Coachella Announces Beyoncé, Eminem and The Weeknd as 2018 Headliners
The lineup to the festival season’s main event has just arrived, and like past years, 2018 represents the hottest in pop, hip-hop, EDM and rock music. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off its first weekend on Friday, April 13 and closes out Sunday, April 15, with weekend two running from Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22. Indio, California’s Empire Polo Club will once again play host.
Taking the crown this year as the most noteworthy headliner is Queen B herself. Beyoncé was scheduled to play Coachella’s 2017 iteration but was told by her doctors to cancel the performance due to her pregnancy. She vowed 2018 would be her year, and as promised, here she is topping Saturday night’s lineup for back-to-back weekends. Eminem will make his Coachella debut this year after making a professional comeback in late-2017 with “Revival.” As the Detroit emcee’s ninth studio album, this one showed the 45-year-old still has the chops and bravado of a young Marshall Mathers. “Revival’s” lead single “Walk on Water” featured fellow headliner Beyoncé. The Weeknd will return to the Coachella stage once again following a handful of desert performances over the years. 2016’s “Starboy” saw great success for the Canadian crooner with tracks featuring Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey and Kendrick Lamar – not to mention a double platinum certification and a Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Other notable artists on the bill include SZA, HAIM, St. Vincent, A Perfect Circle, Migos, Kygo, Tyler, the Creator, Vince Staples, Miguel, Odesza and Portugal the Man. Jamiroquai, the British funk band from the mid-90’s, made their comeback in 2017 with “Automation” and have subsequently earned a spot on this year’s Coachella lineup. 2018 also includes David Byrne, Post Malone, alt-J, Fleet Foxes, Jacob Banks, Chromeo, and The War on Drugs.
Coachella is also known for it’s large-scale art installations – 2017’s tower of parking garage mirrors was a crowd favorite. This year’s installations will be crafted by the Los Angeles-based Do Lab, Robert Bose, New Substance and others. Concerning camping, organizers will once again offer on-site car and tent camping – which often sell out fast – featuring showers, charging stations, a general store, water refill stations, farmers markets, vintage shops, an internet café with free Wi-Fi and plenty of food and drink vendors. Pre-erected tent sites are stellar options as well, with Lake Eldorado offering a serene environ of Tee Pees and palm trees for shade while the Safari Tents border on pure luxury.