Coachella drops 2018 set times & map changes

Coachella 2018

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival //
Empire Polo Club – Indio, CA
April 13th-15th & April 20th-22nd, 2018 //

Breathe easy, Coachellans. All of your scheduling conflicts have finally arrived.

The three-day, two-weekend music and arts festival has delivered this year’s set times just after 7 p.m. PT (7:02 p.m. to be exact), precisely one hour later than it did in 2017.

Part of going to Coachella is having to make some tough decisions when it comes to choosing which artists to see, and veterans like ourselves have become quite used to experiencing this #FirstWorldProblem over the years.

But now that the cat is out of the bag, you can start mapping out your 2018 schedule if you’re headed to the Empire Polo Club this weekend.

So, what’s your biggest conflict on this year’s schedule and who are you most excited to see?

WEEKEND 1 SET TIMES

Coachella 2018 - Friday set times

Coachella 2018 - Saturday set times

Coachella 2018 - Sunday set times

WEEKEND 2 SET TIMES

Coachella 2018 - Friday set times

Coachella 2018 - Saturday set times

Coachella 2018 - Sunday set times

Over the last several years, it has become more common to see the folks at Goldenvoice make some slight tweaks to Coachella’s Weekend 2 set times after the first weekend ends (the most notable might have been in 2015 when Florence Welch broke her foot during her performance Sunday on the main stage), and the same has proven to be the case in 2018, starting on Day 1 with Benjamin Clementine’s set being moved from the Gobi Tent to the Coachella Stage. Rick G., meanwhile, has been moved into Clementine’s 1:30 p.m. slot in the Gobi Tent, with DMM no longer preceding it at 12:30 p.m.

Some other noteworthy changes for Friday are Fisher, who didn’t perform during Weekend 1 but will replace B.Traits in the Yuma Tent, and Late Night Laggers, who were the first act to perform in the Sahara Tent on Day 1 but won’t be back for Weekend 2. Absent from Friday’s Mojave Tent lineup is Smiles Davis, which consequently has pushed Francesa Harding’s set back to 12:25 p.m., and Chulita Vinyl Club has replaced Jim Smith.

On Saturday, hip-hop producer Ahwlee will fill in for Salami Rose and Joe Lewis in the Mojave Tent, while Ron Gallo has been moved from the Gobi Tent, which lost Birdtastique and added Loboman, to the Sonora Stage, where Bane’s World, Otoboke Beaver and Mild High Club have all moved back one hour and five minutes to make up for the loss of R.O.C. Furthermore, Feel Good Green has replaced Palm Desert DJ Alf Alpha at the Outdoor Theatre, and Mexico City’s N.A.A.F.I. has been added to the Sahara Tent lineup in place of Jimbo Jenkins. The Coachella Stage also now has an eighth performer, with Gabe Real + Juicewon kicking things off at 1:25 p.m. on Day 2.

The third and final day of the festival’s second weekend sees the removal of Gabe Real from the Coachella Stage, leaving LION BABE as its first act to perform, while Los Angeles-based producer nostradahm will fill in for Juice won at the Outdoor Theatre. In the meantime, the Gobi, Mojave and Sahara Tents will each have new openers on Sunday: mr. rotu (replacing Phantom Thrett), VNSSA (replacing Pax) and EMME (replacing CVSS), respectively. And we couldn’t not mention that Jessie Ware’s set at the Outdoor Theatre has been moved back 15 minutes (as well as MAGIC GIANT’s by 10 to 2:25 p.m.), meaning that Weekend 2 attendees will have to settle for only 35 minutes from the UK singer-songwriter rather than 50.

Coachella 2018 - Weekend 2 set time updates

UPDATE (April 20th): Weekend 2 changes! Goldenvoice has announced some more tweaks to the schedule, with Jessie Ware moving from the Outdoor Theatre at 5:55 p.m. on Sunday to the Coachella Stage at 2:50 p.m. on Saturday (we have to think it has something to do with Cardi B performing around the same time after she drew one of the biggest crowds during Weekend 1). The other alterations are related to Sunday’s set times in the Sahara Tent, as Illenium (now at 6:35 p.m.) and French Montana (now at 8:05 p.m.) have switched places. Petit Biscuit will still precede both at 5:10 p.m., while chart-topping hip-hop trio Migos are expected to hit the stage at 9:30 p.m., although we’ll see if they’re a little more punctual this time compared to the first weekend of the festival, technical difficulties and all. Of course, we recommend downloading the Coachella app on your mobile device to receive the latest updates if you’re out in Indio for the festivities.

