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Coachella reveals 2024 lineup

Lana Del Rey, Tyler, the Creator, Doja Cat and No Doubt have been revealed as headliners of Coachella 2024.

Promoted by AEG’s Goldenvoice, the 125,000-cap festival will run across two consecutive weekends (12-14 and 19-21 April) at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, US.

General admission three-day ticket prices range from US$499-599 (€459-551). A presale starts Friday (19 January) at 11am PT.

Del Rey, who is represented by CAA in North America, will headline the opening day of each weekend, which will also feature Peso Pluma, Lil Uzi Vert, Justice, Bizarrap, Deftones, ATEEZ, Everything Always, Peggy Gou and Young Miko, among others.

WME client Tyler, the Creator will then be joined on days two and five by the likes of Blur, Ice Spice, Gesaffelstein, Sublime, Jungle, Dom Dolla, Bleachers, Grimes, Jon Batiste and Le Sserafim.

And Doja Cat, who is booked by CAA worldwide, will close both weekends, with acts such as J Balvin, Jhené Aiko, Khruangbing, Carin León, Anyma, John Summit, Lil Yachty, DJ Snake, Ludmilla and The Rose also featuring on the bill.

“Things have changed so much now, people want to book a year in advance. I don’t want to, I want to wait and see what’s out there”

No Doubt, whose name appears at the bottom of the lineup poster with no show dates given, will be performing together for the first time since 2015. Other acts announced include AP Dhillon, Bebe Rexha, Bicep, Sabrina Carpenter, Skepta, Steve Angello, Faye Webster, Raye, Victoria Monét, Gorgon City, Charlotte de Witte, Taking Back Sunday, Purple Disco Machine and Orbital.

The 2023 edition of Coachella was headlined by Bad Bunny, Blackpink, Frank Ocean and Skrillex, Fred Again.. and Four Tet. Blink-182 stepped in for Ocean after the singer withdrew from Coachella weekend two on doctor’s orders.

Granting a rare interview to Australia’s inaugural SXSW last autumn, Goldenvoice boss Paul Tollett said he preferred not to plan the lineup too far ahead of time.

“It’s a rolling 90-day masterplan,” he said. “Things have changed so much now, people want to book a year in advance. I don’t want to, I want to wait and see what’s out there.

“I never say, ‘In the next three years, I’m changing it to this,’ it just changes. As it goes you look back and go, ‘Oh it changed over the last three years.’ You do it by the music. The music is leading the culture. You just start seeing trends when you look back.”

Goldenvoice’s Stagecoach country music festival takes place at the same Indio venue the weekend following Coachella (26-28 April). Headlined by Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Morgan Wallen, the event is already sold out.

 


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Paul Tollett on Coachella’s past, present & future

Goldenvoice boss Paul Tollett has opened up on the evolution of Coachella and offered a glimpse into the future of the event in a new interview.

Bad Bunny, Blackpink, Frank Ocean and Skrillex, Fred Again.. and Four Tet headlined the most recent edition at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, back in April, which also featured acts such as Calvin Harris, Gorillaz, Burna Boy, Blink-182, the Chemical Brothers, Blondie, Rosalia, Eric Prydz, The Kid Laroi, Charli XCX and Björk.

The US festival’s co-founder Tollett was joined by AEG’s global touring SVP Michael Harrison for an ‘in conversation’ session at the inaugural SXSW Sydney last week in Australia.

Tollett revealed that Coachella was unlikely to grow beyond its current 150,000-capacity – in person at least.

“I don’t know it needs to be bigger,” said Tollett, who highlighted the event’s long-running livestreaming deal with YouTube as a means for it to expand its audience without increasing on-site capacity.

YouTube livestreamed performances from all six stages at Coachella, on both weekends of the festival, for the first time this year and Tollett credited the partnership – along with international headliners such as Blackpink – with extending the brand’s global reach.

