For the past two years I have been blessed to attend the Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival, or Coachella for short. Coachella is a three-day music festival that takes place the second and third weekends of April in Coachella, California with the identical line up playing both weeks.
Since its origin in 1999 Coachella has grown in popularity with over 100,000 attendees each of the two weekends. Coachella has indeed become so popular that the first ticket sales occur in May, eleven months before the next festival and even before a line-up of musicians is announced.
The headliners for 2014 consist of an OutKast reunion, Muse and Arcade Fire with plenty of other big names in attendance as well.
Over the last couple of years Coachella has diversified greatly in its performers. Since Jay-Z headlined in 2010, rap has grown into the festival’s lineup with more recent shows by Kanye West, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg—yes with the infamous Tupac hologram—Wu-Tang Clan and even 2Chainz. This year continues the strength of rap performers with the legendary Nas, Kid Cudi, up-and-coming rappers A$AP Ferg and Chance the Rapper.
While the rap scene is relatively new to Coachella, alternative music is rooted in the foundation of the festival, continued this year by intriguing shows by Neutral Milk Hotel, Beck, MGMT, AFI and Broken Bells (headed by the Shin’s James Mercer) as well as the headliner Arcade Fire.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Coachella without the Sahara tent blasting EDM (electronic dance music) non-stop. This year many performers will occupy the infamous airplane-hanger style tent, by far the largest on the grounds, but Calvin Harris, British legend Fatboy Slim and my “must see performance of the year” choice Australian producer Flume are sure to put on some of the best shows of the year.
Other suggestions: Jagwar Ma, Foster the People, Pet Shop Boys, Queens of the Stone Age, Chvrches, Mogwai, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Disclosure, Little Dragon, Alesso of Swedish House Mafia, Duck Sauce and Odd Future’s The Internet.
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