Radiohead, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar top Coachella lineup

Kendrick Lamar headlines Coachella’s Sunday program this year.
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As previously forecasted, rock behemoths Radiohead, likely Grammy queen Beyoncé and hip-hop breakout Kendrick Lamar top the lineup for this year’s Coachella, the nation’s most popular music festival, located four hours southwest of Las Vegas.

Notable live acts such as The xx, Lorde, Future, Father John Misty, New Order, DJ Shadow, Bon Iver and Empire of the Sun—and club heavyweights like DJ Snake, the teaming of Porter Robinson and Madeon, DJ Khaled, Dillon Francis and Marshmello—also comprise the larger-font participants that’ll play at Empire Polo Club on April 14-16 and April 21-23.

Weekend tickets, starting at $399 for general admission, along with various camping and parking passes, go on sale tomorrow, January 4 at 11 a.m.

Despite heaving leaned heavily toward mainstream dance music and up-and-coming indie pop in recent years, this year’s Coachella—its 18th edition—boasts a well-rounded offering more indicative of its pre-EDM era. Traditionalists wondering if indie-oriented guitar bands would disappear entirely from the bill might be relieved to read the names of a scene pioneer like Guided By Voices (playing the fest for the very first time), stalwarts like Warpaint and Real Estate, and surging outfits like Jaguar Ma, Whitney, Tacocat and Car Seat Headrest. And those who have long made the trek to Indio for the festival for its deeper dance program should find agreement with live and DJ bookings like Nicolas Jaar, Dixon and Four Tet—all highlighted performers at our own Further Future last May—Maya Jane Coles, Moderat, Floating Points, up-and-coming fave Floorplan and the eye-raising grouping of Detroit techno founders Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins and Derrick May (now called The Belleville Three).

Also noteworthy: Australian act The Avalanches, which reunited last year after a 16-year hiatus; year-end-list faves Kaytranda, Mitski and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard; longtime world-music icons Toots and the Maytals and King Sunny Adé; and film composer Hans Zimmer.

In years previous, local venues and Strip nightclubs have booked Coachella acts who remain in the American southwest during the roughly two-week period. So far, only alt-pop act Bastille, rising R&B act Kehlani and Zimmer have been announced for the Chelsea (April 14), Brooklyn Bowl (April 20) and Park Theater (April 21), respectively.

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