Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande, Tame Impala Headline Coachella 2019
The lineup has been announced for the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and it’s going to be an epic two weekends, jam packed with some of the biggest names in popular music.
The Friday lineup, taking place on April 12 and 19, will be headlined by Childish Gambino, incontestably one of the biggest rappers at the moment. Joining him will be several of the artists behind some of 2018’s most critically acclaimed albums, including pansexual prodigy Janelle Monáe and English eclectic outfit The 1975. There will be dancier acts too, of course, like DJ Snake and Diplo, so expect some throbbing bass and twerking. Sydney outfit Rüfüs Du Sol and Korean girl group Blackpink will also take the stage, as will retro rap enigma Anderson.Paak, country darling Kacey Musgraves, and UK R&B sensation Ella Mai.
Things will get neon and psychedelic on Saturdays April 13 as Tame Impala lead the bill. Hip-hop fans will be treated to a set from Kid Cudi, fresh from his eccentric Kanye collaboration last year. There will be the offbeat soul stylings of Solange, and nineties kids will be able to bask in nostalgia when Weezer takes the stage. The electronic side of things gets serious on Saturday, with performances from glitch wizard Aphex Twin, the ravey riot that is Bassnectar, and the ever-evolving intricate dance workings of Four Tet. Christine and the Queens will play highly anticipated songs from their recent, celebrated album. Lovable indie icon Mac deMarco and rapper Wiz Khalifa will also take prime time slots.
Ariana Grande is the main headliner for Sundays April 14 and 21. After a year filled with both controversy and critical acclaim for her latest record Sweetener, her place on the lineup has so far fueled more hype than any other. There will be plenty dance acts as well, with mega DJ and producer Zedd, French techno titan Gesaffelstein, Glasgow synth pop outfit Chvrches, and Dillon Francis. There will be R&B from Khalid and some Latin flavor from Bad Bunny. Pusha T will come through, after one of the most celebrated hip-hop albums of last year. Things will get deep when spoken word, soul sensation H.E.R. takes the stage, and there will be colorful performances from Blood Orange, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
Coachella keeps getting steadily bigger. The staggering star power of this year’s lineup, and the sheer diversity of sounds might make for the most outrageous scope and scale so far. Other than last year, of course.