By Leighton Ginn
Coachella 2016 has several acts returning and here’s a look at some of the bands I’ve liked and what I remember about their previous performances.
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Their ‘monster’ hit “Little Talks” made them a must see in 2013 and they did not disappoint. The six-piece indie-folk-pop band from Iceland have a rich sound that’s lead by the rich voices of lead singers Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir and Ragnar Porhallson.
This year, OMAM come in with a new big hit, “Crystals” and I anticipate another great show on Friday night.
She’s one of those unique acts where she’s sampled a lot in EDC and she’s had great pop hits.
It kind of surprises me she hasn’t headlined a festival.
She put on a great twilight show in 2014 and has since had some even bigger hits.
And this year, she’s at Coachella with Calvin Harris, although not the same day. Goulding is on Friday while Harris headlines Sunday. Harris and Goulding collaborated on “Outside” and “I Need Your Love,” so expect Harris and Goulding to do some double duty. Harris is also dating Taylor Swift, and the three are good friends.
But back then, they had their big hit “Chocolate” and they put together a good set, although it was surprisingly not as crowded as I thought it would be.
Part of it might be because they put them on during the hottest time of day. I just remember singer Matthew Healy performing with his shirt off for the whole set and thinking I need to get to the gym.
Regardless, they put together a good set and as they were in the midst of really blowing up.
This year, they have a really catchy new hit, “The Sound.”
They are a little more poppy than I thought they would be, but they do have a great sound.
I really like Chvrches music, but I just remember there wasn’t as much stage presence during their Coachella set. But since then, I’ve heard they’ve really become much better.
Regardless for me, the music is so strong that I will enjoy the set. In fact, despite that criticism, it was one of my favorite performances that year.
They’ve followed up their excellent debut “The Bones of What You Believe” with “Every Open Eye,” and should be a destination.