MAP

Several hours before revealing its Weekend 1 set times, the festival unveiled this year’s map, and it looks quite a bit different in comparison to some of Coachella’s past editions.

Last year, Coachella made some notable changes to its map, with the Mojave and Gobi Tents switching places and the addition of a third VIP section named “Hacienda Del Toro” that sat in between the Gobi and Sahara Tents. Goldenvoice even offered an updated location for the GA beer garden on that side of the polo field, which was supposed to improve the traffic flow behind the Sahara Tent, though we’re not sure it totally worked to be honest.

Now, the Mojave Tent has been moved far away from the Gobi Tent and into the same area that the Sahara Tent once occupied (next to the VIP Rose Garden). In its place will be the Sonora Stage, which Coachella introduced last year, with the third VIP section (no longer named “Hacienda Del Toro”) directly behind it rather than off to the side. The Gobi Tent, meanwhile, has moved back to its old confines closer to the Outdoor Theatre, where the Mojave Tent was located just a year ago.

Coachella - 2018 map

Another brand-new addition for Goldenvoice’s signature event is the Indio Central Market, a covered food hall that will feature 15 different restaurants and be situated behind the Sonora Stage. Inside will not only be New York City burger chain Shake Shack for the very first time, but also street food stand Cena, Moby’s vegan restaurant Little Pine and David Chang’s fried chicken sandwich shop Fuku. So, make sure to come hungry if you’re going to Coachella this year — we know we will.

But the biggest modification to the fest’s layout has to be the Sahara Tent’s new home after seeing the massive stage outgrow its longstanding location over the last decade. Positioned next to the main entrance, it will sit just in front of the Cantina and Beer Barn with the iconic ferris wheel and The Do LaB Stage nearby. And from what we can decipher by looking at the map, it appears that the Sahara Tent will be not as long as it used to be, but instead wider, a structural adjustment that was likely made to fit the space within the grounds.

We’ll make sure to give our two cents about these changes and much more when we return from the desert to share our favorite moments from this year’s installment, but as we often like to say around this time … Happy Coachella!

Coachella wastes no time, revealing 2018 lineup headlined by The Weeknd, Beyoncé & Eminem

Coachella - 2018 lineup

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival //
Empire Polo Club – Indio, CA
April 13th-15th & April 20th-22nd, 2018 //

Well, that didn’t take long.

Just one day into the New Year, and Coachella has already revealed its 2018 lineup, signaling to music fans worldwide that festival season isn’t far off.

After it was reported almost two weeks ago that this year’s headliners would be The Weeknd, Beyoncé and Eminem, that indeed will be the scenario, marking the first time in all 19 years that the three-day, two-weekend event won’t have a rock act topping its bill (a real sign of the times as some might say). Coachella’s 2018 edition will also serve as Beyoncé’s official debut after being forced to cancel last year due to pregnancy, as well as Eminem’s (the only time he has appeared was as a guest back in 2012 during Snoop Dogg’s and Dr. Dre’s headlining set). The Weeknd will be back on the polo fields for the first time since 2015, when the R&B singer closed the main stage on Saturday night as a sub-headliner after Jack White’s headlining slot.

Other notable names listed on the festival’s famed poster this year include HAIM, ODESZA, Kygo, Jamiroquai, Portugal. The Man, David Byrne, St. Vincent, The War on Drugs, alt-J, A Perfect Circle, Fleet Foxes, Chromeo, MØ, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Kamasi Washington and Jungle. The undercard, meanwhile, does feature some buzzworthy indie-rock acts such as Perfume Genius, BØRNS and King Krule, but as was the case in 2017, there continues to be more of a focus on hip-hop and R&B, as evidenced by this year’s headliner selections along with the second-line poster placement of SZA, Tyler, the Creator, Migos, Vince Staples, Post Malone, Cardi B and Miguel.

Coachella’s first weekend is scheduled for April 13th-15th, with its second weekend slated for April 20th-22nd. All tickets will go on sale for both weekends this Friday, January 5th at Noon PT here.

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Coachella 2017

St. Lucia go ‘Live at the Landmark’ in SF’s City Hall

St.-Lucia_postPhotos by Pedro Paredes // Written by Molly Kish

St. Lucia with Conway, benefiting Operation Gratitude //
City Hall — San Francisco
April 17th, 2014 //

Brooklyn buzz band St. Lucia took over the main lobby of City Hall this past week headlining the San Francisco edition of the Jack Daniel’s “Live at the Landmark” series. The beautiful venue accommodated an exclusive crowd of less than 200 people, providing a stunning backdrop for the electro-pop outfit and their opener, Conway. Bathed in hues of blue and purple, the setting remained in a gorgeous dusk-lit color scheme, echoing the sky-lit entry way leading you into the municipal foyer. There you were greeted by Civic Hall’s grand staircase underneath its epic dome, lined with awe-inspired crowd reveling in complementary Jack Daniels and the gorgeous stage site.

