Beyond The Headliners: Who to See at Coachella Weekend Two
By Emily Norfolk
Coachella weekend one was a blur. It seems like every celebrity turned up for this monumental festival headlined by The Weeknd, Eminem and Beyonce. Other popular favorites like Post Malone and Cardi B lived up to their clout. And Queen B herself may just have shined brighter than all the rest. But that doesn’t come close to covering an entire festival. There are so many underrated musicians to check out.
So here is your weekend two guide for who to see, or, if you’re like me, who to watch on Youtube live stream.
Friday, April 20th:
Some of you may already be a die hard fan of Alison Wonderland, but she is still largely an unknown force. I saw her at Coachella a few years ago and was truly mind-blown by her talent. She is a female DJ who produces all of her own music. She recently dropped her new album “Awake” right before Coachella, so you can be sure she will bring some new tunes. Her style is a blend of EDM and pop, so be ready for some great bass drops.
Knox Fortune is new to his solo-career as an artist. He made his entry into the mainstream on Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book hit “All Night” in 2017, followed it up with his debut album, and just one year later is playing Coachella. His production style is hip-hop adjacent, but all his own—glossy, grungy and full of strange surprises. Definitely different than the big-name artists you will find performing on the main stage.
Saturday, April 21st:
Sir Sly is your classic alternative rock act with an edgy twist. Frontman Landon Jacobs’ vocals always sound slightly muffled, and the band favors a combination of electronic and acoustic instruments laden with plenty of distortion. I love his songs “High” and “And Run,” which are collaborations with K. Flay, so keep your eyes peeled for a special guest.
I don’t know if this counts as self-promotion, but Cherry Glazerr, a funky, young alternative band, started at my high school. Instead of taking the predictable route (college) they decided to join together and rock the free world. Now they are playing at Coachella, so they definitely have accomplished something. This band is super quirky, featuring songs like “grilled cheese” and “Nurse Ratched”, which is about a character from the book “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (side note: this is a nod to my high school lit class).
Sunday, April 22nd:
Nothing but Thieves
I love this band because of their knack for emotional storytelling and poignant melody. Check out their song “Sorry,” which flaunts both of these talents over a beat that grows more layered, dynamic, and rousing with each chorus. They are definitely worth checking out.
This is just a good, fun, alternative-pop band (Think: Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon). Their music is upbeat and definitely fits with the Coachella sunshine vibes. They feature instruments like the ukulele and banjo that jive with the cheerful lyrics. So throw on your flower crown and dance around.