The lineup for the 2023 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival arrived Tuesday, and with headliners Bad Bunny, Blackpink and Frank Ocean leading the bill, it’s clear that Coachella’s global trajectory has continued in recent years will.
Puerto Rican rapper-singer Bad Bunny, whose “Un Verano Sin Ti” spent 13 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard and was the best-selling album of 2022, will become the first Latin artist to headline Coachella when he at both Fridays plays Im April.
K-pop girl group Blackpink, who filled the Sahara tent at Coachella in 2019 when they became the first K-pop to perform at the festival, are now returning as the first K-pop headliners. They play on Saturdays both weekends.
Long Beach singer-rapper Frank Ocean is the only native artist to make headlines this year, but he’s also a bit of a unicorn, having not performed live since 2017, though he was originally booked to perform at Coachella for the through to direct the pandemic delayed 2020 edition. He finishes on Sundays.
Coachella 2023 looks different this year than other major festivals because of the headliners alone. Bonnaroo also announced his lineup Tuesday, which includes Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters and Odesza as headliners for the Tennessee Festival. BottleRock in Napa on Monday dropped its lineup with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lizzo and Post Malone as the top artists.
And Coachella hasn’t just booked Bad Bunny and Blackpink — the lineup is packed top to bottom with an eclectic act from around the world.
Before the festival opens at Empire Polo Field in Indio on Friday April 14th, we’re going to dive deeper and research the newcomers and lesser-known artists in the lineup, but for now we’ll make our first attempt at the lineup guide you through our patent-pending InstantLineupAnalyzer and see what six themes the music machine is bringing to the market for 2023.
1. It’s a big world: K-pop and Latin music are making headlines here and all year long lately, but Coachella 2023 features artists from both of these admittedly big genres, booking acts from six of the seven continents. (Better luck next year, Antarctica!)
Nigerian singer Burna Boy, who made his debut at Coachella in 2019, returns as the third-place artist on Friday, the same day that South African DJ Uncle Waffles is performing. French singer Christine and the Queens is another returnee, while Belgian electropop singer Angèle offers another opportunity to test her remaining high school French.
Spanish flamenco pop singer Rosalía also performed in 2019 and returns this year as the runner-up performer on Saturday. Jackson Wang from Hong Kong, a standout player at Head In The Clouds 2022, plays on Sunday. And of course the EDM acts represent countries from Germany (Boris Brejcha) to Brazil (Mochakk), Italy (Tale of Us) to England (Nia Archives).
2. Skirt (if that’s what you’re looking for): Gone are the days of indie rock guitar bands at Coachella, but if you look around the lineup, you can still find some of that loud electronic music. Hardcore and punk is one of the larger categories this year with acts like Sleaford Mods, Soul Glo, Knocked Loose and Scowl.
But there is also softer rock here and there. Phoebe Bridgers returns to the desert with sad-girls supergroup Boygenius, which also includes Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus. Weyes Blood, Ethel Cain and Snail Mail also perform in a similar mood.
And Wet Leg, one of four acts on the program currently nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist – the others are Tobe Nwigwe, Domi and JD Beck, and Latto – are a particularly charming must-see rock band.
3. Female Rappers: As always, rap has a strong presence at Coachella, although what’s most striking this year is how many of the rap artists are women. Sure, male artists like Pusha T and Rae Sremmurd are making appearances this year, but the woman is at the forefront with artists like Latto, Flo Milli, Noname, GloRilla, Ashnikko and Doechii to name a few.
4. Familiar Faces: If you’ve been going to Coachella for years, or maybe just the past few years, many of these names may seem unfamiliar to you. Relax, we’ve got a few acts to suit you like a pair of fluffy slippers and a cup of tea on a cold and rainy day.
Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk is Sunday’s second act to perform right before Frank Ocean. New wave legends Blondie play on Friday and alt rockers The Breeders perform on Saturday. Classic electronic rockers are represented by the Chemical Brothers, Underworld and Sasha and Digweed.
5. Local Heroes: Southern California musicians are also scattered across the bill. Orange County’s The Garden made the second line on Friday. Santa Barbara native reggae rock band Rebelution performs Saturday. Los Angeles teen punk rockers Linda Lindas also play on Saturday.
Others include Palm Springs’ Danny Lux, who recently launched Viva! Pomona and Sudan Archives, the stage name of violinist and singer Brittney Parks, whose “Home Maker” was one of President Barack Obama’s 25 Favorite Songs of 2022 (by Bad Bunny, Rosalia, Ethel Cain, and Burna Boy in his top 25.)
6. Desert Delights: You never know what unexpected surprises will turn out to be the best moments of the festival. Still, there are intriguing names here and there that might be worth checking out this year.
House music producer Eric Prydz presents HOLO on Saturday, an innovative, visually spectacular show using 3D holographic images. EDM star Calvin Harris returns for first time since 2014; His name is floating separately from the rest of the cast on Sunday, suggesting he could play a post-headlining show after Frank Ocean, and given his star-studded collaborations, that could be a very big deal.
Marc Rebillet isn’t a household name, although the chronic online viewers know him better as Loop Daddy, due to the viral videos of him mixing improvised R&B/dance music, often in his boxers, from his bedroom, hotel room, wherever always. His Saturday set should be a fun one.
Actor Idris Elba returns to DJing this year, making fans’ knees go weak. Hopefully they’ll take him to a bigger stage this time. Last time, the Zuma tent was a packed madhouse when it was the turn of the star behind the decks.
And Los Bitchos, who unfortunately have an early set on Sunday, could be the perfect band for Coachella 2023. Four women based in London but originally from Uruguay, Australia, Sweden and England playing mostly instrumental psychedelic cumbia surf rock? It doesn’t get any more global than that.
https://www.ocregister.com/2023/01/11/coachella-2023-festival-lineup-6-big-takeaways/ 6 Great Takeaways – Orange County Register