Coachella 2016 Makes Festival History With Two Dance/Electronic Acts as Main Headliners

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Music fans attend during day 2 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 2) at The Empire Polo Club on April 18, 2015 in Indio, California. 

It’s no surprise that Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is the world’s highest-grossing festival. The historically diverse event launched back in 1999 and has grown immensely since then, grossing over $84 million from nearly 200,000 tickets sold in 2015.

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Over the years, the California festival has earned a reputation for being a premier tastemaker, having hosted a bounty of memorable performances by legendary acts including Madonna, Prince and Rage Against the Machine.

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While their annual lineup primarily consisted of alt-rock acts in the early days, their bill appropriately switched gears as electronic music in the U.S. made its exponential rise in the mid-to-late 2000's. In 2006, Depeche Mode became the first electronic act to secure a principal slot at the event.

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Coachella 2016 serves as a pivotal point in the festival’s history as two dance/electronic acts -- LCD Soundsystem and Calvin Harris -- are listed as main headliners for the two-weekend event. While the two reside on opposite ends of the spectrum, it is nonetheless the first time the festival has ever placed two acts within the dance/electronic field at the top of the bill.

Other notable electronic acts on the 2016 lineup include Major Lazer, Zedd and Flume.

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