May 16, 2014

The History of Dance Music at Coachella

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Written by: Keith Wozniak

Tickets for Coachella 2015 go on sale today and the festival is more popular than ever after a massive two weekends for the 2014 festival. Coachella reached a new high in 2014 with the massive Sahara Tent packed every night for both weekends and also with Calvin Harris attracting the second biggest main stage crowd in its history, second only to Dr. Dre and the Tupac hologram.

Dance music has always been a part of Coachella, this isn’t anything new. Its first year in 1999 had just about every DJ that was popular at the time as the rave scene exploded in the United States. It wasn’t to the point that dance music is now in 2014 but it was the year the word rave was more popular than ever before and is often considered the year that it left the underground for good.

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Looking through the flyers some names stick out like Daft Punk in 2006, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and Underworld. Tiesto at his trance peak in 2002. Paul Oakenfold as a regular. In 2008 you could barely read Deadmau5 on the flyer and in 2010 he was a headliner. Richie Hawtin has also made appearances since the first year.

There’s more names on each flyer than we’ve typed out but you’ll get the idea as you read on.

1999 Coachella

1999: The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Moby, Roni Size, Die, Dynamite MC, Plastikman, Richie Hawtin, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, DJ Rap, Bassbin Twins, Sandra Collins, Christopher Lawrence, Simply Jeff, LTJ Bukem, Blame, MC Conrad, Slipmaster J, Mixmaster Mike, Q-Bert, A-Trak

The festival took a year off in 2000 due to financial reasons.


2001 Coachella

2001: Paul Oakenfold, Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers, Roni Size, Christopher Lawrence, Uberzone, Doc Martin, Adam Freeland, Bad Company, AK1200, DJ Dara, Dieselboy


2002 Coachella

2002: The Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, Sasha & Digweed, Groove Armada, Jimmy Van M, Lee Burridge, Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, BT, Sandra Collins, Pete Tong, DJ Dan, Bad Boy Bill, Mixmaster Mike


2003 Coachella

2003: Underworld, Groove Armada, Felix Da Housecat, Roger Sanchez, Darren Emerson, Dillinja, Lemon D, Hernan Cattaneo, D:Fuse, Timo Maas, Richie Hawtin, Deep Dish, DJ Irene, DB


2004 Coachella

2004: Basement Jaxx, Laurent Garnier, Seb Fontaine, Sander Kleinenberg, Danny Howells, Mark Farina, Paul van Dyk, The Crystal Method, Ferry Corsten, Adam Freeland, Donald Glaude


2005 Coachella

2005: The Chemical Brothers, Armin van Buuren, Roni Size, Hernan Cattaneo, Tiga, The Prodigy, Diplo


2006 Coachella

2006: Daft Punk, Carl Cox, Derrick Carter, Kaskade, Chris Liberator, Joey Beltram, Hybrid, Shy FX, Paul Oakenfold, Gabriel & Dresden


2007 Coachella

2007: Tiesto, Paul van Dyk, Felix Da Housecat, David Guetta, Benny Benassi, Flosstradamus, Steve Aoki, Richie Hawtin, Infected Mushroom


2008 Coachella

2008: Fatboy Slim, Kraftwerk, Diplo, Adam Freeland, Sandra Collins, Sasha & Digweed, Junkie XL, Dimitri from Paris, Danny Tenaglia, A-Trak and in writing so small at the bottom of the flyer that you can barely read is Deadmau5


2009 Coachella

2009: Crystal Method, The Chemical Brothers, Felix Da Housecat, Steve Aoki, Crookers, Bloody Beetroots, The Orb, Roni Size, Groove Armada, Christopher Lawrence, Plump DJs


2010 Coachella

2010: Two years after you could barely read his name Deadmau5 reached headliner status. There was also Tiesto, David Guetta, Benny Benassi, Kaskade, Major Lazer, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Plastikman, Glitch Mob, Rusko


2011 Coachella

2011: The Chemical Brothers, Sasha, Erick Morillo, Afrojack, Boys Noize, A-Trak, Sander Kleinenberg, 12th Planet, Steve Angello, Paul van Dyk, Fedde Le Grand, Shpongle, Laidback Luke, DJ Hype, Andy C, Sven Vath, Bloody Beetroots, Chase and Status, Green Velvet


2012 Coachella

2012: Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, David Guetta, Kaskade, Avicii, DJ Shadow, Alesso, R3hab, Sebastian Ingrosso, Sub Focus, Borgore, Calvin Harris, Dada Life, Porter Robinson, Flux Pavilion, Zedd, NOISIA, Morgan Page


2013 Coachella

2013: Bassnectar, Dog Blood, Luciano, Wolfgang Gartner, Nicky Romero, Tommy Trash, Infected Mushroom, Thomas Gold, Dillon Francis, Seth Troxler, Knife Party, Benny Benassi, Moby, Richie Hawtin, Major Lazer, Fedde Le Grand, Bingo Players, Kill the Noise, Baauer, Pretty Lights, Eric Prydz, Excision, Paul Oakenfold, Roni Size, Loco Dice, Disclosure, Joris Voorn, Dirtyphonics, Danny Avila, Mord Fustang, Adrian Lux


2014 Coachella

2014: Zedd, Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Calvin Harris, Disclosure, Duck Sauce, Alesso, Flosstradamus, Martin Garrix, The Glitch Mob, Carnage, Gareth Emery, Hot Since 82, Damian Lazarus, Dillon Francis, Tiga, RL Grime, GTA, TJR, Cajmere, Guy Gerber, Nicole Moudaber, MAKJ, Laurent Garnier, Krewella, Art Department, Maceo Plex, Lee Burridge, Showtek

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About the Author

Keith Wozniak
Founder of this web site, I have also has been involved with raves since 1999 as a raver, flyer guy, owned a promotion company throwing small and large events and also ran one of the first Dancesafe chapters. I've done it all and have never thought the scene was dead. Also writes for



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