The secret’s out: Soho Desert House weekend one headliners
From Diplo and Shygirl to Jayda G and Hot Chip, check out the superstar line-up at our pop-up House in the Coachella Valley
It’s finally here. ‘It’ being a noon until dusk line-up of the best and brightest DJs assembled since Ibiza’s heyday, and ‘here’ being Soho Desert House – part-oasis, part-paradise, brand-spanking new and ready to welcome you to the party.
Only six miles from the Coachella festival site, Soho Desert House is popping up across two weekends: Friday 15 to Sunday 17 April and Friday 22 to Sunday 24 April, from 12pm to 12am. Eat, drink and be merry, with unlimited food and drink, a main stage with a mix of DJs and live performances, beachside DJs, and loads of activations from our favourite partners.
Access, you lucky thing, can be bought on the day. And there are performances by (in alphabetical order): BADBADNOTGOOD, The Blessed Madonna, Channel Tres, Diplo presents ‘Higher Ground’, DJ Harvey, DJ Holographic, Everyday People, Hablot Brown, Honey Dijon, Hot Chip, Jayda G, Major League DJz, Masego, Sauce, Siobhan Bell, Soulection, Zen Freeman, plus many more. Want a more in-depth peek? Read on.
Sexy, cute, extremely popular to boot, Shygirl – aka DJ and rapper Blane Muise, 28 – is the undisputed queen of London’s queer clubland scene, fashion FROWs, hedonistic afterparties, and everything in between. Brassy collabs with Lady Gaga and FKA twigs sealed her status as a hyperpop star bestriding the stratosphere. Listen for spikes of Björk and Róisín Murphy to her thumping, woozy oeuvre (massive on TikTok, naturally).
Diplo presents ‘Higher Ground’
After ripping his way through country and psychedelic, and even ambient side-hustles, the almighty DJ returns to his roots: deep house, floor to ceiling. A musical extravaganza featuring trance-inducing, sophisticated beats, expect to hear big hitters like Miguel, Leon Bridges, Lil Yachty spliced up real nice at Diplo presents. ‘Culture is meant to be fused,’ he recently told The New Yorker. ‘It’s complicated, but I don’t f**king care.’ Quite.
Trust us, you’ll want to be stage front and centre for the punkish, strutting 29-year-old British-Ghanaian pop singer from east London who has likened herself to a flamingo among the pigeons, Freddie Mercury, and a painting by Van Gogh. Born Brenda Wireko Mensah and, somewhat ludicrously, stanned by Michelle Obama when the former First Lady visited her Islington school (‘You’re a star, and you must never stop,’ Obama told her), the ‘Little Nokia’ singer pipped Arlo Parks to a BET award and is raved about by Missy Elliot.
English dance music legend, DJ Harvey, dominated house and disco in the 1990s, an Ibiza icon (those that know will hit up his residency at Pikes, the most hedonistic hotel on the island) as beloved, thanks to Generation Spotify, by those in their twenties as in their forties. House? Garage? Yes. Good times? Rolling. Fun fact: DJ Harvey had a teeny tiny cameo, as himself, in Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout. His return to the post-pandemic party scene is like the first flowers after a long winter. In other words: we’re back, baby.
Canadian house phenomenon, Jayda G, serves up dance music that gently jolts your soul and sets it boogying in the summer breeze. ‘All I Need’ is typical of the London-via-Berliner DJ’s convivial disco, funk, and house beats. Get this: she’s also an environmental toxicologist who stuffed her debut album, Significant Changes, all fizzy ad-libs and Jayda G’s own vocals, with anthems for both dance floors and ocean floors. Music to save the world by.
A Chicago native who’s long called Brooklyn home and first snuck out clubbing at the age of 12, Honey D plays freely across the disco-house-techno axis: think zig-zags through radiant synthesizer and the murmured vocals of Hercules & Love Affair’s Nomi Ruiz to the inimitable Fela Kuti. Dance music royalty herself, Dijon is rumoured to be cutting the mustard in her producer boots on Beyoncé’s latest album. If you’re into slinky funk, slink on over.
Come for the nod to Sly & The Family Stone, stay for what Vice calls the World’s Coolest Day Party, an ‘alternate universe where being your best and blackest self won’t get you targeted by the cops or destroy your professional prospects’. Which is nice. Whine, twerk, and swag surf to everything from dancehall to Southern rap, sincerely complimenting strangers on their Afrocentric ensembles. Joy, unconfined.
Radio Clue (IDK x Obi)
A show unlike any other, Radio Clue sees rapper slash Harvard lecturer (yes, you read that right) IDK, Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge – or Jason Aaron Mills to his friends – deliver a set tweaked to provide nothing short of an education. The Apple Music 1 host, who raps powerfully about his own jail time, is best known for pioneering SubTrap, a nuanced and inventive exploration of the intersection of drug dealing and addiction.
Laid-back? We’ll give you laid-back. Still going strong at the ripe old age of 22 (the band was born at the turn of the millennium), the British indie-dance pioneers should go down a storm in the California desert with crowd-pleasers like the crunchy ‘Over And Over’, and bouncing ‘Ready For The Floor’. The synthpop stalwarts also have a shiny new Hot Chip Megamix in tow, a loopy throwback to old favourites. Are you ready, are you ready?
Major League DJz
Know your Amapiano from your Gqom? No bother. The kings of African Dance Music’s sound of the summer, a bright, jazzy dance music culled from local house flavours and global R&B, are coming to Coachella Valley. Meet the Mbere twins, Banele and Bandile, born in the townships of Gauteng. The vibe is checked. The energy is electric. The league is major. Let the dopamine DJ rush begin.
Wet your whistles if you can (never mind the desert heat) for a thrilling trio of girl bosses-turned-international DJs that are sure to blow off your Birkenstocks: Jasmine Solano, the MTV star and arbiter of a music empire; Martina McFlyy, achingly cool deck spinner and creative director extraordinaire, and Ms Nix, part-time DJ, some-time MTV host, full-time genius. A holy trinity indeed.
Fun, freedom and 1990s R&B: that’s the Siobhan Bell formula. The London DJ has been lighting up the East End of the city (catch her at nightclub, Working It, on the regs since circa 2010) weaving in bouncy Jersey club and trap beats with old-school bangers. She’s usually being scooped by brands like Moschino and Versus Versace or artists such as Skepta and A$AP Mob to DJ at their parties, but the desert promises a whole new dimension.