From punk to pop, there’s all manner of treats beyond those show-stopping headliners
Coming at the launch-point of festival season, Coachella‘s line-up is almost always a marker of festy things to come. 2019’s is no exception. From the trio of young headliners – Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande – representing a new breed of bill-toppers, right down to the bottom rungs representing the finest newcomers around, it’s a promising hint towards festival futures.
Elsewhere, there’s similarly-huge showings from the likes of The 1975, Janelle Monae, Solange, Aphex Twin and more. However, further down the line-up, in the squinty-squinty sized fonts, there’s yet more gold. Here’s your guide to the unmissable hidden gems of Coachella 2019.
We banged on about this lot for the majority of 2018, and with good reason. The Baltimore hardcore bunch changed the game with last year’s ‘Time & Space’ LP, a gnarly bounce through punk, disco, samba and god-knows-what-else. Under the punishing Cali sun, that anything-goes approach is set to be one of the sweatiest sets of the whole weekend.
Yves TumourBafflingly low down the line-up, given how much acclaim September 2018’s ‘Safe in the Hands of Love’ garnered, Yves Tumour’s Coachella appearance is sure to be packed to the rafters with avant garde obsessives and electro-heads alike.
BakarThis Londoner fuses thundering live instrumentals, influenced by his love of old-school British indie, with a fiery, rap-tinged attitude. At times it comes off like Rage Against The Machine had they grown up in South London; others, it’s a warm, human approach to the street smarts of the British rap scene. Whichever he brings to Indio Valley (likely both), it’ll be a breakthrough moment for the British star-in-waiting.
ShameIt seems somewhat baffling that this is Shame’s first appearance at Coachella, given their rising US stature and the near-endless tour the South London lads have been on post-‘Songs Of Praise’. Still, they’re heading Stateside once more, and showing no signs of fatigue. Maybe try a nap after this, though, lads. Please?
By Tom Connick
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