As always, the beginning of January brings about many warm and exciting things to look forward to: the New Year, returning to the office after a long and relaxing holiday, giving up on your New Years’ resolutions far too soon— and the release of the Coachella lineup. Whether or not you’ve already reached those milestones for the year, you can check another one off the list: Coachella’s lineup has finally been revealed.
Slated to be headlined by big names Ariana Grande, Tame Impala, and Childish Gambino, this year’s lineup also boasts industry giants the 1975, Janelle Monáe, Solange, and Diplo, as well as a number of smaller bands such as Turnover, boy pablo, the Garden, and Beach Fossils. While it’s always hard with Coachella to know what to expect, this year’s lineup altogether came to be quite a healthy mix of things, and for the first time in a while, we can truly say that there is something for everyone.
Despite what was previously rumored, Kanye West will NOT be performing at any time during Coachella, after a notable falling-out with Goldenvoice that led him to remove himself from the lineup altogether. The two were unable to reach a consensus about the stage setup (which he claimed was “artistically limiting“), and Kanye was later replaced with Ariana Grande for that coveted Sunday spot.
New life has also been breathed into Childish Gambino; after cancelling his tour and remaining shows last fall (and dropping off the ACL lineup) due to injury, Gambino is once again back on the festival circuit, joining the 1975 and Janelle Monae for what should be a packed day.
The festival also boasts a sizeable amount of Latinx artists that weren’t present last year, matching Latin pop’s recent rise in popularity among the American mainstream. J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Cuco, Mon Laferte, and more raging names in Latin-pop join the rest of the lineup for a much-needed disruption. Hip-hop and Rap unfortunately seems to have had its day at Flog Gnaw; the departure of West only makes a bleak situation worse as the genre’s presence straggles, overshadowed by a very strong electronic lineup.
Coachella returns to the valleys of Indio, California from April 12-14, and again from April 19-21. Tickets go onsale Friday at 11am PT.