Coachella 2016 set times have arrived


Your Coachella planning — and concert compromises — can officially begin: Set times for Weekend 1 have arrived.

On Friday, LCD Soundsystem will close the mainstage at 11:10 p.m., but there are midnight sets in all three tents with Volbeat, Purity Ring and Coachella stalwarts Lucent Dossier Experience (who have been upgraded from the Do Lab to the Sahara tent this year) all playing during LCD’s set.

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Day 1 mainstage acts also include Ellie Goulding, M83, Of Monsters and Men, Foals, Years & Years, Joey Badass and Gabe Real.

Ice Cube will open for Guns N’ Roses on Saturday, but let’s hope the original gangster doesn’t get drowned out by Zedd, who will unpack swelling beats in the nearby Outdoor Theatre in the middle of Cube’s 55-minute set.

We expect to see a lot of stage diving between the main Coachella stage and the Outdoor Theatre with Disclosure and Halsey overlapping as well as Chvrches and Courtney Barnett competing for eyeballs.

Sia will, surprisingly, be anchored on the main stage — not that you’ll get to see much of her anyway — ahead of Calvin Harris’ closing slot on Sunday. Also slated for the main stage is Major Lazer, the 1975, Matt and Kim, Rancid, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and RecordSafari.


One quick, early observation: A lot of hip-hop acts will anchor the Sahara tent. Rae Sremmurd, G-Eazy, DJ Mustard, Skepta and Vince Staples? Move over, ravers.

Get out those pens and start circling.

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