Coachellaaaaaa! Yes, the annual Indio, California festival that much of the rest of the world casts an envious eye at whenever April rolls around has announced the line-up for its 18th edition and – well, wow.
The full line-up announcement back in January revealed a whole host of brilliant bands and artists who are set to perform across Coachella’s double-weekender in the Spring, spanning from colossal headliners (including Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar) to must-see acts (Lorde, Mac DeMarco, The Avalanches), as well as a strong contingent of new British stars (Stormzy, Blossoms, Mura Musa).
Let’s take stock of everything we now know about the Coachella 2017 line-up and details about this year’s festival.
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When is Coachella 2017?
Coachella 2017 will be held, as ever, on two weekends: April 14-16 and April 21-23 2017. The festival takes place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
Who is headlining Coachella 2017?
Coachella’s three headliners this year are, to put it bluntly, quite sensational. Let’s dive straight in.
Friday – Radiohead
Who: Thom Yorke’s merry Oxford band, who will mark their third headline appearance at Coachella in 2017.
Why you need to watch them: What better way to soothe the sure-to-be woes of Trump’s first few months in office than by basking in the mellifluous brilliance of ‘A Moon-Shaped Pool’ in a baking hot Californian field?
Saturday – Lady Gaga
Who: One of the decade’s most influential and experimental pop artists, who’s stepping in for Beyoncé who was forced to drop out on doctor’s orders.
Why you need to watch her: She nailed her Super Bowl half time slot, so expect her slot in the desert to be similarly bombastic experience.
Sunday – Kendrick Lamar
Who: The Compton native is arguably the finest rapper alive.
Why you need to watch him: Kendrick doesn’t often perform at festivals, let alone headline them – but he’s making a special exception for Coachella 2017. Backed by his sensational live band, The Wesley Theory, he’s sure to bring the fire for this very special performance in his home state.
Here’s the full lineup in alphabetical order. To see the current positioning of each act, see the lineup poster embedded below.
Friday, April 14 & 21
Empire of the Sun
Father John Misty
Francis and the Lights
Guided by Voices
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Nora En Pure
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Lemon Twigs
The Martinez Brothers
Saturday, April 15 & 22
Banks & Steelz
Car Seat Headrest
Eli & Fur
Hot Since 82
S U R V I V E
Swet Shop Boys
The Head and the Heart
Two Door Cinema Club
Sunday, April 16 & 23
King Sunny Adé
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Lil Uzi Vert
Maya Jane Coles
Porter Robinson & Madeon
Show Me the Body
Tale of Us
The Belleville Three
Toots and the Maytals
What So Not
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So that’s a lot of acts, right? Let’s pick five of the top non-headlining acts playing on each day of Coachella 2017.
The Croydon MC just went to number one with his stunning debut ‘Gang Signs & Prayer‘ in March, and he’s set to take his skills global with a show at the nation’s most revered festival.
Father John Misty
Expect wit, laughs and brand new material from his album ‘Pure Comedy’ when Father John Misty takes to the hot Californian stage in April.
Much like Father John, expect a charming performance that’s peppered with laugh-out-loud moments from Mac and his merry band of troubadours. The Canadian will almost certainly air cuts from his slightly more low-key album ‘This Old Dog’ also.
Brighton producer Simon Green is set to release his sixth album, ‘Migration’, sometime this year, so expect plenty of snippets from that during his blissed-out set – plus possibly some special guests on vocals, too.
The Justin Vernon-led band will bring last year’s excellent ’22, A Million’ album to the Californian desert for their high-profile slot at Coachella, which will likely see them open for Lady Gaga – it’ll be quite a pre-show.
The reinvigorated Atlanta rapper has flourished since his release from jail in May, releasing a shedload of new material to keep his prolific reputation up. He puts on a mean live show, too.
The Australian band made their long-awaited comeback last year, and will make a rare live appearance at Coachella come April – and, in making up for lost time, they’ll certainly be sure to bring the party to the Empire Polo Club.
Two Door Cinema Club
The Northern Irish trio’s love affair with the US will resume at Coachella, where they’re sure to air plenty of tracks from their 2016 third album ‘Gameshow‘.
Perhaps the big question here is: can Stockport’s finest survive the baking Californian heat? Melting aside, this is a fine opportunity for the band to impress.
The New Zealand star dropped banging new single ‘Green Light’ in March and a new album is due in June. Perhaps she’ll treat the Coachella faithful to a few new cuts.
With Daft Punk seemingly not interested in playing at one of the world’s biggest festivals, fellow French producer duo Justice are more than up for the challenge – their set on the final day of the festival is sure to be unmissable.
The enthralling live band will be back with new album ‘The Far Field‘ on April 7 – so plenty of time for you to learn the words, then.
The Montreal producer nearly won 2016 with his soaring debut album ‘99.9%’, while his live mixes are a powerful force of their own – a must-see, and must-dance-at, set.
The Australian four-piece are the ideal last-day festival band – forget that you’re going home tomorrow, and enjoy the sonic madness of Pond’s eccentric brand of rock’n’roll.
Coachella set times
See below for Coachella weekend one set times:
How do I watch Coachella 2017?
Several acts will be appearing on the official Coachella live stream, available on YouTube. Find out how you can stream the festival for free and who you can’t afford to miss.