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SoCal’s annual Coachella Festival returns in April with a line up that has both bedazzled and bewildered. This year features Lana Del Rey, Tyler the Creator, and Doja Cat headlining adjacent to one particular group that had us cheering from the get go. Deftones will be making their debut appearance this year, marking a notable turn from the usual pop/rap/electronic acts that often comprise the festival. This is expected to be Deftones’ first headline gig since Dia De Los Deftones earlier in November 2023. Though, Coachella bands notably run a SoCal circuit before the fest as to hit multiple birds with a singular stone. Keep an eye out for that in the upcoming months.

Though a welcome surprise, it’s one that comes as a familiar rush for those keen on harder music breaking into pop scenes. Knocked Loose famously made their Coachella debut last year to wild acclaim, which ostensibly fueled Goldenvoice to strike lightning again this year. Judging from Dia De Los Deftones, the legendary quartet is expected to perform a career spanning setlist, with White Pony typically pulling the most tracks. It’s disappointing to see that Deftones are the only heavy artist to be performing this year, a shining star in a line up that’s not exactly spurring much excitement on social media. Although, a very very stressful argument could be made that Justice is the nu-metal of electronic music.

Keep it tuned to NMA for more nu-metal news, and check out Coachella either in person or the livestream taking place on the 2nd and 3rd weekend of April