With the first weekend of Coachella just days away, organizers released this year’s artist set times and on-site camping maps, revealing a few unexpected surprises.
Set times are essential to planning who to see and when, with the festival gates opening at 11am each day. Artist overlap can make it challenging to maneuver and at night it can be increasingly difficult without familiarity to the venue’s layout.
The 2015 maps show new locations for the Yuma tent and the iconic Ferris wheel, along with a number of large illuminated sculptures of a caterpillar and a helicopter or drone landing on a skyscraper.
One noteworthy observation this year is that headliner Jack White is playing the 9:00-11:15pm slot on the main Coachella stage with future R&B act the Weeknd closing. Typically headliners close the main stage each day, like AC/DC on Friday and Drake on Sunday.
The standout from Saturday appears to be electronic duo Ratatat headlining the dance-heavy Sahara tent, which implies that they’ll be ratcheting up the energy from their live show and there should be some surprise guests.
While Sunday should be Drake’s day, don’t sleep on electronic producer Kaytranada shutting down the Gobi tent starting at 10:45pm or tropical house artist Kygo closing the Mojave tent beginning at 11pm. Each should provide an uplifting end to the three-day music affair in the desert.
The Do LaB stage has consistent talent performing throughout the festival, but this year the lineup looks much more concentrated on Saturday. The transition from Falcons to Russ Liquid to Ooah from The Glitch Mob to wrap things up will be insane.
Who are you most looking forward to seeing? What looks new on the maps?