These Are the Dance Artists to Catch at Coachella 2017 Weekend One
It's OK to admit it: The Coachella lineup has you a little overwhelmed. There are so many great acts to see and it's only three days. How can you possibly choose what to see when?
We here at Billboard Dance want to ensure you have the best time possible, and we, of course, are very partial to the electronic vibes. We've perused the lineup, and in our opinion, these are the most exciting dance sets to catch. Try to make room for them in between your hip-hop, rock and pop extravaganza. Or just dance from start to finish. You won't regret it if you do.
Friday, April 14
The dance party might be a little sad, but it's going to be a sick dance party with The xx nonetheless. The U.K. trio's latest album is full of great danceable moments. Let your emotions loose and feel it.
Big Gigantic are the kind of band that's made for a festival experience. That sax is going to rip through the air with a sexual vengeance, setting your body on fire as it grooves to the jazzy, hip-hop beat. Listen to the duo's Brighter Future LP and get inspired.
Dance music's favorite funnyman is full of LOLs, but his DJ sets are no joke. Francis is one of the most chameleonic producers in the game with a taste level to match. He's gonna read that crowd so hard, by the time his hour is through, you won't know what hit ya.
This is a can't-miss scenario. Hawtin is a techno god, and he's debuting his new live set up close, a 360-live audio and visual experience that, thanks to a bunch of camera angles streamed live on screen, puts you in the booth with Hawtin himself.
Epic is a good word to describe a Bonobo experience. His live sets are incredibly moving, and his productions enlightening. If you've got someone to make out with, now is the time.
The Gaslamp Killer
Things are going to get weird, and beats are going to blow your mind. He's a master turntablist and a heady dude. The bass may make your ears bleed.
One of the undisputed best producers in the dance and hip-hop arenas, Mr. Carmack knows how to get a crowd on the edge of sanity, then cool 'em back down into a total smoke-laced head-nod zone. This will be one of the most live moments of the fest, for sure.
We named Sam Gellaitry an Artist to Watch in 2017, and it will take all of two minutes for you to hear why. His artistry as a producer is beyond, and the chance to catch his raucous, cinematic style in the flesh will definitely be enough to hook you for life.
Saturday, April 15
He just rocked the house down at the main stage of Ultra Music Festival in Miami. The “Let Me Love You” producer is built for huge moments, and his worldly sound will be a perfect fit for the bohemian desert atmosphere.
Speaking of desert music, Tycho has a special bond with that vibe, thanks to his many trips to Burning Man. He's got a fresh mix of digital and analog sounds that will raise your body hair and bring to a bubble a smooth, magic spell. He's got the sunset slot Saturday, which is perfect timing.
House music is high art when Nicolas Jaar touches the turntables. Prepare your body for some dark, holistic healing. These are spirit-cleansing beats ready to breath you new life well into Saturday night.
This bright burning star of the future bass scene just dropped his latest single with Charli XCX ahead of a debut album that taste-makers can't wait to hear. This should be one massive, feel-good dance party for the ages.
Catch a serious groove at Solomun's set while cutting out the pop noise. This will be a deep and driving journey from beginning to end.
Four Tet/Daphni/Floating Points
Get comfortable in the air-conditioned Yuma tent as Four Tet saddles up to a four-and-a-half set going back to back with his buddies Daphni and Floating Points. This is a supertrio of vibes if we've ever heard one. Might end up being quite legendary.
His Bromance label may be finished, but Brodinski is still the man. He blends French house and hip-hop with a ton of attitude. His mixing skills are on point. Get ready to put your back into it.
Anyone who calls themselves French Kiwi Juice is fine by us, and then he brings in the sexy, jazzy vibes with a touch of grown-and-sexy R&B to totally put our hearts in submission.
Sunday, April 16
The French gods of all things blog house, cinematic disco and '70s prog rock have a huge new live production on their hands with the Church Tour. If you like cigarettes, whiskey, vintage jackets, bright lights and mind-bending musical mash-ups, this is your post-EDM dream.
Porter Robinson & Madeon
Anime kids take over the world when this best friend duo takes the stage. It's a magical mash-up of both producers' bodies of work, and this is one of the last times the world can catch a glimpse. It might make you cry, or it might just be me.
The masked confection is one of the biggest stars of the new generation of dance. His future bass-inspired songs will give you the hard bass you want with all the adorable shimmery shininess kids crave.
If high energy songs with glittering synths and catchy sing-along hooks is the vibe you're digging, be there for Galantis' pure pop brilliance.
We can't get enough of Jai Wolf's Kindred Spirits EP. It's expansive and beautifully moving with lots of cinematic synth work and funky sample cuts. This is music to get lost in love to.
He toes the line between dance and hip-hop with beats that get your head knockin' and your hips rockin'. His debut album 99.9% put him on a new level. Catch his creative mind-set in motion.
Tech house in that Dirtybird vein will get your whole body movin' in mysterious ways. “Okay” remains one of the biggest tunes of the past few years. You can't deny this funk.
The Kentucky gentleman knows no creative boundaries. Funk floats in his blood, house beats in his heart, and he's even been known to drop an indie dance vibe or two.