No-Chella: LA Concerts To Attend During Coachella
Dust off those flower crowns and grab your most Instagrammable outfits, it’s officially Coachella season. Every year the infamous music and arts festival brings thousands of fans together for a remarkable experience in the desert of Indio, California. The massively popular event has quickly become a West Coast staple, but it can be difficult to attend.
Whether it’s due to the pricey tickets, or a busy work schedule, if you find yourself in the no-chella boat this year, don’t fret! We’ve got you covered with five awesome concerts to attend in Los Angeles, while the rest of the city rocks out in Indio.
By Christianna Wiggins
1. Coachella Sub Concerts
We’re about to let you in on a little-known Coachella hack. In between the larger weekend sets, several of the performers fly down to Los Angeles to perform solo shows during the week. Do you really want to see Tyler the Creator but you’d rather skip BROCKHAMPTON? Then skip the huge lineup and go to Tyler’s show at the Shrine Auditorium on Wednesday, April 11.
Leading up to weekend one, fans can also see Chromeo at the El Rey Theater and Haim at the Fox Theater Pomona on Wednesday, April 11. Or catch rock newcomers Greta Van Fleet at the John Anson Ford Theater on Monday, April 16. Check BandsInTown for even more Coachella sub concerts.
Camila Cabello didn’t make the cut for Coachella this year, but the pop diva is planning a show-stopping performance of her own at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, April 14.
The “Never Be The Same” singer has been rolling out hit after hit this year, working with big names like Young Thug and Machine Gun Kelly, and ultimately proving that she’s a force to be reckoned with in the industry. The Los Angeles leg of her tour is sure to reflect that fierce and fabulous attitude.
3. SoFar Sounds
SoFar Sounds is one of Los Angeles’ best hidden gems. SoFar is a series of concerts and performances that take place in a secret venue, with a secret lineup, which are only revealed to attendees on the day of.
When purchasing tickets, concert goers can specify by neighborhood, but that’s as much information as you can get beforehand. Nonetheless, the performers are always unbelievably talented, and the venues are always amazingly intimate and often BYOB. There are new shows every weekend.
4. Bad Bunny
This year’s Coachella lineup is heavy on the hip hop, which takes a lot of the artists out of Los Angeles for the weekend. However, one emerging rapper will be keeping the party going with two LA concerts during Coachella weekend two, Bad Bunny.
Latin superstar Bad Bunny is breaking records left and right with over four-billion YouTube streams, and collaborations with the likes of Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Future. The popular trap artist is bringing new flavor to the music industry with a catchy mixture of reggaeton and rap. Listen to Bad Bunny’s unique sound at the Santa Ana Observatory on Saturday, April 21 or The Forum on Sunday, April 22.
Justin Timberlake is officially bringing sexy back and giving the people what they want: new music and a tour to look forward to. JT is skipping Coachella to tour his latest album, Man of the Woods, and he’s making stops in every major city.
The funky beats layered throughout Man of the Woods will surely turn this concert into a full fledged dance party, and we’re absolutely here for it. Justin will be performing at the Forum in Los Angeles on April 28.