Coachella Kicks Off: Five Must-See Artists!

Posted Friday April 11, 2014 4:23 PM GMT

As the throngs of festivalgoers converge on Indio, California,Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is getting into full-swing. And the lineup of musical acts this year truly has something for everyone.

While all of the artists are definitely worth checking out, here are five performances that any self-respecting fan of good music needs to experience.

1. Ellie Goulding

She’s been slowly climbing her way to notoriety here in the States, and Ellie Goulding has finally reached bona fide ‘pop-star-with-artistic-integrity’ status. She writes her own stuff, plays many of her own instruments and has a voice that is both unique and accessible. Plus, there are rumors going around that she broke Ed Sheeran’s heart so brutally that he wrote a song about it called “Don’t.”

2. Outkast

The term “Pioneers” almost feels too generic when describing the indelible impact Andre “Andre 3000” Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton have made on the music industry since forming way back in 1992. The “Hey Ya” hitmakers have plenty of commercial success to go with their street cred, and it’s great to see them back doing what they do best together- making important music.

3. Muse

Matt Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard sound great on their studio albums, but the only way to truly experience Muse is to see them live on stage. Armed with a massive and dramatic light show, these English rockers bring an electric wall-of-sound vibe to the lineup. Translation: bring your earplugs and keep an eye out for Bellamy’s leading lady Kate Hudson, who often shows up to support her beau.

4. Zedd

With a handful of hits to his credit, Anton Zaslavski, aka Zedd, has earned the right to rock out at Coachella. He’s collaborated with Ellie Goulding, Foxes, Matthew Koma and OneRepublic stud Ryan Tedder and Zedd’s live gigs are known to be legendary.

5. Pharrell Williams

Fresh from promoting his newly-released album G I R L, Pharrell Williams loves to bring uplifting and creative music everywhere he goes. Armed with his trademark Vivienne Westwood Mountain hat, the “Happy” crooner will certainly leave his audience smiling.

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