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This is a running list of artists for Coachella 2018. It will begin pretty bare as we are 11 months away from Coachella, but throughout the year I will fill this out and update it as we learn things about Coachella 2018.
Below you will find all the speculation, rumors and news with artists circulating around for Coachella 2018. I begin with my Coachella 2018 headliner power rankings, where I give my official prediction for headliners as of the day I post this, as well as other artists who are rumored to be in the mix. After discussing the headliners I go into other big artists rumored for Coachella 2018 that aren't headliners.
Sadly Coachella is over, but it's never too early to begin speculating on who will be headlining Coachella 2018. This year will mark the first time we know definitively one of the headliners as Beyonce will make good on her missed headlining spot from Coachella 2017. I would expect Beyonce to take the Saturday spot as she was schedule to do for Coachella 2017. Thus, we have two spots still available as Coachella 2018 headliners, so let's have some fun and guess at who it could be.
It should be noted I have no inside information at all about Coachella: these are educated guesses based on tour dates, the last time artists have played Coachella, appearances at other festivals and more. First I will give my official predictions for Coachella 2018, and then discuss some other people who are in the running.
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.
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 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.
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.
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. Chance has already headlined Life Is Beautiful and Lollapalooza, so Coachella could be next on the list.
They are already on record that they'd love to headline Coachella one day, so I'd say they are definitely in the running for Coachella 2018. They did Outside Lands in 2017 and will be on the tail end of their current tour. Metallica is definitely in the running for Coachella 2018.
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.
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.
I will try to contain my fanboyism. I have been attending Coachella since 2015 and have been waiting for The National to be there. They recently have announced their first album in years and a full US and European tour. This tour will wrap up well before Coachella 2018, and puts them as a pretty likely contender for Coachella 2018. They haven't played the festival in years, will have new material and are a perfect act to fill into that Bon Iver subheadlining spot for 2017. Until I get actually information about them being there I can't put them in the 'likely' category at the top of the article, but I will be surprised if they aren't at Coachella 2018.
I'm going to tread carefully here as her fans are notoriously sensitive. I will just say it wouldn't be my top choice, but we shall see. I know some people think she's a headliner at this point but I don't think she's quite there: she seems destined for that Lorde / Sia / Florence + The Machine act just before the headliner. I can't see them having both Beyonce and Lana Del Rey as a headliner. Anyways, recently Lana Del Rey released a song titled "Coachella - Woodstock in my mind", whichg the official Coachella retweeted on Twitter. This sent the rumor mill into a frenzy that she would be at Coachella 2018. Yes, we are all desperate for news as it is so long until Coachella next year, but it does make you suspcious. She hasn't been at Coachella since 2014 so she is definitely in the timeframe where she is due for a return.
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.
Typically Coachella will release the lineup and then passes will go on sale in a day or two. Thus you can also expect to be able to purchase passes for Coachella 2018 the first week of January.
Again we have a full article on getting Coachella 2018 tickets, which can be read here. Again for brevity I will provide the cliffnotes of that article:
Now. Like go right now and book it! Just kidding - sort of. We tracked hotel prices every day from August on last year, which you can see below. The prices generally never go down: the earlier you book Coachella the more you can save. If you go with a hotel for Coachella I am going to plug our own Coachella Hotel Page where we track the prices for every hotel in the area and send you automatic updates if hotels drop to a price you specify. If you go with an AirBNB I would look now. My biggest advice with an AirBNB is make sure it is clear with the owner that you are renting for Coachella: you don't want them to realize later it is Coachella and cancel your stay when they realize they will make more money. There are many horror stories of this happening: be clear and upfront with your AirBNB when you book it! If you camp you are all set and don't need to stress about this. The amount you will pay depends on where you stay and when you book. Typically we do Coachella from Palm Springs and shuttle to Coachella. We typically book in June or so and get a rate of around $210 a night. If you want to stay closer expect a good deal to be north of $300 a night for a hotel.
Related Article: Full breakdown of Camping Vs. House Vs. Hotel for Coachella 2018.
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.