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Beyonce, Lamar, Radiohead lead Coachella line-up

Update: January, 04/2017 - 11:00
Beyonce, pictured in August 2016, will perform her first solo set at Coachella in 2017. — AFP Photo
Viet Nam News

LOS ANGELES — Pop queen Beyonce, rapper Kendrick Lamar and British rock group Radiohead will headline this year’s edition of the Coachella music festival in April, organisers said on Tuesday.

The indie camp-out, which has been getting an increasingly eclectic line-up, will also feature performances from British indie pop band the xx, US folktronica outfit Bon Iver and French house music duo Justice.

Other notables include US folk rock guitarist-vocalist Father John Misty and New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, who shared on Facebook in November that she was working on a follow-up album to 2013 Global hit Pure Heroine.

Radiohead, who have been nominated for two Grammys for 2016’s A Moon Shaped Pool, have headlined the festival twice before, while Lamar showed up during Ice Cube’s set last year.

Beyonce hasn’t performed a solo set at Coachella but performed with sister Solange in 2014 and was a surprise guest during husband Jay-Z headlining set in 2010.

Coachella offers the same line-up on two consecutive weekends -- April 14-16 and April 21-23 -- in the desert outside Indio, around two hours east of Los Angeles.

The Friday line-up for California’s leading music festival appears aimed at the traditional indie crowd, with Radiohead, the xx and Father John Misty -- alias Fleet Foxes drummer Joshua Tillman -- on the bill.

Beyonce headlines the Saturday events, while Lamar tops the bill both Sundays.

The music press has been awash with rumours of a Daft Punk reunion, and while the French electronica duo appear nowhere on the lineup, Coachella is known for its surprise appearances.

Passes -- starting at US$399 for three-day general admission -- will go on sale on Wednesday at 11:00 am Pacific time (1900 GMT) on the Coachella official website. — AFP


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