Australian acts feature prominently in the lineup for the 2016 Coachella Festival in California.
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Attention-shy Sia is one of the headliners in April on a rare festival appearance which will see her share billing with superstar DJ Calvin Harris, the reformed Gun 'N Roses and English electronic giants Underworld. Given the weirdness and humour of her videos, which usually don't feature her or her face, a live Sia show is at the very least going to be talked about.
Also featured is Courtney Barnett who was everywhere in 2015 and may win a Grammy Award this year, and Flume, whose second album could push him from cult-favourite to mainstream international star.
Sia, Flume and Barnett will be joined for the three-day festival by electronic group Rufus, touted as one of the likely breakthrough artists in 2016, and DJ/producer Nina Las Vegas. Barnett's prominence is no surprise given her status as the underground act beloved by talk show hosts, radio DJs and critics. But Flume's invitation is a sign that the boy from Sydney's northern beaches who started making beats in his parent's garage is rapidly approaching Barnett's level of cool.
The Australian representation reflects a huge leap in attention for the local electronic scene. Flume, who with friend and occasional collaborator Chet Faker already has several European hits, is an in-demand producer and remixer and Nina Las Vegas, released her first EP on a label run by American electronic star Skrillex. Meanwhile Rufus - known in the USA as Rufus du Sol - who recently starred at the Falls Festival, come to Coachella with a reputation for great live shows, something vital in the California desert where day time temperatures often hit 40 degrees and dull shows quickly lose hot and bothered audiences.