Music festival lovers across the world rejoice: the 2019 Coachella lineup has been released, and it does not disappoint. Headliners for the April music festival in Indio, California will include Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Ariana Grande, who will perform on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively, of both weekends. Coachella will take place on the weekends of April 12 and April 19 — and the headliners are just the tip of the iceberg, in terms of how much musical goodness will go down in the California desert this year.
Per the Coachella announcement, 2019 performers will include Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Khalid, Zedd, Kid Cudi, Solange, Rosalía, SOPHIE, Mac DeMarco, Idris Elba, Jon Hopkins, Kaytranada, Anderson .Paak, Juice WRLD, Playboi Carti, Let’s Eat Grandma, Bad Bunny, Sheck Wes, Gesaffelstein Bassnectar, Wiz Khalifa, Kacey Musgraves, Maggie Rogers, Gucci Gang, and more.
Passes for the festival will go on sale on Friday, Jan. 4, at 11 in the morning, according to the announcement. In the meantime, performers have already begun to speak out, sharing their excitement about stepping onto the stage at Coachella. Grande tweeted, "humbled and excited as all hell
@coachella thank u"
Grande will be just the fourth female to headline at Coachella in history, following Bjork, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé. Based off of the Coachella lineup history, Grande will also be the youngest headliner in the music festival's history, at 25 years old.
But Grande isn't the only one who will be breaking records by performing at Coachella this year: BLACKPINK will also be the first ever all-female Korean pop group to perform at the festival, according to Billboard's Jeff Benjamin.
Though it might seem hard to recollect a time when Coachella wasn't a world-stopping event that marked the beginning of Spring each year, it's actually a relatively young music festival. According to HypeBeast, the first Coachella festival took place in 1999, and made so little money that performers agreed to receive deferred compensation. The festival was cancelled in 2000, then kickstarted again in 2001, earning $2.28 million dollars.
By 2010, the festival earned over $20 million dollars, according to Hype Beast, and by 2016's festival the earnings were over $90 million. Now, the festival is known for being a well-oiled machine, churning out flower crowns, Instagram posts, and endless swoon-worthy performances by top musical acts.
Gambino hasn't yet made a public statement yet about his headliner status. Tame Impala took to Instagram to celebrate the news, writing on Jan. 3, "New year. New shows. New sounds."
Though headliners tend to take up the most room for hype, it's looking like BLACKPINK might give the headliners a run for their money this year. On the night of the lineup announcement, BLACKPINK was trending on Twitter at a higher volume than Grande, Gambino, or Impala combined.
Producer Eugene Lee Yang explained the hype in a tweet, writing, "I've loved K-pop since the 90s. I've pushed for it in my content. I've had countless chats with music insiders about its Western breakthrough, which has been happening the past few years. BLACKPINK playing Coachella is hugely significant. The locals have no idea what's coming."