Coachella 2018 Headliners: Rumors, Predictions and Guesses

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Coachella 2018 Lineup Discussion

Welcome to our Coachella 2018 lineup extravaganza! Here we have a running list of the latest rumors, along with our headliner predictions for Coachella 2018. Remember if you want our monthly Coachella newsletter with this information automatically sent to your inbox just head over to our registration page and add Coachella as an event you are interested in. We are expecting the official Coachella 2018 lineup in early January.

Coachella Confirmations / Likely / Unlikely / Confirmed Out

This is a running list of artists for Coachella 2018. I have include several sections ranging from artists we know are in/out to those that are rumored/lurking. This is continuously updated throughout the year.

Coachella 2018 Confirmed Artists

  • Beyonce - After dropping out in 2017 Beyonce will return as a headliner for Coachella 2018.

Coachella 2018 Likely Artists

  • None

Coachella 2018 Lurking Artists

  • Alt J - No tour dates in California, no shows after February and a Goldenvoice favorite - I'm suspicious
  • The War On Drugs - LA Show in October is early enough to keep them in contention; tour ends in February with open dates for the Spring
  • Odesza - Playing a lot of Goldenvoice venues, tour dates open after February
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - A Goldenvoice favorite that has a new album coming in 2018 and has already been booked for some Goldenvoice appearances at other venues
  • The Weeknd - There are A LOT of rumors The Weeknd is headlining Coachella 2018. He has no conflicts with tours and has not played Coachella since 2015, making someone of his popularity due.
  • The Chainsmokers - Tour dates suspiciously end in early March, right before Coachella. Also heavily rumored, with some people claiming to have insider info, to be subheadlining at Coachella 2018
  • Kygo - Tour dates aslign very well for a Coachella announcement come January

Coachella 2018 Unlikely Artists

  • Paramore - Paramore has announced a cruise named Parahoy! that will run from April 6th to April 10th from Miami to the Bahamas. I would say this puts them as unlikely for Coachella given it's close proximity to Coachella. It's not impossible for Paramore to be there in 2018, but I would be surprised.
  • Queens of the Stone Age - With the announcement of Cal Jam we feel its unlikely Queens of the Stone Age will be at Coachella 2018. It doesn't rule them out technically but I wouldn't feel confident they will be there.
  • Coldplay - They have shows in LA and San Diego in early October and just wrapped up a major tour last year; it would be unlikely they would be at Coachella in a headlining spot in 2018.
  • Metallica - They are touring Europe in April and while this doesn't fully eliminate them it seems unlikely they would be at Coachella in 2018
  • Wolf Parade - Recently announced a new tour, including an LA date on 1/20. The venue is a Goldenvoice operated location, so they could still play Coachella but generally a show this close to Coachella makes you less likely
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - February shows in both Pomona and more importantly in Los Angeles at the Fonda Theatre
  • Margo Price - March 1st show in Los Angeles has her very unlikely to be at Coachella
  • Mumford & Sons - Playing ALTer EGO at the LA Forum in January
  • Beck - Playing ALTer EGO at the LA Forum in January
  • Cage The Elephant - Playing ALTer EGO at the LA Forum in January
  • The National - Playing ALTer EGO at the LA Forum in January
  • Dashboard Confessional - Playing ALTer EGO at the LA Forum in January

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Coachella 2018 Artists Confirmed to be Out

  • All Coachella Headliners From 2016, 17 - LCD Soundsystem, Guns N' Roses, Calvin Harris, Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar
  • Taylor Swift - Show at the Rose Bowl on May 19th
  • Foo Fighters - Tour shows scheduled over Coachella dates
  • Fleetwood Mac - Tour in 2018 confirmed to not begin until June of next year, so they are out as a Coachella headliner
  • Twenty One Pilots - Seem very unlikely given this.
  • The Stone Roses - The band is now broken up and is definitely not coming back to Coachella for 2018
  • U2 - Exclusive contract with Live Nation
  • Dan Auerbach - Playing The Wiltern in Los Angeles in February
  • St. Vincent - We stand corrected, as we originally had her as very likely for Coachella. Recently she announced a tour stop at The Palladium in Los Angeles in January so she is out
  • Deadmau5 - Banned from Coachella
  • Arcade Fire - Touring Europe in April
  • Imagine Dragons - Touring in Europe during Coachella
  • The Killers - Touring with a show in LA in February
  • Lana Del Rey - Recently announced tour dates in Europe during Coachella so she is officially out
  • Lorde - Conflicting tour dates
  • Run The Jewels - Touring with Lorde, conflicting tour dates
  • Mitski - Touring with Lorde, conflicting tour dates
  • Spoon - LA show in January likely eliminates them
  • Peter Hook & The Light - Tour announced with LA dates in May
  • Harry Styles - Touring Europe during Coachella W1 and Australia during W2
  • Dua Lipa - Show announced for Hollywood in February
  • Clean Bandit - US Tour dates during Coachella
  • STRFKR - Announced show in Los Angeles crosses them out
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Tour date in Los Angeles in March at the Orpheum eliminates them from Coachella contention
  • Walk The Moon - LA Show at a Live Nation venue has them eliminated from Coachella 2018
  • All Artists on Flogigng Molly's Salty Dog Cruise (The Offspring, Flogging Molly, The Vandals and more) - Cruise takes place over Weekend Two of Coachella, eliminating all artists
  • Judah & The Lion - Conflicting tour dates during Coachella
  • Van Morrison - Two February shows at The Wiltern in Los Angeles
  • St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Widespread Panic, Dark Star Orchestra & Rest of Wanee Festival - Festival conflicts with Coachella Weekend 2
  • The Kooks - LA show at The Wiltern in June

