits, mashed potatoes and fries to provide to the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission.
The delivery service dropped off a carload of food to the shelter, which serves hundreds of homeless people in Indio ... and they all got a nice hot meal this weekend thanks to Cudi's generosity.
No word if Cudi enjoyed any Popeyes himself this weekend, but Saturday was 4/20, so ...
The numbers for Kanye West's Sunday Service are officially in ... and an astounding 50,000 festival-goers woke up early to go and watch the ceremony.
Coachella production sources tell TMZ organizers just tallied everyone who attended ... and it more than surpassed expectations. We're told over 50k were there ... with an A-list guest list that included the entire Kardashian family, Chance The Rapper, Donald Glover, Lizzo, Kid Cudi, DMX and more.
Kanye's Sunday Service started right around 9 AM on a massive man-made mountain in the Coachella campground and lasted for a couple of hours.
Not only did Kanye and his choir perform numerous Gospel songs, he also debuted a new track called "Water" and played classics like "Jesus Walks."
The event -- a culmination of Sunday Service performances from the past several weeks -- stole the show this weekend ... and reviews have been insanely positive.
In a touching moment at the end of the show, Kanye was seen hugging Marcus Hyde, the family's former photographer who nearly lost his life in a horrible car accident last year, as well as his mother.
Coachella averages about 100k total attendees every weekend, so for half to show up just for 'Ye is a really big deal.
Justin Bieber did something Sunday night at Coachella that he hasn't done in 2 years ... perform.
The Biebs jumped onstage during Ariana Grande's set to close out her show and sang "Sorry." He said, "I had no idea I was going to be on a stage tonight." We had heard rumblings for a week it was probably going to happen.
Nevertheless, he stole the show and thanked Ariana for sharing the stage.
As for his hiatus, Bieber told the crowd, he hadn't performed in "like 2 years, so I had to get my groove back, had to get my swag back, you know what I'm saying."
Looks like Justin's about to drop an album ... he as much as told the crowd that before leaving the stage.
4:05 PM PT -- We got the full rundown of all the big names at the Service, and the list is massive. Along with those already mentioned ... Justin and Hailey Bieber, Lil Pump, Willow and Jaden Smith, 2 Chainz, Tame Impala, Donald Glover, Kid Cudi, Jerrod Carmichael, Jermaine Dupri and Idris Elba were all in attendance.
Marcus Hyde, Kim and Kanye's photog who was seriously injured in a car crash in October, was also there.
11:50 AM PT -- Kanye's Service has wrapped up ... after an upbeat and emotional couple hours with a lot of help from his friends.
The final hour featured DMX giving a prayer, Chance the Rapper performing "Ultralight Beam" and a huge rendition of "Jesus Walks." At one point it looked like several members of the choir, including Kanye, were moved to tears.
Kylie and Travis were apparently feeling it too ... and were moved to a little PDA. Happy Easter, everybody!
11:05 AM PT -- Though the Service kicked off at 9 AM, Kanye wasn't revealed on Coachella's fisheye lens stream 'til about 9:50, and he didn't get on the mic for another hour after that ... when he performed "All Falls Down." He followed it up by premiering his new song, "Water," with Ty Dolla $ign.
He's also rocking purple hair.
Not that Ye hasn't been busy the whole time -- he's been dancing, playing piano and directing the choir ... while tens of thousands of festival attendees gather around. The show is still going too.
Other highlights so far include the choir and band performing "Beautiful Morning," "Power," "Blood on the Leaves" and Stevie Wonder's "As." Teyana Taylor and Chance the Rapper also performed, and celebs spotted in the crowd include Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall, Kylie and Travis Scott, and La La Anthony.
Kanye West is ready to preach his version of the gospel for all the folks at Coachella ... and TMZ will be streaming live when it begins at around 9 AM PT.
Ye will host his Sunday Service, which has become a thing in L.A., attracting lots of celebs. It's more music than preaching, which may be a reason why some not-so-religious people have become believers. Kim Kardashian West was getting the family ready to attend bright and early.
A brand new stage was set up in the campground for Ye, and everyone with a wristband is welcome.
The Sunday Service will feature a massive choir, orchestra and, we're told, other surprises. In weeks past he's performed both gospel songs as well as some of his hit songs.