“Things have changed so much now, people want to book a year in advance. I don’t want to, I want to wait and see what’s out there”

“All of a sudden you have the biggest artist in that region. And what it does is, it just gets everyone watching from that area,” he said. Coachella wasn’t really that well known in Asia. Now, everyone in Indonesia follows it, not just Korea. It became a thing where no matter what country you’re in, you could watch it like it’s your show.”

Tollett said the first two Coachellas, held in 1999 and 2001, lost a million dollars after attracting just 17,000 and 21,000 fans respectively, reports Audience Republic.

In its first decade, Tollett added, he didn’t start booking the line-up until around six months before the event, and still believed in not planning too far ahead of time.

“It’s a rolling 90-day masterplan,” he said. “I haven’t even finished booking next April’s show, and it announces in January. Things have changed so much now, people want to book a year in advance. I don’t want to, I want to wait and see what’s out there.

“I never say, ‘In the next three years, I’m changing it to this,’ it just changes. As it goes you look back and go, ‘Oh it changed over the last three years.’ You do it by the music. The music is leading the culture. You just start seeing trends when you look back.”

Coachella is scheduled to return over two weekends from 12-14 & 19-21 April 2024.

“There’s a growing trend out there between managers, agents, promoters, who like to do these multi-year, multi-cycle deals”

LA-based Australian promoter Harrison, meanwhile, who made the switch from Frontier Touring five years ago, discussed how global touring deals had changed the live music landscape.

“There’s a growing trend out there between managers, agents, promoters, who like to do these multi-year, multi-cycle deals,” he said. “What that allows you to do is have longer periods of time where a promoter is engaged with an artist, and you can really get involved and invest in their growth campaigns by touring.”

A celebration of the tech, film and music industries South By Southwest (SXSW) made its debut in Sydney, Australia from 15-22 October, and featured 400 sessions and more than 700 speakers from around the world, including Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Chance the Rapper and Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker.

In addition, the SXSW Sydney Music Festival took place across locations including the Hollywood Hotel, the Lansdowne and Lord Gladstone, hosting more than 250 artists and over 300 performances.

The official annual Asia Pacific instalment of the US conference and showcase festival, SXSW Sydney was a collaboration with promoter TEG, the NSW government and tourism agency Destination NSW.

The next edition of SXSW’s flagship US event is set for Austin, Texas between 8-16 March 2024.

 


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Skrillex, Fred Again, Four Tet to close out Coachella

Skrillex, Fred Again.. and Four Tet are teaming up again to close out weekend two of Coachella this Sunday (23 April).

The Goldenvoice-promoted festival took to social media today (21 April) to break the news, confirming that the three Wasserman Music-repped acts will assume the ‘TBA’ slot after Blink 182 on the main stage on Sunday.

All four acts were confirmed for the closing slots after Frank Ocean withdrew from Coachella weekend two on doctor’s orders due to leg fractures sustained by the singer.

The Goldenvoice-promoter festival took to social media today to break the news

Coachella was in a similar position last year when Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) pulled out shortly before the festival’s opening day. Swedish House Mafia, who were already on the bill in a headlining but unlisted time slot, played a tag-team set with the Weeknd in the rapper’s place.

This Sunday’s closing set with Skrillex, Fred Again.. and Four Tet comes after the trio teamed up for a five-hour set at Madison Square Garden (21,000) in New York in February.

Prior to that, they joined forces for a run of three surprise shows in three nights at Camden’s Electric Ballroom (cap. 1,500), Electric Brixton (1,700) and the art deco Troxy (3,100) in London.

 


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Frank Ocean pulls out of Coachella weekend two

Frank Ocean has pulled out of his headlining slot at Coachella this coming Sunday (April 23) and defended his “chaotic” set during the opening weekend.

Representatives for the US star said a leg injury had prompted last-minute changes to the weekend one show, which included an onstage ice rink being melted.

The divisive concert – Ocean’s first in the US in six years – was ultimately curtailed due to curfew rules after he arrived on stage nearly an hour late.

The performance was pulled from the YouTube livestream and his merchandise was not available to buy at the festival.

