Coachella is usually one of the biggest and most eclectic music festivals around, and this year is no different. The Indio, CA double-weekend extravaganza finds a way to appease both rock-friendly dads and EDM-drunk youth if only through sheer size. This year's three headliners manage to encapsulate the breadth of Coachella's appeal. Hipster dance-punk icons LCD Soundsystem are reuniting for their first shows in five years on Friday, April 15th and 22nd; decrepit rock legends Guns N' Roses are coming back with both Axl Rose and Slash on the 16th and 23rd; superproducer (and potential enemy of The Verge) Calvin Harris is closing out each weekend with sets on the 17th and 24th. Guns N' Roses and LCD Soundsystem's reunions have been rumored for weeks, with The New York Times confirming their appearances at the festival last week.
If you're not interested in any of the headliners, there are plenty of second- and third-billed artists and bands that could easily headline other festivals if given the chance. Ellie Goulding, Sufjan Stevens, M83, Disclosure, A$AP Rocky, Chvrches, Major Lazer, The 1975, and Beach House have all been relegated to relatively small font sizes. There are plenty of gems tucked within the fine print, too. That's why braving a giant festival like Coachella can be worth the inevitable Sunday night crust and aching feet: there's a chance to spend a full day listening to music you love across a bunch of genres.
If you want to attend this year's festivities, you only have a few days to ready your wallet: passes go on sale Wednesday, January 6th at 2PM ET.
January 5, 2016