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Coachella 2018 Speculation

Let's dive a little deeper into the Coachella speculation. Above you see all the artists that are in/out/possible based on tour dates and leaked info, but let's do some predictions. We begin with the headliners. We already know Beyonce will be there and likely snagging the Saturday main headlining spot. Let's begin with my Coachella 2018 headliner power rankings! For the record I have no insider information: I'm just like you - a guy who loves Coachella and guessing who will be there.

Our Coachella 2018 Headliners Guesses

My Official Coachella 2018 Headliner Guess #1 - Nine Inch Nails

Yes I would admittedly love this, but I think Nine Inch Nails will be the Friday headliner. Why? First, there's always some sort of rock group at Coachella as a headliner. Coachella also loves booking the older bands in this Friday slot too: whether it is a reunion or a still current band, the trend lately is to be an older, rock group. Nine Inch Nails fits the bill pretty well and is a Goldenvoice darling. Nine Inch Nails will headline two Goldenvoice festivals in 2017: Panorama in NYC and FYF Fest in Los Angeles. Some may think they wouldn't put Nine Inch Nails in Coachella 2018 after playing FYF, which is so close to Indio, CA. I would tell them to look at Kendrick Lamar, who headlined FYF in 2016 and Coachella in 2017.

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My Official Coachella 2018 Headliner Guess #2 - Gorillaz

Again, I would be ecstatic. Gorillaz are doing a lot of festivals in 2017: Outside Lands, Life Is Beautiful, etc. Notably they are not doing any of the major Goldenvoice festivals such as Panorama, Coachella, Hangout or FYF. I just can't see Gorillaz doing a round of festivals and not hit up Coachella. It reminds me of how Radiohead did a bunch of festivals in 2016 and Coachella got them at the tail end in 2017. Jack White was a similar situation a couple years ago. Gorillaz have headlined Coachella before, so I could see them doing it again at Coachella 2018. They only tour once every 5+ years, so I just feel Coachella will snag them when they are on.

Other Potential Coachella 2018 Headliners

So those are just my guesses, but there are plenty of other people in the running. Here are some other people who make sense for Coachella as a headliner in 2018.

Potential Coachella 2018 Headliner - Chance The Rapper

Chance is on a hell of a run and I could easily see it continuing to Coachella 2018. Coachella missed out on him in 2017, when he is having potentially the best year of any artist, so they could rectify this in 2018 with having Chance headline. If anyone is wondering if Chance is big enough to headline Coachella I would say stop wasting your time: he's headlined Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, and 30 other festivals in 2017 - he's big enough. That said, he has three Los Angeles shows from October to December, which is a lot for someone to headline Coachella. I honestly hope Coachella gets someone a little more unique, but it wouldn't shock me to see Chance in 2018.

Potential Coachella 2018 Headliner - Depeche Mode

Goldenvoice loves bringing in the old band, and Depeche Mode seems like a classic Friday Coachella headliner. They are currently on a massive tour, so they will be sharp for 2018. This has sparse Main Stage crowd on Friday night written all over it. I don't think this is as likely as some ohter options personally, but I'd say they are in play for sure.

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Potential Coachella 2018 Headliner - Swedish House Mafia

Personally I feel this is more likely an Ultra reunion given it's their 20th anniversary, but I have definitely seen SHM floated around as a possible Coachella headliner. They would definitely be big enough to garner a rare EDM headliner, so it would really come down to if they wanted to do it at Coachella 2018 or somewhere else. Coachella inarguably draws more EDM fans year after year so this would be a good play to that growing demographic as well.