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Idris Elba has settled into his new role as a DJ, looking relaxed and confident as he played to a packed house Saturday night at Coachella, Week 2.
The crowd crammed into the Yuma tent as they watched Idris prepare to start his set. It's fun to watch him fire up, talking to the crowd and futzing with his equipment.
Everyone loved it ... it's turned out to be a highlight of the festival, which has come under fire for going way too pop this year.
Childish Gambino's performance for weekend 2 at Coachella was lit ... literally.
The rapper headlined day 1 Friday night at Coachella and it was fiery set ... literally and figuratively. For starters, last night's performance was completely different from last week's show. He also seemed to be in a friendlier mood this time around. He told the audience last week to put their phones away, but this time around he was in the crowd taking selfies and told the crowd they were dope.
Check out the vid ... Gambino closed his set with a display of fireworks and with his hit "Redbone."
Childish also got surprised backstage after he performed "This is America." When that set was over, he ran into Chance the Rapper and they bro'd out. Chance never took the stage nor performed. But, clearly, that didn't matter to Childish, who was stoked to see him.
Will performed Jaden's hit song, "Icon" at the Sahara tent to a packed crowd. It's interesting ... you may recall, Will did a parody of the music video last year, which became a pretty big hit as well.
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Once up there, Will said, "This is my first time on the Coachella stage, ain't no way I'm going off like that. Run it one more time!"
Remember ... last week Jaden brought out Jordyn Woods, which was a real statement. As you know, the Kardashians are furious at her over the whole Tristan Thompson thing, but Jada came out strong supporting Jordyn and even unfollowing Kris, Khloe and Kim. This was a further showing of support for Jordyn and presumably evidence of the fractured relationship between the Smiths and the Kardashians.
The second weekend of Coachella is gonna be lit, because there are tons of deals for stoners looking to save some green on their greens ... so prepare to smell the weed smoke from miles away!!!
Potheads get to double dip in Coachella Valley today, because the famous music festival falls on April 20 and delivery services and dispensaries outside the festival grounds are rolling out some sweet discounts for anyone planning to roll up some tree.
Smoking is not technically allowed inside Coachella ... but there are plenty of reasons to take a break and blaze up.
We did the legwork and found the best promotions, so you don't have to ... because the last thing weed smokers need on 4/20 is another task between puffs.
Wanna get 2 birds stoned at once? We found a couple dispensaries planning ahead for your munchies, combining food specials with deals on dank.
Palm Royale Collective in Palm Desert is catering food for its 4/20 bash, and a DJ will be spinning tunes as they give away cash prizes and gift bags. There's a canned food drive going on too, and you get 10% off your purchase if you bring 2 cans. All the canned goods go to a local women's shelter.
Green Cross Pharma in Cathedral City is offering 50% discounts on all buds and accessories starting at noon, and they'll keep you fed and entertained while you shop with tacos and music. The dispensary also has a 20% discount on vape batteries and a 10% discount on all vapes, edibles, topicals and tinctures.
And, check out these 4/20 promotions for those penny-pinching potheads:
The Leaf El Paseo dispensary in Palm Desert is giving customers 30% off all Flow Kana products and selling $110 ounces of hybrid strains Gelato and Scooby Doo Dog Walker. Prefer your THC another way? Buy a Beboe vape pen and get the second at half price. For edibles, there's a special Big Pete's Treats pack for $42 (regular price, $78).
Leef Industries delivery service tells us they're slashing prices and selling $30 quarters (7 grams), and anyone who buys an 8th (3.5 grams) gets another for half price. If you spend $50 on buds, you'll get a top shelf pre-roll for a buck!!!
For those big spenders, $75 of ganja gets you a gift bag worth another $75. Hopefully, all that green makes ya lucky, because Leef Industries is raffling off prizes every 3 hours.
Festival-goers get special discounts from The Micro Buddery ... just use promo code Coachella2019 for your chronic delivery.
Nobody goes to Coachella just for the music ... and this year you can go for the weed!!!
English singer Siouxsie Sioux (real name Susan Ballion) gained international fame in the '80s for fronting the alternative rock band, Siouxsie and the Banshees, with her powerful vocals and edgy post-punk fashion sense.
