the FESTIVAL list: coachella 2017

70-80 degrees, palm trees, fresh lemonade, covered stages, art installations and crazy outfits are more than encouraged. It’s not just Coachella, it’s practically heaven. Whether you’re headed to Weekend 2 or just want the scoop on this year’s festival, I’ve recapped my favorite weekend of the year with a list of the top 10 best performers on the lineup.

10. SOHN – His debut album is what I turn on in the painting and photography studio and his Friday afternoon set did not disappoint. Grab one of the fresh strawberry banana mango smoothies by the stage for this one.

9. Oh Wonder – A PURE delight. With palm trees outlining their technicolor set, you’ll smile and sway to this duo. Their second LP is out this Spring and you’ll get a few sneak peeks of the record.

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8. GRYFFIN – Head to the Sahara tent and get ready to DANCE. Leave a few minutes early as this tent will surely be PACKED. Throw your hands up and plan to stay for his entire set.

7. The xx – Magical harmonies that tug your heart strings. This band has been on my must-see list for years and they lived up to EVERY EXPECTATION. Grab your spot early. You’ll want to be right in the crossfire of their light show.

6. Banks – The CLEAR winner of the first day fo Coachella. Banks soared through material from her incredible sophomore release, The Altar. With modern dance, lace, and fabric, it’s a fusion of performance art and symphonic brilliance.

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5. Bishop Briggs – TALK ABOUT A POWERHOUSE. She’ll blow you completely away with her mad voice control and range. Even if you haven’t heard her debut EP, skip the other acts and head to her Sunday night set.

4. Bon Iver – Strategically placed between Future and Gaga’s sets for some crowd control,  their Coachella performance was out. of. this. world. If you aren’t into slow, sad songs skip it. Yet, if you do, enjoy their sonic waves in the California breeze.

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3. Future – Aka where DRAKE showed up, followed by MIGOS, and Ty Dolla $ign. Get ready to jump, be squeezed, and have the time of your life. It was low key the most star-studded set of the weekend with Katy Perry, Tyler the Creator, Amber Rose and more watching from that artist guest lounge.

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2. Lady Gaga – A-YO it’s a wild good time. She gives those super fans (hey, what’s up) and her smash hits wild new choreography, an EPIC set, tons of Gaga-jokes, and fireworks. Her new single (which she premiered 😆 during Weekend 1) is sure to be THE CURE to your Day 2 sunburn.

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1. Lorde – The. most. brilliant. festival. set. I honestly think I’ve ever seen. Lorde isn’t a wild dancer anymore, she’s a polished performer. The visual design is spectacular, her vocals are impeccable and its a performance people will be bragging about for years having witnessed. Coachella, melodramatic royalty.

Other notable highlights: HP’s Antarctic Tent, The Head and the Heart, the margaritas between the Outdoor and Coachella stage, Lady Gaga’s merchandise, Autograf, Local Natives, SNBRN, and Father John Misty.

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the FESTIVAL list: made in america 2016

If you know me, you know I LOVE a good music festival. When the lineup for Jay-Z’s Made in America dropped at the beginning of summer, I knew it was fate. Rihanna & Coldplay?!?! It was a god dream. So, this past weekend I flew to Philadelphia with two of my friends for the Labor Day weekend. These 10 acts, simply blew me away

10. Tchami // That bass tho.

9. Chance the Rapper // EVERYONE played Chance’s “No PROBLEM” all weekend. From the local restaurants to many artists’ sets, Chance was EVERYWHERE. Playing hits mostly from his first two releases, Chance seemed to be saving his “Coloring Book” favorites for his upcoming tour.

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8. COLLEGROVE // Aka Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.  From speeding through their hits to getting the crowd “LIT” for Rihanna, the duo easily had the most engaged audience of the weekend. As the sun set, lollipops were being rapped about and 2 Chainz was running from side to side.

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7. Bibi Bourelly // People will describe her as “the girl who wrote Rihanna’s BBHMM.” Yet, it’s time to ditch that title. Bourelly is an artist of her own. She masterfully hit every note in her set. The ONE to WATCH.

6. Travi$ Scott // DROP a new album on FRIDAY. Show up to Made in America on SUNDAY. Climb a tree over the audience to perform a few songs. Just a typical weekend for Travi$ Scott. After seeing Scott for a second time, I would also say that I am Carpool Karaoke-READY to sing along to “Antidote.”

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5. FKA Twigs // Twigs turned FKA (Formally Known As) Twigs lost a gem/stone then her dancers helped her get the stone/gem-thing back. Accompanied by the loudest subwoofer known to man, FKA Twigs combined full on performance art with modern dance infused with her operatic vocals. Definitely an acquired taste, but if you are ready to have your mind blow, FKA Twigs will not disappoint.

4. Gallant // After seeing Gallant KILL IT at Coachella, I was expecting a packed crowd for his set on Saturday. To my surprise, the crowd was underwhelming as I slid into the third row only a few minutes before. From “Weight in Gold” to “Stepping Stones,” Gallant proved he was just as talented as those headliners and could break as many microphone stands as he wanted.

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3. Rihanna // It’s Rihanna. It’s ANTI. It’s freaking EPIC. Yep, I lost my voice after belting “Love on the Brain” and I walked away with tons of her merch. Still sad Drake or SZA didn’t pop in for a feature, but Rihanna’s vocals definitely didn’t let anyone down.

2. Coldplay // I have been wanting to see Coldplay ever since I learned how to play Viva La Vida on the piano. Hearing nothing but rave reviews from their latest tour, I couldn’t wait to see their set. Light-up wristbands, lyrics filled with love and a show set to mesmerize. Coldplay rocked Philadelphia.

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1. Jamie XX // Pure magic. Dancing and singing along from start to finish. From getting a festival crowd to get down to Salsa music to remixing Frank Ocean’s latest single, Jamie XX owned his set. Through the dynamic lighting design you FELT the music. But WAIT?! This guy ranked Jamie XX higher than Coldplay and Rihanna?! Yep. I did. And if you were there, you would understand too.