With Kanye West out at Coachella, the festival is rushing to fill the spot.
As previously reported, The Weeknd is among the superstar names on the short list. The “Out of Time” singer, who headlined the festival in 2018, is gearing up for his own stadium tour this summer and Coachella would be a fitting kickoff.
Fresh off their four Grammy wins, Silk Sonic is also a contender for Sunday’s closing slot once occupied by Ye, reports Billboard. The duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak are proven showmen with a residency at Park MGM’s Dolby Live in Las Vegas that runs through late May.
Doja Cat is already on Sunday’s bill, but she could be bumped up to the headlining spot. Her live shows, including Lollapalooza in South America, have been receiving rave reviews, setting the stage for an epic Coachella performance.
According to HITS Daily Double, other names being tossed around include Tyler, the Creator, who is currently on his “Call Me If You Get Lost” tour, as well as Justin Bieber, who is also on tour. However, the “Peaches” singer is rumored to already be in talks to headline next year’s festival.
Another possibility is moving Swedish House Mafia to Sunday night and adding The Weeknd as a special guest. The two acts share management and previously collaborated on “Moth to a Flame.”
Travis Scott is even being thrown back in the mix, although he is considered a long shot. The allegedly uninsurable rapper was slated to headline the festival prior to the Astroworld tragedy.
After missing two years due to the pandemic, Coachella will return to Indio, Calif. on April 15-17 and April 22-24. Billie Eilish will headline on Friday, followed by Harry Styles on Saturday.