Potential Coachella 2018 Headliner - Eminem

Eminem has never headlined Coachella and it's been so long it makes me suspect he just never will. It just seems like if it was going to happen it would have already. That said he does have a new album out as of November 2017, so it is likely he will be touring and potentially playing some festivals. He has headlined other major festivals such as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Bonnaroo. I would love to see him on the Polo Fields, and this could potentially be his last go around. Make this happen Coachella.

Potential Coachella 2018 Headliner - Arctic Monkeys

There is a lot of debate on if they are big enough to headline Coachella. I think they are, but it would be a bit disappointing. The last few years have featured major rock headliners like Radiohead, Jack White and Guns N' Roses. If Arctic Monkeys were the sole rock headliner it would be a bit lackluster, and I really love them. That said, they are heavily rumored to be in headlining contention for Coachella 2018.

The Weeknd

Potential Coachella 2018 Headliner - The Weeknd

There is a lot of buzz that The Weeknd will be headlining Coachella 2018. I personally think he is too close to Beyonce in terms of fan overlap for Coachella to have him headline along Queen Bey, but I have been wrong plenty of times in the past. He actually closed out the Main Stage in 2015 despite not headlining and he had an absolutely massive crowd. He hasn't been at Coachella for a few years now and it does seem like he'd be due this go around. If he is there he would only headline this time around so he is definitely a possibility to headline Coachella 2018.

Non-Headliner Coachella 2018 Speculation

The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers are heavily rumored to be at Coachella. It's been some time since they were there, and their tour dates line up with them ending in March, leaving them open to the summer festival season. No, they would not headline Coachella, but they would likely subheadline. I can definitely see them fitting into the Zedd spot to close out Outdoor or the Sunday subheadlining spot. Despite not headlining this would likely be either the 2nd or 3rd biggest crowd of the festival.

Lana Del Rey

I am quite stunned that she is out for Coachella 2018. She recently announced tour dates in Europe that directly conflict with Coachella, so she is officially out. We really thought given her obvious love of Coachella (she wrote a song about it for God's sake!) she would be there in a subheadlining spot, but maybe she is destined for 2019 and not 2018.


Odesza seems really likely for Coachella 2018. They have announced a new album and tour, which has been selling out pretty impressively at large arenas. They seem like a perfect fit to either close out Outdoor one night or have the sunset on the main stage on Sunday, which has typically gone to an EDM artist in recent years.

Queens Of The Stone Age

As much as I want this to happen, as I mentioned above I would be surprised if it did. Queens of the Stone Age are subheadlining a new Live Nation festival in SoCal called Cal Jam and it appears this would hurt their Coachella chances. Despite the new album and tour, it seems we may miss QotSA this tour cycle.

Fleet Foxes

I really think Fleet Foxes will be at Coachella 2018. They only put out an album twice a decade, so Coachella needs to snag them while they are touring. They haven't played the festival since 2009, have no conflicting tour dates as of now and are the type of critically acclaimed indie band Coachella typically snags.

When do Coachella 2018 tickets go on sale?

Coachella already had their presale in June, so the next time you can get tickets will be in early January during the general sale. The last few years this has happened the first week of January, so look for tickets then.

Any tips for securing Coachella tickets during the sale?

The video above goes over all the basics for Coachella tickets. We also have a great tickets guide located here. Here's the short version:

  • Be on time: tickets usually go on sale at 10 am. Do Not show up at 10:05, show up at 9:50 and be ready to go
  • One the time hits you will enter a Coachella virtual waiting room that randomly lets people in and allows them to purchase Coachella 2018 passes
  • Use multiple devices and browsers: use your laptop, iPad, iPhone, and whatever else will connect to the Internet
  • Friends can buy passes so anyone in your squad going to Coachella with you should be trying to get passes
  • If you have a large group and one person gets through they can buy two passes as a time. However, once they purchase them they should go back into the waiting room. My fiancee always seems to get right back through to purchase more passes. One year she got through to purchase four times before I got through once!
  • Know what passes you want before hand (VIP vs. GA) as you have a limited amount of time to complete your transaction
  • In general I feel the difficulty of getting Coachella passes is a myth: every year I have wanted to go we get tickets. Follow the tips in the article above, be punctual, and you will be fine

NOTE: Click "2017 Coachella Hotels" to see how the prices behaved last year every day


Stay tuned for more updates - this is a running article so check back regularly for more updates as we learn more about who will be at Coachella 2018 and announcement on tickets are made.

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