Frank Ocean's taking to the stage, but where are the female headliners? Here's what's going down at the Californian desert festival in April
Get out your flower crowns and place an order for the eco-glitter - the Coachella lineup has been announced. I know, we too had just started to feel okay about deciding that the festival in the California desert maybe wasn't for us (after all, we have Glastonbury). But wait, what’s this: Our beloved Frank Ocean to headline? Rage Against the Machine to channel our inner teen emo?
This year, with a headline gig also from Travis Scott and other appearances from Run the Jewels, Calvin Harris and Rex Orange County, just might be the one we lose our Coachella virginity and splash our summer funds a little prematurely. For those on the fence, the 2020 lineup promises that there really is something for everyone - scroll here for evidence.
According to Collins Dictionary, the actual definition of moshing is “to engage in a form of dancing to heavy metal music in which dancers freely bump into each other as they jump up and down in an area (mosh pit) usually just in front of the bandstand.” If there was ever a band to conjure up such a spectacle, it’s Rage Against the Machine. Also, any opportunity to sing Killing in the Name and Know Your Enemy in a crowd is really quite something.
The one that’s dressed head-to-toe in amazing vintage garments, has a nose ring and has been going to Glastonbury since 1970 (despite being born in 1994). We all know someone like this. Well, this year the Coachella lineup dishes all kinds of delicious indie-pyschedelic-folk-electronic treats for her. Said girl's heroines, Lana Del Ray and FKA twigs have confirmed their Sunday slot, and on Friday and Saturday Thom Yorke, Friendly Fires and Weyes Blood are set to play.
For those that have a penchant for popular music originating from South Korea, the K-pop legacy that was set last year by BLACKPINK will continue this year with BIGBANG.
Despite Rage Against the Machine giving full permission to mosh (see previous definition), My Chemical Romance will not be making an appearance. When lead singer Gerard Way announced the band were reuniting for a 2020 tour, many dug out their dusty Black Parade CD in hopes of them playing Coachella. Sadly not this time. Alas, you can leave the heavy eyeliner and fingerless gloves at home.
After headline shows from Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Ariana Grande in previous years, we’re a little disappointed there’s no females gracing the stage for the top spot. Even Lana Del Ray is just a warm up act for Frank Ocean on Sunday. But don’t be too disheartened, there are plenty of strong female acts to watch out for during the three-day festival, from Charli XCX and Princess Nokia to Peggy Gou.
Persuaded? Tickets for weekend one of the festival have now sold out, however weekend two pre-sale tickets will be available from Monday 6th January, 12:00 PT from the Coachella website. Register here.