Coachella 2019: Beyond The Headliners

Coachella 2020

Coachella 2020

Indio, United States


The Coachella lineup is probably the most scrutinised in the music festival world. Leaks and rumours are a constant before it's released, and when it's finally out debate rages about the lineup poster hierarchy.

This year the lineup has been even more of a lightning rod than usual, with Justin Timberlake and Kanye West both pulling out of headlining slots and being replaced by Tame Impala and Ariana Grande respectively.

Inevitably questions of their legitimacy as Coachella headliners have abounded, to go along similar debates about this year's third headliner Childish Gambino.

As a person who's been following festivals perhaps too closely for a few years now I have two points to make and then we can all move on.

First, in what is unquestionably a down year for festivals in terms of the amount of traditional headline status acts that are touring, I think Coachella should be commended for making the most of a tricky situation. Instead of trying to find uninspiring traditional acts that'd take their money, they've given younger, on the rise artists a chance to step up into the vaunted realm of festival headliner.

Second, there's too much emphasis placed on a festival's headliners anyways. Three acts out of 150 do not a lineup make. And when you move beyond the top line of the Coachella 2019 poster, you'll see that this year's edition is saturated with talent.

The sign of a good festival is when it presents great music from open to close every day, not just for an hour and a half at the end. Coachella 2019 will unquestionably be able to keep your attention for the whole day. And to prove that to you, here are 3 acts each day beyond the headliners that you shouldn't miss. 


Friday

 

Rosalía

Melding traditional flamenco with contemporary sounds, Rosalía has taken her native Spain, as well as your favourite music website, by storm. Heading on her first tour outside of her home country this summer, this will be her introduction to the world.


Ross From Friends
 

Riding the wave of lo-fi house that seemed to take over the internet a few years ago, the British producer left the trend behind on his debut album Family Portrait in 2018 with great results. Touring with a live band, you won't find better late afternoon grooves anywhere else.


U.S. Girls 


The solo project of Meghan Remy (who let it be known is actually half Canadian), U.S. Girls melds the sounds from 60s girls groups, 70s dance punk and beyond with her piercing vocals to mesmerising effect. Listen to her lyrics and you'll hear her protest spirit shine through. 


Saturday 

 

Ty Segall & White Fence


There's been a lot written about how rock is dying. Go see Ty Segall & White Fence's set and tell me if you still think that's the case. There'll be good old fashioned psychedelic freakouts and distorted guitars aplenty. It's almost like not dominating the Top 40 anymore is helping the genre branch out and grow. Almost. 


serpentwithfeet


There are some great vocalists on this list, but you'd be hard pressed to find a more enthralling one than serpentwithfeet's. The sonic embodiment of vulnerability and power, Josiah Wise's solo project gets you is about getting in touch with workings of your inner life. 



Shame


Making waves in their native England with their debut album Songs of Praise last year, Shame bring more energy than you can to their live sets. The post-punk quintet are fronted by Charlie Steen who has the uncanny ability of making his politically tinged lyrics sound like bullets when leaving his mouth.  


Sunday

 

Jon Hopkins


Another artist whose sound can range from delicate to bombastic, Jon Hopkins brand of electronic music is all-consuming. Densely layered rhythms and builds loosen your grip on time and space and you can guarantee it'll go off when he's behind the decks.


Soccer Mommy


There's been a wave of great female-fronted bedroom pop over the past couple years. Soccer Mommy brings a keen understanding of catchy hooks and teen angst to her traditional rock lineup of guitars, drums, and bass. Yet another example that rock isn't going anywhere anytime soon. 


Charlotte de Witte


With an unrelenting kick drum, dark synths and expert timing, Belgian DJ/producer Charlotte de Witte has quickly risen to one of the most in-demand techno artists in the world. Playing Tomorrowland's legendary main stage this year, don't miss out on seeing what she's all about. 


Coachella 2019 takes place 12-14 & 19-21 April in Indio, California. Find more info on our Coachella guide and book your festival experience here

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