Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala To Headline Coachella 2019

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We’re three days into the new year, which means it’s time for the first major festival announcement. The honour goes to the two-weekend desert showcase Coachella, an event that draws the biggest names in music (and celebrities) and turns Palm Springs from a sleepy getaway into a sponsorship-heavy camping party.

This year’s headliners for the back-to-back weekend shows have a little something for everyone, with rapper Childish Gambino kicking off the event on Friday, followed by rockers Tame Impala on Saturday and pop princess Ariana Grande on Sunday. Grande is only the fourth woman to headline the festival, following Björk, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, with Grande now holding the title as the youngest artist ever to headline. Thank you, yes.

The three artists are all first-time headliners for Coachella, with big shoes to fill thanks to last year’s headliner Beyoncé. It was, in a word, Beychella.

 

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Beyoncé’s sis Solange will be returning to Coachella, with this year’s festival also including performances by Janelle Monáe, The 1975, Diplo, Anderson .Paak, Kacey Musgraves, Ella Mai, Kid Cudi, Weezer, Aphex Twin, J Balvin, Billi Eilish, Wiz Khalifa, Maggie Rogers, Khalid, Zedd, CHVRCHES, Blood Orange, Pusha T, Sofi Tukker, Alice Merton, and more.

Blackpink are set to become the first female K-pop group to perform at Coachella, showing the continuing influence of Korean music in North America. A few celeb performers will also be on stage, including Jaden Smith and Idris Elba, who will DJ a set. He’s the coolest.

 

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A number of Canadian acts will be performing at this year’s festival, including dvsn, Mac DeMarco, and Polaris Prize winner Kaytranada.

Following last year’s festival, Kanye West was widely rumoured to be a headliner in 2019, but now TMZ is reporting that West pulled out of the festival over a dispute regarding the size of his stage. West reportedly called the 60 x 40 foot stage ‘artistically limiting.’ Sounds about right.

This year’s Coachella will take place April 12 to 14 and 19 to 21, with tickets going on sale starting January 4.