2018 Coachella Weekend 1 Highlights and Weekend 2 Preview

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As a regular attendee of Coachella for the last 7 years, I’ve seen plenty of changes at the festival. 2018 was no different. The last few years have seen the festival transition from something big to something enormous. With this growth and scale some plenty of improvements, as well as inevitable challenges.

At the end of the day, Coachella may rightfully own the title of one of the biggest festivals in the world. The stages and overall production value has increased substantially. It is now a truly multi-genre festival, ranging from dance to hip hop to rock to indie. Artists now plan their festival seasons around Coachella, and debut their new stage setups and tracks in the desert.

Below are some of my thoughts on the good, the bad, and the music from this year’s fest.

The Good

The Sahara tent is massively improved this year. The stage and tent now resembles those seen at Ultra, meaning that they are much wider than they are long. Overall, the entire stage and accompanying screens are much larger as well. Overall, this meant that the tent never felt like it was too full like it has in years past.

Beyond Sahara, there is a near constant option for dance music. The DoLab, Yuma, and the Heineken House are all heavy on the DJ end, not to mention the DJ parties that happen in the campgrounds.

The growth in the festival’s popularity means that anyone in the world will play this festival, even as just a featured guest. It’s not just an indie rock fest anymore: you can get surprise guests from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper, to the freakin WalMart yodel kid. Artists now plan their release and tour schedules around the festival, which means that the surprises are going to keep coming. So don’t rule out that Daft Punk performance just yet…

The Bad

With the tent change at Sahara, one of the most iconic views of the festival is now gone: sunset looking directly west. With the old design, the entire back of the tent was open and you would clearly see the entire Coachella landscape, mountains, palm trees, and ferris wheel included.

With the increase in the size of the festival, as well as the number of attendees, the ability to hop around between stages has been severely limited. It used to be that you could count on seeing acts back to back to back, even with little to no overlap. These days, that is almost impossible. With the stages pushed back and relocated, it can now easily take 20 minutes or more to navigate the maze of installations, people, pop ups, markets, bathrooms, and more.


Beyond the festival experience itself is the music. Hip hop saw another increase in presence this year, but that’s to be expected given the dominance of the genre over the last few years. Despite this growth, dance and electronic is still omnipresent, with three areas almost exclusively dedicated to the genre: Sahara, Yuma, and The DoLab.

The Music

Must see sets from the best in dance and electronic.

Friday Top 3:

Alison Wonderland

Highlight: Alison stepping to the side of the DJ booth to sing vocals on her track “Easy”

Kygo

Highlight: Jamie Foxx making an appearance to sing Kygo’s remix of “Sexual Healing”

Whethan

Highlight: Who knows if Weekend 2 is in the cards, but seeing the WalMart yodel kid live means we have officially reached peak Internet

Saturday Top 3:

Chromeo

Highlight: A daytime dance party at the main stage proves that Chromeo’s four-time billing at Coachella is no accident; their old hits are just as relevant today as their new releases

Ekali

Highlight: Debut of recently released “Forever” with collaborators Elohim and Medasin was a light break from an overall heavy, heavy set.

Snakehips

Highlight: This fast-paced set was punctuated by the entire crowd belting the chorus to “All My Friends” … how about bring out Chance next weekend, guys?

Sunday Top 3:

ODESZA

Highlight: The Intel/HP drone show, which was teased for the festival crowd on Friday, was a fitting addition to “A Moment Apart”

Illenium

Highlight: Utilizing every single inch of the massive Sahara screen’s, Illenium’s visual intro to “Crawl Outta Love” rivaled any graphic / music combo of the weekend

San Holo

Highlight: The bitbird leader brought the energy (and the crowd) for his Coachella livestream

Special Mentions:

ZHU’s set and RL Grime’s surprise slot at the DoLab mean that anything can happen.

LA party crew Brownies & Lemonade put on an all-star show at the Heineken House. If you haven’t been to one of their parties, it might be a good time to book a trip to LA.


Those that also went Weekend 1 — let us know what you think. For those of you going Weekend 2, we’re extremely jealous.

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Beyoncé takes the throne, Ekali sends it, David Byrne rewrites history & more: Here’s everything that happened at Coachella day 2

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Ekali played to a packed Sahara tent in the middle of the afternoon

As if closing out the Do LaB tent wasn’t enough of an achievement, Ekali’s Sahara tent set was a testament to his massive growth and range as a producer. With over 20,000 in attendance, it’s for certain that Ekali’s destined for a monumental year, and to that, a congratulations is in order.

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Party Favor delivers a star-studded set

Party Favor‘s set was filled with surprises. Dropping off a fervent performance with surprises from Tyga, Jamie Foxx, and Rich The Kid, Party Favor saw that things got a even hotter out on the polo fields.

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Louis the Child brought out Joey Purp and debuted some new music

EDM’s fastest rising duo, Louis the Child, dropped their new original and confirmed a new remix of a new Khalid song.

MØ brought out Diplo and Charli XCX

Danish pop artist  graduated from her “Lean On” performance two years ago at Coachella with Major Lazer and blew the crowd away with her main stage sunset performance, where she even managed to bring out a few friends along the way. In addition to performing a solo rendition of the Justin Beiber featured “Cold Water,” MØ brought out Charli XCX for “Porsche,” and danced onstage with Diplo for their collaboration “Get It Right.”

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David Byrne rewrote history

Talking Heads’ frontman David Byrne took the stage with a performance of past and present classics in Stop making Sense fashion, even finishing on a cover of Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout,” listing names of black victims of police violence with an absolutely epic drum-heavy rendition.

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Beyoncé took the throne

Queen B delivered. As expected, Beyoncé’s headlining performance was nothing short iconic. Undoubtedly, it’ll go down as one of the greatest Coachella performances in history with Beyoncé standing as the first ever woman of color to headline the festival. “Ain’t that ’bout a bitch?” she quixotically squealed, when talking about the phenomena.

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Moving through her performance with poise, hair flowing, barely seeming to break a sweat, Beyoncé’s energy and the performance’s production proved she’s one of the greatest entertainers to ever grace the stage. The New York Times has even gone so far to call her bigger than Coachella in their latest editorial.

She opened with a performance of “Crazy In Love,” brought out her husband JAY-Z for one of their many collaborations “Déjà Vu,” had her sister Solange come out for “Get Me Bodied,” and then she did the unthinkable. She saved humanity. I mean—and then she reunited Destiny’s Child.

Although rumors of a Destiny’s Child reunion have been circulating for months, nothing comes close to the real thing. The trio performed “Lose My Breath,” “Say My Name,” and “Soldier.”

“I was supposed to perform last year but I got pregnant, thank God,” Beyoncé said before closing her set with an a cappella rendition of her uplifting “Love On Top.” “I had time to dream with two beautiful souls in my belly and this is everything and more I had in my dream, so thank you for sharing this with me. I want to sing this last song to all my incredible, beautiful fans. Loyal fans. Ride or dies. I love y’all.”

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Stream Coachella Day 2 with Chromeo, Louis The Child, Beyoncé, and more

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The first day of Coachella 2018 went off without a hitch, beyond some entrance delays for attendees. Kygo brought out Jamie Foxx for a live performance of “Sexual Healing,” the Yodel Kid joined Whethan for his Coachella debut, and REZZ closed out the Sahara tent with a hypnotic spectacle.

Tonight’s performances promises to deliver the same anticipation and awe with performances by Marian Hill, Flatbush Zombies, Ekali, Party Favor, Snakehips, MØ, Tyler, The Creator, Post Malone, and more. It’s rumored that Beyoncé will be resurrecting another Destiny’s Child reunion when she takes to the main stage — not only with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, but alongside a full cast of the pop group’s original members, including LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Robertson.

For those who couldn’t make it out to the Empire Polo Club this year, Coachella will be back on their YouTube channel live streaming a number of hand-selected acts for viewers at home. Viewers can customize their live stream experience on the interactive channel, setting web reminders, push notifications, and handpicking their artist schedule.

Coachella’s Day 2 streaming schedule — all times EST — is available below:

Saturday, April 14th:

  • Marian Hill (6:35 p.m., 1)
  • Wizkid (6:35 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • Nile Rodgers & Chic (7:15 p.m., 1)
  • Chloe x Halle (7:15 p.m., 2)
  • Ekali (7:20 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • Nile Rodgers & Chic (8:10 p.m., VR)
  • Flatbush Zombies (8:15 p.m., 3)
  • First Aid Kit (8:20 p.m., 1)
  • Angel Olsen (8:30 p.m., 2)
  • Party Favor (9:05 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • BØRNS (9:10 p.m., 1)
  • BROCKHAMPTON (9:15 p.m., 2)
  • Snakehips (10:00 p.m., 3)
  • Chromeo (10:05 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • MØ (10:10 p.m., 2)
  • Alina Baraz (11:00 p.m., 3)
  • Tash Sultana (11:00 p.m., 2)
  • Tyler, the Creator (11:05 p.m., 1)
  • Louis the Child (11:45 p.m., 3)
  • Benjamin Booker (11:50 p.m., 2)
  • Haim (12:15 a.m., 1)
  • Alvvays (12:35 a.m., 2)
  • Blackbear (12:40 a.m., 3)
  • Post Malone (1:10 a.m., 1 + VR)
  • David Byrne (1:20 a.m., 2)
  • Jungle (1:25 a.m., 3)
  • Fleet Foxes (2:10 a.m., 2)
  • Beyoncé (2:10 a.m., 1)
  • Highly Suspect (2:20 a.m., 3)
  • alt-J (3:05 a.m., 2)
  • X Japan (3:05 a.m., 3)

The Wait is Over: Stream Coachella Day 1 here

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The wait is finally over: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is officially here. With headliners Beyoncé, The Weeknd, and Eminem, to say nothing of its industry leading undercard, the festival is set to cement its status as the best of the best yet again.

For those who didn’t make it out to the Empire Polo Club this year, Coachella is once again streaming some of its best, most intriguing artists for all to see on their YouTube channel here. Viewers can pick from four different channels.

Coachella Day 1’s streaming schedule — all times EST — is available below:

Friday, April 13th:

  • Moses Sumney (6:35 p.m., 1)
  • Los Ángeles Azules (6:35 p.m., 2)
  • Elohim (6:35 p.m., 3)
  • Pvris (7:10 p.m., 2)
  • Elohim (7:10 p.m., VR)
  • Skip Marley (7:15 p.m., 1)
  • Slow Magic (7:30 p.m., 3)
  • SuperDuperKyle (8:05 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • Whethan (8:15 p.m., 3)
  • Greta Van Fleet (8:30 p.m., 2)
  • The Neighbourhood (8:55 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • Léon (9:10 p.m., 3)
  • Kali Uchis (9:20 p.m., 2)
  • Whethan (9:30 p.m., VR)
  • Bleachers (9:50 p.m., 1)
  • Alan Walker (10:00 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • Daniel Caesar (10:05 p.m., 2)
  • Vince Staples (10:40 p.m., 1)
  • Black Coffee (10:55 p.m., 2)
  • Deorro (11:00 p.m., 3)
  • The War on Drugs (11:35 p.m., 1)
  • Kygo (11:45 p.m., 2 + VR)
  • Dreams (12:00 a.m., 3)
  • St. Vincent (12:30 a.m., 1)
  • Perfume Genius (12:40 a.m., 2)
  • Deorro (12:40 a.m., VR)
  • Belly (12:50 a.m., 3)
  • TroyBoi (1:30 a.m., 3 + VR)
  • Jean-Michel Jarre (1:30 a.m., 2)
  • The Weeknd (2:25 a.m., 1 + VR)
  • Alison Wonderland (2:25 a.m., 3)
  • Jamiroquai (2:40 a.m., 2)
  • Rezz (3:25 a.m., 3)

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Prepare Accordingly: The Coachella 2018 live stream schedule is here

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Coachella Music Valley Music & Arts Festival is nearing its 19th edition this weekend, Apr 13–22, 2018, in Indio, California, headlined by BeyoncéThe Weeknd, and Eminem.

As the country’s largest multi-genre music festival, the line-up is packed with high-powered electronic acts from ODESZAKygoREZZBarclay Crenshaw, Illenium, and The Black Madonna, to name only a few. Additional top line R&B/hip-hop talent comes in the form of SZA, Tyler, The Creator, Post Malone, Migos, and Kardi B. The Goldenvoice-produced event always delivers on its promise to bring fans the biggest musical acts of the year — with artist sets that include live guest appearances, never before heard singles, and many more surprise announcements along the way.

While those lucky enough to attend the event in person will almost assuredly face some of the year’s most grueling set time conflicts, fans at home can count on Coachella’s live stream to hop from set to set in real time. The California mega-festival is set to stream a number of performances over their official YouTube page with a total of 4 channels — one more than last year. The newest fourth channel addition will include a VR 180° live stream across the main stage and the desert stage. Another new feature includes a schedule built in to the stream’s YouTube.

Below you can find the first weekend’s set times along with acts confirmed for the live stream, with all times Eastern, and don’t miss check Dancing Astronaut‘s top ten must-see acts at Coachella 2018.

Friday, April 13th:

  • Moses Sumney (6:35 p.m., 1)
  • Los Ángeles Azules (6:35 p.m., 2)
  • Elohim (6:35 p.m., 3)
  • Pvris (7:10 p.m., 2)
  • Elohim (7:10 p.m., VR)
  • Skip Marley (7:15 p.m., 1)
  • Slow Magic (7:30 p.m., 3)
  • SuperDuperKyle (8:05 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • Whethan (8:15 p.m., 3)
  • Greta Van Fleet (8:30 p.m., 2)
  • The Neighbourhood (8:55 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • Léon (9:10 p.m., 3)
  • Kali Uchis (9:20 p.m., 2)
  • Whethan (9:30 p.m., VR)
  • Bleachers (9:50 p.m., 1)
  • Alan Walker (10:00 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • Daniel Caesar (10:05 p.m., 2)
  • Vince Staples (10:40 p.m., 1)
  • Black Coffee (10:55 p.m., 2)
  • Deorro (11:00 p.m., 3)
  • The War on Drugs (11:35 p.m., 1)
  • Kygo (11:45 p.m., 2 + VR)
  • Dreams (12:00 a.m., 3)
  • St. Vincent (12:30 a.m., 1)
  • Perfume Genius (12:40 a.m., 2)
  • Deorro (12:40 a.m., VR)
  • Belly (12:50 a.m., 3)
  • TroyBoi (1:30 a.m., 3 + VR)
  • Jean-Michel Jarre (1:30 a.m., 2)
  • The Weeknd (2:25 a.m., 1 + VR)
  • Alison Wonderland (2:25 a.m., 3)
  • Jamiroquai (2:40 a.m., 2)
  • Rezz (3:25 a.m., 3)

Saturday, April 14th:

  • Marian Hill (6:35 p.m., 1)
  • Wizkid (6:35 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • Nile Rodgers & Chic (7:15 p.m., 1)
  • Chloe x Halle (7:15 p.m., 2)
  • Ekali (7:20 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • Nile Rodgers & Chic (8:10 p.m., VR)
  • Flatbush Zombies (8:15 p.m., 3)
  • First Aid Kit (8:20 p.m., 1)
  • Angel Olsen (8:30 p.m., 2)
  • Party Favor (9:05 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • BØRNS (9:10 p.m., 1)
  • BROCKHAMPTON (9:15 p.m., 2)
  • Snakehips (10:00 p.m., 3)
  • Chromeo (10:05 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • MØ (10:10 p.m., 2)
  • Alina Baraz (11:00 p.m., 3)
  • Tash Sultana (11:00 p.m., 2)
  • Tyler, the Creator (11:05 p.m., 1)
  • Louis the Child (11:45 p.m., 3)
  • Benjamin Booker (11:50 p.m., 2)
  • Haim (12:15 a.m., 1)
  • Alvvays (12:35 a.m., 2)
  • Blackbear (12:40 a.m., 3)
  • Post Malone (1:10 a.m., 1 + VR)
  • David Byrne (1:20 a.m., 2)
  • Jungle (1:25 a.m., 3)
  • Fleet Foxes (2:10 a.m., 2)
  • Beyoncé (2:10 a.m., 1)
  • Highly Suspect (2:20 a.m., 3)
  • alt-J (3:05 a.m., 2)
  • X Japan (3:05 a.m., 3)

Sunday, April 15th:

  • Noname (6:35 p.m., 3)
  • Magic Giant (6:40 p.m., 2)
  • Lion Babe (6:40 p.m., 1)
  • San Holo (7:10 p.m., VR)
  • THEY. (7:20 p.m., 3)
  • Nothing But Thieves (7:25 p.m., 2)
  • LANY (7:40 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • San Holo (8:05 p.m., 3)
  • Dej Loaf (8:10 p.m., 2)
  • Vance Joy (8:45 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • Aminé (9:00 p.m., 2)
  • Petit Biscuit (9:00 p.m., 3)
  • Jessie Ware (9:30 p.m., 1)
  • Petit Biscuit (9:30 p.m., VR)
  • French Montana (9:50 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • FIDLAR (9:50 p.m., 2)
  • Aurora (10:35 p.m., 2)
  • Jacob Banks (10:35 p.m., 3)
  • Portugal. the Man (11:00 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • Kamasi Washington (11:20 p.m., 2)
  • Illenium (12:15 a.m., 3)
  • 6LACK (12:25 a.m., 2)
  • ODESZA (12:55 a.m., 1 + VR)
  • Soulwax (1:10 a.m., 2)
  • Ibeyi (1:15 a.m., 3)
  • Migos (2:05 a.m., 1 + VR)
  • Kamaiyah (2:15 a.m., 2)

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Beyond the headliners: DA presents the top 10 must-see acts of Coachella 2018

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America’s cornerstone music festival is fast approaching its Empire Polo Club descent. As Coachella Music Valley Music & Arts Festival enters its 19th annual celebration, the festival reflects on music’s past, relishes in its present, and amplifies its future. It’s an exuberant apex promising the land of milk and honey for its frenzied fashion frolickers and music aficionados alike.

Those that secured passes this year conquered its fastest selling edition on record despite having endured a price hike. This year sees the Goldenvoice brainchild packing punches and taking names as per usual. Rock ‘n roll’s presence has dwindled, giving rise to rap, pop, and R&B. Beyoncé, The Weeknd, and Eminem are headlining. In the electronica arena, rising acts like Louis the Child, Alan Walker, AC Slater, Petit Biscuit, Whethan, Cash Cash, and San Holo are carrying the torch of a new era of radio-friendly, pop-centric dance music, which Coachella’s clearly noticing based on their booking choices. 

We here at Dancing Astronaut have taken to compile a complete list of acts we deem unmissable ahead of the gathering’s first weekend. By now the set times have dropped and there are inevitable conflicts, but these acts are among the most exciting debuts, performances, and compasses for where dance music has been and will shift in the years to come.

10) Ekali

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If a cosign from Skrillex doesn’t entice you, perhaps it’ll behoove you to know that the OWSLA signee Ekali sold out his Babylon tour through December of last year. Maybe you’d like to know that the trap maven moves through genres with ease, having collaborated already with TroyBoi, Denzel Curry, and KRANE. Last year, he released a huge collaboration with Zhu and dropped a wide range of mixes, including his three-hour-long Awakening mixes, a Diplo & Friends mix, and a Triple J mix. Ekali became a household name in the dance community in 2017, and accordingly, DA named him one of the producers of the year. This year, he’s moved from his 2016 DoLab performance slot to an afternoon slot in the Sahara tent and if that isn’t an impressive testament to his own, and a rising class of new dance acts’ versatility, growth, and impact in the modern dance realm we truly don’t know what is.

9) Petit Biscuit

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Nineteen-year-old Mehdi Benjelloun, known musically as Petit Biscuit, has already proven his music production talents are well beyond his years. Classically trained in the cello by the age of five, Benjelloun’s monumental remix of ODESZA‘s “Memories That You Call,” drew comparisons to the duo with a refreshing injection of poise. Not to mention, Petit Biscuit wrote, produced, and mixed his debut album Presence over the course of the last year, somehow finding a balance between high school exams and sold-out tours across the world. Petit Biscuit’s Coachella debut is a testament to a new class of classically trained electronic musicians. May there be plenty more to come.

8) Kölsch

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Just last year, Kölsch ran through a slew of high profile festivals, had a stellar BBC Radio 1, an Ibiza residency at one of the island’s most renowned new destinations, played the iconic DC 10, Berghain‘s Panorama bar, and performed on the Eiffel Tower for five million people around the world. With both ease and great comfort, Kölsch’s sets implement an articulate understanding of his surroundings, and though Coachella 2018 marks his debut at the festival, his ability to read the room will surely see that he delivers here and for the rest of the world in the months to follow.

