We’re going to kick 2020 off with a bang, y’all. The official list of artists playing Coachella 2020 has just been released today, and it’s a doozy.
Coachella is probably one of the most highly anticipated music festivals of the year, and fans spend thousands of dollars to travel across the globe and experience the event in person.
Taking place over two weekends again this year – April 10 through 12, and April 17 through 19 – the lineup includes over 160 artists across numerous stages and times.
The headliners this year are wild.
The headliners (AKA, the biggest names on the biggest stages) have been slowly leaked over the past week, but we now have real confirmation.
Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott, and the elusive (and frankly weird) Frank Ocean – do you remember how fans reacted when Drake stepped on stage instead of Ocean? – are all headlining the two-week event.
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Rage is a unique choice because the group headlined 21 years ago at the very first Coachella weekend, alongside Beck, Tool, and Morrissey. Only about 10,000 people attended, which is a far cry from the current crowds Coachella draws.
Rage is also notoriously political, which may appeal to some of the Coachella crowd – but it certainly isn’t the point of the festival, so I’m not entirely sure how that will work out.
To say R&B artist Frank Ocean is elusive is an understatement, and this will be the first time he’s taken a stage this big in a long time. We’re excited to see what he has to put out, though. Can you say “the perfect platform for new music?” We can.
Finally, let’s talk about Travis Scott. He’s had a pretty public year involving his split from long-time love and baby mamma Kylie Jenner, but this has been a good year for him musically.
There’s a rumor floating around that Justin Bieber is set to take the stage with him and debut some of the Biebs’ new music. He reportedly has been working on a song with Scott, so this is the perfect platform for it.
Last year’s headliners were Ariana Grande, Tame Impala and Childish Gambino, who looks an awful lot like Donald Glover, that actor from “Community.”
The second Coachella weekend was only added in 2012, after tickets started selling out too quickly to contain the event in just a few days. Even now, Coachella tickets sell like overpriced and unneeded Apple products – a GA ticket will cost you more than $400, and those regularly sell out within a few minutes of being available. VIP tickets range from $1k to $25k and more.
The lineup is stacked this year. I know, we say that every year, but it’s really looking great.
Charli XCX, Megan Thee Stallion, City Girls, Big Sean, Calvin Harris, and Run The Jewels are all set to play on both Fridays. Sunday is set to see Lana Del Rey, Lil Nas X, FKA Twigs, Denzel Curry, Ari Lennox, and more.
Korean pop sensation BIGBANG will be making their long-awaited comeback on the Coachella stage, as four of the members will be out of mandatory Korean military service by the time Coachella starts. If you don’t know who they are, listen to “BANG BANG BANG” and think about a sea of Coachella-goers rocking out to it.
The first weekend is already sold out, but the second weekend has tickets still available for presale at the time of publishing this. Who knows when they’re going to sell out, but we expect they’ll go fast. If you’re a festival lover, or a big Coachella fan, this looks like it will be an amazing show.