This Friday marks the start of Coachella’s first weekend, and though you’ll recognise all the names at the top of the bill (Beyonce, The Weeknd, SZA, Cardi B and more), there’s one name that you might not know much about just yet – The Blaze. And this probably won’t be the only time you spot them. They crop up in surprisingly large font on some of this year’s biggest festivals across the globe, including Reading & Leeds.
With only an EP and a handful of singles out, the French electronic duo are pencilled in for a set of huge festival appearances, including a set on Coachella’s Gobi Stage this very weekend. Later this year they’ll hit up Reading & Leeds Festival in August, but before that they will visit Parklife in Manchester in June, London’s Lovebox in July and one of Europe’s biggest festivals in the shape of Primavera. Not bad for a first full slate of summer festies.
So here’s what we know about them. The duo is made of two cousins, Jonathan and Guillaume Alric who are based in Paris, and described themselves to The Fader as “30 something”. The pair released their first single ‘Virile’ in 2016, with an EP titled ‘Territory’ the following year. Not only that, but their dropping the type of music videos you’d want to watch in a cinema, not on your 6-inch smartphone screen. Just watch the video for ‘Heaven’ below.
Not only are they conjuring up Oscar-worthy visuals, the music is absolutely banging. Think early Chemical Brothers and Orbital meets Calvin Harris – a credible house-tinged dance project that is both palatable for purists as much as it is for your casual listener. And it works. Every track of there’s on Spotify has crossed at least a million streams, apart from ‘The Interlude’ which is knocking around 870,000.
How well does it translate to a festival audience? Really fucking well, by the looks of it. Just watch these amateur clips on YouTube of the band feeling at home on the biggest stages possible with a beefy sound, mysterious lightings and striking visuals. This is music made for the festival Main Stages.
Coachella may not be their first ever show, but it undoubtedly feels like their biggest. It will act as their statement of intent to be seen as one of the buzziest festival acts of the summer. Get in on this one now, because this one’s going to catch alight very quickly.