As the festival kicks off Friday, much of the buzz undoubtedly will be dominated by OutKast's highly anticipated reunion. What will their set look like? How will the pair sound after seven years apart? Do they still have it? And even more, who might possibly join them onstage?
The surprise guest appearance is a festival staple, and Coachella acts have turned it into an art form.
It certainly wasn’t a shock when Rihanna popped up unannounced during
But no one could have predicted Phoenix's left-of-center collaboration with R. Kelly last year. Except maybe the ghost of Tupac, whose uncomfortably real likeness at Coachella 2012 has to be etched in history as the most jaw-dropping guest appearance on any stage, ever.
So who will pull out a surprise this year?
As the sun rose over the dusty Indio desert and thousands of music lovers prepared to file into the festival grounds, we combed over the weekend's schedule for potential jaw-droppers.
Here are six acts we are keeping an especially close eye on this weekend:
OutKast: Seven years is a long time to be on hiatus, especially when you’re one of hip-hop’s most revered groups. Seeing
Pharrell Williams: Pharrell undoubtedly owned 2013, but the singer-producer had help. Whether with a randy blue-eyed soul-pop crooner, a pair of French robots or an army of little yellow minions, he dominated radio last year – and still is. Those still licking their wounds from
Guy Gerber: The Israeli techno DJ might fall under the radar among a meaty slate of marquee EDM acts like
Jhene Aiko: Her sultry, emotive hooks on songs from the likes of
Disclosure: Yes Disclosure was on last year's bill and their perfectly crafted dance floor filler "Latch" provided the perfect close to the festival. But the British duo are bigger stars now, with a bigger stage on which to unpack their deep house tunes and, hopefully, some of the vocalists who helped them out. AlunaGeorge -- a no-brainer, considering they will play a few hours before Disclosure takes the stage. What we're really hoping for is a surprise appearance from Mary J. Blige, who delivered an excellent remix to album highlight "F for You." To add fuel to our own speculation, Blige's Twitter profile currently features a photo of her face covered with the duo's trademark white outline.