The world-leading Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival is back with the much-anticipated lineup announcement for its upcoming 2020 edition. Returning to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., across two weekends—weekend one takes place Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 12; weekend two takes place Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19—Coachella 2020 will feature headlining performances from the recently reunited Rage Against The Machine (Friday), hip-hop giant Travis Scott (Saturday) and R&B avant-gardist Frank Ocean (Sunday). Other artists rounding out the lineup include Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, FKA twigs, Flume, Thom Yorke, Lil Uzi Vert, Run The Jewels, Megan Thee Stallion, Disclosure, 21 Savage and many others.
Coachella, the most successful reoccurring festival franchise, is known for its wide-spanning annual lineups, which regularly predict and solidify music trends while also reflecting the current state of the industry. This year’s artist roster continues the trend.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the Coachella 2020 lineup and what it means for the year ahead.
Reunions, Surprise Acts And Comebacks
The big reunion at Coachella 2020 is the return of Rage Against The Machine, who last performed at the festival in 2007 and last played together as a group in 2011. Elsewhere, K-pop fans worldwide are ecstatic for the return of South Korean boy band BIGBANG, who are reuniting as a group for the first time since 2018, the year the act went on official hiatus after some of its members enlisted in their homeland’s military and another member retired from the entertainment industry amid criminal and legal investigations against him. The BIGBANG booking continues Coachella’s expansion into K-pop, which last year welcomed BLACKPINK as the first K-pop girl group to perform at the festival.
The biggest surprise act to wow Coachella fans is Danny Elfman, the former Oingo Boingo frontman who’s since become a film and TV score composer virtuoso. (You might know him best as the man behind the everlasting theme song of “The Simpsons” as well as the scores and music for major blockbuster films like Planet Of The Apes (2001), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) and many others.) While Elfman may be the odd man out at this year’s lineup, he joins fellow film score composer Hans Zimmer, who performed at the festival in 2017, in Coachella history.
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