The 2016 Coachella set times have been announced, allowing fans to plan - and carefully deliberate - their daily schedules for this weekend’s sold-out festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
Foals, Lord Huron or DJ Mustard on Friday?
Ice Cube, ZEDD or Silversun Pickups on Saturday night?
Major Lazer, Chris Stapleton or Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros on Sunday night?
Get up early and catch either AFTA-1, Swarvy or young Tijuana shoegaze trio Mint Field at 12 noon Sunday? (See below for all the set times for Coachella, which runs Friday through Sunday and repeats April 22-24 with the same lineup each day.)
The schedule also provides at least one amusing question to ponder, based solely on Guns N’ Roses 10:30 p.m. headlining slot Saturday.
Namely, does GNR singer Axl Rose even wake up that early?
GNR went on stage around midnight for its show last Friday at Las Vegas’ T Mobile Arena and at a similar time for its show a week earlier at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, where Rose fell onstage and broke his foot.
When GNR performed at the San Diego Sports Arena (now Valley View Casino Center) in 1992, the band began its set at 11:40 p.m. That was early by the band’s standards back then. Rose, who performs with the partially reunited GNR Aug. 22 at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, boycotted the band’s 2012 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The band’s induction did not take place until close to 1 a.m. Chris Rock, who was inducting GNR, quipped from the stage: “Axl did not come tonight, but even if he was coming tonight, he still wouldn’t have been here by now.”
So, let the betting begin!
What time will GNR take the stage Saturday at Coachella?
Did the festival’s producers deliberately schedule the band’s 10:30 p.m. start time - which is early for a main stage headliner by Coachella standards - to build in a buffer to allow the band to start late without exceeding the festival’s early-morning main stage curfew? (A Coachella representative last week declined to say what time that curfew will actually be this year.)
2016 Coachella Weekend One performance schedule