Billie Eilish and Kanye West set to headline Coachella 2022, sources say Variety, respectively on Saturday and Sunday evening. Swedish House Mafia is also playing, though it’s unclear whether this is the festival’s third headliner – the traditional ‘flashback’ slot for an artist’s reunion. more veteran.
West was the festival’s headliner in 2011 and Eilish had a groundbreaking performance in 2019; SHM had already played Coachella in 2012.
The festival, which is already sold out, is scheduled to take place on the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24, 2022, at its usual location at the Empire Polo Ground in Indio, Calif. However, Omicron’s alarming rise and the postponement of the Grammy Awards this week has left many wondering whether the festival will take place in April or be moved – for the fifth time – to a later date.
Coachella is North America’s largest music festival and has already sold its 125,000 tickets per day, and the sheer logistics of more than 100,000 people traveling and meeting in one place creates immeasurable possibilities for transmission of diseases.
While the original headliners for this 21st installment of the festival – first announced in January 2020 – were Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and Rage Against the Machine, the festival has been postponed four times due to the pandemic. Last year, Ocean moved its appearance to 2023 and Scott was removed from the bill following the Astroworld tragedy in November, although sources say Variety that his agent fought to keep him on the bill. West and Scott are frequent collaborators and linked by a former marriage (West’s ex, Kim Kardashian is the half-sister of Kylie Jenner, who shares a daughter with Scott).
TMZ recently reported that Rage was not on the agenda.
An announcement of confirmed artists is expected in the coming days.
Representatives for West, Eilish and the festival declined or did not immediately respond to Varietyrequests for comments.
The dates for the 21st Coachella were first moved from April to October 2020, then April 2021, then October of this year – although the dates for October 2021 were never officially confirmed by the promoters – and Last fall, the current dates appeared on the festival website. Goldenvoice rarely comments on the press and has not made any statement on most reports; the one from January of last year was from the Riverside County public health officer.
Plans for the April festival are going full steam ahead as the concert industry began to partially return to normal activity last summer. Several major festivals, including Lollapalooza and Rolling Loud, went off without major incident, although Travis Scott’s Astroworld in Houston and the Once Upon a Time in LA festival were marred by tragedy: 10 people died of asphyxiation in the process. ‘a massive influx of crowds to the former, while rapper Drakeo the Ruler was murdered at the latter’s home in a still unexplained behind-the-scenes incident.
The 2022 festival also sparked some controversy when it reversed its previous policy of compulsory vaccination in favor of proof of a negative test within 72 hours of the event, although the controversy was more due to how oddly surreptitiously which he announced – via Instagram’s official story festival – as the movement itself. Sources tell Variety this decision was made more for the country-themed Stagecoach festival, which is also promoted by Goldenvoice and takes place the weekend after Coachella.