Kanye West and Billie Eilish are expected to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2022, but who else will appear at the top of the lineup remains up in the air. At this point, I’d say the festival itself is still probably up in the air.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, reports that the artist currently known as Ye is apparently deep into talks to headline the Sunday night slot for the festival, which has been scrambling to fill out its line-up ever since original headliner Travis Scott was removed from consideration after the deaths at his Astroworld festival late last year.
Scott was part of a bill that’s been getting shuffled around since 2020, when the festival was first delayed, and then outright canceled, due to COVID concerns. Fellow bill-mate Frank Ocean has been shunted to the hopeful safety of a 2023 headlining slot, while Rage Against The Machine, the third member of that doomed assembly of big-name artists, has now dropped out entirely.
Ye, meanwhile, has continued to truck along, having a 2021 that could best be described as “characteristically chaotic and disappointing.” In addition to the dissolution of his marriage to Kim Kardashian, the year also saw him release a new album, Donda, to decidedly lackluster reviews.
Eilish and West are slated to headline the 2022 Coachella festival, sources tell Variety, on Saturday and Sunday night, respectively. West headlined the festival in 2011 and Eilish had a breakthrough performance in 2019 (she would be the youngest artist to top the Coachella bill).