What do we make of the 2024 lineup for Coachella?

If you want to see how much the music landscape has changed–at least in America–all you have to do is trace the Coachella lineups from the late 90s to today. Here’s a sampling.

This is from 1999.

This is from 2004.

And 2009.

And 2014.

This is 2019.

There was no Coachella in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic. When it returned in 2022, the line-up bore no resemblence to festivals past.

And then we have last year.

And now we’ve arrived at the 2024. Edition. Once again, not a lot of pure rock. Blur is there along with a reunited No Doublt, Sublime, Bleachers, Last Dinner Party, and…er, not much else.

As always, pay attention to the small font bands. They are what’s known in the industry as “green bananas.” The hope is that they’ll ripen into something very interesting before the gates open in mid-April.

Alan Cross

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2 thoughts on “What do we make of the 2024 lineup for Coachella?

  • Maybe I am getting to old for Coachella, but I only recognize 5 artists that I have heard their music, and of which only 2 which I would go out of my way to listen to.

    Are we old Alan? Are we no longer hip and with it?


  • Deftones, Blur, No Doubt. Can I get cheaper tix and just see those three bands?

    I’m unfamiliar with just about every other artist there. I’ve heard of a few, but haven’t really heard them.


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