7) Barclay Crenshaw

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Dirtybird head honcho Claude VonStroke, also known by his hip-hop alter ego and real name, Barclay Crenshaw, is elevating one of dance music’s mightiest messages. As the founder of the Dirtybird Campout, Crenshaw’s proven the Dirtybird flock is much more than a tantalizing tech house home base, but an embodiment of the true meaning of dance music. He’s bringing the tribe back to the dance floor and proving that love and passion, for music, but more importantly for one another, will see it all through.

6) Chromeo

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One could argue that a Chromeo set in 2018 is outdated. But, that would be to ignore the duo’s immense cultural permeability, not to mention their timelessness, and an ultimate ushering in of contemporary disco music. Chromeo’s releasing a new album in June. For now, they’ve released a new bop with D.R.A.M and renowned Prince and D’angelo collaborator Jesse Johnson for what appears to allude to their grooviest album yet. Their Coachella set will undoubtedly feature a plethora of classics and new material alike, and you’d have to be crazy to miss that.

5) Detroit Love (Carl Craig, Kyle Hall, Moodymann)

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Keeping current and experimental with underground techno bookings proves to be no easy task. This year, Coachella’s dance bookings cater to the techno heads — see Maceo Plex, Chris Liebing, Joseph Capriati, and more — while simultaneously paying respect to the birthplace of the genre with the booking of Detroit Love. Detroit Love is a trio comprised of dancefloor experimentalist and top Detroit techno producer Carl Craig, Kyle Hall, and Moodymann. Ultimately, it’s small wonder Goldenvoice looked to this crew. If any group were to lay siege on the compelling concoction that is Motown, jazz, and techno, there would be no better choice than these homies from the “D.”

4) The Black Madonna

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In the era of #MeToo, where women are speaking out against their oppressors, The Black Madonna uses her music as a means to amplify the voices of the fringe dance community. Her sets raise up the central voices of club history — ones that have been forced to the periphery or silenced entirely — through a provocative exudence of acid house, disco, and outright emotion.  Her music seeps groove and love that’s made to replenish the soul.

3) Peggy Gou

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Peggy Gou is going to be here for a long time. Having graduated from the underground circuit with the highest honors of club-polished sounds in 2018, Gou brings forth sets that are a dynamic testament to her compelling curation and outpouring love for the craft. She wanted to the be the first female Korean DJ to play Berghain, which she was, and along the way she also became the first female Korean DJ to play BBC Radio 1‘s Essential Mix. Now, her Coachella debut solidifies that her electrifying electro and disco will only perpetuate her meteoric rise to stardom.

2) Alison Wonderland

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Alison Wonderland is speaking her truth. She’s just released her exquisite sophomore album, AWAKE, which is a compelling collection of EDM and hip-hop crossovers. From rappers to Grammy-award winning songwriters, Alison Wonderland is successfully holding the attention of her listeners, while offering one of the most refreshing perspectives of women in the genre’s history. It’s rife with sarcasm, and yet, poppy in its deliverance. The album sees Wonderland wielding her moniker’s trope as a weapon with ease, and it’ll be no surprise if she’s a household name come the end of the year. Considering how much the EDM world is a man’s microcosm, at least onstage,  the very presence of Alison Wonderland’s perspective tends to come off as a revolutionary, dare we say, awakening.

1) REZZ

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Dancing Astronaut named REZZ 2017’s producer of the year, “The prodigy who exceeded all expectations,” we called her. And yet, to reduce REZZ to our expectations, in hindsight, feels wrong. She’s an artist. Mercurial and acting on her own unique vision. She’s promoting the consumption of water during her sets, like many, she’s working on the little things, improving her jumps during her sets, and she’s taking on the world. As the Coachella set times were looming we began to wonder if the outside world had caught up, whether it was ready to recognize Isabelle Rezazadeh’s global ascension. Having ripped into the scene three years ago with an unparalleled juxtaposition of industrial techno and pummeling bass,  REZZ carved an unforeseen niche in the mines of ominously-sinister, singular techno, and now, the world has taken notice. REZZ will close out the Sahara tent on Friday and the world will be watching. There are no doubts REZZ will continue her momentum into superstardom after this performance, and continue to exceed our expectations, but it’s probably time we let go of those and let the Space Mom do her thing.

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