Kanye West Replaced by Swedish House Mafia and the Weeknd at Coachella

Nine days before Coachella’s return, the festival confirmed reports that Kanye West has dropped out as one of the event’s three headliners and has been replaced by Swedish House Mafia with The Weeknd.

No official explanation was given for the departure of West, who was booked as the best artist for the third night of the festival, which repeats its lineup for two consecutive weekends. (Harry Styles and Billie Eilish lead the first two nights.) But the change, noted only in a revised lineup flyer posted on the festival’s social media accounts on Wednesday, followed West’s ban from performing at the Grammy Awards, after weeks of unpredictable and worrying events. online behavior.

News of West’s apparent withdrawal was first reported Monday by TMZ, and was quickly followed by reports in the music press that the festival was looking for a replacement. It was announced months ago that Swedish House Mafia would be part of the festival, although the group’s position in the lineup was left unclear. In October, the group released a song, “Moth to a Flame”, featuring vocals from the Weeknd.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which was one of the first major events to be canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus in 2020, and then postponed several times as the pandemic continued, will take place from 15 to 17 April and April 22. 24 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. It is being closely watched by the music industry as a symbolic moment for the large-scale return of the multibillion-dollar touring business. In February, the festival announced that attendees would not have to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccination or a negative test to enter; masks are not required.

West, who now goes by Ye, was nominated for five Grammy Awards at Sunday’s ceremony, including album of the year for “Donda.” He won two non-televised rap categories, bringing his career total to 24, but did not attend the show.

The subject of a new Netflix documentary that coincided with the release of a new work-in-progress album exclusively on a $200 proprietary speaker device, West had been posting extensively and combatively online about his divorce from Kim Kardashian, his life love and their ongoing relationship. child custody battle.

When Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show,” who was set to host the Grammys, said in a segment last month that West’s behavior was turning into harassment and abuse, West responded in a post that he referred to Noah with a slur. racial. West was subsequently banned from Instagram for 24 hours and has not posted online since.

The 2020 Coachella event would have featured headline performances from Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean. A surge of crowds at Scott’s Astroworld festival last October left 10 dead and many more injured, prompting the rapper to pull out of most public appearances. West indicated in an Instagram post in February that he planned to bring Scott, his former protégé and former brother-in-law, to the Coachella stage as a special guest during his performance.

Coachella is expected to see up to 125,000 attendees per day.

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