Siouxsie and the Banshees debut album, "The Scream," featured the band's breakthrough single "Hong Kong Garden." The band had continued success with epic albums like "Juju" (1981), "Hyaena" (1984), "Tinderbox" (1986) and "Through the Looking Glass" (1987).
While the band broke up in the mid-'90s, Siouxsie and the Banshees reunited back in 2002 for their "The Best Of ..." album and they even took the stage at Coachella!
As we first told you ... Olivia and Zedd got very flirty with each other during the first weekend of Coachella, getting super snuggly during some music sets and putting Danny firmly in the rearview.
Well, Danny just responded to his ex-girlfriend's new relationship ... posting a shirtless video on Instagram Thursday night and making sure to capture Bruce's famous line from the Quentin Tarantino flick, which is totally relevant to Olivia's new boo.
The NFL wide receiver is sending a loud and clear message to the former Miss Universe ... enjoy Zedd all you want, but the DJ ain't got nothing on these abs, baby!!!
Danny and Olivia have been dating on and off since 2016, but their relationship's been ice cold since he shipped out of Miami and joined the Detroit Lions in early March.
Allow us one more "Pulp Fiction" reference, this time for Danny's bod ... I said goddamn!!!
We're told the famous Russian-German DJ and the former Miss Universe were cuddling in the artist area during Ariana Grande's set at Coachella. Check out the vid ... it appears Zedd had his arms around Olivia as Grande performed "God is a woman."
Witnesses tell us they were together for the whole set. His arms were around her as they swayed together. She would lean her head back on his chest ... the universal code for "I'm into you."
And, get this ... Zedd had a performance scheduled a few hours before Ariana's. When he went onstage ... guess who was backstage? Yup ... Olivia and her hot friends. But, here's what else is interesting ... this fling seems to come just days after Olivia was spotted with another star ... NHL's Aaron Varos.
Olivia and the New York Rangers star were on a double date just last week at Soho Hollywood. They were hanging with her best friend Cara Santana and Jesse Metcalfe. So, ya gotta wonder ... was Olivia's date with Varos a one-off and is Zedd more her jam???
Whatever the case ... one thing that seems certain -- Danny Amendola's in her rear-view mirror.
We got Joe at LAX Monday -- a day after he and the guys performed with Ari, sans JT -- and he confirmed what TMZ first reported ... that Justin only skipped the show 'cause he was wrapping up his world tour.
Justin not being there didn't seem to affect the awesomeness of the performance -- Ari and 'NSYNC were definitely, well ... ya know, in sync. Lots of rehearsal time, as you might imagine.
For the record, Justin finished up his Man in the Woods tour Saturday night in Connecticut. If he wanted, he could've technically flown to SoCal and tried to make it work, but as we told you ... the issue was no rehearsal time. Joey backs that up, saying it would've been brutal for JT.
On the subject of any future potential tour with the old band, check out Joey's answer: non-committal, at best ... which you can take either way. Just depends on how badly you wanna see a full 'NSYNC reunion.
Justin Timberlake's noticeable absence from 'NSYNC's appearance at Coachella didn't have anything to do with bad blood ... he just couldn't find time to rehearse with his old bandmates.
Sources with knowledge tell TMZ ... Justin was approached along with the other members of 'NSYNC to do the surprise collab with Ariana Grande, but he ultimately said no because he was finishing up his rescheduled world tour.
We're told JT considered signing on and thought the idea was really cool ... but he just couldn't get his schedule lined up for rehearsals with Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez.
'NSYNC and Ariana slayed Coachella Sunday night ... with 4/5ths of her favorite boy band joining her onstage during her headlining set. As you can see, rehearsals were essential to the performance, and Ariana even told the crowd, "I've been rehearsing my whole f**king life for this moment."
Talented as Justin is ... he couldn't just show up off the street. Sounds like he got wind of the performance, though ... Monday morning, he gave Ariana and the guys a shout-out.
We know what you're thinking ... a couple years ago it seemed impossible JT would EVER perform with 'NSYNC again -- things got kinda nasty between them. But, pump your brakes ... a full-on tour is still a long shot, at best.
Coachella was a one-off special event, and we're told that's why Justin even considered it.