12 Artists We Can't Wait to See at Coachella
Coachella 2017 is almost here, and as always, the cream-of-the-crop festival has tons of incredible music lined up for those who have tickets to either weekend. With so many notable names on the bill, it’s hard for us at Billboard to not be thrilled about just about everyone who will be there.
In looking at the roster, though, there are a few names that stand out as artists we really can’t wait to see, whether it’s because they’re legendary, they have new music to perform, or they’re promising up-and-comers. Take a look at who we’re most looking forward to seeing in Indio.
Francis and the Lights
The alt-R&B-meets-pop group knows how to bring people together with their eclectic, synth-heavy jams. Sure, Kanye West, Chance the Rapper and Bon Iver are supporters, but frontman Francis Farewell Starlite & co.’s knack for piecing together diverse melodies make the crew a sight to see.
The sibling duo hailing from New Zealand has made waves with their electro-pop jams like “Free” and “Bridges,” with Georgia Nott taking lead on vocals and her multi-instrumentalist brother Caleb providing the bumping background sounds. While they’re not strangers to the festival scene, Coachella is perhaps the biggest stage they’ve taken yet — so they likely won’t be holding anything back.
Sampha’s mood music will bring the soul to Coachella’s diverse lineup. The Drake- and Beyoncé-approved crooner’s recently released album Process is sure to bring the instant feels (especially with deep cuts like “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano” and “Timmy’s Prayer”) when attendees need a break from the turn-up.
Considering the rock band’s absence and the general demographic of Coachella, the fest will likely serve as the first Radiohead experience for thousands in attendance. Above all, though, a festival setting is definitely the prime place to hear Thom Yorke and co. deliver their eerie rock tunes. And a festival in the California desert? Talk about a perfect situation.
By now, it’s no secret that Coachella is the breeding ground for some insane surprises. And with the star-studded roster DJ Snake has racked up with his handful of hits — Justin Bieber, AlunaGeorge, Lil Jon and Migos, to name a few — there’s definitely a chance for a guest appearance or two. Seeing a DJ at a festival is exciting enough, but if said DJ brings out one (or several) of his famous friends during their set, that’d make for one exciting time.
Any follower of the trap baptist knows Future brings his Hive to church during his live performances. After accomplishing the historic feat of landing back-to-back consecutive No. 1 albums earlier this year with Future and HNDRXX, respectively, the Atlanta hitmaker has more than enough material to heat up the desert.
Unlike DJ Snake, Gryffin doesn’t have an album’s worth of his own material to play during his 50-minute set. Yet, the New York City-based DJ has delivered a number of dance-worthy singles that are sure to make any festivalgoer bust a move, and he’s done a masterful job at remixing hits like Tove Lo’s “Talking Body” and “Surprise Yourself” by Jack Garratt — both of whom will be at Coachella, so you never know what surprises Gryffin could have up his sleeve.
Banks & Steelz
For ‘Chella-goers craving alternative rock mashed with hip-hop, Banks & Steelz — the duo comprised of Interpol frontman Paul Banks and Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA — will deliver the best of both worlds. Their collaborative debut Anything But Words not only carries the standouts “Giant” and “Love and War,” it also features contributions from Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Florence and the Machine’s Florence Welch, which — fingers crossed — means a surprise-filled set.
Her 2016 offering For All We Know delivered finger-snappin’ electronic R&B gems like the lead single “Bad Blood” and other highlights like “Get to Know Ya” and “Adore You.” The British singer-songwriter’s sweet vocals are sure to lure attendees into a body-roll party.
It’s not every day you see a famous composer at a music festival, and if there’s one who would serve as a must-see, it’s the guy behind classic film scores from the likes of The Lion King, The Dark Knight Rises and Gladiator. C’mon, who wouldn’t want to see this performed live, by the original composer, right in front of their eyes?
While she has gifted us with a couple of new tracks from her forthcoming album, as well as a live performance of both, Coachella marks Lorde’s first concert since beginning her comeback. Whether that means those in attendance will get the chance to see the live debut of more new material, witnessing “Green Light” and “Liability” (and frankly, just Lorde’s presence in general) in person is pretty frickin’ exciting.
When the rap god touches the stage on Sunday night, his new album DAMN. will be about 72 hours old, which is more than enough time to commit his wordplay to memory. The studio effort’s lead single “Humble.” is sure to ring off in Palm Springs along with whatever material — both new and old — K.Dot delivers.