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Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande will headline the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Goldenvoice promoters have announced – ending a months-long guessing game as to who would be named the top acts at the two-weekend event April 12-14 and April 19-21 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California.
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Childish Gambino is no surprise as the Friday headliner. He was rumored to be topping the lineup with Justin Timberlake and Kanye West months ago. But the Saturday headliner, Tame Impala, is appearing after an aborted performance at last October’s Desert Daze Festival at Lake Perris. Ariana Grande, headlining Sunday, appears to be a sensible follow-up to last year’s blockbuster headliner, Beyonce, after having one of the hottest years in pop music.
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West, who last year purchased a home across the street from the Coachella site at the Madison Club in La Quinta, was being considered for a 2019 headliner slot, most likely with Kid Cudi as part of their Kids See Ghosts project. Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett watched them perform at Dodger Stadium in November. But TMZ reported earlier Wednesday that West pulled out of negotiations with Goldenvoice in a disagreement over the stage set-up. Consequence of Sound said it independently confirmed that.
Kids Cudi, however, remains on the bill as a second-line act Saturday, appearing on the poster in the same font as Beyonce’s sister, Solange, and Weezer, a participant in the second Coachella in 2001, who made it back to the top of the charts in 2018 with its cover of the 35-year-old Toto song, “Africa.”
Aphex Twin, J Balvin and Bassnectar also are returning acts on the Saturday second tier while singer-songwriter Billie Eilish, whose debut single “Ocean Eyes” accumulated over 132 million streams on Spotify last fall was one of the more hoped-for new artists mentioned on threads anticipating Coachella acts.
Tollett has said he’s “not big on anniversaries” and the rest of the lineup is hardly a look back at its past 20 years. Childish Gambino and Tame Impala are Coachella favorites, but this is Grande’s first appearance at the festival on the sites of the Empire and Eldorado polo fields.
Janelle Monae, the second-billed act on Friday, is part of a second line of returning acts including the 1975, DJ Snake and Diplo. But, all have been nurtured up the Coachella ladder while advancing their careers on the concert circuit. Monae created a sensation at Coachella with her 2014 appearance with headliner Outkast and in a 2016 duet with Grimes on “Venus Fly” while wearing a “Wild Feminist” T-shirt. She last performed her own Coachella set in 2013. Since then, she’s gone on to become a major film star in “Hidden Figures” and the current “Welcome to Marwen.”
The Sunday second tier acts include returning Coachella performers Khalid, Zedd, Gesaffelstein, Dillon Francis and CHVRCHES. YG and Bad Bunny were among the many artists making guest appearances last year with then-pregnant rapper Cardi B and they’re also on the second line of the poster for Sunday.
Major reunion acts are noticeably missing from the lineup. Tollett has never committed to having them as a regular attraction, but the reunions of acts such as Guns N’ Roses, Jane’s Addiction and the Pixies have led to some of the most memorable moments in Coachella history. Likewise, the reunion of Sly & the Family Stone led to one of the most disastrous sets in Coachella history.
Coachella usually features one or more Coachella Valley bands and this year’s representative comes from the city of Coachella: Ocho Ojos, playing what appears to be a daytime set on Sunday. The psychedelic cumbia trio, featuring Cesar Flores, Danny Torres and James Gastelum, played Coachella in 2017 and the Goldenvoice-sponsored Chella celebration at the Date Festival Fairgrounds in Indio in 2018.
Coachella, which has dominated industry polls as the top outdoor music event since its inception in 1999, again features a well-curated balance of hip-hop, electronic and indie rock music, which has been a hallmark of the festival since its 1999 launch in Indio.
But Coachella has become almost as well known for its art as musical acts in the past decade. This year sees the return of the art collective, Poetic Kinetics, which was responsible for such iconic art pieces as “Escape Velocity,” featuring a giant astronaut traversing the 2014 Coachella, and “Caterpillar’s Longing,” featuring a snail that turned into a butterfly at the 2015 Coachella.
The festival’s third prong, besides music and art, is its cuisine and this year will again offer the Outstanding in the Field dinner in the VIP Rose Garden for $225 a person.
Additional general admission passes traditionally go on sale for Coachella Valley residents a few days before each show, but that hasn’t been announced.
The rest of the lineup:
Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals
A R I Z O N A
Charlotte de Witte
Christine and the Queens
Hot Since 82
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Kero Kero Bonito
Let’s Eat Grandma
Los Tucanes De Tijuana
Men I Trust
Nora En Pure
Polo & Pan
Ross From Friends
RÜFÜS DU SOL
SOB X RBE
Tale Of Us
The Red Pears
Tomasa del Real
Ty Segall & White Fence
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Walker & Royce
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