Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

Photo by Michael Lavine Tacocat

When a pregnant Beyoncé — only the second woman, after Björk, ever selected to headline at Coachella — postponed her scheduled appearance at the fest until next year, the bookers at Goldenvoice reacted like savvy chess players, swiftly replacing the Lemonade queen with a similarly flashy pop diva, Lady Gaga. Although Gaga’s recent music doesn’t have the same emotional heft as Beyoncé’s, the former Stefani Germanotta should provide a suitably distracting spectacle when she appears on Saturday. Unlike in previous years, there are no major surprises — no dramatic reunions of such oft-rumored possibilities as The Smiths, Pink Floyd or The Kinks — as most of the bigger names (Radiohead, Bon Iver, Kendrick Lamar) are festival regulars. The highlights could easily come from such lower-billed performers as Chicano Batman, Tacocat and Thee Commons. Also Saturday-Sunday, April 15-16, and Friday-Sunday, April 21-23.

With Radiohead, The xx, Travis Scott, Father John Misty, Empire of the Sun, Dillon Francis, Mac Miller, Steve Angello, Glass Animals, Phantogram, Mac DeMarco, Little Dragon, Banks, Bonobo, Richie Hawtin, DJ Shadow, Loco Dice, Capital Cities, Dixon, Crystal Castles, Jagwar Ma, Francis & the Lights, Guided by Voices, Broods, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Oh Wonder, Zipper Club, Tennis, Denzel Curry, The Lemon Twigs, The Interrupters, Nora en Pure, Tacocat, Alison Swing and others.
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