Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala will headline the 20th anniversary edition of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
The mammoth, two-weekend festival will take place April 12-14 and April 19-21 on the grassy fields of Indio’s Empire Polo Club, where the festival has been held since its inception.
The same lineup appears both weekends, with Gambino (the musical alter ego of TV star Donald Glover) headlining April 12 and 19, Tame Impala headlining April 13 and 20, and Grande headlining April 14 and 21.
Other performers for this year’s edition include Solange, Weezer, Kacey Musgraves, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Zedd, Aphex Twin, Janelle Monáe, The 1975, Blood Orange, Diplo, young Spanish flamenco sensation Rosalia and two performers better known for their acting careers, Idris Elba and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
The full lineup appears below. Passes will go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. at the festival website: coachella.com/passes/.
Three-day general admission passes are priced at $429 each, plus service charges, while three-day general admission ticket and shuttle passes cost $509 each, plus service charges. Three-day VIP passes cost $999 each, plus service charges.
Camping passes start at $125 per weekend, with VIP camping options ranging from $2,458 for two people to $9,500.
The festival began posting a list of its 2019 performers, one act at a time, Wednesday afternoon on its Twitter page, @coachella, beginning with Oxnard-based disco revivalist Cola Boyy and Tobago-born calypso singer Calypso Rose, who — at 78 — will likely be one of the most veteran performers at this year’s festival.
Also on Wednesday, a number of news outlets reported that Kanye West had apparently been confirmed as one of the 2019 Coachella headliners but pulled out after a dispute over the size of the over-sized stage he wanted erected for his performance.
The 2018 edition of Coachella — headlined by Beyoncé, The Weeknd and Eminem — marked the first time in the event’s two-decade history that not a single rock act was in one of the daily headlining slots. But no matter. Both weekends swiftly sold out, with many tickets bought — as in previous years — before a single act was announced.
Daily attendance at the festival has been capped at 125,000 since 2017 (it had been capped at 99,000 for the 2016 edition). No figures have been reported yet for the 2018 festival, but the 2017 edition of Coachella grossed a record $114.6 million, the most earned by any annual festival ever.
Approximately 20 percent of the attendees each year hail from San Diego County, according to Coachella’s producers, who track ticket sales by ZIP code.
This year’s edition of Coachella will mark the 20th anniversary of the festival. The festival was launched in 1999, when the then-fledgling event lost so much money that it went dark in 2000 as its promoters, the Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice company, struggled to pay off its losses.
The festival returned in 2001, after Goldenvoice was acquired by AEG Entertainment, the world’s second largest concert and live entertainment production company. It took several years after that for the festival to break even. Since then it has become the most popular and profitable annual music festival in the world.
The full lineup appears below in alphabetical order, after this year’s official Coachella poster. Specific performance times and days will be announced closer to the start of the event’s opening weekend.)
2019 Coachella 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