The festival features eight different stages to cater to fans of rock, indie, country, folk, electronic, and hip-hop, so regardless of one’s musical persuasion, this lineup features something for everyone.
Childish Gambino performed his headlining slot at Coachella Friday night/Saturday morning in coordination the release of his new movie, Guava Island, directed by “This Is America” Grammy-award winning director, Hiro Murai.
The energetic performance was met with dips and dives of energy, as seen in the clip below where Donald Glover’s performing alter-ego hit festival goers with an intense new song possibly called “Warlords” (according to a leaked setlist) followed by a ambient, gospel rendition of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.” The new song covers tribal influences and energy through primal chanting, megaphone sounding vocals, and brooding tones.
Other highlights from the set included smoking a joint with a fan during “Late Night In Kauai;” dedicating “Riot” to Nipsey Hussle, Mac Miller, and his father, and the audience; and hugging Janelle Monáe after “This Is America.”
The film is directed by Hiro Murai, who directed the Grammy Award-winning “This Is America” music video along with numerous episodes of Atlanta, further building anticipation for the star-studded love affair. Rihanna plays a character named Kofi who falls in love with a singer, Deni, portrayed by Donald Glover (Chilidsh Gambino) himself. Deni begins to gain fame, dealing with the business woes and politics of throwing a festival. During the film, Glover’s character even perform’s Childish Gambino’s “This is America” and “Feels Like Summer.” He also sings a new song called “Red’s Cargo.”
Billed as “A Childish Gambino Film,” the film’s distribution method and release teasers through Amazon Prime are certainly derived from the creative mind of the renaissance artist.
Last year, news broke that Childish Gambino and Rihanna would co-star together in a new film called Guava Island. Now, the hotly anticipated feature from director Hiro Murai will officially debut during Coachella‘s livestream on Saturday night of the festival’s opening weekend.
With Gambino working alongside the director who also helmed his award-winning “This Is America” visual and numerous episodes of his hit TV series Atlanta, Murai’s involvement suggests Guava Island could be a music video, though the project is officially billed “A Childish Gambino Film.” The film, set and shot on location in Cuba, follows a narrative that finds Donald Glover and Rihanna’s characters in a relationship and Glover’s character getting kidnapped.
Childish Gambino will headline Coachella Friday night (April 13), and Guava Island will premiere the following evening. Tune in to Coachella’s YouTube channel to watch.
Coachella 2019 is just around the corner, and for those who couldn’t make the trek out to Indio, technology is here to save the day.
Fans can watch their preferred performances on Coachella’s YouTube channel, which indicates that 46 artists have been confirmed for live-stream coverage (and counting). These artists include Dillon Francis, Gorgon City, J Balvin, Wiz Khalifa, and more. While this is its ninth year in a row offering a live stream, it’s the first year that the festival will broadcast both weekends.
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In line with a lengthy track record of top-notch annual programming, Outside Lands‘ 2019 lineup is a mixed bag of musical talent that offers something for all types of music lover. The San Francisco affair’s collection of headliners is rife with artists who are in the midst of career hot streaks. Recent multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Kacey Musgraves tops the lineup with Anderson .Paak, Childish Gambino, and Flume. Attendees can presumably expect Flume to use his Outside Lands slot as a launchpad for new music, given his release of mixtape, Hi, This is Flume, and his ensuing announcement that more fresh material would soon follow. Paul Simon, Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers, Blink-182, Kygo, Leon Bridges, and Lil Wayne round out the remaining headliners.
Outside Lands’ 2019 lineup represents the electronic genre in its broad scope. RL Grime, San Holo, Big Wild, DJ Koze, Justin Martin, Shallou, and Bob Moses appear among the many producers tapped to perform at the festival. Moreover, DJ Koze, Bay Area-natives Luttrell and Justin Martin, and Flying Lotus‘ lauded 3D show all appear on this year’s billing too. Outside Lands will descend upon San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park from August 9-11. GA and VIP passes to the event will go on-sale on March 28 at 10 AM PT, and can be purchased, here.
The show’s veteran producer Ken Ehrlich purportedly reached out to the triad of industry crème de la crème, two of which are nominated for Album of the Year, to offer performance slots. All three declined. The artists’ representatives also opted not to comment on whether or not Drake, Lamar, or Gambino would even attend this year’s ceremony.
“The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world,” Ehrlich told TNYT. “When they don’t take home the big prize, the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad.”
Ehrlich did acknowledge, however, that the Grammys have a tendency to alienate the hip-hop community.
With news from Thursday that Ariana Grande, who just dropped her sure-to-be Billboard-chart-topping thank you, nextalbum, won’t be attending the Grammys because of creative disagreements with Ehrlich, the pedestal-ed award ceremony continues to take shots for exclusivity and circuitous power grabs.
Ehrlich also told reporters it was “too late for her [Ariana Grande] to pull something together,” which she quickly denied on social media and asserted it was because they wouldn’t let her perform “7 Rings.”
Tickets for Coachella‘s 2019 edition flew off the virtual shelves within hours — even minutes! — of going on sale.
The iconic California festival’s first weekend, slated for April 12-14, sold out of its general admission tickets in just 40 minutes, with tickets for weekend two (April 19-21) following shortly after. Six hours after going public, all Coachella passes were entirely sold out. The past two years, tickets sold out within three hours.
The festival’s full billing includes a large number of mainstream dance acts. DJ Snake, Diplo, Bassnectar, Four Tet, and more all land top of the billing. Coachella will run for two back-to-back weekends in mid-April. The first weekend of Coachella 2019 will take place from April 12 to 14, while the second will run from April 19 through April 21. The festival will return to its home at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
Passes will go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. PT /2 p.m. ET.
For more than a decade, DJ Earworm has been blending the year’s top songs into a massive “United States of Pop” mashup at the end of each year. He began the series in 2007, kicking off with a combo of songs from Soulja Boy, Akon, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Fergie, and more. It’s been 11 years since that inaugural mashup, and Earworm hasn’t slowed down in the slightest.