DJ Times’ Can’t-Miss Acts at Coachella
Indio, Calif. – OK, kids—it’s time for Coachella, one of America’s biggest annual music festivals. Set for the next two weekends in Indio, Calif., Coachella will find thousands of rabid fans enjoying their favorite rock and electronic acts, plus a select group of DJs. Yes, DJ Times will be there, as well.
Among the massive list of artists performing at Coachella this year, here’s our Top-10 must-see dance and electronic acts on the lineup, in no particular order. Set times for Weekend 2 haven’t been announced yet, but I’ve included info on when and where each of them will be playing during Weekend 1.
Lee Burridge: After seeing him spin at the Robot Heart art car during my virgin trip to Burning Man in 2013, I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to catch a live set from this London-based deep-house DJ. In the midst of the high-energy madness that is Coachella, a relaxing trip into the chilled-out vibes of deep house will be refreshing. Burridge will spin a trip deep into space at the Yuma stage on Sunday between 4:30 and 5:45 p.m. In the meantime, check out this four-hour set from his performance at Burning Man here.
The Glitch Mob: As a longtime fan of The Glitch Mob, I just wouldn’t miss their set. And dig their new stage, which features three separate booths and sees the group using iPads to mix the music live and drums to accentuate the beats. The group recently released a terrific new album, Love Death Immortality—expect to hear plenty of it. The Glitch Mob will be playing at the Sahara Tent from 7:30 to 8:25 p.m. on Friday.
Gareth Emery: With a long career on his belt already, the English DJ/Producer continues to hold a large and dedicated audience. Newer fans of electronic dance music will recognize his work in the 2013 collaboration, “Lights and Thunder,” with Krewella on their debut album, Get Wet. However, Emery has held an impressive discography since 2002. Fans of trance and progressive house will want to check him out between 5:00 and 5:55 at the Sahara Tent on Friday.
Dillon Francis: There were nothing but good reviews from his set at Ultra Fest in Miami a few weeks ago. (BTW, you can stream it here.) So, I won’t be missing the opportunity to catch Francis live at the Sahara Tent on Saturday between 6:45 and 7:45. Maybe DJ Hanzel will even make an appearance—one can only hope.
MAKJ: Certainly rising in the EDM world, this U.S.-born DJ learned the ropes at the young age of 15. After hearing praise and rumored collaborations with artists like Hardwell, Diplo and Nervo, MAKJ appears to be our next breakout star. MAKJ will be playing at the Sahara Tent between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Aloe Blacc & AlunaGeorge: Although they’re not EDM acts, the two vocalists on top EDM tracks from artists like Disclosure and Avicii will be playing their own music at Coachella this year as well. With a hit on the radio, I’m excited to check out Blacc’s music live. Hopefully, George will even make an appearance during Disclosure’s closing set at the Outdoor Theatre on Sunday. Aluna George will play between 6:45 and 7:10 at the Gobi Tent on Sunday. Meanwhile, Aloe Blacc will play between 4:15 and 5:00 p.m. at the Mojave tent on Friday.
Big Gigantic: The Colorado-based duo will make its Coachella debut this year at the Sahara Tent on Sunday between 7:55 and 8:50 p.m. As someone who hasn’t seen the group in over a year, I’m excited to see what their latest show will have to offer. The group mixes DJing with live instruments and their shows are always full of energy. Call it jazzy EDM.
Disclosure: Following their summer festival appearances, the Brothers Lawrence have mentioned that they’ll be settling down to work on a new album. After becoming one of the biggest names in music over the last year, the group is already one of the most talked-about names on the lineup. Disclosure will be closing the festival on Sunday at the Outdoor Theater.
Rudimental: Attention, drum-n-bass fans! I’ll be catching this show at the Mojave Tent between 4:45 and 5:35 on Sunday. While I say drum-n-bass, the group isn’t stuck in that genre entirely. Tracks like “Free” show a different side of the group with the downtempo electronic influence and vocals provided by Emily Sandé and Nas. The group does a live drum-n-bass show, using instruments instead of just DJ gear.
Zedd: Following his recent Grammy win, the super-talented German DJ/producer has certainly become one of the faces of EDM. Zedd will play in the Sahara Tent between 10:05 and 11:20 p.m. on Friday. I’ll be stopping by to have a good, cleansing wave of emotions, while he drops “Clarity,” the song of 2013. See you on the dancefloor!