Coachella 2015 Lineup Announced Amid Varied Reactions
It’s that time of year again when Coachella will be here before we know it. AC/DC, Drake, and Jack White were officially announced Tuesday morning as headliners for this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival. The three day festival takes place on two back-to-back weekends in April in Indio, California with an identical lineup for both weekends.
AC/DC headlines the first night of Coachella with Jack White on night two and Drake the final night. Other big names performing at Coachella this year include Tame Impala, Florence and the Machine, Steely Dan, Interpol, original Wu-Tang members Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, and Belle and Sebastian. The full lineup can be found below.
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For AC/DC, their appearance at Coachella will be the first appearance at a festival in twenty years. Coachella kicks off their world tour, but their drummer Phil Rudd may not be touring with them. He’s accused of threatening to kill two people and also possession of Methamphetamine and cannabis. He’s entered not guilty pleas, and a hearing has been set for February 10.
Reading through many of the comments on the Facebook page for Coachella, many music lovers weren’t sounding overly enthusiastic with the lineup at this moment. Some listed bands they had been hoping to see in the lineup such as Childish Gambino, ZHU, and J. Cole. Others were simply questioning “Why Drake?” at Coachella while still others were adding “Is this a joke?”
Back in December last year, Billboard had predicted Drake would headline one of the nights at Coachella.
The LA Times believes Drake can “probably” bring lovers of different music genres together at Coachella.
“A unifying force like Drake can probably bring all these disparate crowds together (and who among us is truly above pounding a Heineken at the finger-tapping guitar intro to “Thunderstruck?”).”
Randall Roberts with the LA Times writes, “Coachella made its name by connecting inventive rock, rap and dance music under the same banner — in the process confirming and helping steer pop music’s direction. But this year, more than most, genre distinctions and divides seem more apparent.”
Busta Rhymes weighed in with his opinion of Coachella’s lineup on Twitter.
Who will be the “king” (or “queen”) of Coachella this year? Last year, The Inquisitr reported the title belonged to Pharrell Williams, who played at Coachella to “a packed field, with fans screaming and pushing their way closer to get a view of the “Happy” singer.”
Tickets for Coachella start at $375 and go on sale today at noon PST. For those of you who are buying tickets today for Coachella, if you’re on the page before noon, you must refresh the page, according to the official Coachella website.
Are you planning on attending Coachella this year?