With Coachella right around the corner (and by that we mean tomorrow!), the good people of the Indio Valley festival have released the official set times for Weekend 1. April 11th, 12th, and 13th will see an incredible array of musicians, but unfortunately, you won’t be able to see them all. That’s why we’ve put together a list of must-see acts, as well as some advice on who to see if you’re conflicted. Check out our list below, along with tunes from our recommended Coachella artists.
Coachella 2014 Weekend 1 Preview
Friday, April 11:
This decision really comes down to how willing you are to “turn up” at 3 in the afternoon. While Jagwar Ma will provide you with some psychedelic dance rock, that will undoubtedly be a good choice for a good time, A$AP Ferg will get you moving and grooving in a way that’ll make you ready for a weekend of drinking, toking, and partying. So “turn up” if it’s not too early for you, otherwise melt around with Jawgwar Ma.
You already know how the sisters HAIM do. Lucky for you, there isn’t much conflict here so get folked up with the girls without putting any weight on your conscience.
Broken Bells vs. Bonobo
Space out or groove out? This prime-time evening slot could be a quiet trip with Broken Bells, letting you rest up for OutKast (we’re not even going to list that one because, let’s be real, where else are you going to be at 11:30pm?). Or it could be a synthy dance party with Bonobo, gearing you up for OutKast. The choice is yours.
Saturday, April 12
Chances are you haven’t heard of Laura Mvula. If you have, way to be; if you haven’t go see her. With a sound that can best be described as a trans-atlantic cousin of Janelle Monae, it’s a perfect set for a sunny afternoon.
CHVRCHES vs. Banks
This is a tough one. CHVRCHES are still killing it since the release of their debut, but Banks has also been slaying. I mean have you seen her cover Aaliyah? Check out CHVRCHES if you haven’t before, as I’m sure Banks will be coming to a town near you sometime soon.
Holy Ghost! vs. Julian Casablancas
Either way you’re probably in for a synthy treat. But Julian Casablancas did recently tease us with some new material, so this is probably a prime opportunity to hear some of it first.
Both artists will definitely provide you with your pop-fix for the weekend. On one hand we have young Knowles, who knows how to put on a damn good, funky pop show. But on the other hand, this is Lorde’s first major festival appearance, so that’s something.
He’s performing Illmatic in full. That is all.
Sunday, April 13
These guys just dropped their debut So It Goes, an ode to NYC hip-hop debauchery infused with a DIY punk aesthetic. The crew is a must-see.
Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange is everything you’d want in a new wave, indie-pop-funk artist. His latest album Cupid Deluxe was a favorite of 2013 and this is his first major festival appearance under the moniker Blood Orange.
Dance your feet off with AlunaGeorge or sing your head off with Jeff Mangum and crew? Who knows what the future of NMH holds, so go see them. If you want your dance fix, run to Little Dragon (check out a new song below) right after because that’s sure to be a groovy performance.
You might be able to catch both of these, but you probably won’t enjoy each set in full. Arcade Fire’s been headlining forever and will probably continue to do so for a while. Disclosure, is relatively fresh on the scene, and most likely the best dance act of the weekend. And who knows, maybe Sam Smith will pop in for a quick audible treat.
Check out the full set-times via Coachella’s Official Website
Article by Arpan Somani