Coachella hits a record high of female headliners in 2018

Earlier this week, Coachella kicked off the new year with the
release of its ever anticipated lineup for 2018. It revealed headliners
Eminem, The Weeknd and Beyoncé (already previously announced
after dropping out in 2017 due to her pregnancy),
along with Jamiroquai, David Byrne, ODESZA, Jean-Michel Jarre,
Chromeo, Chic (with Nile Rodgers) and many more.

Despite already being previously announced after dropping out
of her headlining slot in 2017 due to her pregnancy, the
official Beyoncé at Coachella announcement still was a buzzing
topic for many upon the lineup drop. Though Lady Gaga ended up
replacing her in 2017 and taking the title as the first female
headliner to perform at the festival since Björk in 2007,
Beyoncé’s upcoming show will make her the very first woman of
color to ever headline the major festival.

The conversation about women and their role in music and
entertainment remained at the top of everyone’s minds
throughout the past year (especially in dance music), and Coachella’s
lineup seems to reflect the slow, but progressive changing
tide. As Pass the Aux points out, of its 165
artists announced, 55 acts include women, meaning that the
lineup includes a promising 33 per cent of female
representatives. It’s the highest inclusion of women in the
festival’s history, and is a dramatic leap from last year’s 25
per cent.

Additionally, women are finding more prominent placements on
the lineup with 21 of the 67 acts in the top three lines of
each day’s lineup.

Finally, for DJs, Alison Wonderland and REZZ have nabbed the
shared title of the highest billed position for a female DJ to
have ever claimed (both are found on the fourth line on
Friday). Alison Wonderland – along with Anna Lunoe – were also
the first solo female artists to ever play EDC Las
Vegas’ coveted main stage
in 2016.

Revisit the Coachella 2018 lineup here.