While the world is still mostly on lockdown due to COVID-19, we allowed ourselves to dream. If we could host a music festival for you all once the world reopens, a festival with absolutely no rules (ie. anyone can make the lineup, living or not), this would be it.
Our Yousician Festival lineup highlights some of the most inspiring musicians of all time. From Jimi Hendrix to Adele, ABBA to AC/DC, we’re blending the lines between pop and rock to bring you a festival that just has one requirement: be great.
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Day 1 kicks us off with Coldplay as our headliner. But before they hit the stage, Lenny Kravitz would of course play his 1998 Fly Away. Adele would certainly bring us to tears with an extended version of Someone Like You. Florence + the Machine might open with their 2008 hit Dog Days Are Over, a reflection on the pandemic.
Bob Marley would serenade a crowd of lighters (or cell phone flashlights) with Redemption Song. Foo Fighters would light up the stage with high-energy renditions of All My Life, Best of You and The Pretender–we’d hope their 1997 hit Everlong would come as a surprise encore!
Finally Coldplay would take the main stage. With eight studio albums under their belt, they have an extensive catalog to pull from for their set. We don’t doubt they’ll play favorites like The Scientist and Yellow. We wonder if Clocks would be part of their encore?
Day 2 demands R.E.S.P.E.C.T. as Aretha Franklin takes the stage, showing us all how it’s done. It’s a tough act to follow, but James Brown will bring down the house with Papas Got a Brand New Bag. We’d then switch gears to a different sound of the ‘60s, as Cream plays those iconic riffs from psychedelic classic Sunshine of Your Love. Continuing on the funk train would be Kool & the Gang’s 1981 hit Get Down On It.
Transitioning us into more contemporary pop would be John Legend and Ordinary People. Rihanna would then take the stage and get us dancing with Shut Up and Drive. Miley Cyrus would have us happy in the sunshine with her hit Malibu. And of course, Billie Eilish would take the stage with brother Finneas and light it up with Bad Guy before mellowing out with hits When the Party’s Over and the song that brought her into the spotlight, Ocean Eyes.
Day 3 has a killer lineup. Heart kicks things off with Barracuda, described by guitarist Nancy Wilson as a “monster of a song.” Following sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson comes Johnny Cash, with his cover of Nine Inch Nail’s Hurt, which many argue is now his song. Nirvana then takes the stage, reminding us to Come As You Are, with an encore featuring Heart-Shaped Box. AC/DC would then leave us Thunderstruck as they take us for a ride on the Highway to Hell. Pink Floyd would keep us rocking with Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2. The Ramones would bring us over to the punk side of things with I Wanna Be Sedated (how we feel after this pandemic!) and Blitzkrieg Bop.
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