AlunaGeorge are an English electronic music duo from London, consisting of Aluna Francis (vocals and songwriting) and George Reid (production and instrumentation). 2013 seemed to have been a good year for AlunaGeorge: they were shortlisted for the 2013 BRIT Award of Critics’ Choice and also nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll, in which they finished in second place. They also had their first UK top 40 hit , a collaboration with Disclosure on “White Noise“. I found their video of “Your Drums, Your Love” the week before the festival, liked what I heard, and I decided that I would go check out a bit of their set before prepping for Little Dragon’s set.
AlunaGeorge has limited tour dates in the United States, Coachella being one of only two festival appearances that I was able to find on their US tour schedule (the other being the Governors Ball Festival in New York, June 8th). I would have imagined that they would have pushed the goodwill generated from the success of their debut album in the UK to land more gigs stateside.
As for their set, I feel like I would have appreciated it so much more in a smaller, intimate closed setting. Coachella will definitely bring the masses to get you more exposure, but as a personal preference, I think that I would have preferred seeing their brand of sultry, electronic R&B in a venue where music from other tents doesn’t bleed into the space during breaks between songs. Again, this is just a personal preference.
I had to run to another stage to catch another act, so I wasn’t able to stay for the entire set. If any of the setlist below is incorrect, please let me know in the comments so I can address it below. Thanks!