Huge line up announcement with Radiohead, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar headlining the Californian festival across two weeks.
Yesterday evening saw Coachella organisers release their huge line up for the 2017 edition of the festival with a wide-spanning collection of artists. Oxford rock giants Radiohead return to the festival they headlined last in 2012. Beyoncé will bring her sensational Formation setup and flawless live performance to the main stage on the Saturday whereas Kendrick Lamar, the seven time Grammy Award winning rapper, finally gets a call up to the top of the bill. This slot will confirm to many people that Kendrick Lamar is, with exception to perhaps Kanye West, the most important rapper in the world right now.
Elsewhere the festival will see the return of Lorde, whose last full show was back in November 2014. The xx will bring their new album I See You to the two weekend long festival which will also see big performances from Bon Iver, Father John Misty, New Order and Mac Miller.
This year’s line up sees a strong representation from the worlds of Hip Hop and Dance with big slots for Travis Scott, Future, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, ScHoolboy Q, Gucci Mane, Justice, Porter Robinson & Madeon, DJ Khaled, Steve Angello and Dillon Francis.
There is strong UK representation from the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Glass Animals, Bastille, Jack Garrett, Blossoms, Warpaint, Stormzy and BANKS whereas US fans will be particularly interested in the return of Future Islands, the eccentric alternative band whose live TV performances have led to phenomenal demand to see them live.
The line up shows extreme promise but also highlights the current political and cultural situation in the US. On seeing the line up for the festival, I came across a brilliantly written piece by the Los Angeles Times which discussed this point further, the link to which is right here: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-coachella-beyonce-kendrick-20170103-story.html
It proves an interesting read and something to think about when looking at the line up poster below.