After some Kanye West-sized drama, Coachella has released their 2019 lineup, including Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, and Tame Impala in the headlining slot. Twenty years after the inaugural festival, Coachella still stands above a crowded calendar of packed lineups by boasting the biggest pop star on the planet and a few event performances.
This year it’s Grande, who had more headlines and hits than most in 2018 and is already priming anticipation for a new album, less than a year after her number one LP Sweetener. The singer is a cultural force right now, shattering records and keeping timelines flooded. It will be tough to match Beyoncé and what she did last year, but it’s tough to argue than anyone else demands more eyeballs at this moment than the “thank u, next” singer.
For Childish Gambino and Tame Impala, it’s the circumstances that surround them that raise the hype for their headliner status. Donald Glover recently wrapped what is said to be his last tour as Gambino, but left a trail of new music along the way. Could a Coachella booking mean the final Childish Gambino album is imminent? Maybe.