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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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.