With Coachella 2015 just two months away, this year’s lineup is stacked with more EDM acts than ever. As EDM slowly creeps into our radio’s and the mainstream, many festivals who historically did not contain as much electronic acts are now steadily increasing their numbers to accommodate changing tastes. This year’s line boasts Alesso, Nero, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Kaskade, and David Guetta as all top headliners (ones that are the largest to read intending to be the primary reasons for ticket purchases). Even within the lineup, there are plenty more. If I had to guess, this year’s EDM acts won’t be contained at solely the Sahara Tent as it’s been in the past. Check out the schedule yourself below.
So how does this year’s lineup compare to last year? Was EDM as prevalent last year? Or the year before? How about 5 or 6 years ago? Lets take a glance at lineups of past and see how far we’ve come.
Main headliners in 2014 featured Zedd, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris. Also included to peak interest as popular headliners were Martin Garrix, Alesso, Duck Sauce, and Flosstradamus. The harder to read acts had a large collection of EDM acts as well ranging from Aeroplane to UZ. So if we were to compare just last year to this year, there isn’t much of a change in number of acts but in terms of primary headliners intended to bring people to come, there was an increase. Lets move on.
Main headliners boasted no EDM acts but did have a few as major headliners such as Bassnectar, Dog Blood, Knife Party, Benny Benassi, Pretty Lights, Eric Prydz, and Excision. And once again, the smaller acts included a fair amount of EDM acts. 2013 was perhaps the year that Coachella acknowledged the growing EDM fan base as that year they added a completely new tent which often had many EDM acts (as it did in 2014 and probably will in 2015). The Yuma tent was also a structure like the Sahara tent except it even included air conditioning. But enough about stage features, lets continue on down memory lane.
Main headliners included Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, David Guetta, Kaskade, Sebastian Ingrosso, Avicii, and DJ Shadow. Major acts included Madeon, Martin Solveig, Sub Focus, Calvin Harris, Nero, Dada Life, and Porter Robinson. The lesser acts contain a bunch of EDM acts as well. I know this is starting to seem repetitive but one thing to note is that most people can agree that 2010 was the beginning of the major start for EDM into mainstream culture and 2012 was one of the years it truly got big with acts such as Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack and David Guetta all making major contributions to bringing the scene to the masses. Lets see if we can find the year that EDM wasn’t dominating Coachella.
Not a single Main Headliner to be a main headliner, (unless you count the electronic group the Chemical Brothers but I don’t think their sound would have counted as EDM). Major acts included Sasha, Erick Morillo, Boys Noize, Steve Angello, Paul Van Dyke, Fedde Le Grand, Axwell, and Duck Sauce. Smaller acts are definitely less EDM heavy but still include acts like Skrillex, Afrojack, A-Trak, a few others. But this year definitely was less concentrated than the more recent years.
Main headliners included Tiesto and major acts included Deadmau5, Benny Benassi, David Guetta, Kaskade, and Major Lazer. Smaller acts included Wolfgang Gartner, Pretty Lights, and The Glitch Mob. Overall this year had fewer acts but overall the concentration of EDM was much lower than 50%. Lets go back one more year and see.
To finish up our trip down memory lane, Coachella 2009 had no main EDM acts. The electronic music represented was Crystal Castles and Bloody Beetroots (very different than what people would consider EDM). Steve Aoki was probably the only EDM act.
If you want to look at the full Coachella lineup history look here.
Overall EDM has slowly come up from the tiny corner of a music festival to the main stage and stand alone events. Coachella has always had years where EDM was fairly representative of its lineup but in recent years it definitely has become a standard. The EDM scene is continually growing and music festivals are growing with it. While many people are sad that some of the non EDM acts are gone from Coachella, no one can dispute that the Coachella experience is unique and provides a great weekend of fun. If you can manage to buy a ticket and afford housing for the weekend, I highly encourage you to attend Coachella and experience the vibe and music it has to offer.