The 2015 Coachella lineup has been released. Jack White, Drake, and AC/DC have been named as headliners at this year’s event. Coachella will take place over the course of two weekends on April 10-12 and April 17-19. Other highlighted performers include, but not limited to: David Guetta, the Weeknd, Azealia Banks, Florence and the Machine, St. Vincent, and Hozier.
Critics and fans have already questioned Coachella’s diverse lineup of performers. One publication asked, “Specifically, how many hardcore fans of AC/DC thought to buy tickets when presale passes quickly sold out back in May? How many would be willing to endure a long weekend in the sun that’s not the Sturgis motorcycle rally? Do AC/DC fans know who Drake is?” The publication added, “This year, more than most, genre distinctions and divides seem more apparent.” Coachella is known for infusing rock, hip-hop, pop, and dance music under one umbrella. Some would argue, that’s the real beauty of this music festival. For those who may not know Drake, Lil B, or Action Bronson, maybe Coachella will help those people become familiar with these artists?
Coachella showcases some of today’s biggest artists combined with emerging musicians. Past notable artists include Madonna, The Killers, Kanye West, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jay-Z, and The Black Keys. Despite recent criticism, Coachella is one of the largest and most profitable music festivals in the US. In 2014, Outkast headlined the music festival event. Some of the featured performers included Beck, Lorde, Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, and Lana Del Rey. Last year’s event grossed a record-breaking $78.3 million in profits.
Social media also joined in on the debate about the popularity, or the lack of popularity, of the Coachella performers. Many have argued that this year’s artist list is not as big as last year’s celebrity performers. The font size of the artist’s names on the Coachella flyer has always been a huge topic. The biggest artist’s names have the largest font sizes on the flyer. Some fans find this procedure offensive and disrespectful to their favorite artists. Obviously, most fans would want to see their favorite artist listed on the flyer in big bold fonts.