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Billie Eilish, Harry Styles to headline Coachella after three-year absence

Eminem performs onstage during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's headlining performance on the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Photo: AP

Eminem performs onstage during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's headlining performance on the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Photo: AP

Published Jan 13, 2022

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Singers Billie Eilish and Harry Styles as well as rapper Kanye West and group Swedish House Mafia are among the line-up for this year's Coachella, organisers said on Thursday, as the music festival returns after three years.

One of the world's biggest music festivals, Coachella was last held in 2019 and scrapped in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Organisers said in June the open-air festival, held in the California desert, would return over the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24 this year.

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Styles, Eilish and West were announced as headline acts in a line-up poster on the Coachella website and social media pages, with the former One Direction singer performing on both Fridays.

Eilish and West, who changed his name to Ye last year, will perform on the two Saturdays and Sundays respectively.

The festival line-up also includes singers Arlo Parks and Phoebe Bridgers, Italian Eurovision Song Contest winners Maneskin, rappers Megan Thee Stallion and 21 Savage as well as hip hop duo Run The Jewels and DJ Fatboy Slim.

Travis Scott had previously been scheduled to perform at Coachella but was reportedly removed after his Astroworld festival left 10 dead and hundreds injured in November 2021.

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The Coachella music festival was delayed and then cancelled numerous times over the course of the pandemic.

The festival was originally scheduled for the spring of 2020 and then postponed to October, followed by another postponement to April 2021 before it was cancelled yet again in light of health and safety concerns.

Tickets for the first weekend are sold out, organisers said, with pre-sales for the second weekend starting on Friday.

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