Coachella in Tampa Bay: Watch festival sets from Coachella bands headed this way

...or by bands who've been here recently.

Just in case you unplugged over the weekend and missed all the #CoachellaSelfies, alleged dancing from Leonardo DiCaprio, and inappropriate cameos from Justin Bieber, let us be the first to remind you: Coachella happened this weekend.

For the uninitiated here's a super-short, Cliff Notes version of what Coachella is: an uber-festival that takes place on a spread of Southern California polo fields overrun with some of the wealthiest (and luckiest, the damn thing sold out in less than three hours) music fans in the world. The three-day fest (run by super promoter Goldenvoice) features what is probably the most massive lineup of all the big festivals and distinguishes itself from the rest of the pack by staging the exact same show two weekends in a row (lame, we know).

Regardless of our negativity (and hurt feelings from not being able to go), the damn thing is a spectacle. Attended by celebrities and hordes of beautiful people who range from devout music fans to folks who are mostly there to be seen and could probably care less about any of the bands anyway, Coachella is thee thing to do and woe be damned if we don't get a little taste of it all here in Tampa Bay.

Several of the bands who played Coachella's two weekends are coming to the Bay area (thanks to mostly homogenized festival lineups around the country), and the beauty of the Internets means we can watch their entire Coachella performances (or at least parts of them) from the comfort of our toilets.

So without further adieu, here are your Tampa Bay-bound Coachella 2014 acts (all mostly appearing at the upcoming Big Guava Music Festival in May):

Outkast - The legendary hip hop duo aren't working on a new album, but their 40-date tour of the over-saturated, mostly homogeneous festival scene finds them coming to the amphitheater formerly known as Gary on Friday, May 2, for a southernplayalisticadillacmuzik-ly awesome time that no one should miss.

Haim - These sisters and their carefree, super catchy take on pop rock are the best thing to happen to pop music since sliced bread, and they'll be at Big Guava, too!

Queens Of The Stone Age - Alright, they came through already, but who doesn't wanna watch Josh Homme & Co. rip Coachella a new one, anyway?

Future Islands — This band played Crowbar in 2012, but what the hell...

Chance The Rapper - The Chicago emcee was just here last summer, but Chance The Rapper had his Coachella set ruined by a cameo from none other than Justin Bieber, who came here in the past year as well. Chance The Rapper is part of the Big Guava lineup, but we don't want to see the Biebs, so you'll have to Google this one.

Grouplove - This L.A.-based poptronica act has deep roots in the area (they closed down the old Orpheum in June 2011), and they are part of the Big Guava lineup...

Foster The People - It's okay to admit that you still like to turn "Pumped Up Kicks" up really loud in your cars, and while new-ish material from the Los Angeles-based trio isn't fantastic, they'll still put on a good set at Big Guava...

Mogwai - The Scottish post-rock legends had a rough go being scheduled at the same time as Queens Of The Stone Age, Pharell, and Empire Of The Sun, so that means no decent video. They are touring behind their very excellent new LP Rave Tapes, however, and they stop at the Ritz in Ybor City on April 30. More info on the show is available here.

Bear Hands - Don't sleep on this East Coast quartet of synth-loving post-punk dudes when they play Big Guava...

Sleigh Bells - There isn't a 2014 Coachella video of the guitar shredding duo, so you'll have to settle for this fan-shot clip of the band at State Theatre in St. Pete from an April 2011 show. Sleigh Bells plays — surprise — the Big Guava music festival.

Girl Talk - Mash-up king Greg Gillis uses way too many samples for any of his videos to last online for any amount of time, but Complex pointed out that his Coachella set did feature guest spots from Busta Rhymes, E-40, Juicy J, and Too Short. Have a look at the set in the clip below. He plays Big Guava Music Festival in May.

MS MR - The NYC-based band have a subdued live set, but maybe their experience at Coachella inspired them a bit more. Have a look at a 2013 live video of them performing "Hurricane" below.

ZZ Ward - The 27-year-old Oregon-born songstress has some pipes on her. Watch her Coachella set below and see her at Big Guava Festival in May.

Bastille - This UK export will bring their pasty English skin to St. Pete's Vinoy Park on May 17 as part of 97X's Backyard BBQ. Watch them play "Of The Night" at Coachella below, and get more info on the show here.

The 1975 - Also playing the 97X Backyard BBQ are English indie-rockers The 1975. Check out their Coachella set below.

Big Gigantic - The Boulder, Colo. EDM duo just played The Ritz in Ybor City back in February, and they won't be in town anytime soon, but those willing to shell out the dough can go down to Miami and climb aboard the Mad Decent Boat Party to see Big Gigantic along with over three-dozen other twerk-tastic electronic acts (GTA, Deorro, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, Netsky, more). Watch their Coachella set below.

Capital Cities - The L.A.-based duo are annoyingly catchy and no strangers to the Bay area. They'll be back on June 30 to open for Katy Perry. More info is available here, and you can watch a bit of their Coachella set below.

Headhunterz and Krewella - The hardstyle DJ from the Netherlands and the Windy City EDM trio will both be at the Sunset Music Festival in May. There isn't any great footage from Coachella, but there is this video featuring both acts in one clip. More info on Sunset is here.

Lana Del Rey - The sultry songstress' closest Sunshine State stop is at the Hard Rock in Orlando on April 28. She debuted a new song at Coachella over the weekend (see below), and more info on the date is available here.

Little Dragon - The June 11 set from our favorite Swedish dance-pop outfit can't come soon enough, and while we are literally counting down the days until Yukimi Nagano & co. are back in our lives, we do have their 2014 Coachella set to keep us company. Look below, then grab your ticket here.

The Bots - This L.A.-based duo were hailed as one of the best young bands at Coachella this year, and they open for Dropkick Murphys at Jannus Live on May 5. Check out an acoustic video from them below, and get more information on the show here.

So, did we miss any bands? Let us know in the comments below, or chime in on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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