Coachella is not just about festival dressing or getting papped near celebrities — it’s about the music! It’s a dizzying two weekends jam-packed full of sounds. Having a strategy to make sure you can cram in every worthy performance is absolutely key. Worry not because we’ve got the ultimate 2015 Coachella shortlist — all the performances you should not miss. It’s divided by day and there’s a vibe for everyone, from the calm and collected sounds of former child stars to the thumping beat of up-and-coming electro acts. Whatever your preference, we’ve got an idea of which acts you should be making time to see these next two weekends in Indio, California.
Interpol (Friday, April 10 & 17)
Tame Impala (Friday, April 10 & 17)
Alabama Shakes (Friday, April 10 & 17)
Ride (Friday, April 10 & 17)
When a band that basically encapsulates one of the major sounds of the 90s — luscious shoegaze — says they’re reuniting like 20 years later, you listen up. Ride is that band, and they’re getting back together to tour this year, including playing at Coachella. Pull on your best plaid and watch this vintage clip of the band at Glastonbury in 1994.
Azealia Banks (Friday, April 10 & 17)
Pretty sure you can either absolutely love or totally hate this spitfire rapper (and recent Playboy cover star). Either way, you’re not going to want to miss this one in the flesh. Here she is a few years ago at Reading Festival.
Flying Lotus (Friday, April 10 & 17)
The Weeknd (Saturday, April 11 & 18)
Belle and Sebastian (Saturday, April 11 & 18)
You can’t think “contemporary indie” without conjuring an image of Belle and Sebastian, the now-legendary Scottish outfit. They’ve released nearly 10 albums and each one is chock-full of classic tunes. Now’s your chance to see a well-oiled machine that is still totally relevant after all these years. Here they are playing a decidedly more intimate show earlier this year.