6 Dance Music Hot Takes on Coachella’s 2018 Lineup

Coachella’s 2018 lineup has been revealed and flexes a
star-studded lineup with The
Weeknd
, Beyoncé and
Eminem as its headliners.
While the top-billers land outside of the world of dance
and electronic music, there is still a healthy amount of the
genre seen on the festival flyer.

From established acts like Kygo and Odesza to rising stars
like Illenium and Rezz, there’s plenty of
dancefloor music to go around. Here are Billboard Dance‘s six hot takes on the
2018 lineup:

Vegas Titans MIA From Lineup

Coachella’s 2018 lineup does include its fair share of dance
and electronic music, while leaning toward the live band side,
but excludes the pinnacle acts ruling the Vegas nightclub
scene. Wynn Nightlife and Hakkasan Group residents such as
The Chainsmokers,
Zedd, Marshmello, Tiesto and more are
nowhere to be seen. 

Kygo Receives Major Upgrade From 2015

Norwegian superstar Kygo made his Coachella debut in
2015, earning himself a respectable billing on the
third line for Sunday’s lineup. He now returns in 2018 and
is the third name mentioned on the flyer, following The Weeknd and SZA for Friday’s festivities.
Kygo dropped an album and EP in 2017, collaborating with
everyone from Selena
Gomez
and U2 to OneRepublic.

ODESZA Lands Prime Real Estate on Bill

The Seattle duo had a superb 2017, embarking on their ambitious
arena tour and selling out several major stops, in addition to
earning two Grammy noms for their A Moment Apart
album. Their red-hot momentum continues into 2018 with prime
placement on Coachella’s lineup, second to Eminem — the Sunday headliner. They
receive the nod over Portugal. The Man, Migos, Cardi B and more.

Rezz, Alan Walker, Illenium & More Debut

Coachella extends a lot of first-time invitations to dance
acts, including REZZ, Billboard Dance‘s pick for
breakout artist of 2017. They’re also welcoming Illenium and Petit Biscuit, two artists we
included on our best albums list for the year. Other favorite
first-timers include Alan
Walker
and TroyBoi.

Alison Wonderland, Claude VonStroke’s Alias &
More Return

Alison Wonderland,
Louis The Child,
San Holo and more will return to the Indio Valley in
full force. Claude VonStroke returns with another Barclay Crenshaw set,
alongside Dirtybird brother Justin Martin. The lineup
rounds out with plenty of variety from Deorro, Cash Cash, Snakehips and more.

Underground Sound

While there is lack of big-room Vegas names, there’s no
shortage of heavy house and techno talent. Chicago hero The
Black Madonna will make a groovy Coachella debut, as well as
Italian tech-house master Joseph Capriati. Fans can also look
forward to a legendary look at techno super-trio Detroit Love,
aka Carl Craig, Kyle Hall and Moodyman.
Returning to the feild come Hot Creations headmaster Jamie
Jones, South African breakthrough artist Black Coffee, and
underground crowd favorite Maceo Plex. 

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