Last year, Coachella Valley Music + Arts Festival caught some heat for the lack of women featured on the lineup. This year, fans are praising the festival for providing a more level playing field, featuring a significant increase in the number of female performers.
Of the 166 acts currently billed for the California festival’s next installment, at least 56 of them feature women prominently. Last year, only 25.1% of all billed performers were women, which has been increased to 33.7% for 2018. Other major milestones will be made, including Beyonce being the first woman of color to headline Coachella. HAIM and SZA also made major leaps, making moves up to the second line of the bill after previously sitting on the third line and the sixth line, respectively.
Colombian-American indie pop and R&B singer Kali Uchis will also make her Coachella debut, along with talented vocalist Alina Baraz and Internet sensation and multi-instrumentalist Tash Sultana. There is also great news for the dance music community, as Alison Wonderland and REZZ are both featured on the fourth line of Friday’s bill, reportedly making them the highest billed DJs in the festival’s history. Alison Wonderland tour-mate Elohim will also be performing on Friday.
Although this year’s lineup doesn’t appeal to everyone, it’s extremely gratifying to see that the festival, which continues to gain negative publicity, is taking steps in the right direction towards gender equality.
Check out the full lineup here.