When the composition of Coachella 2022 was announced in early January, the Swedish House Mafia took a rare, almost unprecedented place in the hierarchy of the most important official poster of the festival: a font the size of a headliner, but at the bottom of the line and no date.
In a few days, Variety released a few hundred words pondering what it might mean, one possibility of this was that the festival was hedging its bets in case the headliner Kanye West – who came out of the previous Coachella lineup just days before its announcement – He left again, which happened on Monday.
However, hours after news broke that West would not be performing at the festival, which begins in 10 days, there was speculation about who – if anyone – could fill the now-open headliner Sunday after Harry Stiles on Friday and Billy Isle on Saturday. Variety the last 24 hours has blown up phones, trying to figure out what’s up (like Hits Daily Double), and while we don’t have definite answers, we have interesting informal prospects. (Representatives of Goldenvoice and AEG Presents promoting the festival, as well as participants of all participants declined to comment.)
It is important to note that not everyone can become a headliner at the largest and most popular music festival in North America. The gold standard, of course, is the Beyoncé “Homecoming” set of 2018, a visually and musically electrifying spectacle that has caused waves around the world.
The headliners also have to bring their A-game, otherwise they risk being ahead of the lower-performing performances: in 2006, Daft Punk premiered its pyramid show, one of the key concerts of the decade, at Coachella, but their score was lower than Depeche’s. Mode. In 2019, Billy Ailish really established himself as a superstar on the Coachella stage; she was sixth in the score that day.
Five realistic top names have been named as potential replacements for West – and that doesn’t include Weeknd, which we’ll just exclude from the list of headliners. He is deeply involved in the filming of his series on HBO’s “Idol”, in which he co-authored, co-directed and starred, and his own tour of the stadium begins only in July. The man, also known as Abel Tesfaye, isn’t doing anything half-hearted, so strike him off the list as a headliner – although it’s possible he could join the Swedish House Mafia for one or two songs. Eyes below…
Justin Bieber: Although he seems the opposite of a traditional Coachella artist, Bieber really took to the festival stage with fellow Scooter Braun manager Ariana Grande in 2019 – and it’s no coincidence that many Generation Zs grew up with him, so there’s a nascent factor Nostalgia. (To put it in terms that Generation X would understand, it’s similar to what Lionel Richie performed as a headliner at South by Southwest a few years ago). Coachella’s weekend, he has a show in Austin, Texas, on Sunday’s second weekend that can be postponed but still makes it unlikely. In addition, according to “Hits”, the big stage of Bieber, which should be pulled to half the country, would be a problem for the festival – and, apparently, he should become the headliner next year?
Travis Scott: He was one of the headliners of the four-time postponed Coachella for 2020, but was fired after 10 people were killed when a crowd marched to the stage during his headliners at the Astroworld festival last October. While his agents worked to keep him in the accounts, and there was even a fan petition, holding Scott’s first concert since the tragedy at the largest festival in North America in just six months seems like an absolutely horrible idea.
Silk Sonic: 70s duo Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak won four Grammy Awards last weekend and are now on a month-long break from their popular Las Vegas residence, which could be turned into a production worthy of a headliner set in Coachella – which is just a few hours drive from Vegas. However, the duo’s album takes only half an hour, and they will have to fill their set with either material from Mars or a solo catalog .Paak – or perhaps some covers they performed during the surprise in Vegas after the Grammy Awards. However, it seems tense, and expanding the show – both musically and visually – from the 5,200-seat Dolby Theater in Vegas to the 125,000-seat Coachella Festival would be a challenging, albeit impossible, task. (Of course, shortly after the publication of this article, TMZ said the group refused because there was not enough time to assemble a suitable set.)
Tyler, Creator: The rapper with a wild imagination seems to be the best, most possible and most branded option of the new names in the game: he has just finished a tour of North America, and he will take into account the much-needed hip-hop. West’s departure. He’s also an AEG artist, which certainly doesn’t hurt. However, sources report Variety that he was offered, but he wants to save himself for his own Camp Flog Gnaw festival, which traditionally takes place in the fall (in other words, he’s probably holding on for more money).
Swedish House Mafia + special guests?A: As mentioned above, the EDM Titans are already on the bill and they know how to organize a great show. However, if music and video are not at the level of Daft Punk, electronic performers will find it difficult to headline a festival of non-exclusively dance music like Coachella – unless they bring in some big guests. And what you know: SHM has collaborated with Weeknd, Sting and Ty Dolla Sign in recent months – and the songs featuring them are on the first official album of the reformed band “Paradise Again”, which comes out on Friday the first weekend of Coachella.
So if one of the above (or another) headliner doesn’t show up in Kanye’s slot, this one seems most likely.
Time will tell! Variety will have more information about the situation as it develops …