From time to time, American music festivals tend to flood our social media timelines, but nothing beats Coachella. During the 2-weekend event from 12 to 21 April in Indio, California, it was all social media would talk about, and probably for many a music lover, the only thing that mattered. From Justin Bieber joining Ariana Grande on stage to Kanye West’s “Sunday Service,” there seems to be something about Coachella that sets the internet on a frenzy. Arguably the most commercially-successful music festival in the world with thousands of influencers attending the event, fashion has also become an integral part of Coachella. Even so, the music still remains as the true star of Coachella.
Some performances that we watched during Coachella’s YouTube live streams made us do a double take and question our existence for not discovering these acts earlier. In this post, SOL highlights five incredible new acts that deserve a mention from standing out among the lineup of over 100 acts at Coachella this year. You may never have heard of them, but this is definitely not the last time you’ll see them. Brace yourselves; as they’re set to take over the world. You heard it here first.
The lead actor, Dylan Minnette from Netflix show 13 Reasons Why, Braeden Lemasters from Betrayal and Men of Certain Age, and Cole Preston make up this trio indie band. Just because there are actors in Wallows does not mean it takes away from their incredible music, showcased through their debut album titled Nothing Happens, which was released in March after their EP Spring came out last year. Singles released from this self-written album include “Are You Bored Yet?,” “Scrawny” and “Sidelines”, adding to the collection of melancholy-pop tunes. Wallows is a consistently fun band to listen to for a feel-good experience. Their performance at Coachella marks the start of their North American tour, and even a few technical difficulties couldn’t hold back their amazing energy on stage.
At only 21 years old, Michigan singer, rapper and songwriter of Lebanese descent received his claim to fame through a Snapchat lens filter that featured his song, “Mine” last year. Make no mistake, Bazzi has been melting hearts with tunes like “Beautiful” with Camila Cabello, “Paradise” and “Caught in The Fire.” With an album titled Cosmic under his belt and having been featured as an “Up Next” artist on Apple Music, Bazzi oozes sex appeal through his music. He opened for Camila Cabello and Justin Timberlake last year, and on stage at Coachella, delivered the same amount of energy as he blazed through his performance. Fans were also in for a surprise – special guest Ty Dolla $ign’s appearance got the crowd riled up even more.
3. Sofi Tukker
This New York duo first played Coachella in 2017, and they returned this year with another epic performance. Together, Sophie Hawley-Wed and Tucker Halpern put up a quirky music act through their stage performances, easily making them one of the many standouts during the two-weekend music festival. With the release of their first album entitled Treehouse last year, Sofi Tukker truly transcends genres with their blend of electronic music and playful aesthetics. Sofi Tukker’s performance at Coachella can be described as a creative and carefree experience, but with very well-crafted music that stays true to their brand.
Looking for sass? You’ve come to the right place; Lizzo’s your girl. The 30-year-old rapper and singer is all about girl power. She has been making waves on many TV shows lately and is a ball of fun, just like her music. Lizzo just dropped her exciting new album, Cuz I Love You, which features two funky-but-fun lead singles: “Juice” and title track itself. Witnessing Lizzo on stage, with her strong and full-of-life energy, will not fail to put a smile on your face and turn your bad day around. Even though there were sound issues during her set at the Mojave tent, she did not break momentum and went on to seamlessly perform the song acapella style with her dancers continuing on with their routine. Definitely a star you do not want to miss out on.
5. Dermot Kennedy
Originally from Dublin, Dermot Kennedy has been making music since 2009 but recently gained more attention when his self-titled debut was released in January. A master of capturing the highs and lows about life through his words and intense music productions, Kennedy’s style gels well with his powerful vocals, and it is also evident that hip-hop has a notable influence in his music. The “Power Over Me” singer recently performed on The Ellen Show and the Coachella crowd absolutely loved him. Dermot Kennedy is on his way to bigger things from here onwards.
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