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Coachella 2018 Headliners: Rumors, Predictions and Guesses

Posted at June 26, 2017, 1:50 p.m.

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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.

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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

  • St. Vincent - New album with a new tour kicking off this winter. The entire west coast is absent from her tour dates, making Coachella seem probable. She last played in 2015 and killed it, expect to see her high on the lineup again in 2018.

Coachella 2018 Lurking Artists

  • The National - Touring all winter and Spring with gaps from March to June
  • 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

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.
  • Lorde - Played in 2017 and has a LA show at Staples Center in mid-March
  • 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

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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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.

Coachella 2018 Headliners Guesses

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.

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. 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.

Non-Headliner Coachella 2018 Speculation

The National

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.

Lana Del Rey

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

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.

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?

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:

  • 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

Summary

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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