Ditch the wellies for sunscreen: we’re off to Coachella!

Coachella – it’s kind of like Glastonbury but with much better weather! And with headliners like Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead, 2017’s festival is shaping up to be one to remember. Of course, these big names are just the tip of the iceberg – the festival line-up is absolutely jam-packed and reads like a who’s who of music today. More on that in a moment.

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Coachella takes place in Indio, California between April 14-16 and 21-23, just a half-hour drive from Palm Springs and amid the green, wide-open spaces of the Empire Polo Club. Back in 1999, when the festival began, it attracted a crowd of about 25,000. Last year Coachella sold 198,000 tickets, so we hope you like crowds!

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The mountain landscapes of the Coachella Valley and creative, large-scale art installations make for a striking backdrop to this unique event. While you’re not soaking up the tunes, there are plenty of rides and food stalls to explore, as well as shaded areas in which to chill out. And while this sun-kissed landscape can be roasting during the day, the temperature drops once the sun sinks behind the rocky horizon, so pack accordingly, particularly if you’re camping!

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Now, about that line up. We’re particularly excited about the headliners of course. Given Lady Gaga’s performance at the Super Bowl, we’re expecting the unexpected. This will be Radiohead’s third time headlining Coachella and we’re certain they’ll do us proud. In addition to the A-Listers, we’ll also be cheering on the rest of the British contingent, which this year includes grime and hip-hop artist Stormzy, Manchester indie-pop band Blossoms and the multi-talented Mura Masa, a songwriter, DJ and electronic music producer from the Channel Islands. British 80s legends New Order will also be appearing. One can only imagine how electric the vibe will be when Blue Monday echoes out across the valley.

Radiohead
Radiohead performing at Coachella 2016
Stormzy
Stormzy
New order
80s legends New Order

New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde, best known for her track Royals, has been busy making a name for herself in recent years, and we look forward to see what she brings to the Coachella stage. We also can’t wait to bop along to Norwegian dance music duo Röyksopp, who are responsible for such joyous tracks as Happy Up Here and Eple.

Lorde at Coachella 2014 in Indio, California.photo: Joseph Llanes
Lorde
Royksopp
Royksopp

 

If you’re going to Coachella, drop us a line to let us know. Maybe we’ll see you there?

Alternatively, Palm Springs is just a short drive from the Coachella festival offering some carefully selected boutique hotels and hand picked restaurants; perfect for sipping a fruity cocktail in the presence of California’s glorious sunset…

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