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Coachella Announces Their Comprehensive 2016 Lineup



January 29th, 2016

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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival released their 2016 festival lineup, and it’s impressive – to put it mildly. Clear your schedules; April 15th through the 24th is officially lit.
Historically known for their diverse and thorough lineups, Coachella did not disappoint with this year’s announcement. Electronic royalty LCD Soundsystem and rock icons Guns N’ Roses will reunite for the first time in what seems like forever at Coachella this year, with a third headlining set from radio superstar Calvin Harris on Sunday night. Other noteworthy acts include Underworld, Ellie Goulding, Jack Ü, and M83 on Friday, Disclosure, Zedd, and CHVRCHES on Saturday, and Major Lazer, Miike Snow, and Flume closing out the festival on Sunday. Each of these acts are booked to play both weekends 1 and 2, as the festival expanded to two weekends in 2012 due to the high demand for tickets.
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Over the years, Coachella has grown into one of the most culturally dominant American music festivals. With its genre-neutral lineup and sunny weather, it has marked the start of festival season for the west coast for over 15 years. Coincidentally, the festival somehow marks the year’s musical trends with every edition. Last year, the festival featured Drake, Kaskade, The Weeknd, Odesza, Nero, and Axwell ^ Ingrosso – all of which had major musical and commercial success in 2015. If this trend continues, 2016 will mark a very, very promising year for electronic music.

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This year’s lineup features a dense electronic presence, with nearly half of the lineup on each day branching off from the genre is some aspect. Like last year, there is a heavy dose of techno and house littered in the small print. Friday features legendary acts like Marco Carola, Nicole Moudaber, and Sasha alongside DJs Nic Faniculli, George Fitzgerald, and Black Coffee. Saturday will spotlight Dubfire, Matthew Dear, and Mano le Tough as well as Tchami, Mr. Carmack, and Amine Edge & DANCE. Sunday closes out with a furious onslaught of techno, led by power couple Adam Beyer and Ida Engberg, joined by 2015 stud Maceo Plex and John Digweed, and supported by Cassy, Claptone, and Fur Coat.

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Although only a portion of their lineup, Coachella has assembled a team that could nearly rival Detroit’s Movement festival. But in typical Coachella fashion, there can never be one dominant genre. Other major players from 2015, including Snails, TOKiMONSTA, RL Grime, and The Chainsmokers will perform. DJs like AC Slater, Baauer, KSHMR, and Hudson Mohawke, are scheduled to perform on both Sundays, filling out the electronic representation.
Coachella has always had a solid hip-hop presence at their festivals. This year, both young acts and old will get together to take the stage. G-Eazy and Joey Bada$$ will play on Friday, while Run the Jewels, A$AP Rocky, and NWA founding member Ice Cube throw down on Saturday. Similarly, rock and indie have been a securing staple in the festival’s history. Sufjan Stevens, Volbeat, Gary Clark Jr., Beach House, Silversun Pickups, and Cold War Kids are all booked to shred in So. Cal.
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Because of how serious this lineup is, the price tag has always been on the pricey side compared to other fests in the country – but that didn’t stop tickets from selling out within a day. In order to snag tickets, you’ll have to hunt one down, but the time you’ll spend will be worth it if you can secure a ticket to the year’s biggest festival.
Although Coachella gets a reputation for being full of rich, pretentious California socialites, there is no denying that the festival has an excess of musical influence on the country. If you kill a set in Indio, it goes viral and you gain fame at an incredible rate. Acts like Flume, Jack Ü, and CHVRCHES have the potential to reach a ridiculous level of popularity after their performances (if you don’t consider them superstars already), while techno and house music could further solidify their strong grip on the electronic music landscape. It’s a magic festival that brings people from all walks of life together for a weekend of sunny music, and it’s worth visiting once for the experience.

 

 

Friday:
LCD Soundsystem
Ellie Goulding
Sufjan Stevens
Jack U
M83
Underworld
The Kills
Foal
Of Monsters and Men
G-Eazy
Purity Ring
Rae Sremmurd
Volbeat
2manydjs
Lord Huron
St. Germain
Savages
The Last Shadow Puppets
Joey Bada$$
DJ Mustard
BØRNS
Christine and the Queens
Snakehips
Robert Delong
Bob Moses
Ibeyi
Marco Carola
Parov Stelar
Black Coffee
Years & Years
Nicole Moudaber & Skin
Lido
HEALTH
Mavis Staples
Sasha
Goldroom
Carla Morrison
Nic Fanciulli
The Front Bottoms
Skepta
Sam Feldt
Lemaitre
Louis the Child
Frances
George FitzGerald
DJ EZ
Gallant
HÆLOS
Lapsley
Miami Horror
SG Lewis
Sheer Mag
Mbongwana Star
Nina Las Vegas
Nora en Pure
Masha

SATURDAY:
Guns N’ Roses
Ice Cube
Disclosure
Zedd
A$AP Rocky
CHVRCHES
Halsey
James Bay
Grimes
Courtney Barnett
Run The Jewels
The Arcs
RL Grime
Gary Clark Jr
Silversun Pickups
Lush
ZHU
Deerhunter
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Rhye
Bat for Lashes
The Damned
Vince Staples
Tchami
Nina Kraviz
Snails
RUFUS DU SOL
Lost Frequencies
Chronixx
Vanic
Justin Martin
AlunaGeorge
Mano Le Tough
Shamir
DJ Koze
BADBADNOTGOOD
Moon Taxi
SZA
Ex Hex
Mr. Carmack
Sophie
Protoje
Always
Zella Day
Dubfire
Matthew Dear
DMAs
Matoma
Algiers
GoGo Penguin
the Black Madonna
Cloves
Strangers You Know
Amine Edge & DANCE
Phases
The Dead Ships

SUNDAY:
Calvin Harris
SIA
Major Lazer
Flume
Beach House
The 1975
Rancid
Miike Snow
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Matt & Kim
Chris Stapleton
Cold War Kids
Death Grips
The Chainsmokers
Maceo Plex
Baauer
KSHMR
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Adam Beyer & Ida Engberg
Wolf Alice
Pete Yorn
Hudson Mohawke
Kamasi Washington
Claptone
TOKiMONSTA
Melody’s Echo Chamber
Autolux
John Digweed
Thomas JAck
Anderson .Paak
Nosaj Thing
Deafheaven
Epik High
Tensnake
Alessia Cara
Crystal Fighters
The Vandals
Joywave
PRAYERS
Young Fathers
The Heavy
Tei Shi
Meg Meyers
Soul Clap
Cassy
De Lux
GirlPool
Fur Coat
AC Slater

 

 



Matt Reynolds is a music enthusiast on a mission to share his musical knowledge with the masses. Born and raised on the hard streets of suburban North Jersey, Matt was diagnosed with an irreversible addiction to electronic music in 2009. Since then, he’s pledged to discover and share his experiences with clubs, festivals, and the world of electronic music. Situated minutes from NYC, Matt has traveled from Massachusetts to Miami and everywhere between chasing music and making memories. When he isn’t writing for MASS EDMC, he’s either reading, writing fiction, or (most likely) booty-shaking on the dance floor.