Festival Season 2018 is officially in full effect, with Coachella announcing it’s official 2018 lineup. It is no surprise that Beyonce is one of the headliners since she had to bail last year when she found out she was pregnant. Likewise, big hitters Eminem and Weekend are both pushing new albums.
What is most surprising is the lack of a major rock act on the Coachella bill. There is no U2 level band headlining, or a Foo Fighters-type of traditional rock act. War on Drugs is a jam band that found surprising success with their new album, and they are the closest thing to a traditional rock act on the top line. There are no surprise reunions this year either, like Bauhaus, the Pixies or LCD Soundsystem in years past.
Synth based groups like ODEZA and Chromeo occupy a surprising number of the highlighted slots. And super DJs like Kygo are Jean-Michel Jarre are playing the main stage now. Older acts like David Byrne really feel out of place on this lineup, especially sandwiched between Tyler, the Creator and alt-J.
Beyonce is leading the charge for women this year, but there is no lack of female power in the top slots this year. Female led groups like St. Vincent and HAIM and rappers like Cardi B and R & B acts like SZA dominate the featured areas of the lineup.
This is a massively diverse group of musicians that spotlights Coachella’s movement away from muscular rock and further into the realm of pop. It is no surprise that rap rules the lineup, because it also rules the airwaves. Tyler, the Creator, Post Malone, Migos and Cardi B all hold featured status.