Kanye West will officially headline Coachella 2022, and Travis Scott is officially out.
According to Variety, sources told the outlet both Billie Eilish and Ye were confirmed to headline Saturday and Sunday night. They also reported Three Six Mafia are potentially on the bill, but wouldn’t confirm whether they were the festival’s third headliner. The 44-year-old Hip Hop mogul previously headlined the festival in 2011.
A successful Coachella hasn’t taken place since 2019, with both the 2020 and 2021 iteration of the festival being canceled due to COVID-19. The 2022 festival is already sold out and is scheduled to take place over the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24. It will reportedly happen at the Empire Polo Ground in Indio, California, all considering Omicron doesn’t force a cancelation yet again.
Travis Scott was reportedly removed from the 2022 lineup in December as a result of the deadly Astroworld Festival which took the lives of 10 people and injured over 300 others. Sources told Variety Scott’s agent fought to keep him on the bill, especially with Kanye in tow since the pair are close collaborators, but they said no.
Scott has been slammed with multiple lawsuits since the festival, with over 2,800 alleged victims seeking billions of dollars in damages. Scott addressed the blowback in a December interview with Charlamagne Tha God. He expressed sympathy but denied he knew how bad things were while performing
“I stopped it a couple of times to make sure everybody was ok,” Travis said. “I really just go off the fans’ energy as a collective; call and response. I just didn’t hear that!
“You got lights, you got sound, you got pyro, you got your in-ears, you got your mic, you got the music, you got [the] band. It’s all type of stuff going on … Everything kinda sounds the same.”
Revisit the interview below.