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13 reasons you should lock in Coachella for 2016

Coachella: it’s the holy grail of festivals in the 2010s. Sure, it’s not all best-buddies, Bud Light and boho costumes: you can only drink in designated areas and it’s all the way over in America.

But on the bright side, it’s set in the glorious, perma-sunny California desert, there’s that world-beating, jaw-dropping line-up, the chance you might bump into Cara Delevingne or Aaron Paul in the mosh, and the fact that you get to go roadtripping all the way over in America.

This year’s Coachella line-up has only just dropped, and it’s overflowing with reasons to throw caution to the wind and spirit yourself over to the California desert for the weekends of 15-17 or 22-24 April.

If last year’s roster had you contemplating selling your car or increasing your credit card limit, then here are 13 reasons (just scraping the surface of what’s on offer) for why you should definitely make 2016 your deadline for a Coachella pilgrimage. [Article image via Coachella]


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#1 LCD Soundsystem are reuniting

James Murphy’s getting the band back together, and that’s reason alone to start surfing Skyscanner now for cheap flights to LA. It’s been five years since (arguably) the most important band of the ‘00s called it quits…until now. The goosebumps are starting already.

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#2 The serious house and techno contingent

Sasha, Nina Kraviz, The Black Madonna, John Digweed, Nicole Moudaber, Adam Beyer & Ida Engberg, Marco Carola, Nic Fanciulli, Dubfire, Matthew Dear, Maceo Plex… There’s enough late night, heads-down dancefloor-firepower spread across three days to make even your most patriotic Berliner jealous.

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#3 The Aussie squad

Flume may be sitting pretty with a second tier line-up spot, but he’ll be far from the only flat-toned accent making waves backstage: also kicking back in the desert are local heroes Nina Las Vegas, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Miami Horror and Thomas Jack.

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#4 The bass bosses

Between trap don RL Grime, Baauer, Glaswegian maximalist Hudson Mohawke and “vomit step” specialist Snails, there’ll be more than enough wub on tap to vibrate everything from your appendix to your nose hairs.

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