Ahh, Coachella: Once this beloved music festival hits the ground running in Indio, CA during April, it undeniably becomes the epicentre of both new and beloved acts — and the ultimate destination to be seen and Instagram your every moment. But now that all the dust has settled after the first weekend, whether you’re going to be there for Weekend 2 (or, if you’re curating your own rendition of “Couch-ella” from the Coachella website with their impressive 5-channel live streaming video platform), here are our top acts to check out both in the flesh or online:

Friday, April 21 (Day 1):

  • Sampha (4:05 @ Mojave)
    • “One of the highlights of the opening day was a ravishing showing from Sampha. Riding high from his still-fresh debut album, “Process,” his set was exhilarating as it was moving, with his electro soul tunes having the ability to cut deeply to one’s soul one moment and uplifting it the next. That he took a break from some of the more somber, pensive tracks of his catalog to work the crowd into a fury as he pounded in a drum circle.” (Via LA Times)
  • Travis Scott (9:35 @ Outdoor)
    • “With a giant metal bird behind him – mechanical wings flapping rhythmically, red eyes smoldering – Travis Scott took to the stage screaming “I wanna see you fucking rage, Coachella! I came for the chaos!” And the rage didn’t wane from there. With his voice drenched in vocoder, the Houston MC ran through his already healthy catalog of hits, and the young crowd exploded like we rarely seen them do.” (Via Rolling Stone)
  • Sam Gellaitry (12:10 @ Gobi)
    • “We named Sam Gellaitry an Artist to Watch in 2017, and it will take all of two minutes for you to hear why. His artistry as a producer is beyond, and the chance to catch his raucous, cinematic style in the flesh will definitely be enough to hook you for life.” (Via Billboard)

Saturday, April 22 (Day 2):

  • The Librarian (3:00 @ Do Lab)
    • “Andrea Graham, best knows as The Librarian, is bringing her minimalist, detail oriented bass filled escapes to the Do Lab stage at Coachella this year. The Librarian adds such careful attention to detail to her sets, it’s almost like she’s nurturing the crowd with bass, it’s also no wonder she’s one of the founder of Bass Coast Music Festival. It’s certainly a set to add to your schedule to not miss as she’s performing on the Do LaB stage during Weekend 2.” (Via Earmilk)
  • Four Tet/Daphni/Floating Points (6:00 @ Yuma)
    • “You know what’s better than three hourlong sets from three of the best selectors in the game? One three-hour-plus set from the same guys. On Saturday evening, Four Tet, Daphni and Floating Points (all friends IRL) hosted a 3½-hour dance party in the Yuma Tent, taking turns playing tracks spanning disco, funk, soul, gospel, house and techno. The mood inside the Yuma was happily communal by the end of the show, and seeing these legends work together was an event even greater than the sum of its parts.” (Via LA Weekly)
  • Future (7:30 @ Coachella)
    • “Future’s set seemed like a perfectly outlined argument that 2017 belongs to trap music. Bouncing up and down in white hoodie and copious swagger, the Atlanta rapper ran through hits like “Draco” and “Too Much Sauce” to universal crowd approval. He didn’t even need to bring on fellow ATL superstars Migos (and producer Zaytoven) for their “Bad and Bougie” and “T-Shirt” – but he did – causing the massive Coachella Stage crowd to convulse in a sea of dropping knees and dabs. That turned out to only be an appetizer, however, as Drake soon after took the stage for “Jumpman.” But Future ensured he had the last word as he polished everything out with viral hit “Mask Off.” (Via Rolling Stone)

Sunday, April 23 (Day 3):

  • Kaytranada (5:45 @ Sahara)
    • “Kaytranada’s full set at the Sahara tent was a delight for many, finding the Montreal producer (who recently contributed vocals to Kendrick Lamar‘s new album DAMN., on the track “LUST”) in his truest form, manning the ones and twos blending his resume pieces into one joyous and perpetually steppable hour-plus performance.” (Via OkayPlayer)
  • Hans Zimmer (7:55 @ Outdoor)
    • “His scores have, for three decades, set the tone for some of the biggest blockbuster films of our time. “The Dark Knight,” “Inception,” “The Lion King,” for starters. It was a stroke of mad genius to put him out in the field at primetime, and the literal squeals of delight coming from young attendees when they recognized his film themes rivaled any reaction to anything else all weekend. After a weekend where familiar acts were in tow, Zimmer had the good fortune to be doing something both totally recognizable and completely new at Coachella.” (Via LA Times)
  • Galantis (8:45 @ Sahara)
    • “Their big room sound combines energetic, rippling, layered basslines and distorted, cascading vocals— coupled with their undeniably enthusiastic stage presence, Galantis’ sets are always high on the fun quota. Waving Sea Fox flags and banners, jumping high up from the deck, running on stage, they prides themselves on interacting with the audience, delivering the best performance experience they can.” (Via We Rave You)