“It was chaotic. There is some beauty in chaos. It isn’t what I intended to show but I did enjoy being out there and I’ll see you soon,” said the singer in a statement.

Blink-182 will replace the star on the bill, Variety magazine reported

In another statement, his representatives said he had withdrawn from the coming weekend’s performance on doctor’s orders.

“After suffering an injury to his leg on festival grounds in the week leading up to weekend one, Frank Ocean was unable to perform the intended show but was still intent on performing, and in 72 hours, the show was reworked out of necessity,” they said.

“On doctor’s advice, [Ocean] is not able to perform weekend two due to two fractures and a sprain in his left leg.”

Blink-182 will replace the star on the bill, Variety magazine reported. The band played a 50-minute set on Coachella’s Sahara Tent in a gig announced 48 hours before the event began.

The appearance at the Goldenvoice-promoted festival marked the first show of the reunited group’s comeback tour, which was postponed following an injury to drummer Travis Barker.

 


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Coachella weekend one: the headlines

The first weekend of Coachella 2023 is in the books, as the world-famous festival made its triumphant return to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

Bad Bunny, Blackpink and Frank Ocean headlined the 125,000-cap Goldenvoice-promoted event, which also featured acts such as Calvin Harris, Gorillaz, Burna Boy, the Chemical Brothers, Blondie, Rosalia, Eric Prydz, The Kid Laroi, Charli XCX and Bjork.

For the first time ever, YouTube is livestreaming performances from all six stages on both weekends of the festival, while Epic Games’ Fortnite launched Coachella Island as a new destination for creator-made music and art experiences, as the festival lived up to its cutting-edge reputation.

Here, we look at some of the biggest headlines from Coachella’s opening weekend…

History-making headliners

The most diverse and inclusive Coachella in history saw Blackpink become its first K-pop headliners, and Bad Bunny installed as its first Latin American and Spanish-language headline act. Frank Ocean, meanwhile, was the first openly gay man to top the bill at the festival. Ocean’s performance – his first show in six years – was pulled from the YouTube livestream and his merchandise was not available to buy at the festival. The singer’s divisive headline set was ultimately curtailed due to curfew rules after he arrived on stage nearly an hour late. Nevertheless, the Los Angeles Times hailed it as “perhaps the most elaborately conceived Coachella performance since Beyoncé’s game-changing set in 2018.”

Surprises galore

Blink 182 played a 50-minute set on Coachella’s Sahara Tent in a gig announced 48 hours before the event began. The appearance marked the first show of the reunited group’s comeback tour, which was postponed following an injury to drummer Travis Barker. As ever, there was an abundance of surprise collaborations to be found across the festival, including Labrinth and Billie Eilish; Boygenius’ Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, who joined Muna on stage; The Weeknd, Future, 21 Savage, Diddy, Don Toliver, Mike Dean guesting with Metro Boomin; and Gorillaz welcoming the two surviving members of De La Soul. Elsewhere, Bad Bunny’s set featured guests such as Post Malone, Rosalía was joined by her fiancé Rauw Alejandro, and Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding performed Miracle live together for the first time.

The price is right?

General admission weekend tickets for Coachella cost $499 to $599, with VIP tickets priced $1,069 to $1,269. However, a TikTok video complaining about the price of food and drink at the festival went viral. “Just so you all know, these two coffees and two burritos cost us $64. Capitalism really popped off today,” Jackie Tanti told her followers on the platform.

Dancer injured in fall

An acrobatic dancer at Coachella was rushed to a hospital after falling during a performance. NME, via TMZ, reports the dancer was performing while suspended from a cloth during a DJ set when she fell from the height onto the exposed floor. No update has been given on the dancer’s condition, with Coachella yet to comment on the incident.

Better call Paul

Enigmatic electronic music guru Jai Paul made his presence felt at Coachella, choosing one of the world’s biggest festivals to make his live debut. The British producer and songwriter’s “shyness teetered between earnest and too unpolished”, notes a middling review by Variety, which nonetheless concludes that the talent and promise is definitely there”.

