We know, you have a long weekend ahead and you want to conserve your energy for the headliners later in the evening in lieu of checking out a band with a foreign name you can't pronounce. We don’t exactly want to miss out on some clutch pool time before braving the desert heat either. But consider this: Grammy award-winning DJ and producer David Guetta, may have top billing in this year’s Coachella lineup, but he appeared on the bottom row in 2007. If you were there I bet you enjoyed the set, too.
Need more encouragement to head out early? Check out these artists who received “fine print billing” in previous years and either grew to acquire huge success or return as a top billed act at Coachella.
Kendrick Lamar 2012
Ellie Goulding 2011 – Top Billing 2014
Little Dragon 2010 – Top billing 2014
Beach House 2010 – Top billing 2013
Sleigh Bells 2010 – Top Billing 2011 & 2014
David Guetta 2007 – Top Billing 2015
Amy Winehouse 2007
Girl Talk 2007 – Top billing 2009 & 2014
Grizzly Bear 2007 - Top Billing 2013
Black Keys 2002 - Headliners 2012
Moral of the story: take a leap of faith and check out some of the bands you haven't heard of yet. We’ve taken some of the guesswork out of the lineup to guide you toward some bands in smaller font who you might like, but haven’t had a chance to check out just yet.
(And it goes without saying that you should probably catch Steely Dan.)
Sounds like: Franki Valli and the Four Seasons remixed with a rainbow of horns and explosive percussive energy.
Show up for the horns and lead singer A/J Jackson's lick-your-chops good looks and steady voice. Stay for the party. If the video is any indication of the mood of the set, we're gonna be there to find out.
Sounds like: Phantogram with the polite vocals of Polica.
We've discussed the healing qualities of Amelia Meath's vocal stylings before. The rest of the album assures us that there's room for harder hitting dance tracks in there to get your day started with some heavy sways.
Sounds like: Melody-wise we’re thinking Simple Minds with the cutting vocal clarity of Stevie Nicks.
The indie synth-pop band have a young and earnest sound that is almost too perfect, but if lead singer Nini Fabi can deliver the same belts and coos in a live show, then this is a band worth catching.
Don't miss Wristbanded: Coachella Valley presented by Doritos premiering this Saturday, April 18, at 5/4c and encoring Sunday, April 19, at 5/4c. Find Fuse in your area with our channel finder.