5 Coachella Performers We’re Most Excited To See
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At this year’s edition of the Coachella Music + Arts Festival, there is truly something for everybody. From contemporary hip-hop giants Travis Scott, and FKA Twigs, to Coachella veterans Rage Against The Machine, the festival in the middle of the desert has every genre of music under the sun included in the 2020 lineup. Of course, there are some acts that peak our interest more than others. To gear up for this year’s festival, here are 5 Coachella performers that we are most excited to see on stage this summer.
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Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine are the godfathers of Coachella. The rap-metal group and the celebrated desert fest go way back – all the way to the beginning, in fact. RATM headlined the first ever Coachella Music + Arts festival in 1999. Headlining this year’s edition feels very full-circle to those who have watched the festival grow over the past two decades into the mammoth music event that it is today.
Additionally, Rage Against The Machine is set to show face in the brand-new upcoming documentary, Coachella: 20 Years In The Desert. Having headlined at the debut of Coachella, the documentary promises exclusive footage from the band’s first steps into the desert. There’s no way you can cover the past two decades of music in the desert without the band that set the atmosphere of the event for years to come. While much has changed about Coachella – from the fashion, to the swanky, upgraded camping options, to the art that inspires it – Rage Against The Machine’s impact on the festival will never change.
Check out more info on Coachella: 20 Years In The Desert here.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard‘s music is meant to be listened to live – and what better place to hear it than Coachella? The psych rock gods are coming up from The Down Under to return to Coachella after their 2017 performance. They’ve been chugging along tour-wise, performing what they’ve dubbed as “marathon” shows at the iconic Red Rocks Ampitheatre and The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA. Their marathon shows have been rumored to be extraordinary, as the band performs material from all 15 of their albums.
King Gizzard embarks on a 14-date tour of North America starting in mid-April, while also making a pit-stop at Bonnaroo Music Festival in June. With the release of Fishing For Fishies in mid April of last year, followed by an unannounced, polar opposite thrash metal record Infest The Rats Nest, the seven-piece psychedelic outfit continue to rev their music career’s engine. Their performance at Coachella is bound to set them into overdrive.
While Travis Scott made his Coachella debut in 2017, his career has since skyrocketed into hip-hop stardom over the past 3 years. His bestselling album ASTROWORLD put him on the map, with musical greats like Stevie Wonder, Kid Cudi, Drake, and The Weeknd all appearing on various tracks.
In the time since his last Coachella appearance, he’s released NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES and JACKBOYS, played the Super Bowl halftime show, won a Billboard Music Award with his hit song “Sicko Mode.” With how much his career has blossomed since his last performance at the festival, Scott’s performance is highly anticipated.
If you’re going to Coachella and (somehow) still haven’t checked out Frank Ocean, now’s your chance to get familiar with his brilliant discography. Along with Ocean’s Coachella headline announcement, fans are simultaneously anticipating a new album from the “Chanel” singer for many reasons. Ocean has been sprinkling singles intermittently since his hit album Blonde flooded the airwaves in 2016. With how much he’s hyped up new tracks that are in the works in various interviews, along with the prominent headliner slot at this year’s Coachella, Ocean is bound to drop new music. He has been laying low musically for the past few years, but Coachella will pull him back into the spotlight.
Fans can only hope that Ocean’s new material will be unveiled in time to hear live in the middle of the desert. While we’re only speculating, all signs point to yes for new music from Frank. (A stellar Coachella performance is a given.)
FKA Twigs has genre-bended her way into the Coachella lineup (and rightfully so.) The avant-garde vocalist has made waves with her left-field album MAGDALENE that dropped in late 2019. Her out-of-the-box thematic hits and captivating stage presence makes her an obvious fit for the art-fueled festival lineup. Knowing her highly stylized stage presence and Coachella’s heavy emphasis on the arts, her set is sure to be eye-catching as ever. She’s made her rounds in the festival world over the past few years, performing at Panorama and Pitchfork Music Festival in 2016, and making stops along her 2019 tour at Afropunk Atlanta and Camp Flog Gnaw. No stranger to the festival scene, FKA Twigs has earned her slot at Coachella.
This won’t be her first Coachella rodeo, though. FKA Twigs played the festival in 2015, where she mesmerized the crowds with a spellbinding light show and breathtaking stage presence. With how enchanting her debut performance at the festival was, we can’t wait to see what FKA Twigs brings to the main stage this time around.