Coachella has reached a mythical level of popularity. Every year, the question is asked, "Can this festival get any bigger?" (Yes, yes it can.) This year, Coachella brought out the heavy hitters, whether it's the highest-selling rapper of all time Eminem, the Queen Bey herself — making an apology headline after missing last year's festival while pregnant with twins — or pop's golden boy The Weeknd, who seems to have the Midas touch when it comes to making smash hits.

Oh, you think that's it? There's more.

You've got the face of Americana rock The War On Drugs, indie's darling St. Vincent, folk powerhouse Fleet Foxes, the giant of jazz Kamasi Washington, one of EDM's brightest stars in Odesza, a slew of hyper-talented R&B artists in SZA, Miguel, Daniel Caesar, and Kelela, and how can we forget about 2017's surprise megastar in Cardi B? Oh, and don't forget legendary acts like The Talking Heads, Jamiroquai, CHIC, and A Perfect Circle, to name a few.

 

It's safe to say that Coachella is holding nothing back when it comes to embracing its place as music's biggest festival, and this year, they're trying to reach new heights. With the insane attendance of nearly 250,000 people spread across two weekends in 2017, Coachella and Goldenvoice seem poised to break those records on the strength of this year's lineup.

 

Say what you will, but the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is the must-attend event of the year — and if you're going, you're going to need to be prepared.

Luckily for you, we've already put in the work so you don't have to. Check out our playlists with all the artists you need to pay attention to, broken down by each day of the festival — now on all major streaming sites for your listening pleasure.

Now you can be finally be that person who is the expert on all the artists, from top to bottom. You can thank us later.

MUST SEE
THE WEEKND

SZA

ST. VINCENT

THE WAR ON DRUGS

VINCE STAPLES

DANIEL CAESAR

PERFUME GENIUS

KELELA

WORTH CHECKING OUT
JAMIROQUAI

LOS ANGELES AZULES

KALI UCHIS

MOSES SUMNEY

GRETA VAN FLEET

SOULWAX

KYGO

IF YOU'VE GOT TIME
ALAN WALKER

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

ALISON WONDERLAND

BLEACHERS

LEON

TANK AND THE BANGAS
SKIP MARLEY

BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE

MHD

HELADO NEGRO

THE REGRETTES

MUST SEE
BEYONCE

TYLER, THE CREATOR

DAVID BYRNE

FLEET FOXES

CHIC (FEAT. NILES RODGERS)

ANGEL OLSEN

BROCKHAMPTON

BIG THIEF

WORTH CHECKING OUT
HAIM

ALT-J

BØRNS

BLACKBEAR

SNAKEHIPS

HIGHLY SUSPECT

JORJA SMITH

FLATBUSH ZOMBIES

OH SEES

SIR SLY

HUNDRED WATERS

MILD HIGH CLUB

IF YOU'VE GOT TIME
LOUIS THE CHILD

ALINA BARAZ

WIZKID

ALVVAYS

DJANGO DJANGO

BENJAMIN BOOKER

OTOBOKE BEAVER

PACHANGA BOYS

BANE'S WORLD

MUST SEE
EMINEM

ODESZA

MIGOS

A PERFECT CIRCLE

MIGUEL

KING KRULE

KAMASI WASHINGTON

JESSIE WARE

WORTH CHECKING OUT
PORTUGAL. THE MAN

CARDI B

FRENCH MONTANA

6LACK

VANCE JOY

AMINE

KAMAIYAH

IBEYI

NONAME

JACOB BANKS

JAPANESE BREAKFAST

IF YOU'VE GOT TIME
RUSS

LANY

THE DRUMS

DEJ LOAF

PRINCESS NOKIA

JIDENNA

GIRAFFAGE

THEY.

HANNAH WANTS

JOHN MAUS

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