It’s time to parse the font sizes of the 2022 Coachella line-up poster

One of the more interesting ways of taking the temperature of the current musical environment is to grab a pair of 2.5x reader glasses and begin examining the annual lineup poster for Coachella.

The festival is back after a couple of years–COVID, right?–with projected dates of April 15-17 and April 22-24 (COVID willing, of course. We’ll see.) For now, though, we can parse the font size given to the artists on the official poster. The bigger the font, the more important you are. If you’re listed in a tiny font, you’re consisted a “green banana,” an act that has the potential to grow into something bigger (i.e. ripen) for the festival and over the next 12 months.

2022 Coachella line-up poster

The other thing we need to pay attention to is the genres that are presented. Once again, hip-hop and pop rule–that continues to the be the zeitgeist in America–but there are some nods to rock and alternative (and al-rock-ish) fans. Nice to see King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, IDLES, Spiritualized, Canada’s Caribou, Maneskin, Fatboy Slim, Japanese Breakfast, Chicano Batman, Phoebe Bridgers, Girl in Red, and a few others. You can put Billie Eilish in that category if you want, too. Unfortunately, Rage Against the Machine won’t be there as previously hinted.

When Coachella began over 20 years ago, it was a full-on alt-rock gig.

How times have changed, huh?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on “It’s time to parse the font sizes of the 2022 Coachella line-up poster

  • January 13, 2022 at 10:23 am

    Ugh. Not one artist there I would want to see. The 1999 edition though…oh yeah.

  • January 13, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Run the Jewels are supposed to put on a good show (still waiting to see them open for Rage Against the Machine), and Code Orange would be a good time, even if it’s not exactly their normal crowd.

  • February 8, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Damn, I am with you Dan, I must officially be old!


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