Sunday – April 14th
Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers
With Day 3 just hours away, here are my ”Top Acts’ to close an amazing first weekend at Coachella.
Wild Belle: 12:00pm – 12:30pm | Outdoor
Chicago based siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman released their debut album ‘Isles’ in March, after what has been a successful year promoting their unique and ultra-cool indie rock vibes. Having set the bar high with releases such as ‘Keep You’, ‘It’s Too Late’ and ‘Backslider’, the duo return to Coachella with a set brimming with retro vibes, reggae beats and psychedelic grooves; perfect for Sunny Palm Springs.
Robert DeLong: 12:40pm – 1:10pm | Mojave
Having started off the year being MTV’s artists to watch for 2013, Robert DeLong released his debut genre-mashing album in February and lead single ‘Global Concepts‘. ‘Just Movement‘ explores electro, house, moombahton, dubstep and indie pop; a truly unique masterpiece. Delong’s one-man band style performance infuses synths, acoustic drums, drum pads, infectious beats, MIDI effects and even game controllers into his live set – definitely one to check out. Wait for the drop and join in Delong’s collective dance party at Coachella as he asks; “Did I make you fuckin’ dance?“
Jessie Ware: 3:45pm – 4:30pm | Mojave
South London singer Jessie Ware released her debut Mercy Prize nominated album ‘Devotion’ in August which was produced by Dave Okumu (The Invisible), Bristol electronic producer Julio Bashmore (Au Seve), and Kid Harpoon (co-writer of Florence + The Machine: Ceremonials). Featuring the singles ‘If You’re Never Gonna Move’, ‘Running’, ‘Wildest Moments’ and ‘Night Light‘, Devotion takes us on a musical journey of R&B, pop, soul and electronic music. Previous collaborations have included Katy B, Benzel and remixes from Disclosure, while her latest single ‘Imagine It Was Us‘, is once again produced by the brilliant Julio Bashmore. Having kicked off the year with 2 Brit Award Nominations and a UK tour, 2013 looks bright with a US version of Devotion set for release April 16th and remix of the single ‘Wildest Moments‘ ft A$ap Rocky.
James Blake: 6:00pm – 6:50pm | Mojave
London based electronic producer & singer James Blake released his second album ‘Overgrown‘ in April, which serves as the follow up to his Mercury Prize Nominated self titled debut album. The lead single ‘Retrograde‘ is sure to be incredibly atmospheric at Coachella with it’s beautiful haunting melody, minimal accompaniment, soulful falsetto vocals and sustained electronic pulses. Coachella is in for one hypnotic, dub-step tinged set before setting off on his US tour.
Disclosure: 11:10pm – 11:55pm | Gobi
Brotherly duo Disclosure, aka Guy and Howard Lawrence, are bringing their UK Garage vibes to sunny Caliornia for their Coachella debut. Disclosure’s track record is one hit after another with infectious singles such as ‘Latch’ ft Sam Smith, ‘White Noise’ ft Aluna and brilliant remixes such as Jessie Ware’s ‘Running‘. Their live set incorporates live bass guitars, drums machines, keys and even live vocals, further adding to the duo’s never ending talents. Having kicked of 2013 being nominated for MTV Brand New for 2013, it’s no surprise the duo are in such demand and are set to play all the major Summer festivals, including Heineken Open’er Festival, Field Day, Love Box, Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Bestival and Parklife.
Yet another jam-packed day ahead for lucky festival goers at Coachella. Other amazing acts throughout the day include Vampire Weekend, Eric Prydz, DIIV, Grimes, Tame Impala, La Roux and Irish band Little Green Cars! Don’t forget you can watch all the acts LIVE on the dedicated Coachella YouTube Channel.