The official lineup for this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, taking place April 13-15 and 20-22, has arrived.
After an annual game of speculation, the festival's parent company Goldenvoice made its announcement last night, confirming (as rumored) that The Weeknd, Beyonce and Eminem will headline each of its respective three nights.
The festival, one of the world's most successful, is often looked to for evidence of emerging trends in music's mainstream. Comparing its flyers in years past (always the subject of font-size analysis and behind-the-scenes power brokering over it) to this edition, rap and hip-hop have clearly risen to the top of pop culture. Contrasting Coachella's lineup 10 years ago — with Jack Johnson, Prince and Roger Waters headlining — 2018's seems to show, at least in its top billings, rap and R&B taking over the center of the landscape. But also, further down in the font sizing, its bookings of Princess Nokia, Jidenna, Moses Sumney, Kamaiyah, Aminé, DeJ Loaf and producer TroyBoi.
There is an important first this year, too: Beyonce's performance on Saturday marks the first time that a black woman will headline. The superstar was supposed to headline the festival last year, but had to pull out of the slot after becoming pregnant, and was later replaced by Lady Gaga. This year's April dates will also be Beyonce's first performance since giving birth to her twins in June 2017.
Though Eminem hasn't performed on the Coachella stage since his 2012 appearance with Dr. Dre, the 2018 Governor's Ball lineup announcement today is a clear inkling that the diamond-selling Detroit rapper will be hitting the festival circuit hard this summer in support of his recent album Revival. (Other duplicate bookings include Tash Sultana, 6lack, Kali Uchis, Vance Joy, Russ, BROCKHAMPTON, Aminé and Moses Sumney.)