Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Indio, California
Next Performance: April 10–12, 2020, April 17–19, 2020; coachella.com Notable Moments: Beyoncé became the first female African-American headliner in 2018; Tupac’s hologram joined Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg onstage in 2012; Tool upstaged Madonna in 2006; The White Stripes outplayed the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2003.
KAABOO Cayman GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS Described by its founders as a “curated, two-day sound voyage,” KAABOO Cayman mixes music, cocktails, cuisine, comedy, and contemporary art. Two alternating stages with a plethora of live art installations between them mean there’s not much downtime once the festival begins each day, although finding a toes-in-the-sand minute to watch the sun set into the Caribbean Sea is an excellent idea. The Chainsmokers, Zedd, and Duran Duran headlined the first-ever KAABOO Cayman, which took place on the northern end of Seven Mile Beach. A series of packages with names like Silver Thatch and Royal Palm offer up private beachfront oases with mixology classes and tie-dye activations, as well as VIP areas at the dual stages. Local food options like shrimp and conch ceviche as well as braised beef tacos present options aplenty, and live chef demonstrations from the likes of Michelle Bernstein and Michael Mina offer welcome respite from the Cayman sun. Next Performance: September 13–15, 2019, in Del Mar, California; kaaboodelmar.com Notable Moments: Bryan Adams ended his set with an exclusively phone-lit rendition of “All for Love;” KAABOO investor Sir Richard Branson hopped onstage during Flo Rida’s performance; Salt-N-Pepa celebrated their 30th year of making music. 88
Courtesy Images, Clockwise From Top Left: Coachella Music Festival/Julian Bajsel; Festival International de Jazz de Montréal/Benoit Rousseau; Ondalinda x Careyes/Nicholas K Hess (2); Kaaboo Cayman
Set over two sequential three-day weekends, Coachella mixes headliners with rising talent, global acts, and relative unknowns— this year in the form of Ariana Grande, Virgil Abloh, Calypso Rose, and Alice Merton. Flower crowns and something fringed are decades-long mainstays within the Empire Polo Club lawns. What began as a desert-forward look, “festival style” is now a curatorial and bankable season on the fashion calendar. Designers like Rebecca Minkoff, Mara Hoffman, and even Levi’s create limitededition drops timed to the music-and-arts soiree, now in its 20th year. Considering the leading hotels are in Palm Springs, some 25 miles away, festival organizers collaborate with Valley Music Travel (valleymusictravel.com) to create fully furnished and airconditioned shikar-style safari tents and yurts on-site, complete with concierge services. Worth noting: Coachella grossed $114.6 million over six days in 2017.