Coachella 2024 lineup announcement includes some intriguing and inspiring side stories

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      Besides confirming Lana Del Rey is now, all too fittingly, recognized as one of the greatest artists of her generation, yesterday’s Coachella lineup announcement contained plenty of fascinating side threads.

      If you missed it, the former Elizabeth Woolridge Grant is one of this year’s three headliners, the other two days topped by Tyler, the Creator and Doja Cat. Coachella will once again run over two consecutive weekends (April 12 to 14 and April 19 to 21) at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

      On the two Fridays, Rey will be supported by an undercard that includes Peso Pluma, Lil Uzi Vert, Justice, Deftones, Peggy Gou, Young Miko, Faye Webster, Tinashe, Bizarrap, Skepta, Ken Carson, Brittany Howard, Chappell Roan, Chlöe, and Black Country, New Road. If there was ever a golden Coachella partnership opportunity for Pepsi-Cola, Rey’s inclusion is it. 

      Tyler, the Creator is joined Saturday by Blur, Ice Spice, a reunited Sublime, Bleachers, former Vancouverite Grimes, Orbital, Kevin Abstract, Jon Batiste, the Blessed Madonna, Oneohtrix Point Never, Bar Italia, Erika de Casier, Militarie Gun, and Mandy, Indiana.

      On Sunday, Doja Cat is centre stage with the lineup rounded out by J Balvin, Khruangbin, Lil Yachty, Victoria Monét, Reneé Rapp, Bebe Rexha, Coi Leray, Taking Back Sunday, Boy Harsher, Jockstrap, Mdou Moctar, and the awesomely-named Feeble Little Horse.

      Now for the side stories.

      The big one is that ska-punks-turned-multiplatinum-giants No Doubt have decided to reunite for the first time since 2015, with Coachella marking the band’s return. At the moment there are no details on which day—or days—the group will appear. God help whoever it is that has to follow Gwen Stefani and co., because as anyone who’s seen No Doubt live will attest, the band commands an audience like few others in the history of stadium-sized pop.

      Notable in a different way is the inclusion of Sublime. After the 1996 overdose death of singer Bradley Nowell, the founding members of the reggae-punk shit disturbers—Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh—spent a decade tarnishing a great band’s legacy. Remember, as much as you’d prefer to forget, the Sublime With Rome years, featuring replacement frontman Rome Ramirez. Earlier this year, the rhythm section got back together as Sublime, this time with Nowell’s now-adult son Jakob Nowell on the mic. As feel-good stories go, this is a great one.

      And, speaking of feel-good stories, let’s hear it for Grimes, who we’ll consider further proof that Vancouver has produced some of the world’s greatest trailblazing musicians. (From D.O.A. to Skinny Puppy to Sarah McLachlan to Mother Mother, there’s no shortage of acts who’ve risen out of the West Coast underground to do amazing things.) Grimes is one of them, the artist previously known as Claire Elise Boucher having her musical view shaped in Vancouver before she moved to Montreal to reinvent herself as a future-obsessed weirdo-pop artist.

      A couple of years back, Grimes was arguably better known to most of the world as the partner of Elon Musk. A couple of weeks ago she was busy defending herself on the interweb after she claimed to be proud of white culture, and promptly got accused of being a Nazi. (Her final word on the subject? That was an admirable, “What if humans just loved each other? History teaches us that we have all been, and always will be-great.”)

      Grimes' Coachella inclusion suggests that the focus is headed back where it should be: on her music. And the fact that she gives Björk a serious run for her money in the unapologetically out-there sweepstakes.

      Coachella 2024

      When: April 12 to 14 and April 19 to 21

      Where: Empire Polo Club in Indio, California

      Tickets: coachella.com

      Instagram: @coachella

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