Coachella Lineup Rumors 2018

The official Coachella 2018 lineup will be released in January 2018, but rejoice, there’s no need to wait until then if you want to know the majority of artists that will be playing the festival.

Every year we post Coachella lineup rumors and we’ve gotten pretty good at it! Last year, in October 2016, we listed 136 bands we thought would be on the lineup, and 90 of them ended up on the official lineup, meaning our lineup prediction was 66% accurate.

The year before last, in 2015, we also successfully predicted 90 bands (we listed 140), for about 64% accuracy. So while we’re not claiming to know the entire lineup, the fact is that roughly 65% of the bands you see listed below will be playing Coachella 2018. (Guedita is still going to be a hater.)

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So how do we do it? We use the same strategy year after year: We analyze hundreds of band’s tour dates, monitor the booking sheet for Goldenvoice-owned venues, get random tips and emails from industry insiders, scour the Coachella forums and look for clues that the bands tweet or make public in magazine interviews. Got a tip, use the contact form to email us.

Coachella Lineup – Headliners

chance and the weeknd in 2018 performing at coachell

Chance the Rapper or The Weeknd

After winning multiple Grammys in 2017, including best new artist and best rap album, Chicago’s Chance the Rapper has been touring the world to great fan fare. He’s made his presence felt by headlining major festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo while toping radio charts. If Coachella continues to book a hip-hop/rap headliner as they have over the last few years, then Chance seems like a likely pick.

The Weeknd, who oddly replaced Jack White in the headlining slot in 2015, has been swirling around the rumor mill as a possible headliner for Coachella 2018. The Weeknd as essentially been touring around the world non-stop since 2015’s “The Beauty Behind the Madness” and has become the arguably the biggest pop star in the world.

We wouldn’t be surprised if The Weeknd is announced as a headliner, however we don’t feel 100% about this considering there might be too much crossover in genre with Beyonce. Two pop stars doesn’t seem likely.

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metallica on lineup in 2018


Yes, we made this prediction last year and they did not play. But it only seems fitting to have one of the greatest heavy rock bands of all time pick up where AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses left off.

Pessimists may argue that Metallica’s European spring tour makes them a no-go, however the way we see it, the open calendar dates from April 11th to April 26th allow for enough time to fly back from Europe and play two shows at Coachella between April 13-15 and April 20-22.

beyonce performing in 2018


This should come as no surprise as Beyonce was supposed to headline Coachella 2017, but because she was pregnant with twins, she opted out of performing on the advice of her doctor. Instead, Lady Gaga filled the headlining spot and Beyonce agreed to headliner Coachella 2018.

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Undercard Acts

odesza on the lineup for 2018 coachella festival


The chillwave duo from Seattle had one of the most memorable sets at Coachella in 2015. Odesza were talk of the festival after they brought out the USC Marching band to perform with them on stage in a packed Gobi Tent.

In the two and a half years since they first played the festival, Odesza has become one of the biggest names in electronic music, and because they are currently touring to support their latest album, it is very likely they will be at Coachella 2018.

portugal the man rumored to be playing coachella

Portugal. The Man

If you’ve listened to the radio in the last six months, then you understand just how big Portugal. The Man has become since releasing their latest album “Woodstock.”

The band has played Coachella twice before, but that was back in 2010 and 2013, so they’re long overdue. Consider them a shoe-in to play Coachella 2018.

cut copy live

Cut Copy

Cut Copy, the electronic dance band from Australia, is another veteran Coachella group that has played on the Polo Fields twice before. Their last appearance was way back in 2011 when they were supporting their 3rd studio album “Zonoscope.”

It was a bit shocking to see their name absent from the 2013 Coachella lineup poster, considering they were such a hit at the 2011 festival and were touring in 2013 to support their latest album “Free Your Mind.”

Cut Copy is playing a November show at the Shrine Auditorium (a Goldenvoice venue) which is an excellent indicator that GV has booked them for more shows. If you’re a Cut Copy fan, then the wait is over, they will be on the Coachella 2018 lineup.

coachella chain smokers in sahara tent

The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers are quite possible the biggest name in electronic music at the moment. The radio hit makers last played the festival in 2016, drawing the Sahara tent’s biggest crowd. Expect Chainsmokers to move to the Main Stage this year.

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean singing at FYF Festival

Frank Ocean has been one of the most highly demanded artists for Coachella (besides Daft Punk of course) for the last few years. However, it seems Goldenvoice has been reluctant to book him after he had a string a bizarre gig cancellations, most notably at FYF in 2015 and Sasquatch and Hangout Festival in 2017.

But FYF (a Goldenvoice subsidiary) decided to give Frank a 2nd chance in 2017 and he headlined the festival with no issues. So now that Frank has proven to Coachella’s promoter (Goldenvoice) that he is reliable, it seems likely we will see him on the Polo Fields in 2018.

2018 Coachella Lineup Rumors – Full List

This list will be continuously updated, follow me on Instagram for updates.

21 Savage
A$AP Mob
Above & Beyond
Action Bronson
Alison Wonderland
Anderson .Paak
Angus & Julia Stone
Arctic Monkeys
Brand New
Broken Social Scene
Brothers Macklovitch
Cardi B
Charli XCX
Chastity Belt
Chelsea Wolfe
Cherry Glazerr
Childish Gambino

Cigarettes After Sex
Cut Copy
Daniel Caesar
Death From Above
Eric Prydz
Fleet Foxes
Foster the People
Frank Ocean
Grizzly Bear
Hamilton Leithauser
Hayden James
Hot Chip
Hotel Garuda
Hundred Waters
Japanese Breakfast
Jason Isbell
Justin Townes Earle
Kali Uchis
King Krule
Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett
Lana Del Ray
Liam Gallagher
Lil Yachty
Lords of Acid
Maggie Rodgers
Middle Kids
Motor City Drum Ensemble
Mount Kimble
Nick Murphy
Nora En Pure
Open Mike Eagle
Paul Fisher
Perfume Genius
Petit Biscuit
Playboi Carti
Portugal. The Man
Post Malone
Pretty Lights

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Queens of the Stone Age
Rag n Bone Man
Rich Chigga
RL Grime
Royal Blood
San Holo
Sheer Mag
St Vincent
Sylvan Esso
The Afghan Whigs
The Black Madonna
The Chainsmokers
The Drums
The Magician
The Misfits
The National
the Neighbourhood
The Prodigy
The Shins
The Sounds
The War on Drugs
Thee Oh Sees
Tyler the Creator
Vampire Weekend
Vince Staples
Wolf Alice
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Young Thug
Zola Jesus

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