Billie Eilish, Harry Types and Kanye West will headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Pageant in April, because the music trade takes hopeful steps towards the return of festivals and touring in 2022.
Coachella, set for its regular two-weekend format, April 15-17 and April 22-24, on the Empire Polo Membership in Indio, Calif., can be returning after two years mothballed by the pandemic. On Wednesday, after weeks of hypothesis and leaks in the music press, the competition introduced its full 2022 lineup, which may also characteristic performances by Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Child, Doja Cat, Phoebe Bridgers, the reunited digital dance group Swedish Home Mafia and dozens of others. (West is billed on the official festival poster as merely Ye.)
The occasion is anticipated to run at its full capability of as much as 125,000 concertgoers a day.
Coachella has lengthy been the nation’s most influential competition, internet hosting viral moments like Tupac Shakur’s hologram in 2012 and Beyoncé’s 2018 tribute to the marching bands of traditionally Black faculties and universities.
It has often been the primary massive competition to announce its lineup annually, ushering within the touring season. However this week Coachella was scooped by the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., which on Tuesday mentioned that it might return in June with Software, J. Cole, Stevie Nicks, the Chicks, Machine Gun Kelly, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, and others.
Coachella was one in all leisure’s first main casualties of the coronavirus. Its 2020 edition — which was to have featured Rage Towards the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean — was shut down by well being officers on March 10 of that yr, two days earlier than Broadway and the concert business at massive went darkish.
Goldenvoice, the promoter that places on Coachella in partnership with the company live performance big AEG Presents, had hoped to carry the competition again that fall, then in spring 2021. However every time the pandemic pressured the plans to be kicked additional down the highway. Bonnaroo, which is introduced by Reside Nation, AEG’s company rival, had scheduled a full-scale return final September, but it surely was canceled after heavy rains flooded the competition grounds.
About half of the ticket holders to Coachella’s 2020 version requested refunds, Paul Tollett, one of many competition’s founders, mentioned in an interview with The Los Angeles Occasions in August. Tickets price $449 and up, not counting fees.
Regardless of a slew of latest cancellations associated to the coronavirus, like Dead & Company’s Playing in the Sand competition in Cancún, Mexico, the music world is viewing Coachella with hope as a bellwether for the full-throttle return of the multibillion-dollar touring trade. Main excursions by Dua Lipa, the Weeknd, Elton John, Bon Jovi and Justin Bieber are anticipated this yr.
As just lately as final summer season, Goldenvoice had hoped to carry again a lot of the headliners deliberate for 2020. However whereas Rage Towards the Machine has an in depth tour deliberate this yr — with 5 dates booked at Madison Sq. Backyard in August — it’s not taking part in Coachella. Ocean will return to Coachella in 2023.
And because the disaster at Scott’s Astroworld festival in Houston in November that left 10 folks lifeless, the rapper has largely withdrawn from public appearances, canceling his efficiency as a headliner on the Day N Vegas competition, which can also be introduced by Goldenvoice.