Considering rap pretty much ruled everything the past 12 months, there’s a case to be made that the 2019 edition of Coachella got things at least partly right on the headliners’ front. Or, if one is wondering where the hell Drake, Post Malone, Travis Scott, and the return of XXXTentacion via hologram all are, totally wrong on two of the three days.
Childish Gambino—whose bold and thought-provoking video for “This Is America” established him as one of hip-hop’s major breakout stars last summer—has been named as the Day 1 headliner of the two-weekend festival, taking place April 12-14 and 19-21 in California’s Coachella Valley.
Modern-day Australian guitar gods Tame Impala top the Day 2 bill, with pop megastar Ariana Grande presiding over Day 3’s lineup.
On the undercard for Gambino’s headlining stands will be a lineup that includes gender-bending R&B queen Janelle Monáe, rock-radio titans the 1975, EDM giant Diplo, and country outlaw Kacey Musgraves.
Tame Impala will preside over a bill that includes amateur elevator boxer Solange, cult-fave rapper Kid Cudi, and alternative legends Weezer.
Grande will be supported on Day 3 by silky-voiced R&B singer Khalid, deathcore-trained EDM superstar Zedd, French techno king Gesaffelstein, and Soundcloud-spawned Latin trap newbie Bad Bunny.
For the full lineup and how to purchase tickets, go here.
Not everyone is totally happy with the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival rollout. As anyone who’s ever seen a Coachella poster knows, some artists get their name in big type, and others end up in the smaller font category.
After it was made clear to the world that he’d been invited to one of the world’s most fabled music festivals, Nigerian singer Burna Boy promptly took to Instagram to protest that his name was “so small” on the poster. Not done there, he urged organizer to “fix tings quick please”.
While he waits for some kind of official action to be taken, social media wags have unofficially stepped up for him, examples of possible fixes including the below.More