Coachella 2023 Lineup: Bad Bunny, Blackpink, Frank Ocean

After two years of pandemic-related postponements and lineup chaos, the 2023 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio will present its most global and diverse roster of headliners yet.

Urban music superstar Bad Bunny, K-pop girl group Blackpink and reclusive R&B icon Frank Ocean are slated to headline the 22nd edition of the festival, which will bring 125,000 fans daily to the Empire over the weekends of April 14-16 Polo Club will lure 21.-23. April. This year marks the first time that the festival will be headlined exclusively by non-white artists.

Festival promoters Goldenvoice and AEG originally booked Ocean to headline the 2020 festival, which Goldenvoice Chief Executive Paul Tollett pushed back and eventually canceled during the worst of the pandemic. Though Ocean hasn’t performed in Los Angeles since 2017 or released an album since 2016, the spirited singer recently re-issued his landmark LP, Blonde, on vinyl and is widely expected to debut new material at the festival.

Bad Bunny, Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2022, will make his second Coachella appearance after a main stage set in 2019. The Puerto Rican singer, rapper and actor will be the first artist from Latin America and the first Spanish-speaking artist to headline the festival. His most recent album Un Verano Sin Ti helped make his recent worldwide stadium run, including two sell-out nights at SoFi Stadium in September and October, the highest-grossing tour of all time by a Latinx artist.

Blackpink, who made a rousing debut at the festival in 2019, now return as a star act on the back cover of their second album, Born Pink. The group sold out two nights at LA’s Banc of California Stadium in November and will become the first Asian act to headline Coachella.

A four-piece K-pop girl group

Black pink.

(YG Entertainment)

Further down the bill, Spanish experimentalist Rosalía, Afrobeats titan Burna Boy and K-pop star Jackson Wang have prominent spots. Other notable acts include Latin alt-pop singers Kali Uchis and Becky G; hip hop stars Pusha T, Doechii, Glorilla, Flo Milli and Suicideboys; welcome alt-rock veterans Björk, Blondie, Gorillaz and the Chemical Brothers; and Gen Z favorites Linda Lindas, Dominic Fike and The Kid Laroi. Also featured are 2023 Best New Artist Grammy nominees Tobe Nwigwe, Wet Leg and Domi and JD Beck.

Last year’s return of Coachella, hailed by COVID-weary fans, got off to a rough start as headliner Travis Scott dropped out after the 2021 Astroworld mass casualty event, followed by Kanye West, who also canceled just before the festival began.

Eventually, Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and a combo of Swedish House Mafia and The Weeknd headlined the event.

While Coachella was once again the most profitable music festival in America last year, 2022 has been a challenging year for the festival industry in general. Other Goldenvoice festivals like Day N Vegas and Palomino have faced market difficulties.

Goldenvoice has released an additional, limited number of tickets for both Coachella weekends, starting at $499.

The festival’s country cousin, Stagecoach, will be held at the same venue from April 28-30, with headliners Luke Bryan, Kane Brown and Chris Stapleton.

Bad Bunny, Blackpink and Frank Ocean will headline the 2023 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

Bad Bunny, Blackpink and Frank Ocean will headline the 2023 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

(Golden Voice)

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Sarah Ridley

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