The 5 most compelling reasons to book a flight to Coachella
Depending on how you feel about travel, festivals and the zeitgeist in general, Coachella is either a compulsory rite of passage, or a curiosity that’s best admired from afar.
You can’t deny it’s a vital part of music in the 21st Century though, a space where the biggest artists are celebrated, smaller artists are discovered and headlines are made.
The 2018 line up has just been announced and it’s a typically mixed collection of artists who, frankly, don’t really fit all that well together. But that diversity in programming is one of the most beautiful things about this festival. Why shouldn’t 69-year-old new age pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, pop producer Kygo and alt-metal supergroup A Perfect Circle be on the same bill?
Here are five reasons we reckon a trip to Coachella is worth considering this April. Of course, if you don’t want to dust off the passport and spend thousands of dollars, you can always enjoy the experience from your lounge room.
David Byrne’s ambitious new show
As if losing your mind in a field of likeminded people to ‘Once In A Lifetime’ isn’t enough of a drawcard, we get the feeling that David Byrne’s appearance at Coachella in 2018 will be even more special than expected.
Byrne – one of the greatest living musicians – has said that his 2018 tour is “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense”. That’s a big call, but we have no reason to doubt him.
See artists who haven’t made it to Australia (and may never)
Jean-Michel Jarre was supposed to perform on of his outdoor spectaculars in Perth a few years back, but it never came to pass. Footage from his shows is mind-blowing and will no doubt make many revellers very giddy indeed.
Who knows if we’ll ever get a Kamaiyah tour? Who knows if Princess Nokia will ever make it to Australia without being struck down by illness at the last minute.
And can you imagine a better place to see the Mexican group Los Ángeles Azules in action than in the Californian desert on a warm Spring evening?
Best of the best…
Seven artists who made our 50 best albums list for 2017 are performing at Coachella. That’s quality guaranteed. There are also a large handful of artists who we expect will release great records in 2018 and plenty who’ve appeared on our year-end lists in the past as well.
Cheer on the locals
Not to come across all nationalistic, but there’s something pretty amazing about seeing Australian artists absolutely dominate at one of the biggest festivals on the planet.
The unstoppable Tash Sultana will wow the crowd with her dextrous performance on the Saturday. Vance Joy continues his ascent with a primo spot on the Sunday, while Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever will be on earlier that day.
And whether you like her style of modern electro or not, you’ve gotta give it up for the very talented Alison Wonderland who will tear the place down with a massive slot on the Friday.
The return of Beyoncé
She’s got something massive planned. You can just feel it.
Coachella happens in Indio, California from Friday 13 April – Sunday 15 and Friday April 20 – Sunday 22.