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Following a short set by Conway, St. Lucia took the stage. Jean-Philip Grobler immediately commented on how excited they were to be playing such an impressive venue. Touring steadily over the past year, behind the acts’ breakout success When the Night, Grobler and his backing band members kicked directly into their performance like a well-oiled machine. Focusing on hits off the 2013 debut album, their set list ran consistent with that of most dates on their current touring schedule. Kicking things off with the building choral chant of “The Night Comes Again” straight into the tropic-themed sensory transposition of “The Old House Is Gone”, St. Lucia effortlessly prompted their crowd to start shuffling their feet and bouncing along. Grobler and crew made an extra effort to get the intimate audience involved during their mid-set crowd participation segment, consisting of a group pogo amidst back to back performances of When the Night hits “All Eyes On You”, and “Elevate”.

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Known for their big sound and impassioned performances, hardcore St. Lucia fans could see that the band was struggling a bit with the limited sound equipment and confined space. Although a near perfect setting for acoustics, the speaker set up for the evening remained contentious throughout the entire concert. Although hindered by the tiny towers of pitchy speakers, Grobler and crew kept the show rolling like a pack of seasoned professionals. Exchanging sassy glances with each other throughout the entire performance, the crowd could visibly recognize that St. Lucia, despite the technical difficulties, were there to have fun. Giving an energetic show punctuated by their spot on rendition of Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody”, St. Lucia brought the party vibes to City Hall, giving the Bay Area audience a uniquely memorable evening of live music at an undeniably legendary landmark.

Solidifying irrefutable star power with St. Lucia at The Independent

St-Lucia_postPhotos by Marc Fong // Written by Molly Kish //

St. Lucia with Conway //
The Independent – San Francisco
February 7th, 2014 //

St. Lucia, otherwise known as Jean-Philip Grobler, blasted through The Independent last week, headlining two back-to-back, sold-out performances on Wednesday and Thursday. The South African native took the stage with his touring band of friends and fellow musicians for the first time since their 2013 appearance at Rickshaw Stop. Packing the nearly twice as large venue with a dance floor full of rain-soaked fans, the shows’ turn out followed suit with my expectations after catching their last Bay Area performance this past September.

Expanding their setlist to include material off of Grobler’s since-released, full-length debut When the Night, the show was almost like catching the finished product of which we were offered a mere sampling of sixth months prior. Inclusion of a visually immersive set design which illuminated a finely tuned stage show gave St. Lucia a performance that although grander in scale, still had the feel of an intimate showcase. This time around, apparently having seemingly less to prove, Grobler performed with the confidence of an industry professional, hitting simply another sold-out stop on a tour promoting his increasingly successful album. You know, no big deal …

Predominately playing tracks off When the Night, Grobler commanded the stage from the set’s opening notes all the way through to the second song of his encore. A rare performer in that his incredible range as a vocalist sounds better live than it does recorded, Grobler pretty much blew away the audience’s expectations immediately, breaking into a powerfully charged performance of “The Night Comes Again”. In keeping the energy high and crowd moving, St. Lucia proceeded to play a setlist crafted perfectly into seamless improvisational transitions, dancing through extended percussion sections and interludes of crowd participation. The highlight of the night came mid-set when Grobler executed lead singles “Elevate” and “All Eyes on You” (popularized on hit TV shows including the SF-based HBO series “Looking”) after one another, which blended perfectly into an outstanding cover of Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody”.

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Grobler’s backing band boasted an impressive cast of musicians whose animated stage presence and individual styles were spotlighted by their musical leader over the evening. The chemistry amongst the group and the life they bring to the material is undeniable. At times you almost forget that the St. Lucia is a solo project, causing one to gain a new appreciation for Grobler’s intuition as an artist and his ability to pull his band into his vision.

Grobler has had a complete whirlwind of a career thus far and shows absolutely no sign of stopping his momentum as St. Lucia anytime soon. His artistic capacity, amplified by innovative decisions both in the studio and on tour, is something that naturally translates through his concert experience. Considering the sold-out doubleheader was set within the larger capacity of The Independent for this show, St. Lucia’s indie-pop footprint and fan base will undoubtedly continue to grow as they prepare to take on the festival circuit this summer. If there’s any chance for you to check them out at a local venue near you, do it now or forever wish you had the chance to catch them before they become the “new band” whose name you’ll hear everyone continuously butcher while singing their praises. Saynt-loo-sha!