Alessia Cara has much more than her Top 10 hit “Here” to offer—although, let’s face it, crooning along to “Here” in the desert is going to be a lot of fun. Cara is not attached to any other 2016 festivals yet, so make sure to catch the Know-It-All’s magnetic live show in Indio. –Jason Lipshutz
In an always-rising sea of reunions, Ice Cube is ready to remind N.W.A nostalgists that he's always been a force unto himself. It's an especially exciting time to see him, too: His group just got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he's had a crazy-successful stretch of movies in the last couple years, and Everythang's Corrupt, his first album since 2010's I Am the West, is supposed to be coming this year.
And don't worry: he'll obviously still scratch that N.W.A itch for you. –Zach Dionne
The awesome Toronto indie-pop band is currently prepping its second studio album, and although there are a few dates this spring, Coachella is Alvvays’ only major U.S. festival for months. If you miss them at Coachella, you’ll have to wait until August when the band performs at the much-smaller Pickathon fest.
In 2015, Epik High held the largest K-pop tour we'd seen in years when their North American tour hit everywhere from New York and L.A. to Vancouver and Honolulu. After headlining a SXSW showcase last year, the guys are upgrading to both weekends of Coachella. The K-pop/hip-hop trio aren't to be missed as you'll get everything you could want from a rap concert: high-energy bangers and moody down-tempos, all topped off with the band's signature, quirky humor that includes leader Tablo's hilarious crowd observations and self-deprecating remarks.
Plus, there's a strong chance for a special guest or two to pop up after Tablo's recent collaborations with the likes of Joey Bada$$ and Lee Hi. –Jeff Benjamin
This official reunion is more than 20 years in the making, and we know you're not silly enough to miss that, even if Axl Rose's foot is broken. The band will tour stadiums this summer, but the magic of congregating with casual fans, die-hards and newbies on a warm Saturday evening in the band's home state is guaranteed magic. (Check out that warm-up concert footage above if you're not so sure.) –Zach Dionne
Karl Hyde and Rick Smith are all over Europe this summer, performing at fests like Glastonbury and Summer Sonic, but North American fans only have Coachella to get their festival fix. If you’re in Indio, make sure to catch them, especially since the new album Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future is a sparkling return to form. –Jason Lipshutz