The Performances to Look Out For at Coachella

The Performances to Look Out For at Coachella

With the 2017 Coachella schedule announced, we give you the lowdown on who to prioritize seeing in the desert.

With the 2017 Coachella schedule announced, we give you the lowdown on who to prioritize seeing in the desert.

Text: Jake Viswanath

Bearded hipsters and bohemian babes, get out your flower crowns and fanny packs: Coachella is nearly upon us. The first event of the festival season, and the best to many, kicks off their first weekend this Friday, April 14. With an impressive roster of over 150 artists performing at the Empire Polo Club over the next two weekends, it may be difficult to narrow down your list of must-see performances, so we did the work for you. Whether you’re at the desert or staying cozy on your couch watching the live stream, these are the performers you have to check out. Scroll down for this year's set times.

Lorde—Sunday, 8:45 PM

Coachella will mark the Kiwi sensation’s first show in nearly three years. Off the heels of her newest pop masterpieces, “Green Light” and “Liability,” she’s sure to give a dynamic and thrilling performance in the desert, with the lingering possibility of debuting even more new music.

Tove Lo—Sunday, 7:55 PM

The Swedish pop star is riding high off her raw electro-pop affair Lady Wood. Combined with her powerful and raunchy singles, her set is likely to be the shameless and catchy catharsis of your weekend, the one moment where you can just let go and jam.

Bon Iver—Saturday, 9 PM

Seeing the adventurous musician live is already an experience to be remembered. But his set at sunset in the vast desert, surrounded by tens of thousands of your closest friends, could prove to be something utterly magical.

Shura—Saturday, 2 PM

You probably haven’t been able to see the emerging synth-pop artist in her element yet, but here’s your chance. Her glimmering anthems “Nothing’s Real” and “What’s It Gonna Be?” will start your day off on the best note.

Sampha—Friday, 4:20 PM

Fresh off releasing his debut album, stateside fans now have the chance to catch the rising British singer in action. His soothing voice and calming melodies are sure to relax even the most adventurous and rowdy Coachella-goer.

Banks—Friday, 7:10 PM

Prepare to be absolutely hypnotized. Her haunting creations and gentle ballads will give a much-needed sense of intimacy to the grand proceedings of Coachella—assuming the loud sound from surrounding bands don’t put a damper on the brooding vibes.

Kendrick Lamar—Sunday 10:25 PM

K-Dot’s made it to the big leagues! His turn as a Coachella headliner is sure to be as thrilling and heart-pounding as all his performances are. Plus the chance to hear him debut music from his upcoming album DAMN. live is something not to be missed.

The xx—Friday, 9:20 PM

The typically mellow trio is making their long-awaited return to the desert stage, but don’t assume that it will be like last time around. With their dynamic and versatile album I See You in tow, expect their show to be more vibrant and lively than ever before.

Hans Zimmer—Sunday 7:55 PM

The legendary composer behind the scores of your favorite Oscar-winning films is by far the most bizarre and unexpected name on the entire lineup. His presence is even more intriguing considering that nobody has any idea what he’s even going to do on stage, making him the must-see performer of the weekend.

Roisin Murphy—Saturday 6:05 PM

The electronic musician, formerly of duo Moloko, has set the pace for pop for almost a decade now, though few give her the credit. Given that she rarely plays outside of the UK and Europe, this is sure to be a treat.

Kiiara—Sunday, 6:45 PM

The force behind last year’s chopped-and-screwed viral sensation “Gold” is now making her proper festival debut. Expect an interesting set that experiments with the weirdest and innovative aspect of electronic pop.

Röyksopp—Saturday 7:45 PM

The Norwegian electronic duo can always be relied on for pristine electro-dance sounds and super emotive lyrics. Performing with the newly solo ionnalee, head to the dance tent for guaranteed crying on the dance floor, the best kind of tears.

Beyoncé

Oh, wait, next year!

Lady Gaga—Saturday, 11:20 PM

To cap a remarkable era and kick off another packed year, the pop phenom will make her headlining debut in the desert. While details about her highly anticipated set are scarce, her performance may very well be a sneak peek at the Joanne World Tour. Only one thing is for sure: Lady Gaga always gives it everything she’s got. Her set at the legendary festival will be nothing less than thrilling, theatrical, and memorable.

The Atomics—Satuday 5 PM

Mura Masa—Saturday 6:45 PM

Radiohead—Friday 9 PM

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