aThe head of Coachella’s highly anticipated comeback—after a pandemic that caused a three-year hiatus—we took a step back from the course of the event’s musical development. From the early 2000s rock years to the more modern names of pop and rap, we’ve also included every one of the festival’s signature labels.
1999 – Beck, Fury Against the Machine, Tool
Coachella’s breakthrough into the world of festivals is perfectly aligned with the post-grunge era, hence the inaugural titles for influential rock bands, Rage Against the Machine and Tool. On Bill was also the experimental sounds of Beck, who rose in popularity in the 1990s with his eclectic mix of hip-hop, folk, and rock.
2001 – Jane’s Addiction
Because of its location in Southern California, a drought put the festival on hold in 2000. However, it made a comeback in 2001, with a smaller lineup. At her one-day event, they invited Jane’s Addiction to head the bill.
2002 – Bjork, an oasis
Supporting Icelandic singer Bjork’s success abroad was her invitation to a desert event as the first woman to make headlines. The next day’s mega roster consists of Oasis, Foo Fighters, The Strokes and The Prodigy, who are kicking off the return of the original two-day event format.
2003 – Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers doubled their welcome on the main stage over rock currency. That weekend also began the camping ritual at the site. Fans can now return to their tents after a busy day with fan favorites.
2004 – Radiohead, Treatment
The 2004 headliners included Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Radiohead, and The Cure, the festival’s first completely sold-out event. These looks will mark the first return to Coachella for both businesses.
2005 – Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails head coach Trent Reznor gave one of his first sober performances in the desert, shortly after a stint in rehab. Coldplay also debuted in the United States months before the release of their third album X&Ycementing their position as one of the biggest bands in the world.
2006 – Deira mode, the tool
Although Depeche Mode and Tool were the main draw of the weekend, Daft Punk’s LED electronic binary pyramid performance made Coachella history.
2007 – Bjork, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine
In order to compete with Lollapalooza’s recent expansion of a two- to three-day event, the 2007 Coachella Festival mimicked the extension. It brought back previous headlines and praised Billboard’s Rage Against the Machine as the group’s second best festival performance ever.
2008 – Prince, Roger Watjack Johnson
As a last-minute attempt to increase ticket sales, Prince was added to the playlist just weeks before the 2008 festival was due. The decision proved successful, with the initial lineup of Roger Waters and Jack Johnson hampering sales.
2009 – Paul McCartney, The Killers, The Cure
Paul McCartney became the first Beetle to headline the Mojave tent, as their opening-day performance spanned 54 minutes during their allotted time. However, the plug on Sunday veteran’s group, The Cure, was pulled when they bypassed their midnight curfew.
2010 – Jay-Z, Moses, Gorillas
Instead of selling one-day tickets, Coachella tested a new strategy of offering tickets only for three days. Although the response varied, thousands turned out in droves. Jay-Z became the first-ever rap star.
2011 – Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, The Strokes
Despite Kanye West’s current controversy, this 2011 groundbreaking work remains indisputably one of hip-hop’s greatest fest groups among critics. On top of that, his fellow pioneers, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, and The Strokes, made for an unforgettable weekend of music giants.
2012 – The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
With the festival booming in popularity, 2012 saw an extension of its original version from two weekends to two weekends and the festival has continued to coordinate ever since. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s joint performance made headlines when they resurrected the late Tupac, as a three-dimensional character, to perform two songs for the audience.
2013 – Blur, The Stone Roses, Phoenix, Red Hot Chili Peppers
The British ruled with Blur and The Stone Roses, followed by Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s third return to the desert. The Wu-Tang Clan was at the bottom of the list, but their outstanding performance proved that they had great energy in the stage.
2014 – OutKast, Muse, Arcade Fire
In 2014, EDM finally overtook major rock bands. Calvin Harris, Skrillex, and Disclosure all earned major points under OutKast, Muse, and Arcade Fire.
2015 – ACDC, Jack White, Drake
Tickets disappeared within 20 minutes after they went on sale, and for good reason. Not only did ACDC, Jack White, and Drake make people a legendary roster, the latter broke the internet when his special guest, Madonna – the Queen of Pop – landed a kiss on the rapper’s lips on stage.
2016 – LCD Soundsystem, Guns N’ Roses, Calvin Harris
The 2016 Coachella Festival was a reunion of two of its three titles; Modifications were made to Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose and Slash after a decade of split, and the LCD audio system was rewired after its dissolution was announced in 2011.
2017 – Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar
When Beyoncé got pregnant with twins, she pulled out of her sunroof spot, leaving Lady Gaga to take her place. Kendrick Lamar also made his debut before returning the following year in a surprising collaboration with Vince Staples during the finale of his collection.
2018 – The Weeknd, Beyoncé, Eminem
“Beychella” was coined after iconic Beyoncé made history as the first black woman to headline the festival. Her performance will later be the subject of a 2019 Netflix documentary Homecoming. Eminem and The Weeknd rounded up the roster for an R&B and Rap event.
2019 – Childish Gambino, Tami Impala, Ariana Grande
In the year leading up to the pandemic shutting down large-scale music events, top artists covered the musical range with hip-hop Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande’s pop and Tami Impala’s alternative indie music. Grande’s guest appearance for Justin Timberlake’s NSYNC on the weekend was a special one.
2022 – Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Ye
The upcoming festival has called on the biggest names in music to wake them up from a three-year hiatus. Harry Styles made his desert debut, with Billie Eilish and Kanye West. However, Ye’s recent “alarming behavior on the internet” has subjected him to a recent petition from a fan to ban him from appearing in the headlines. While the 2022 Grammys officially prevented him from performing, it is not yet clear if Coachella will follow suit.
Coachella takes place April 15-17 and April 22-24 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.