Coachella always has stand-out lineups and this year is no different.
Starting with headliners Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, and more (we’ll miss you, Beyoncé), there is an artist for everyone’s taste, from the top of the lineup all the way to the bottom. The Goldenvoice festival combines well-known stars with rising artists, which can make for an overwhelming list if you don’t know where to look. Check out 10 artists that are sure to stun at this year’s festival, taking place April 14-16 and April 21-23.
1. Mura Masa
If you want a live show from a trap/dance/hip-hop wonderkind, then Mura Masa’s set is the place to be. The British multi-instrumentalist saw major success with one of his earliest singles, Lotus Eater, and has continued to shine with expertly crafted productions ever since. At only 20 years old, Alexander Crossan will provide a breath of fresh air that this year’s festival spectrum so desperately needs.
It’s hard to believe that Tycho is a solo project. Scott Hansen, also known as ISO50 for his visual works, drives home with electronic indie compositions that are inspiring, emotional, and danceable. The San Fransisco artist performs live with a full band, which makes Tycho a performance not to miss.
Get lost in the sauce with one of hip-hop’s most tried and true producers, Brodinski. The Paris native is one of Coachella’s most exciting choices for this year’s lineup, as his performances are as diverse as his productions. His hip-hop driven sound has led him to collaborate with Danny Brown, Kaytranada, Kanye West, Theophilius London, and more. who have all been seen on, or with, his recently-closed label, Bromance Records. His sets combine techno, house, dance and hip-hop in a way that’s distinctively unique to Louis Brodinski.
4. Sam Gellaitry
Born in 1997, this young producer has already recruited major fans, such as Keys N Krates, Flosstradamus, Machinedrum, and more. Gellaitry’s sound borders on the edge of trap and electronic, but with a universally friendly tone that’s sure to shine under the California sunlight.
5. Glass Animals
The first time I saw Glass Animals was in a church-turned-venue, and it left me feeling more inspired than any religious gathering I’ve ever been to. The English group combines live vocals with unique instrumentation for a trip-hop/electronic/indie experience that is just as much of an adventure for them as it is for the fans.
Grime God Stormzy recently dropped an insane album that comes just in time for his Coachella debut. The MC will take over for a set that’s bound to bring hip-hop and grime fans alike, and if you’re unfamiliar with the level of hype that U.K. grime brings to a live performance setting, then you’re about to find out.
7. Swet Shop Boys
Swet Shop Boys is a rising hip-hop group consisting of Indian-American and British-Pakistani rappers Heems and Riz MC, who let their cultural diversities shine through their music, which comes by way of producer Redinho. “Trump want my exit, but if he press a red button, to watch Netflix, bruv, I’m on.” The trio pushes socially-charged hip-hop to the limit and they are sure to put on a spectacular performance.
American DJ/producer Gryffin surpassed all of my expectations at last year’s Mad Decent Block Party. His astonishing remixes brought him onto the map, and his exciting originals have kept him there. He has a boatload of new work to show off at this year’s festival and is bound to bring a variety of other choices along.
9. What So Not
What So Not is undeniably an influential producer, but he’s a dynamic DJ as well. The Aussie powerhouse pairs his energetic collaborations, like “Waiting,” with heavy hitters, like “Divide & Conquer,” in a way that is sure to leave you sweatier than any other set of the weekend. If you want to get your dose of trap at Chella, then look no further than WSN. But if you see me crying when he plays his “Innerbloom” remix, let’s just pretend it never happened.
Toronto hip-hop artist NAV has a hefty number of collaborations under his belt, like “Some Way” with The Weeknd and “Up” with Metro Boomin, that prove his staying power as both a producer and a rapper. Without revealing too much about himself, NAV has already secured co-signs from Post Malone, Kylie Jenner, OVO Sound Radio, and The Weeknd’s manager. The XO newcomer is making his way to the top of the ranks, so his set is sure to bring the heat (and maybe some of his collaborators if we’re lucky).