Big news, music fans: The full lineup for the biggest (and most stylish) festival of the year, Coachella 2015, has been released. And it promises to be seriously music star–studded, with the likes of Drake, ACDC, Jack White, and Florence & the Machine topping the bill. But what about the names in smaller print? Here are the five up-and-coming artists you won’t want to miss if you’re hitting the Palm Springs Desert this April.
FKA twigs redefined R&B with her ethereal, atmospheric sound on 2014 release LP1. Her U.S. tour sold out, so if you missed it, she’s a must-see at Coachella. Be sure to get close for a good look at her inimitable '80s styling (above), and, not forgetting, a potential sighting of other-half Robert Pattinson watching from the wings.
With a rousing sound that combines blues and punk, Benjamin Booker is sure to have you up on your feet and dancing—reason enough to catch his set we'd say. If you're a fan of Alabama Shakes or Courtney Barnett, he's the one for you.
Following in the footsteps of Sam Smith and John Newman, George Ezra is our best bet for the Brit boy most likely to break America in 2015. The baby-faced 21-year-old has the raspy vocals of someone far beyond his years, and the worldly lyrics to match. Get to grips with his album Wanted on Voyage if you're a fan of folk with a catchy riff.
With a sound that's a little Ellie Goulding, a little Gwen Stefani, and very infectious, Ryn Weaver is a sure bet for becoming one of 2015's hottest new female singers. The proof? She blew up on the internet overnight courtesy of debut single, OctaHate, and although she's yet to drop an album, she already has a top secret songwriting project in the pipeline with Charlie XCX.
Singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn make up super-cool electropop duo Sylvan Esso. After they released their debut self-titled album in 2014, Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac raved about them, saying: "These two guys made their album in their bedroom on their laptop. This is the new democracy of music." Praise indeed.