Coachella has (finally) released set times which means only one thing—it’s time to make a fold-out treasure map of all your must-see bands that you can carry in your neon fannypack all weekend. Alright, maybe it means two things—EW can help you pick and you can skip the fold-out map.
12:30 – 1:10 p.m.: Haerts is the first must-see band of the day, playing Mojave Tent.
2:30 – 3:20 p.m.: Action Bronson on Coachella Stage—which means you’re skipping Trippy Turtle at Sahara Tent, but only you know if your dancing shoes are on that early or if rap isn’t your game, TT is definitely worth the debate.
[You now have a few hours. Explore! Or take a quick lie-down, it’s Weekend One and all the grass hasn’t turned to dirt yet.]
6:10 – 7:00 p.m.: The War on Drugs at Coachella Stage—what a nice way to wake up from your nap on the field.
7:00 -7:50 p.m.: Alabama Shakes at Outdoor Theater. And don’t be afraid to wiggle your way to the front, you’ve got time after this one.
9:15 -10:05 p.m.: Tame Impala at Coachella Stage—this means you’re skipping Caribou, and that might not be easy, but using your extra time after Alabama Shakes to work up front gets you prime real estate for the first headliner of the weekend: AC/DC.
10:35 p.m.: AC/DC at Coachella Stage. *Possible cameo: We’re hoping for a hologram of drummer Phil Rudd, who is stuck in New Zealand under questionable circumstances.
11:35 p.m.: You don’t need a good spot for Alesso at Sahara Tent, you need room for your dance moves! Go end your night there.
1:25 – 2:05 p.m. (Plenty time to hit a swanky pool party): Parquet Courts at Gobi Tent.
[Lunch? Sleep? Whatever.]
4:20 – 5:05 p.m.: Toro y Moi at Mojave Tent—go chill for an hour.
*If your response to Toro y Moi was, Chill? What is chill? It’s Coachella, let’s party! Then 4:45 – 5:35 p.m.: Cashmere Cat at Gobi Tent is for you. *Possible cameo: Ariana Grande’s schedule is open and she’s already in California for her tour, so…
6:00 – 6:50 p.m.: Hozier at Coachella Stage. He sounds good from everywhere and you’re about to sprint back to Gobi Tent right after—so unless he’s your favorite, go ahead and sway nearabouts the edges.
Now you have two paths to choose from: The hard one that will have you getting your cardio in, or the easy one that will keep you glued to Coachella Stage.
7:10 – 7:55 p.m.: Glass Animals at Gobi Tent—the live experience is worth the run, we promise.
8:00 – 8:50 p.m: Stop by Father John Misty at Outdoor Theater—but Jack White is next and people are already gathering for that, so this is a drive-by.
9:15 – 11:00 p.m.: Jack White, Coachella Stage—for all intents and purposes, other music doesn’t exist at this slot (that’s not actually true—you’re skipping Tyler the Creator, FKA Twigs, and Flosstradamus). *Possible cameo: Q-Tip was awesome at White’s Madison Square Garden concert this winter, fingers crossed for something similar. *(Im)possible cameo: Meg White on drums.
And the easy…
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Hozier just ended; why not stick around for alt-J?
9:15 – 11:00 p.m.: Now you have a really good spot for Jack White.
11:25 p.m.: The Weeknd at Coachella Stage—you’re not staying for long, but might as well catch the beginning.
11:55 p.m.: Axwell^Ingrosso at Outdoor Theater—this is a do-not-miss DJ experience.
12:30 – 1:05 p.m.: If you’re not still asleep or recovering poolside, Night Terrors of 1927 at Gobi Tent.
2:25 – 3:05 p.m.: MØ at Gobi Tent—you have never witnessed dance moves like these. *Possible cameo: Diplo.
3:25 – 4:10 p.m.: Sturgill Simpson at Gobi Tent. Kick back, relax, and take in some of the best (possibly only) alt-country you’ll hear all weekend.
5:45 – 6:35 p.m.: Stop by Marina and the Diamonds at Coachella Stage and prepare to make a really hard decision because…
6:20 – 7:20 p.m.: Madeon will be playing some of the freshest summer dance tunes at Sahara Tent BUT(!) 6:35 – 7:25 p.m.: Ryan Adams will also be scorching the Outdoor Theater stage. You can’t have both.
8:00 – 8:50 p.m.: St. Vincent at Outdoor Theater—she’s really not that easy to find. Do not miss her.
8:50 – 9:45 p.m.: Florence + the Machine at Coachella Stage. Seeing her new material live plus getting up close and personal for Drake—that’s a two-fer.
10:15 p.m.: Drake at Coachella Stage. Drake! *Possible cameo: We’re on the Lil Wayne lookout.
11:00 p.m.: End your weekend in the desert dancing to tropical house superstar Kygo at Mojave Tent. C’est la vie et la vie est parfait! (Just go there.)