Weekly Selections: Coachella, Rhonda: Queen of the Desert, Delano Smith in LA, Paradise Island Festival
Our top weekly event picks from around the globe.
This weekend XLR8R heads out to Palm Desert for the first weekend of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. As with every year, Goldenvoice has again organized a killer cast of artists to perform across the polo grounds’ seven stages, with headliners Radiohead, Lady Gaga, and Kendrick Lamar at the top of the bill for each night, respectively. On Friday, make sure not to miss booming DJ sets from Floorplan and Bicep in the Yuma Tent, before heading over to the world premiere of Richie Hawtin’s new audiovisual show, ‘Close,’ at the Mojave Stage. On Saturday, catch Ben UFO perform in the Yuma Tent before the three and a half hour back-to-back-to-back marathon with Four Tet, Floating Points, and Daphne. Moderat, Nicolas Jaar, and Classixx on the Mojave Stage should also be a highlight. And on Sunday, don’t miss Kaytranada at Sahara before heading to catch Ostgut Ton mainstay Marcel Dettmann in the Yuma. Take your pick to finish off the weekend; Sasha and Tale of Us in the Yuma, Justice at the Outdoor Theatre, or Kendrick Lamar at the Coachella Stage. Click here for more information about Coachella including the full lineup and schedule.
A Club Called Rhonda will also head out to Palm Springs this weekend to host their annual Coachella after party. Rhonda: Queen of the Desert, which will take over the Palm Springs Air Museum for an all-night extravaganza, is set to feature a highly anticipated back-to-back performance from two of Germany’s finest electronic exports: Diynamic boss Solomun and Dixon of Innervisions. West Coast legend Doc Martin will also play the party. More information and tickets can be found here.
And for those not heading out to the desert this weekend, Nuit Blanche has coordinated a stellar lineup for a proper warehouse gathering on Saturday night in Downtown LA, featuring an extended headlining DJ set from Detroit dub techno legend and Sushitech Records boss Delano Smith. Also on the bill is the up-and-coming Montreal selector Amir Javasoul, who was recently featured in our Get Familiar feature series. Tickets to the party and more info about Nuit Blanche can be found here.
Paradise Island Festival’s debut edition will also take place this weekend in Koh Samui, Thailand. The festival is the latest event from London-based concert and festival promoters Soundcrash, and boasts a diverse lineup including hip-hop royalty The Pharcyde, drum & bass pioneers Goldie and LTJ Bukem, Krafty Kuts, Maribou State, DJ Kentaro, and many more Thai and international artists. Tickets can be purchased via XLR8R by going here.