10 Must-See Performers at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

April 11, 2014 8:47 am
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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off this weekend at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

The annual three-day festival — which takes place over two weekends (April 11-13 and April 18-20) — will include performances from world-conquering musicians including Outkast, Muse, and Arcade Fire.

With over 100 artists representing different styles and genres scheduled to take the stage, ticket holders may find themselves debating over which performers to see over weekend.

Here is a countdown of must-see artists at Coachella:

10. Skrillex

The dubstep mixer, who performed at last year’s Coachella with Boyz Noise as Dog Blood, recently pulled a page out of Beyoncé‘s playbook by stealth-dropping his first full-length album Recess. This, of course, means a fresh new set filled with brassy, post-apocalyptic songs off his latest LP.

9. Zedd

The DJ-producer has been dominating Top 40 radio with his infectious house music. Not only will Zedd be spinning shuffle-evoking beats, the EDM maestro has produced a plethora of sing-along dance tracks, including “Stay the Night” with Hayley Williams and his latest single, “Find You,” featuring Miriam Lambert and Matthew Koma.

8. Calvin Harris

The Coachella veteran recently dropped his soon-to-be summer anthem, “Summer,” which will surely be a big anticipation during his hour-long mix. Not only is he known for spinning high-energy dance music, the 30-year-old has a knack for producing a set adorned with trippy light shows.

7. Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey is slated to kick off her North American tour on April 23 in Grand Prairie, Texas, which makes her Coachella set an unofficial inauguration ceremony to her 16-day stateside takeover. The 27-year-old is preparing to drop her super-secretive album Ultraviolence, so what better way to tease it by performing a few songs from the forthcoming record … especially its first single, “West Coast.”

Either way, attendees will certainly hear the fan-favorite “Summertime Sadness,” along with her other nostalgic tracks.

6. Ellie Goulding

Coachella-goers can most certainly expect a crowded set during the UK artist’s performance on Friday. The 27-year-old is noted for producing tracks across different genres, like the EDM-laced “Burn” and her acoustic cover of “Your Song” by the legendary Elton John.

So whether you’re looking for a place to dance or a stage to sing a familiar song, Ellie can provide you with both!

5. Arcade Fire

The Canadian indie-rock group will be closing out the main stage on both Sundays. In the past, the band has managed to attract a jam-packed audience with their Coachella-friendly songs and theatrical performance.

So what better way to end the three-day festival with a headliner that understands the secret to delivering a blockbuster show?

4. Pharrell

Whether it was his now-signature Arby’s-esque hat or his inescapable songs, the G I R L artist has managed to publicize his Coachella appearance with ease. In the last year, Pharrell has collaborated with Robin Thicke for their track “Blurred Lines,” and the always-rumored Coachella attendees Daft Punk for “Get Lucky” — songs he will more than likely play. Let’s not forget his role as one-third of the funky N*E*R*D.

Given Coachella’s track record of surprise performances, impromptu appearances from his collaborators are a possibility.

3. Lorde

The Grammy Award-winning teen is scheduled to make her debut on the outdoor stage Saturday. The New Zealand native has taken the world by storm with her debut single “Royals,” and now she’s ready to rock her first Coachella — a major milestone for a 17-year-old.

With relatable messages laced within her songs off her debut album Pure Heroine, Lorde’s set will be filled with fans crooning her status quo-defying lyrics verbatim.

2. Muse

The British band is back to headline the festival for another year — and there’s a good reason. The alternative-rockers are arguably the epitome of the music festival, and their 2012 album 2nd Law has proven to be a timeless record, featuring their pulsating single, “Madness.”

1. Outkast

’90s hip-hop duo Andre 3000 and Big Boi have reunited after a long hiatus to spread some nostalgia across Indio.

The last time a legendary hip-hop artist graced the main stage in 2012, the festival organizers pulled together the ultimate hip-hop/rap set by recruiting Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, and the mind-blowing hologram Tupac Shakur at the already-packed Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg hour.

Hologram or not — or whatever Coachella has in store to hype the comeback performance of the year — an Outkast set will without a doubt be stocked with concertgoers of all ages singing the well-known lyrics.


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