With only two days left until the first weekend of Coachella, the American festival has released the set times of its 2018 edition. Being one of the biggest festivals in the world, its three days are packed with big headliners and a great undercard spread out over nine stages. Inevitably, this has lead to many difficult clashes. Here is the top 5, selected by the Festileaks team.
Now you might be thinking, “But I’m not even going to Coachella!” No worries, the festival can easily be followed via the livestream!
1. Friday: The Weeknd vs. Jamiroquai
The Weeknd (Coachella Stage / 11.25pm) is the headliner of this first day. The American singer is one of the most popular artists of 2018 and deserves this spot. He will be playing at the same time as Jamiroquai (Mojave / 11.35pm), who has been around for a long time and has already headlined many European festivals. It is a choice between old school and new wave. The Weeknd will play in front of a packed main stage, while Jamiroquai will be in a tent, maybe not even full.
2. Friday: The War on Drugs vs. The Blaze
This one could be easy, as these are two completely different genres: alternative indie versus electronic music. But it is difficult for people with an eclectic music taste to make a choice, as both bands are incredible. The War on Drugs (Outdoor Theatre / 7.30-8.25pm) just won a Grammy for Best Rock Album of the year, for A Deeper Understanding, while The Blaze (Gobi / 7.15-8.00pm) is an up-and-coming electronic act that relies a lot on their music videos, in addition to great electronic productions.
3. Friday: Jean-Michel Jarre vs. Maceo Plex vs. Soulwax
This triple-clash is a big headache for electronic music fans. While Jean-Michel Jarre (Outdoor Theatre / 10.30pm) excels with his long discography and great productions, Maceo Plex (Gobi / 10.45-11.45pm) is at the top of the techno scene at the moment and the Dewaele brothers from Soulwax (Mojave / 10.00-11.00pm) always put on a great show with their electro-rock. It will be all about your sensitivity towards sub-genres in electronic music.
4. Saturday: Fleet Foxes vs. Alvvays
This is the kind of nightmare any indie fan will be terrified of. It is very unfortunate that both bands are playing at the same time. They released two of 2017’s best albums: Crack-Up for Fleet Foxes (Outdoor Theatre / 8.40-9.30pm), and Antisocialites for Alvvays (Mojave / 8.35-9.20pm). Maybe the setting will help you decide: the American band will play on the Outdoor Theatre Stage, while the Canadian one will play in Coachella’s Mojave tent.
5. Sunday: Odesza vs. King Krule
This clash might seem easy for some people, but both performances will be special. Odesza (Coachella Stage / 8.40-9.40pm) is getting so big in the US, literally headlining festivals while they play on second stages in Europe. They have a great production and play electronic music live. King Krule (Mojave / 8.30-9.20pm) is an up-and-coming (well, confirmed now!) English artist recognizable by his dark voice. He has done many great collaborations with other artists, including with Mount Kimbie.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival, that takes place in Indio, California. The festival first started in 1999 and since 2012 it takes place during two consecutive three-day weekends in April. With over 250,000 people attending every year, the festival has become one of the most famous, profitable and largest festivals in the United States and all over the world. This year, the headliners include Eminem, The Weeknd and Beyoncé.