Coachella Unveils Latest Invention, Quasar Stage

2023 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 2 Day 3
INDIO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 23: Singer Aryan Ashtiani of Mareux performs onstage during Weekend 2, Day 3 of the 2023 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 23, 2023 in Indio, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella)

As Coachella prepares to return to the desert next month, festival organizers have unveiled their latest invention, the Quasar stage, that finds DJs playing three-hour sets. Several artists are announced for the lineup, including Diplo back-to-back Mau P, Honey Dijon b2b Green Velvet, Jamie xx b2b Floating Points b2b Daphni and Eric Prydz b2b Anyma. The stage also features solo sets from Michel Bibi and a DJ set by Rüfüs Du Sol.

In a video Coachella shared announcing the stage, Goldenvoice’s VP of Booking and Strategy, Jennifer Yocoubian, said, “We’re super excited to introduce Quasar to Coachella. It’s going to be a stage where we can book talent on it in a way that we haven’t felt like we’ve been able to in the past. We’re looking at it as a traditional kind of DJ stage.”

The Quasar stage build also features two mirrors on either side of the stage, reflecting back the desert’s natural landscape.

Throughout dance music and rave history, DJs have long spent several hours playing on the decks. With dance music a core foundation of Coachella, Paul Tollett having come out of rave culture himself and the festival’s first lineup featuring Chemical Brothers, the Quasar stage is a natural fit for the festival.

Dance music executives told Pollstar that they feel the genre is an exciting place, returning to its renegade roots.