Coachella started as the west coast version of Bonnaroo, a super hip music festival full of indie rock, pop stars, and whatever else organizers hoped the hipster set would be into. But while Bonnaroo offers jam bands for the Appalachian hippie set, Coachella has always catered to the booming Southern California dance music scene.
If you follow any fashion feeds on social media, then you’ve no doubt realized that Coachella is here again, and celebs from all over the world have flocked to the dessert of Indio, California for the annual festival, which has grown to cover two weekends. No longer the indie music fest it once was, Coachella has developed into a scene, for better or worse.
And like the Electric Daisy Carnival before it, Coachella is migrating to Las Vegas. Or, at least, the artists are. This April Las Vegas Weekly reported on the vast number of Coachella artists booking side gigs in Las Vegas this April. It’s easy to see why, who wouldn’t want to trade in the scorching heat of Coachella for the air conditioned luxury of the best club spaces Las Vegas has to offer?
Increasingly, the headlining DJs are ditching the famous Coachella Sahara tent and even the legendary Indio afterparties for shows in Las Vegas, particularly at Wynn nightclubs like the XS Club Las Vegas and Encore Beach Club Las Vegas.
If you want to skip Coachella like all other sane human beings, you would be better off buying Las Vegas club tickets to see awesome indie electronic acts like M83 or Chvrches, both of whom are stopping over in Sin City this April. You can also catch top Las Vegas DJs alongside Coachella faves like Miike Snow while you’re there.
While nightclubs like Encore Club Las Vegas and Surrender often attract top talent, during Coachella they’re playing host to the biggest DJs in the world. DJs like Skrillex went directly from their set at Coachella to Encore Club Las Vegas, which is also seeing sets from Zedd and David Guetta. Meanwhile, the Surrender lineup includes Diplo and DJ Snake.
So screw Coachella, that scenes been played out since 2013 anyway. Instead, pick up club tickets and enjoy a night at Encore Club Las Vegas instead.