Coachella shakeup: Kanye West and Billie Eilish said to headline festival

Indio, California - The lineup for the upcoming Coachella Music and Arts Festival has been shaken up, as it has been reported that Kanye "Ye" West and Billie Eilish will now be its headliners.

On Thursday, Variety announced that Kanye "Ye West and Billie Eillish will headline this year's Coachella festival.
On Thursday, Variety announced that Kanye "Ye West and Billie Eillish will headline this year's Coachella festival.  © Collage: IMAGO/MediaPunch & screenshot/instagram/billieeilish

On Thursday, Variety announced that Kanye "Ye" West and the Billie Eilish will headline the annual festival, taking place later this year.

Swedish House Mafia has also been slated to be on the bill for the pop culture staple, but it hasn't been specified if the group will be a third headliner for the event.

Neither the artists, nor the festival itself, have confirmed the news or officially released a new lineup. But an announcement is expected in the coming days.

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The shakeup for the already sold out 2022 festival - which will take place over the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24 - had previously scheduled Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, and Rage Against the Machine.

Frank decided to move his slot back to 2023 due to the coronavirus outbreak, while Travis was removed following his role in the 2021 AstroWorld tragedy.

The rapper has received heavy backlash following the deadly Houston concert he organized in November, where 10 attendees tragically lost their lives during a crowd surge. Hundreds of concertsgoers were left severely injured and the event has resulted in multiple lawsuits against the Sicko Mode artist.

Rage Against the Machine has also apparently been removed from the bill, but the reason has not been clarified.

However since Ye - who just announced that he is working on Donda 2 - will be one of the performers, will there be a chance that he could bring Travis on stage? The two are often co-collaborators, but there's no telling who the Hurricane rapper will have pull up during his set.

This would also be the second time Ye has headlined the annual concert, whereas Billie was a highly-praised performer in 2019.

Other performers have yet to be announced, but Coachella 2022 is already looking like it will be a memorable one.

Coachella has been postponed four times due to the pandemic, and draws 125,000 attendees per day.

Cover photo: Collage: IMAGO/MediaPunch & screenshot/instagram/billieeilish

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