UPDATE (06/04/22): Ye is out, the Weeknd is here. After a rocky few months in his personal life, TMZ reported earlier this week that the rapper formerly known as Kanye West is dropping his Coachella headliner.
Now promoter Goldenvoice has confirmed the news and announced that Swedish House Mafia and the Weeknd will take their place at the top of the Sunday lineup. The Swedish House Mafia had already been announced for the sold-out 2022 festival, but their bizarre “return to the desert” billing floating at the bottom of the original lineup poster has now been propelled to a good headline position. shows on Sunday, paired with the Weeknd, which replaces after most recently headlining the festival in 2018. A Coachella social media post describes the two as “the party and the after party.”
The new lineup poster and our original story from January 12 appear below.
ORIGINAL STORY: Third time is a charm, isn’t it? After having to scrap its 2020 and 2021 editions due to the pandemic, Coachella’s 2022 return is just around the corner – and the desert music festival has finally released a full lineup for it.
Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Ye (that’s the artist formerly known as Kanye West, in case you’ve stopped caring for the past few years) will headline this year’s festival, which will again bring identical lineups to two weekends in Indio, from April 15th to April 17th and 22nd to 24th, 2022. Swedish House Mafia is also featured on the poster just as well as the other headliners (like 88rising), though it’s unclear exactly what night they’ll be playing.
When Coachella last announced a 2020 lineup, Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott were the headliners. But Ocean was pushed back to 2023, Rage was originally slated to return but has since dropped, and Scott was likely dropped after 10 moviegoers died at his Houston festival, Astroworld.
Tickets for the first weekend of this year’s highly anticipated Coachella are already sold out, as 2020 tickets are being honored alongside a remaining batch that went on sale in 2021. There will, however, be a pre-sale for the second weekend from Friday. , January 14 at 10 a.m. for the modest sum of $549, as well as a waiting list for the first weekend.
If you’re a Coachella curmudgeon who balks at pop-heavy headliners, you might find a little more to like in the rest of the lineup: other big-text acts on the bill include Phoebe Bridgers, Flume, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, Disclosure, 21 Savage, Doja Cat, Joji, Jamie xx and Run the Jewels. Further down the lineup you’ll find gems like Danny Elfman, Carly Rae Jepsen, Spiritualized, the Avalanches, Fatboy Slim, Orville Peck and local favorite dance party Emo Nite.
It’s been a long back to the Coachella staging – and it should be noted that, given the unpredictability of the past two years, nothing is ever really certain. In 2020, Coachella was first pushed back to the fall and then completely canceled. It was also canceled for 2021 and instead set return dates for 2022. A few months later, it called for requiring all attendees to be vaccinated, but then backed off to allow a negative Covid-19 test result as an alternative, following California recommendations for outdoor mega events.