Sure, it's a rarity at any music festival to have a major female headliner, and Beyoncé and Bjork have been exceptions to the rule at Coachella over the years. But after two years in a row when at least one woman was headlining one of the festival's three weekend nights — last year it was Ariana Grande, and in 2018 it was Beyoncé — fans were starting to think maybe the tide had turned.
This year's Coachella lineup dropped on Friday morning, and in addition to Calvin Harris returning as a headliner after topping the festival's bill in 2016 — though he's actually a small-print, second-fiddle headliner on Friday this year below Rage Against the Machine (who headlined the first Coachella in 1999) — Travis Scott will be headlining the two Saturdays of the fest, and Frank Ocean is the headliner for Sunday. In the smaller-print category, there are a couple of women: Megan Thee Stallion performs Friday, Summer Walker is on Saturday, and Lana Del Rey is on Sunday. And while she may be a headliner for many gay male and teen fans, Carly Rae Jepson doesn't even rank in the top three font tiers of the flier — but she'll be performing on Saturday April 11, and Saturday April 18.
In other novelties, Fatboy Slim will be visiting from the 1990s, Radiohead's Thom Yorke is returning to perform on Saturday, and Lil Nas X will be taking one of the stages on Sunday.
Because Coachella is now a cultural touchstone, especially for Southern Californians, more than a concert, the festival's first weekend sold out before the lineup was even announced. Pre-sales for Weekend Two begin Monday at noon Pacific Time — and you can register now for early access. The festival runs this year from April 10 to 12, and then April 17 to 19.
And below, the parody "Gaychella" lineup that's been making the rounds, which, obviously, is just a dream, and includes both Mariah Carey and her evil twin Bianca.