Per reports by TMZ, The Weeknd and Red Hot Chili Peppers are being considered as the new headliners of this year’s Coachella Festival.
This comes on the heels of Kanye West, who was scheduled to give headlining performances at both weekends of this year’s edition of the festival, “pulling out“. Though the reason for his cancellation wasn’t apparent, the report comes not long after he was pulled from the 2022 Grammy performance lineup, allegedly due to his “concerning online behavior.”
According tot sources, Abel Tesfaye is a solid contender for headliner, with the success of his new album, Dawn FM, and an impending stadium tour. While discussions between Coachella and the singer reportedly “stalled” before, it seems it’s possible that he will perform in some way. Organizers might also try to get The Weeknd to take the stage with headliner Swedish House Mafia, though nothing has been set.
Organizers also have their eyes on the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The band would be prepared since they’re gearing up for a summer tour and Coachella doesn’t already have a huge rock ‘n’ roll act. The festival initially wanted Silk Sonic, who are hot off their Grammy wins, including Record of the Year for “Leave the Door Open.” However, Bruno Mars reportedly declined since they would need more time to put together an appropriate show for the fest.
More acts are being considered, but sources told the outlet that these are the main hopefuls.