We really are spoilt for choice at this year’s Coachella Festival in California. With headlining acts from the one and only Beyoncé, Eminem and The Weeknd, it’s already set to be an outstanding couple of weekends for music and that’s without even mentioning the hundreds of other bands and artists on the line up this year. So whether you’re watching the Festival from the comfort of your own home or actually attending the event, here’s a bit of a guide on who to look out for and make the most of your time.
The one name that definitely sticks out above the rest is, of course, Queen B. Fans were understandably disappointed last year when Beyoncé had to cancel her appearance at the festival due to the pregnancy of her twins, but after a year of waiting she’s back to give us a bigger than ever performance. It’s important to remember however, that Beyoncé is not the only megastar to be hitting the main stage this year. After an extremely successful 2017, The Weeknd are set to play the opening night of the festival and Eminem, after releasing his comeback album Revival, will be headlining on the Sunday both weekends and so closing the Festival.
Looking past these top three names, you will find even more great artists from the likes of Kygo, Miguel and Odesza to Jungle, Haim, the War on Drugs and some real classics like Jamiroquai and of course Chic, if you need some serious dancing time. Looking at the lineup, Hip Hop has definitely taken over from EDM at this year’s festival, with artists like Tyler, the Creator, Cardi B and Vince Staples all up there in the second lot of headliners, these are definitely some artists not to be missed.
The Small Print
If you don’t allow yourself to do a little bit of wandering, there’s a lot of amazing music that could easily be missed, so move past the excitement of those big headliners, drag yourself away from the main stages and go and discover yourself a new favourite. Jorja Smith, Yaeji, Tash Sultana and Tom Misch are just some of the hidden gems ready to be found and enjoyed.
To plan or not to plan?
A genuinely varied line up this year will make for a top couple of weekends, just remember to dive in and do a little digging! With over 160 bands on the line up, and so much to see and do, try not to limit yourself to a completely set in stone schedule. Once you know the set times, make a rough plan of who you want to see most, suss out some smaller stages, and just go with the flow and see where you end up.