Kanye West, Billie Eilish and Harry Styles to headline Coachella 2022
Kanye West, Billie Eilish and Harry Styles are expected to headline the 21st Coachella music festival in April, Variety reported on Wednesday ahead of the festival’s official full lineup announcement, which is expected later this week. The trio will also be joined by Swedish House Mafia, though it is unclear whether the house music supergroup will also headline.
North America’s largest music festival, which has already sold out, is scheduled to take place on the weekends of 15-17 April and 22-24 April at its usual haunt, the Empire Polo Ground in Indio, California, east of Los Angeles.
However, due to the spread of Covid’s Omicron variant, which has indefinitely postponed the Grammy Awards set for 31 January and shut down a host of Broadway shows, it remains to be seen whether an event boasting 125,000 per-day tickets, will proceed or be rescheduled for a fifth time.
The music festival was originally set for April 2020 with headliners Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and Rage Against the Machine, before the Covid-19 pandemic forced organizers to reschedule to October 2020, then April 2021, then October of that year before bumping again to this April.
Ocean already postponed his performance until 2023, and Scott was removed from the bill after the Astroworld concert tragedy in November 2021, in which overcrowding at the Houston festival led to the asphyxiation of 10 people.
It will be Styles’s first Coachella performance, a few months after wrapping the largest North American music tour since the start of the pandemic in support of his 2019 album Fine Line. Eilish, who would become Coachella’s youngest-ever headliner, had a breakout performance at the festival in 2019, a scene captured in her 2021 documentary The World’s a Little Blurry.
West headlined in 2011 and has not performed his own set since then, though he has made surprise appearances during sets by The Weeknd in 2015 and Kid Cudi in 2019.