Once confined to smaller stages, dance music has occupied an increasingly growing footprint at the desert music festival. This year’s edition was no exception to this trend, as Coachella featured some of the most exciting dance artists in the game playing on marquee stages.
Scottish hitmaker Calvin Harris commandeered the main stage DJ slot this year and drew one of the largest crowds of the weekend. While his set didn’t feature any surprise, special guests this year, it hardly mattered to his enthralled audience.
Disclosure Jams with Mary J Blige, Aluna Francis, and Sam Smith
The British duo’s sophomore Coachella outing featured a bevy of live guest acts joining them on a trio of tracks from "Settle." Sam Smith reprised vocal duties on the soulful “Latch,” while Mary J. Blige and Aluna Francis manned the mic on “F For You” and “White Noise,” respectively.
Chromeo Rocks “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” on the Coachella Stage
Given a chance to unleash their electrofunk on the main stage, Chromeo did not disappoint. The duo’s spirited performance was capped off with a memorable rendition of their catchy new single that featured soaring talkbox harmonies from P-Thugg.
Girl Talk Brings out the Rap's Big Guns
Mash-up maestro Greg Gillis always ensures his stage is crowded with fans when he plays, but this year he brought rappers onboard the main stage in droves as well. Weekend one featured Busta Rhymes, Juicy J, Too Short and E-40, while Gillis and Rhymes were joined by Tyga, Freeway and Wacka Flocka Flame for weekend two.
Galantis makes Much-Anticipated Live Debut
Few artists can lay claim to playing their debut gig at Coachella, but Galantis is no ordinary Coachella rookie. Comprised of accomplished producer Christian Karlsson of Miike Snow and Bloodshy fame alongside Linus Eklow (aka Style of Eye), this Swedish super-duo made a big splash with newly minted originals like “Smile” and “You.”
Flume Unveils his Remix of Lorde’s “Tennis Court”
Following a Twitter exchange between the two artists, rumors have surrounded the rising Australian producer’s supposed remix of Lorde’s album opener. Flume’s rework lived up to the hype as he chopped up the British crooner’s voice over dueling synth stabs and a bumping beat.
Dixon Closes at the Yuma Tent
Coachella 2014 featured the best underground dance music offerings of any edition to date. The Yuma Tent was populated by an eye-popping array of talent, from Duke Dumont’s vocal deep house vibes to Maceo Plex’s interstellar artistry. However, it was Innervisions boss Dixon who was given the honor of finishing out Yuma on the first Friday, treating attendees to melodic techno clinic in the process.