Coachella weekend two will be held from 21-23 April. Rostr breaks down the agencies and data behind this year’s line-up here.

 


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Coachella returns to Fortnite

Coachella is returning to Epic Games’ Fortnite with the official launch of Coachella Island for this weekend’s festival.

The Goldenvoice-promoted festival’s 2023 edition is scheduled for Indio, California from 14-16 and 21-23 April, headlined by Bad Bunny, Blackpink and Frank Ocean.

Starting at 3pm ET tomorrow (14 April), Coachella Island is billed as a new destination for creator-made music and art experiences, marking “a continuation of Fortnite and Coachella’s shared commitment to showcase, empower and reward artists”.

Inspired by the festival’s landscape, the “music-reactive” island has been built by creators from Alliance Studios and features desert mountains, polo fields, palm trees and day to night cycles.

Alongside virtual replicas of Coachella art installations including Spectra, the Coachella Ferris Wheel and balloon chains, the Art Park features two new art installations from Maggie West and Güvenç Özel, reimagined for the virtual world.

“The future of in-game music and art experiences should not mimic the real-world, but reimagine the magic and make it more accessible via a new medium”

Players will be able to explore the park, as well as take part in team vs. team minigames, and purchase 2023 Coachella-inspired Outfits and in-game items from the merch tent, accompanied by a soundscape by Coachella 2023 performer Porter Robinson.

The new Ask Me and Slide Stride Emotes, meanwhile, will feature music by Bad Bunny and Burna Boy. Players can also turn into Icon Radio in-game to enjoy songs from artists featured on Coachella’s 2023 line-up.

“The future of in-game music and art experiences should not mimic the real-world, but reimagine the magic and make it more accessible via a new medium,” says Sam Schoonover, innovation lead for Coachella. “We believe that the best way to do that is to enable and empower artists to show us the way. Just like the festival IRL is a stage for musicians, Coachella Island is now a canvas for gaming creators. Fortnite provides the tools needed to invite creators and fans to participate in this creative process.”

It was recently confirmed that, for the first time ever, YouTube will livestream performances from all six stages at Coachella on both weekends of the festival.

 


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Coachella to livestream all six stages on YouTube

For the first time ever, YouTube will livestream performances from all six stages at Coachella, on both weekends of the festival.

Bad Bunny, Blackpink and Frank Ocean are to headline the Goldenvoice-promoted festival, which returns to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, in a fortnight.

The 11th exclusive #CoachellaOnYouTube global livestream event sees the platform double the number of live stream feeds in action last year.

YouTube will again be selling exclusive Coachella and artist merchandise during the livestreams

For those who can’t watch live, the festival sets will be on repeat after the night’s final performance until the live show starts again at 16:00 PT/19:00 PM ET the next day. Highlights from many of the weekend’s performances will be made available on demand.

In addition, YouTube will again be selling exclusive Coachella and artist merchandise during the livestreams of this year’s festival.

YouTube Shopping will offer virtual viewers a chance to purchase exclusive merchandise without leaving the feed.

Custom merch from artists including Bad Bunny, Calvin Harris, Gorillaz, Ethel Cain, Fisher, Porter Robinson and YUNGBLUD will be available.

 


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Goldenvoice unveils new hard rock festival

Goldenvoice has unveiled a new hard rock festival, taking place at the home of Coachella this autumn.

Power Trip will see Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, ACDC, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica and Tool perform at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, from 6–8 October this year.

The promoter teased the festival yesterday (30 March) with a video that had fans declaring Power Trip ‘the hard rock version of Goldenvoice’s 2016 Desert Trip festival’, which featured Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Who and Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters.

Goldenvoice signed a long-term agreement with the Empire Polo Club to stage additional festivals on the site

The new festival comes two years after Goldenvoice signed a long-term agreement with the Empire Polo Club, enabling the promoter to stage additional festivals on the site.

