Coachella Has Announced Its 2018 Hip Hop-R&B Oriented Lineup

Written by | January 2, 2018 22:29 pm | No Comments

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Coachella has already announced its 2018 lineup and it’s not gonna please everyone! First The Weeknd, Eminem and Beyonce are headlining the three days, and if Beyonce was a given since she had canceled last year and was replaced by Lady Gaga, the rest of the line up may have a few points in common with this Rolling Loud festival I attended: 2 weeks ago Migos, Post Malone? It sounds like Rolling Loud hip hop festival! Other notable rappers are obviously headliner Eminem but also Cardi B, Vince Staples, Tyler the Creator, blackbear and BROCKHAMPTON. R&B is also largely represented with The Weeknd, Miguel, Kali Uchis and electronica by Odesza, Jean Michel Jarre (!!), Soulwax, Louis the Child, Chromeo… as well as the unclassifiable Jamiroquai.

Rock & roll is not very much represented (you still have A Perfect Circle though), as it has been the case for several years at Coachella. However there are plenty of indie acts with a few of my favorite ones, such as St. Vincent, The War on Drugs, Alt-J, Portugal. The Man, Fleet Foxes, Angel Olsen, King Krule, Perfume Genius, Moses Sumney, First Aid Kit, the Bronx, the Drums, FIDLAR, LP, Børns, as well as two legends: Chic with Nile Rodgers and David Byrne! And I realize I haven’t noted HAIM, which are incredibly high in the lineup!

But overall, the lineup is very heavy on hip hop and R&B, which certainly represents what kids listen to these days. It’s low on EDM though, not a bad thing as far as I am concerned. If you haven’t followed closely the evolution of Coachella, let’s just say that, 5 years ago, we had The Stones Roses, Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lou Reed, Modest Mouse, Phoenix, Sigur Ros, XX, new Order, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Social Distortion, Wu-Tang Clam,… Should I continue? The target audience is becoming younger and younger every year.

The festival kicks off on April 13th and then wraps up weekend two on April 22nd.

But I still have to champion the bands I have seen in small clubs in Los Angeles and which made it to Coachella! Congratulations to Magic Giant, Oh Sees, Priests, Sir Sly, Cherry Glazerr, the Buttertones, and the Regrettes!

In case you can’t read the small letters, here is the entire lineup:

Friday

The Weeknd
SZA
Kygo
Jamiroquai
St Vincent
The War on Drugs
Vince Staples
Soulwax
Jean-Michel Jarre
Daniel Caesar
Kali Uchis
Los Angeles Azules
Deorro
Maceo Plex
Alan Walker
The Neighborhood
Alison Wonderland
Kelela
REZZ
Bleachers
Black Coffee
SuperDuperKyle
Justin Martin
Belly
TroyBoi
Dreams
Perfume Genius
PVRIS
Moses Sumney
LEON
Greta Van Fleet
Tank and the Bangas
Cash Cash
Whethan
Skip Marley
Elohim
Detroit Love
Benjamin Clementine
Carpenter Brut
The Blaze
Knox Fortune
MHD
Slow Magic
Avalon Emerson
Fazerdaze
Moon Boots
HITO
Helado Negro
The Buttertones
The Regrettes
Boogarins
The Marias
Senor Kino

 

Saturday

Beyonce
HAIM
Tyler, the Creator
David Byrne
alt-J
Post Malone
Fleet Foxes
Chromeo
Chic feat Nile Rodgers
BORNS
Louis the Child
Angel Olsen
Jungle
blackbear
MO
Tash Sultana
BROCKHAMPTON
Marian Hill
Alina Baraz
First Aid Kit
Snakehips
Highly Suspect
Wizkid
Jorja Smith
Alvvays
The Black Madonna
Tom Misch
Django Django
X Japan
Benjamin Booker
Flatbush Zombies
Ekali
Yaeji
Party Favor
Big Thief
Jason Bentley
Oh Sees
Sigrid
Busy P
The Bronx
AC Slater
Sudan Archives
Jackmaster
Otoboke Beaver
Chloe
Sir Sly
Hundred Waters
Pachanga Boys
Bedouin
Cherry Glazerr
Mild High Club
Priests
Ron Gallo
Declan McKenna
Bane’s World
KITTENS

 

Sunday

Eminem
ODESZA
The Man
Migos
A Perfect Circle
Cardi B
Miguel
King Krule
Illenium
Kamasi Washington
French Montana
GLACK
Vance Joy
Russ
LANY
The Drums
Amine
Jessie Ware
Jamie Jones
Kamaiyah
San Holo
FIDLAR
DeJ Loaf
Petit Biscuit
Ibeyi
LP
Motor City Drum Ensemble
Princess Nokia
AURORA
Noname
Jacob Banks
Chris Liebing
Jidenna
Hayley Kyoko
Barclay Crenshaw
LION BABE
Giraffage
Talaboman
THEY.
Cuco
Joseph Capriati
Hannah Wants
Nothing But Thieves
John Maus
Kolsch
Japanese Breakfast
MAGIC GIANT
Omar-S
Michael Mayer
Westside Gunn
Conway
Buscabulla
Peggy Gou
Snail Mail
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
B Boys
The Delirians

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