Snoop Dogg's epic set featured appearances from a number of big names including Dr Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa, but it was the eerie hologram which ultimately stole the show.
It had previously rumoured that the rapper would be 'resurrected' at the festival but fans were left stunned by the life-like hologram that appeared on stage, with Tupac telling the crowd: 'What up Coachella?'
The star, who died in 1996 at the age of 25 after being shot four times, performed Hail Mary solo before teaming up with Snoop Dogg for Gangsta Party.
Katy Perry revealed on Twitter that the performance had reduced her to tears, while Rihanna described the evening as 'one of the best nights of my life'.
Tupac Shakur, Coachella 2012 Fans were amazed by the life-like quality of the Tupac Shakur hologram (Picture: Getty)
Other fans were equally amazed by the hologram, with Tupac rapidly becoming a top trend on Twitter as users rushed to discuss the performance.
@JayanniJoachim wrote: 'This may be the biggest moment in hip hop history...the return of Tupac? Wow.'
Another added: 'Just watched a video of Tupac performing Hail Mary at Coachella. Dude was a hologram I got chills watching that #insane'
Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Coachella 2012 Dr. Dre also joined Snoop Dogg on stage at Coachella (Picture: AP)
But others were less impressed by the stunt, with some questioning whether it was slightly distasteful to depict the dead star on stage.
@JheneAiko wrote: 'The Tupac hologram was a great idea, nice try.... But these mannerisms are way off, I feel a little disrespected.'
@molly_knight also found the hologram rather unsettling, writing: 'Was completely freaked out by the Tupac hologram and I'm fairly certain I was one of five people out of 100,000 not on drugs.'
It seems likely that Tupac will return to the stage once more in a matter of days, with Snoop Dogg set to perform his headline set again during the second weekend of Coachella.
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