Biggest Coachella 2015 Set Time Conflicts Solved
When Coachella first revealed its all-star 2015 lineup back in January, we knew there conflicts would abound once the set times were announced. Unfortunately, today is that day (April 8). With the Coachella’s first weekend (April 10-12) only days away, the Indio, Calif.-based festival has revealed its official schedule -- and it’s enough to send anyone into panic mode.
But let’s keep this in perspective: These are ultimately good problems to have, and we’re here to offer a helping hand.
Friday will undoubtedly help you ease into the overwhelming task of choosing who to see and who to expend from your itinerary, as there isn't much of an overlap between headliners AC/DC at 10:35PM and Alesso at 11:35PM. Likewise, you could probably catch Caribou at 8:40PM, split a little early and still see Tame Impala at 9:15PM. Things get a little stickier when Lykke Li, Alabama Shakes and Interpol’s sets all overlap by about 20 minutes. While it’s certainly a trade-off, we recommend catching the Brittany Howard-led blues rockers, who will drop their highly anticipated sophomore effort, Sound & Color, only a few days following the conclusion of Coachella’s second weekend (April 17-19) on April 21.
Moral crises continue into Saturday when Run the Jewels take the stage only 10 minutes into Belle and Sebastian’s set. While it pains us to say this, we recommend El-P and Killer Mike, whose second album pretty much demands to be heard live. Similarly, Alt-J's 7:30PM set and Father John Misty at 8PM is enough to give even the most resolute concertgoers a bad case of FOMO. It’s another toss-up, but Misty is still fresh off the release of I Love You, Honeybear, and we can only imagine the way Misty’s eye roll-laced new album will play to the strange amalgamation of flower crowns, cut-offs and credit cards Coachella attracts every year. Both Jack White and Tyler the Creator take the stage at 9:15 PM, but go ahead and see White -- just do it, don't ask questions. While headliners Ratatat and the Weeknd overlap, as do ANTEMASQUE and Swans, we give our vote for the former in both cases.
And if you thought Coachella’s lineup would peter out by Sunday, think again. The conflicts are overwhelming and they start early. Built to Spill and Desaparecidos overlap, but the recent announcement that the Conor Oberst-fronted punk outfit is slated to release their first album in more than a decade should make for a great show. Then, you can set up shop and see Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams back-to-back on the same stage, and it will be like catching them on their co-headlining tour. We recommend St. Vincent at 8PM, who’s still going strong since her self-titled effort last year, and then headliner Drake will take the stage at 10:15PM with largely no set time conflicts.
For those of us who aren’t able to make it out to Indio, Coachella will be streaming sets on its YouTube channel on April 10-12 and airing them on Sirius XM stations. Check out the complete Coachella schedule here (and below).