Following two years of disastrous postponements and scheduling uncertainty, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio in 2023 will present its most global and diversified roster to yet.
The 22nd edition of the event, which will bring 125,000 people each day to the Empire Polo Club on the weekends of April 14-16 and April 21-23, will include urban music artist Bad Bunny, K-pop girl duo Blackpink, and reclusive R&B singer Frank Ocean. This year’s event will have an all-white lineup for the first time.
Goldenvoice and AEG had initially scheduled Ocean as a headliner for the 2020 festival, but Goldenvoice Chief Executive Paul Tollett moved it back and then cancelled it at the height of the epidemic. While Ocean hasn’t performed in Los Angeles since 2017 and hasn’t released an album since 2016, the mercurial singer just reissued his historic LP “Blonde” on vinyl and is widely anticipated to debut new songs during the event.
Bad Bunny, Spotify’s most-streamed artist in 2022, will return to Coachella after performing on the main stage in 2019. The Puerto Rican singer, rapper, and actor will be the festival’s first Latin American and first Spanish-language performer. His most recent album, “Un Verano Sin Ti,” contributed to his recent worldwide stadium tour, which included two sold-out nights at SoFi Stadium in September and October, becoming the highest-grossing tour by a Latinx artist of all time.
Blackpink, who made a splash at the festival in 2019, is returning as a headline act on the heels of its second album, “Born Pink.” The band sold out two nights at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles in November, and they will be the first Asian act to headline Coachella.
Rosala, the Spanish experimentalist, Burna Boy, the Afrobeats titan, and K-pop star Jackson Wang all have major slots on the calendar. Other famous bands include Latin alt-pop singers Kali Uchis and Becky G, hip-hop standouts Pusha T, Doechii, Glorilla, Flo Milli, and Suicideboys, alt-rock giants Björk, Blondie, Gorillaz, and the Chemical Brothers, and Gen Z favourites the Linda Lindas, Dominic Fike, and The Kid Laroi. Tobe Nwigwe, Wet Leg and Domi, and JD Beck have also been nominated for Grammys for best new artist in 2023.
Coachella’s comeback last year, although welcomed by COVID-weary fans, had a rocky start, with headliner Travis Scott walking out following 2021’s Astroworld mass casualty tragedy, followed by Kanye West cancelling seconds before the festival started.
The performance was ultimately headlined by Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Swedish House Mafia, and The Weeknd.
While Coachella was once again the most lucrative music event in the United States in 2018, 2022 was a difficult year for the festival business as a whole. Other Goldenvoice events, such as Day N Vegas and Palomino, experienced commercial troubles.
Goldenvoice has announced an extra, limited batch of Coachella weekend tickets beginning at $499.
Stagecoach, the festival’s country-music cousin, will take place on the same grounds from April 28 to 30, with headliners Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, and Chris Stapleton.