Hotel packages and VIP passes for Power Trip go on sale on 4 April, while general tickets are on sale 6 April. Tickets start from US$599+fees for a three-day GA pass, up to the Pit VIP Package for $3448 including fees. For fans looking to sit in the first third of the auditorium, tickets start at $1524 inc. fees.

When it took place in 2016, each Desert Trip weekend accommodated over 70,000 fans, with around 35,000 on reserved seats. GA tickets were $399 with reserved seats from $699. Power Trip is also offering payment plans allowing fans to put just 50% of the cost down when booking initially.

The 642-plus acre desert oasis has been home to Goldenvoice’s Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival since its inception in 1999, as well as its country music counterpart, Stagecoach, which first took place on the grounds in 2007.

Goldenvoice is a subsidiary of AEG and one of the world’s biggest promoters. The company produces several festivals, operates 14 mid-sized venues and promotes over 1,800 shows per year.

In the past two years Goldenvoice has launched a number of new festivals including California Vibrations, This Ain’t No Picnic and Portola.

 

 

 

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Coachella reveals history-making 2023 lineup

Bad Bunny, Blackpink and Frank Ocean have been confirmed as headliners for Coachella’s 2023 edition.

The Goldenvoice-promoted festival will run across two weekends (14–16 and 21–23 April) at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

Bad Bunny, the 125,000-cap event’s first Latin American and Spanish-language headliner, is booked by UTA and recently usurped Ed Sheeran as the highest-grossing touring artist in a calendar year. The Puerto Rican rapper generated $435,388,660 for 81 shows in 2022, according to Pollstar data.

Blackpink, who will become the festival’s first K-pop headliners, and Ocean, who was due to headline the cancelled 2020 event, are both represented by Wasserman Music.

General admission weekend tickets cost $499 to $599

Other artists on the bill include Calvin Harris, Gorillaz, Burna Boy, the Chemical Brothers, Blondie, Rosalia, Eric Prydz, The Kid Laroi, Charli XCX and Bjork. Kaytranada, Becky G, Jackson Wang, Pusha T, Yungblud, Alex G, Labrinth, Christine and the Queens, Rae Sremmurd, Boygenius, Suicideboys, Wet Leg, Metro Boomin, Underworld and Porter Robinson are also slated to perform.

General admission weekend tickets cost $499 to $599, with VIP tickets priced $1,069 to 1,269. Other VIP packages are also available priced up to $9,000.

“Very limited” weekend one passes remain, while a presale for weekend two starts on Friday (13 January).

Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Swedish House Mafia and The Weeknd headlined last year’s festival, which was Coachella’s first in-person event since 2019.

 


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Ghana’s Afrochella ‘will not return’

Organisers of Ghana’s Afrochella festival say the event will not return in the wake of its 2022 edition.

Afrochella launched in 2017 and was most recently held at El Wak Stadium, near Accra, from 28-29 December with headliners Burna Boy and Stonebwoy. Other performers included Stonebwoy, Asake and Gyakie.

According to BBC, the announcement was made at the end of the festival at around 3am last Friday morning.

“This is the last Afrochella,” co-founder Abdul Abdullah told the crowd just after Burna Boy’s headline set.

No reason was given for the decision but last October it was revealed that Goldenvoice and Coachella are suing the event for copyright infringement

No reason was given for the decision but last October it was revealed that Goldenvoice and Coachella are suing the event for copyright infringement.

Afrocehlla organisers are accused of “actively promoting music events in the United States and in Ghana using the confusingly similar [name] ‘Afrochella’ and by fraudulently attempting to register plaintiffs’ actual trademarks as their own”.

According to a lawsuit filed in the US district court, the defendants “expanded their infringing conduct” via the launch of “at least seven different” Afrochella events in the Los Angeles area and “have refused to curtail their infringing use of plaintiffs’ registered marks, necessitating the filing of this federal lawsuit”.

“Despite repeated requests from Plaintiffs, defendants have refused to adopt their own distinctive event name and marks, and as a result, instances of actual confusion have already appeared on social media,” it added.

 


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