We're less than a week into 2016 and already the festival season hype has begun
Coachella have just announced the full, colossal, lineup for the 2016 edition of the world famous festival. Taking place in early April, the event is generally viewed as the opening salvo of the ever-lengthening festival season. Even if you never plan on making the pilgrimage to California and experiencing it IRL, the Coachella lineup is always of interest as it generally sets the music agenda for the summer ahead.
In recent years the lineup has garnered even more global importance after the organisers pioneered the concept of live streaming the entire festival on YouTube. So now, even if you're sat in Britain, you can still soak up the vibes (if not the sun) from the comfort of your living room.
Of course the big, big, news from this year's lineup is the reunion of 80s rock gods, Guns N Roses, after a decades long feud between guitarist Slash and lead singer Axl Rose. However, dance music fans were also treated to a big reunion, in the form of seminal indie dance band, LCD Soundsystem. Other unexpected bookings from the world of electronic music include PC Music's SOPHIE, grime don Skepta, and stadium dance heroes Underworld.
Other dance music bookings to get excited about include Jack U, Bob Moses, Marco Carola, Black Coffee, Nicole Moudaber, George Fitzgerald, Claptone, DJ EZ, Nic Fanciulli, Disclosure, ZHU, Mano Le Tough, DJ Koze, The Black Madonna, Ministry favourites Amine Edge & DANCE, Cassy, KSHMR, Hudson Mohawke, Tensnake and last week's SoundOf contributor SG Lewis.
With a lineup like that and many airliners offering big discounts in their January sales, maybe this year will FINALLY be the year we make it to the Coachella valley.
You can clock the full lineup below and get more info here.
05 Jan 2016