After the highly-anticipated Coachella 2016 lineup was revealed just a few days ago, it was followed by an immediate onslaught of various reactions. While it’s always fun to delve into the opposing perspectives, such wide-ranging opinions are to be expected from a festival with Coachella’s magnitude of size and diversity of musical genres.
Thus, we’ve decided to take the road less traveled. Rather than focusing on an overarching viewpoint or certain headliners, we’d like to turn the spotlight on the finer print in the Coachella lineup. So here’s our top ten “non-headlining” acts at Coachella 2016 (ordered by day)–listen to their music, and get excited to see these budding artists live in April and beyond!
If you have yet to make a New Year’s Resolution, here’s our suggestion: don’t sleep on SG Lewis. The 20-year old British producer caught the attention of house music heavyweights Disclosure at the very start of his career and has since earned a noteworthy spot alongside the duo on PMR Records’ esteemed artist roster. We’re definitely looking forward to SG Lewis’ set on day one at The Empire Polo Club.
Whether you’re melting under the desert sun or cooling off in VIP, nothing lightens the mood quite like some Goldroom. Led by frontman/producer Josh Legg, the LA-based indie dance band is guaranteed to bring your spirits up as you sing along with each one of their catchy tunes.
If you ever need a healthy cry, turn to Gallant. The R&B-inspired artist quickly gained steam after releasing Weight In Gold, accompanied by several remixes by dance music standouts including Louis Futon and Ta-ku. After you play any of his 2015 releases, you’ll know exactly why Gallant’s performance is not to be missed.
This San Francisco-raised, Los-Angeles dwelling producer is one of the forefathers of the ever-evolving LA beat scene that’s sweeping the middle-ground between hip hop beats and electronic production. After stunning fans at Coachella 2013, Mr. Carmack’s set is sure to be one of the very best this year.
Zella Day walks the fine line between pop and indie rock, and oh my, do we enjoy that line. The American singer-songwriter came out of the gate with a cover of The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army and proceeded with a string of consistently impressive releases throughout 2014 and 2015.
Argentine singer-songwriter Tei Shi has successfully fused organic instrumentation, genuine songwriting, soulful vocals, and electronic production for a sound that’s all her own. Her songs are the perfect addition to your sexy slow jams playlist (yes, we know you have one) as well as your day three schedule at Coachella.
Chances are, you’re already familiar with rising superstar Alessia Cara. After attracting fans with her YouTube covers, her debut single Here hit the top 10 in the U.S. and top 20 in Canada with major support from Def Jam Recordings. It can only go uphill for Alessia Cara.
If you’re one of those people who enjoys house beats but crave lyrics and melody, look no further than Claptone. The elusive masked producer’s recent Charmer album boasts a flawless combination of entrancing vocals and solid production to back it up. We can’t wait to groove with him on day three!
California-bred Anderson .Paak is the ultimate triple threat: rapper, singer, and producer with undeniable skills in all three. After performing six songs on Dr. Dre’s Compton and two on The Game’s The Documentary 2, Anderson .Paak is poised to make a huge solo splash with his Malibu album, set for a Jan. 15 release right in time for Coachella.
Press play above and just try to convince us that Tongues isn’t one of the most striking songs you’ve heard as of late? After releasing this, Somebody New, and teaming up with Big Data on Dangerous, indie rock band Joywaves is set for a milestone performance on the Polo Fields.
And so concludes our list of 10 Fine Print Acts Your Should Know Before Coachella 2016. We hope you’ve become the newest fan of at least one of the artists above and that you dance your heart out with them come April. For the record: we, too, are overwhelmingly thrilled that LCD Soundsystem and Guns N’ Roses are making a comeback, and we hope Taylor Swift shows up on stage with Calvin Harris.
The Full 2016 Coachella Music Festival Lineup
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