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Most popular acts at Coachella 2018

  • Most popular acts at Coachella 2018

    With one of the biggest musical events of the year in just a few weeks, fans can finally start dusting off their flower crowns and dancing shoes. On April 13th, music lovers will make the pilgrimage to the city of Indio, California for Coachella Music Festival, where over 100 acts will fill the desert for two consecutive weekends. Last year, about 125,000 people were in attendance over the six-day period, either roughing it at car-camping sites or opting to stay in poolside villas between sets. 

    With so much music to see — 167 artists, to be exact — it can be inevitably difficult to choose what to enjoy and what to skip, unless concert-goers have no problem avoiding sleep altogether. To help ease the process, Stacker found the most popular acts at Coachella 2018. To do so, the performers first were ranked by the number of followers they had on Spotify as of March 29, 2018. The top 50 of these were then ranked by a secondary metric: average monthly page views that the performers received on Wikipedia from March 2017 to February 2018, which were pulled using Wikimedia Toolforge. 

    Coachella is a melting pot of music lovers, with a range of offerings: rap enthusiasts can enjoy a set by headliner Eminem, and indie-rock heads can sway to the music of alt-J. The good news is that with so many artists slated to perform—from Coachella vets to newcomers—there’s sure to be something for everyone.


    Days Performing: Saturday, April 14 & 21
    Spotify followers: 305,260
    1-year monthly Wiki PVs: 30,638

    The 14-odd member group who call themselves the “Internet’s first boy band” is making its Coachella debut this year. The hip-hop/rap/pop members of BROCKHAMPTON are speeding to widespread fame, having just signed with RCA Records after the independent releases of three albums (Saturation I-III) just last year.



  • #49. Illenium

    Days Performing: Sunday, April 15 & 22
    Spotify followers: 305,408
    1-year monthly Wiki PVs: 13,433

    American DJ Illenium will take over the turntables on Sundays of each weekend, likely playing music off of his future bass/dubstep EP Awake. The Coachella stop is part of his promotional tour for the EP — The Awake Tour — which is his first headlining tour.




  • #48. Petit Biscuit

    Days Performing: Sunday, April 15 & 22
    Spotify followers: 308,982
    1-year monthly Wiki PVs: 8,749

    Petit Biscuit is a French DJ and music producer who is also part of indie-pop duo Mount Dreams. Petit Biscuit has garnered attention for his song “Sunset Lover” off of his eponymous EP, which peaked at No. 13 on the U.S. Dance chart.



  • #47. Alina Baraz

    Days Performing: Saturday, April 14 & 21
    Spotify followers: 317,115
    1-year monthly Wiki PVs: 1,874

    Singer-songwriter Alina Baraz rose to prominence when she collaborated with electronic producer Galimatias on the Urban Flora EP. Since then, she’s been pursuing a solo career and opened for the final few shows of Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams Tour at the end of last year. Now, with a Top 10 single on the US Billboard Dance/Electronic Digital Songs Chart, “Buzzin,” Baraz is ready to take Coachella.



  • #46. Marian Hill

    Days Performing: Saturday, April 14 & 21
    Spotify followers: 324,254
    1-year monthly Wiki PVs: 23,023

    The songwriting duo Marian Hill (whose name was inspired by the musical The Music Man), consist of producer Jeremy Lloyd and singer Samantha Gongol. Their single “Down” from their Act One (2016) album was featured in an Apple commercial and spent time on the charts, peaking at 21 in the U.S. The extended release of their most recent album Act One (The Complete Collection) features a single featuring Lauren Jauregui (former Fifth Harmony member), and another with rapper Big Sean.




  • #45. PVRIS

    Days Performing: Friday, April 13 & 20
    Spotify followers: 335,119
    1-year monthly Wiki PVs: 23,601

    Electro-pop/rock trio PVRIS (pronounced “Paris”) released their most recent album, All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell last year. Fans will likely hear their new singles off the album, “Heaven” and “What’s Wrong”, during their Friday Coachella sets. 



  • #44. LP

    Days Performing: Sunday, April 15 & 22
    Spotify followers: 335,693
    1-year monthly Wiki PVs: 104,990

    Notable songwriter for some of the greats (including Cher, Rihanna and the Backstreet Boys) and singer in her own right, LP (née Laura Pergolizzi)  will be making her Coachella debut. Many may recognize her 2015 hit rock single, “Lost on You.”





  • #43. St. Vincent

    Days Performing: Friday, April 13 & 20
    Spotify followers: 362,928
    1-year monthly Wiki PVs: 95,975

    St. Vincent (also known as Annie Clark), is a Grammy-winning alternative-rock musician making her fourth appearance at Coachella Music Festival (her first show was in 2008). She’s most recently been busy doing her Fear the Future Tour and releasing her fifth album, Masseduction.



  • #42. The War on Drugs

    Days Performing: Friday, April 13 & 20
    Spotify followers: 370,234
    1-year monthly Wiki PVs: 49,490

    Indie rock sextet The War on Drugs is back at Coachella for the second time, coming off the high of their Grammy win earlier this year for Best Rock Album for A Deeper Understanding.


  • #41. Jessie Ware

    Days Performing: Sunday, April 15 & 22
    Spotify followers: 378,809
    1-year monthly Wiki PVs: 33,071

    Jessie Ware hasn’t graced the Coachella stage since 2013, but this year the British crooner is back to sing the hits, as well as new songs off of her 2017 album Glasshouse. The album also features fellow musicians  Francis and the Lights, Ed Sheeran, and Julia Michaels.





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