The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella or the Coachella Festival) is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley, in the Colorado Desert. It was co-founded by Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen in 1999,
in this year’s event, Beyoncé will headline the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club, along with Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead, promoter Goldenvoice announced Tuesday.
The festival, set for April 14-16 and 21-23, will feature the alternative rock group Radiohead on Friday, superstar Beyoncé on Saturday and rapper Kendrick Lamar on Sunday.
Other notable names on the bill include repeat visitors Lorde, Father John Misty, Bon Iver, New Order, the XX and Justice.
Some tickets went on sale in June, but the rest can be bought starting 11 a.m. today at www.coachella.com.
Here are five things you need to know about the 2017 lineup:
Beyoncé is a Big Deal
Beyoncé is arguably the biggest star on the planet and easily one of Coachella’s biggest gets since the festival began in 1999.
Dave Brooks, editor and founder of Amplify magazine and a regular Coachella-goer since 2007, said landing Beyoncé as a headliner is an impressive accomplishment for the festival. He noted that she has only made a handful of festival appearances and could draw fans who’ve never gone to Coachella.
“For her to be playing one of the biggest festivals in North America is a testament to both Goldenvoice and their ability to book people and just the Coachella brand,” he said.
The genre-defying star, who released the audiovisual album “Lemonade” in 2016, has never performed a solo set at Coachella. She did appear in 2010 to perform with headlining husband Jay Z and also showed up with her sister Solange in one of the venue’s smaller tents in 2014.
Including Beyoncé, whose career trajectory is decidedly more pop than Coachella’s rock and electronic music roots, also shows off Coachella’s diversity.
She’s the first solo female performer to headline Coachella since Bjork in 2007. Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar also give the festival the most diverse headliners of its history.
More Hip-Hop Up Top
After a year with no hip-hop headliners, Lamar will close out the festival.
He was a huge hit last year when he showed up for Ice Cube’s set and had his own big performance in the afternoon in 2012.
Brooks noted that Coachella has had several hip-hop headliners in the past such as Drake, Jay Z and Kanye West, but with Lamar the festival has landed the most “high-profile and critically-acclaimed hip-hop artist out there right now.”“People who have seen him live really become fans because he’s just an incredible performer and an incredible lyricist,” Brooks said.
The genre gets a lot of love on the top of the lineup, including Travis Scott and Mac Miller on Friday, Future, Schoolboy Q, Gucci Mane and Tory Lanez on Saturday and Lamar, DJ Khaled and Lil Uzi Vert on Sunday.
No Big Reunion This Year
Coachella is known for getting band members who have hated each other or drifted apart back together.Last year alone saw Guns N’ Roses’ feuding members reunite to headline. Previous lineups have seen big reunions from Outkast, the Replacements, the Pixies and Rage Against the Machine, to name a few.
Well, a long-rumored reunion of the Smiths still isn’t on the bill. And really, who else are we waiting for? This year, the most notable reunions are Guided By Voices, the indie rockers who got back together in 2016 after breaking up for a second time in 2014, and Detroit techno trio the Belleville Three, playing together for the first time since 2010. “You don’t really have as many older bands, which is slightly different than in the past,” Brooks said.
Loyalty to Alt-Rock Royalty
The festival, which started in 1999, has long been a spotlight on alternative rock and the kings of the genre are the British gents in Radiohead.
Their 2017 headlining stint in support of 2016 release “A Moon Shaped Pool” will be their third. The band that has been reinventing itself since breaking big with “Creep” also headlined in 2004 and 2012.
There are plenty of other alternative and indie favorites returning, too, including Lorde, New Order, the XX, Father John Misty, Bon Iver, Future Islands and Empire of the Sun.
Brooks described Radiohead as “an excellent festival band” because they’ve got a deep catalog of songs, are touring a new album but haven’t made many festival appearances so far.
Paul Bahou, a 34-year-old Temecula resident who has gone to the past 12 Coachella shows, said while he’s excited for Beyoncé he’s disappointed there aren’t any outright rock bands like Guns N’ Roses or AC/DC as in previous years.
“It’s not the best balanced lineup,” he said, saying he was hoping for some more guitar-driven bands such as Metallica or Foo Fighters.
COACHELLA Can Still Surprise
Beyond the headliners, one of the artists most buzzed about Tuesday was one not known for playing clubs and concert halls — Oscar- and Grammy-winning film composer Hans Zimmer.
Zimmer, the German-born composer behind scores for movies such as “The Lion King,” “The Dark Knight” and “Gladiator,” will perform at Coachella on Sunday, adding the dates to his first U.S. tour.
“I think they’ve got a good mix of contemporary acts, a lot of emerging artists and more hip-hop than I’ve ever seen at the festival and a pretty good amount of EDM,” Brooks said.