5 Dance Music Hot Takes on Coachella's 2019 Lineup: There's Zedd, Diplo, Aphex Twin & A Whole Lotta House
The Coachella lineup just dropped for 2019, and drops are very in this season. Electronic artists have a huge hold on the three-day festival, scheduled to return to its home in the Indio Valley for two back-to-back weekends, Friday to Sunday, April 12 to 14 and April 19 to 21.
There are a lot of returning faces and some sweet new friends. We can't help but notice a few points in particular. Here's how the electronic presence at Coachella breaks down in 2019.
Of more than 150 acts, electronic dance represents more than one-third of the full lineup. Zedd, DJ Snake and Diplo take high billing, joined by big looks from Australian live trio RÜFÜS DU SOL, basshead leader Bassnectar, bilingual music man Dillon Francis and a few other really rare acts we'll get into down the line. Special shout-out to Grammy-nominated Fisher, Billboard Dance's runner-up for breakout artist of 2018. Eric Prydz fans will also be stoked to see a rare performance from his techno alter ego, Cirez D.
Aphex Twin Back After 11 Years
More than 10 years after his 2008 Coachella debut, one of electronic music's rarest birds will rear its wild head. Aphex Twin dropped a brilliantly strange and perfectly experimental EP called Collapse in September of last year. Rumors of an Indio return were stoked when his iconic logo was spotted throughout Los Angeles. The U.K. artist performed his first U.S. show since that '08 Coachella spot in 2016, and while he gave a handful of European shows in 2017, it's always worth noting an Aphex Twin opportunity. The influential producer spans decades with a catalog that defies categorization, constantly pushing the horizon of modular sound. His performances are famously surreal. This is a classic Coachella huge get.
In other exciting rarities, French king of darkness Gesaffelstein is primed to have a huge 2019. He recently shared the lead single from his long-awaited studio LP Hyperion. The "Reset" music video is as haunting as anything the madman has ever released. It's the first Gesaffelstein show announced since the end of 2016, and his first performance Stateside since Mysteryland of that same year. Gesaffesltein has always pulled a lot of influence from West Coast rap. No doubt he'll be ready to give California one hell of a show. He's set to perform on day two of both weekends, the same day as Aphex Twin. It will be a mind-bending, world-shifting set of performances, for sure.
House Music Hits Hard
While there's certainly a lot of experimental bass, dance-pop and international fusion, house is the genre best represented in 2019. From Russian wonder Nina Kraviz to Denmark denizen Kölsch, there will be plenty of progressive, moody, unfolding house beauty. Ross From Friends will bring some left-field funk, Bob Moses and Four Tet will bring live ambience, Grammy-nominated Jon Hopkins will showcase his ethereal majesty, and many more. Check through the full lineup below, and be sure to catch every shade of house from gates open to sunset and under starry sky.
Where My Ladies At?
All those dance acts, and females still fight to get a firm grip on the bill. From more than 50 electronic artists, about 10 are female-identifying, including Grammy-nominated acts SOPHIE and Sofi Tukker (a male/female duo). At about 20 percent female representation, Coachella performs better than most, and there are quite a number of female-identifying acts across genres, including day three headliner Ariana Grande. Still, we're always looking for more, so we give the fest a nod and say "keep going."
Coachella tickets go on sale Friday at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.