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Who We’re Excited To See at Coachella Music Festival

This year’s Coachella Music Festival line-up is star studded with Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead as the festival’s original headliners. Returning to the Indio Polo Fields for two consecutive weekends, April 14-16, & 21-23, 2017, Coachella is gearing up to bring three days of dancing in the desert.

After Beyonce announced she was pregnant with twins, the music industry was quick to be understanding and not disappointed when Lady Gaga was announced as the headliner’s replacement for the Saturday spot. Despite Coachella’s always impressive and to-die-for headliners, the line-up is always so stacked and mind-blowingly good over a variety of music genres.

We summed up some of our favorite acts and hopeful anticipations we’re hoping to catch at this year’s Coachella Music Festival, be sure to stay tuned for our post coverage!

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Lady Gaga

If you didn’t see her halftime Superbowl show click here, and then please try to tell me that you don’t want to see her live. Her halftime show performance reminded us of why large scale concerts can sometimes feel extra special when everyone in the audience is captivated by a positive message and feel as liberated as when Lady Gaga sings.

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Lorde

It’s been three years since young Lorde’s return to Coachella’s Polo Fields, and she will hopefully be debuting new music and a brand new live set up. She exploded on the scene as a young sixteen year old vocalist who really knew how to captivate her audience on stage. She’s been teasing on social media that she’s been in the studio and writing new music, so hopefully Coachella will be her sophomore album debut.

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The xx

It’s been about four years since we’ve seen The xx perform on stage together. Last year Jamie xx released his album In Colour. Then in 2016 the band blessed fans with news of a brand new album, I See You, which was released January 13, 2017.

The xx recently released their 21 minute film which was a documentation of their Night + Day Brixton Festival, held in Brixton from March 8-15 earlier this year. Now that they’ve conquered that, they will now be heading on tour playing both weekends at Coachella as well as playing their biggest northern American headline tour to date, which will be hitting California weekend 1 at Coachella Friday, April 14, and playing three consecutive nights in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Auditorium April 15-17. (Tickets for their April 17 show are still available at ticketmaster.com).

Porter Robinson
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Porter Robinson & Madeon

What’s so special about Coachella is the collaborative performances and special shows that artists put on at this festival. Porter Robinson and Madeon will be playing their last live performance of their joint show Shelter Live where the two play a live mash-up of their songs as well as different renditions of their single, “Shelter.”

You can say many of their super fans will probably be seen crying these Sunday nights, since the two announced that Coachella is the farewell Shelter Live show, and that the two will continue on their solo careers moving forward. It’s definitely nice for fans to see two artists who admire each other’s work so much play together on stage, especially when their show just connects with their fans in such a genuine way.

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Francis and the Lights

A modest, but super talented artist, Francis and the Lights makes music to make you dance, but also let you feel. They just released Their debut studio album, Farewell Starlight! last year, September 2016.  Francis and the Lights’ debut album is great to listen to when you need to feel upbeat, or need a pick-me-up, because his music, one, makes you want to dance or, two, reminds you that you’re human that that it’s okay.

For example his songs “I Want You To Shake” and “It’s Alright To Cry” are so literal and perfect because the names are so accurate to how their trying to make you feel when you listen or experience them live. Their R&B influence mixed with electronic and dance is the perfect amount of emotion and dance party when it comes to live acts.

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Sofi Tukker

The grammy nominated indie dance duo from NYC, Sofi Tukker, consisting of Tucker Halpern and Sophie Hawley-Weld, has been making waves in the festival circuit in 2016, and started 2017 off with touring with The Knocks. The band has been working on their debut EP Soft Animals with the release of their singles, titled “Matadora.” However, Sofi Tukker’s infectious and groovy track, “Drinkee” was their grammy nominated single for “Best Dance Recording”and also their first release, ever. There will definitely be a dance party in the Coachella Valley when this track goes off.

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Anna Lunoe
This DJ will get you grooving and just released her song in collaboration with Valentino Khan & Wuki “Bullseye” via OWSLA. After she gets down in the desert she’ll be making her way to northern California to play San Francisco’s 1015 Folsom, April 27.
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Honne

British duo with a soulful, electronic, and seductive sound will make their Coachella debut on Sunday both weekends. Before hitting Coachella they will be playing a show in San Francisco at The Regency Ballroom on April 10, and then coming to Sacramento with Oh Wonder in between weekend at Coachella playing Ace of Spades on April 18.

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Besides the amazing acts on the Coachella line-up, there’s also other immersive experiences and smaller stages going on to get a break from the huge crowds. Another thing to look forward to is checking out the Heineken House and Do Lab stage hosted at Coachella which generally has two different line-ups each weekend with surprise sets. It’s the secret hidden gems if you’re into dance music.

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About the author

Victoria Kobayashi

Victoria Kobayashi

Victoria is a music and arts contributor reporting on live events and festivals happening throughout California. She was born and raised in Sacramento and recently graduated from the University of California, Davis, majoring in Design and minoring in Professional Writing. Her hobbies include browsing through fashion blogs, photography, listening to new music, thrift store shopping and going on weekend road trips. She's always down for an adventure and meeting new people.

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