Abel Tesfaye kicked off his first ever national tour as The Weeknd this weekend with a set at Coachella.
The Weeknd began his career shrouded in mystery, with the “House of Balloons” mixtape going viral before he’d ever played a single live show. The YouTube hunt for footage of Tesfaye playing live became almost mythic. So it seems to mark something of a turning point for The Weeknd to see him playing Coachella right out in the open—in daylight, no less, an incongruous sight compared to the dark, smoky images his music evokes.
Immediately after the set, The Weeknd tweeted that he’d “just proved something to the world”: “The Weeknd is more than just a ‘studio artist’… Never underestimate Tesfaye… XO” We’ve got to hand it to him, the set does sound pretty good. Watch it below, and download the whole thing at The Weeknd’s site. Tour dates below.
The Weeknd tour dates:
04/15 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
04/26 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
04/27 – Boston, MA @ Royale
04/28 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
05/03 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
05/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
05/08 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
05/10 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
05/11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
06/02 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/07 – London, UK @ Wireless Festival
07/06-07 – Amsterdam, NL @ PITCH Fest
08/03-05 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
08/03-05 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza