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Who is performing at Coachella 2023

Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, and Frank Ocean are the headlines of this year’s edition of Coachella.

America’s biggest annual music festival is just around the corner. Coachella returns to the Empire Club in Indio, California on the weekends of 14-16 and 21-23 April. We’re entering the hot zone of early festival season, and the truth is that it doesn’t really start until after Coachella, which sets the musical trends for the entire season. Every year, music fans wait with great anticipation for Goldenvoice to announce the festival’s full line-up, and this year the wait was a little longer than usual or desired. The truth is that Coachella once again presents a star-studded lineup that is distinct in style, nationality, and talent.

Let us begin with the daily headlines. Bad Bunny leads Fridays, BLACKPINK leads Saturdays, and Frank Ocean leads Sundays. Calvin Harris is also featured as a special sub-headline with the tagline “Returning to the Desert”. Frank Ocean was the first reveal of this lineup. In an unusual move by festival co-founder Paul Tollet, Frank Ocean was confirmed for the 2023 edition on the spur of the moment. The artist was one of the headliners for the canceled 2020 edition of the festival, and in 2021 it was confirmed that he would return as a headliner. BLACKPINK is the biggest K-pop group right now and is sure to make a splash, as they did in 2019 when they performed at this festival. It’s also important to note that they are the first Koren act to ever headline Coachella. Bad Bunny is the first Latin artist to headline this and any other major festival in America, making it a great event as well. It’s refreshing to look at the headliners and realize that there are no rock bands and that only one act is English-speaking. This is diversity at its best and underlines the increasingly eclectic character of Coachella.

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The mix is also becoming more diverse in terms of musical genres. Staying true to its indie origins, Coachella presents itself this year with a menu that also includes rock, pop, hip-hop, and many others, but in which electronic dance music is very well represented. Testpilot, Maceo Plex, Jamie Jones, Idris Elba, Vintage Culture, Mochakk, Dennis Cruz, and PAWSA are some of the representatives of this genre who will be performing on the 14th and 21st. The Saturday program will be led by Eric Prydz, who brings his mind-blowing HOLO show to the desert, as well as Tale Of Us, Elderbrook, Keinemusik, Hot Since 82, Monolink, WhoMadeWho, Carlita, Mathame, Colyn, and many others. Techno will also not be missing from this edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Boris Brejcha, Adam Beyer, Cassian, and CamelPhat are some of its representatives, as well as other dance acts such as Fisher + Chris Lake, and Sasha & John Digweed.


Former headliners Gorillaz and Björk are also represented in this line-up, which once again surprises us with its diversity. The first weekend is sold out, but you can still get a ticket for the second weekend. This and more information can be found on the official website.


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