Coachella 2017: How Accurate Was The Predicted/Rumored Lineup?

Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
January 16, 2017

Coachella 2017: How Accurate Was The Predicted/Rumored Lineup?

Coachella 2017


When we originally published this article, it was a collection of Coachella 2017 lineup rumors, predictions and confirms. Up until early December we continued to update it with as much accurate information we could find from reliable published sources as well as industry insider information, and we got pretty darn close.

How close? The predictions was 67% in naming the headliners and major undercards that were finally announced on January 3rd. Overall the line-up was 55% correct, with the techno and house acts in the Yuma Tent admittedly the least accurate predictions of the entire bill. We have left the article as-is from our initial publishing date, but below you can see the final line-up (left) and fake leaked line-up (right) which, although not made by us,  was mostly based on the predictions we reported on:


With Coachella 2017’s lineup release scheduled for early January, artist rumors, confirmations and predictions are beginning to fly.

The ladies and gentlemen at Travel Grom have been meticulously working to scrape information to solidify and confirm these rumors based on verifiable information extrapolated from a myriad of different sources including band’s tour dates, booking sheets for Goldenvoice-owned venues,  random tips and emails from industry insiders, Coachella forums and clues that the bands tweet or make public in magazine interviews. Their prediction list last year was 64% accurate, meaning that it’s extremely likely that over half of the acts predicted this year will be on the lineup announced in January.

“Leaked” Lineup:

We will start with what at first looks like the possible entire Coachella lineup leak, which confirms most of the predictions and rumors that we have been reporting for months. There’s doubt as to some of the artist placement and there’s obvious mispellings, but overall a lot of the names on the lineup make sense and are congruent with most of the expected acts for Coachella 2017. From a techno/house standpoint it is for example interesting to see John Digweed and Sasha billed for a back-to-back set, considering that they were just announced for the same performance for Ultra 2017. What do you think… could this ultimately be real or not?

We believe someone has been reading well-based rumors and predictions articles and put this together. Regardless of the veracity of this specific flyer, read on for the remainder of our confirmed, predicted and rumored artists.


Confirmed Artists:

Justice Live

Justice: The French duo is coming out with a new album on November 18th entitled Woman and will be touring to support it. A Reddit user who claims to have insider industry knowledge has confirmed that Justice will be playing a live set at Coachella next year.

The Shins: Speaking to Portland radio station KBOO, The Shins’ James Mercer talked about how his record label purposely postponed the band’s 5th studio album in an effort to “get as good a placement as we can in [Coachealla].” The album is now scheduled for a January 2017 release, timed perfectly with the approaching lineup announcement for Coachella.

DJ Khaled: The man who knows all the keys to success, especially those found in memes and social media popularity, took to Snapchat (where else?) to confirm his debut performance at Coachaella.

Nile Rodgers and Chic: For the second year in a row Nile Rodgers, front man of Chic, has gone on record saying that the band will be playing the SoCal festival. While this may seem to set an appearance by the “rock band of the disco era” in stone, we must not forget that despite a similar statement last year they did not appear on the final Coachella lineup.

Predicted Coachella Headliners:

Thom Yorke

Radiohead: Perennial Coachella and festival favorites, Radiohead have already begun announcing a series of strong UK and European dates for 2017, including festival headlining appearances such as at Glastonbury, all of which begin in June leaving space for a Coachella stop (and other US shows?) in spring.

Beyoncé: 2017 will most likely be the year Beyoncé makes her solo debut at Coachella, following her rendition of Forever Young alongside husband Jay-Z at the Polo Fields in 2010. 2016 was huge for Queen B, with an album release, world tour and Super Bowl Half Time performance all under her belt.  Coachella fans want to see her in April, as proven by her second placement in this year’s Coachella Lineup Pool, which hosted over on the Coachella forums.

Kendrick Lamar (Added 11/08): Inside industry knowledge is seeming to confirm that Kendrick Lamar will be headlining Coachella 2017 instead of Metallica. Considering how popular Lamar has gotten over the last few years this does not come as a surprise, meaning that Coachella 2017 would be headlined by an alternative rock band, a hip-hop artist and a pop star, showing diversity in providing an eclectic roster of headliners for festival goers.

Predicted Coachella Undercards:

Frank OCean

Alt-J: The Leeds trio is no stranger to Coachella, having played as a relatively unknown group in 2012 and then again in 2015 much higher up on the lineup poster. 2017 will see them release a new album and embark on a world tour, making a Coachella return the more likely.

Bastille: It’s Bastille’s tour schedule making them an easy prediction for next year’s Coachella. The band is playing in Phoenix, Arizona on April 14th, in Vegas the first Friday of Coachella (a few hours drive away from Palm Springs) and then has an open schedule until the 26th of April, meaning that a Coachella 2017 booking is more than likely.

Frank Ocean: An easy booking for Coachella considering just how much Frank Ocean’s popularity has surged since he played to a packed Gobi tent in 2012. Unsurprisingly, Kanye recently ranted “he would boycott” this year’s Grammy Awards unless Ocean was nominated, adding fuel to the speculation fire that it would be a big omission if Frank Ocean didn’t pop up on the Coachella lineup. It’s important to note, however, that he did cancel his FYF Festival appearance in Los Angeles mere hours before his scheduled appearance, which means that there could be tension between the artist and Goldenvoice, or perhaps the chance to redeem himself on an even bigger stage.

The XX: With a third album release on the way and announced plans for a supporting tour, The XX has already confirmed plans to play at a few South American festivals next spring, including Lollapalooza Argentina and Lollapalooza Brazil. On top of that, a Coachella forum member has gone on record stating that The XX is already confirmed for Coachella 2017.

Rumored Coachella 2017 Electronic Acts:

Eric Prydz

Aphex Twins — Big Gigantic — Boys Noize — Cash Cash — Crystal Castles — Dillon Francis — DJ Snake — Duke Dumont — Empire of The Sun — Eric Prydz — Flight Facilities — Floating Points — Flosstradamus — Flying Lotus — Griz — GTA — Justice — Kaytranada — Kygo — Louis the Child — Madeon — Marshmello — Martin Garrix — Moderat — Nicolas Jaar — Porter Robinson — Pretty Lights — Slushii — Soulwax — Tycho — What So Not

2017 Coachella Lineup

Artists on the lineup are listed alphabetically and will be updated constantly:

Aphex Twin
Band of Horses
Banks & Steelz
Big Gigantic
Bishop Briggs
Blood Orange
Bomba Estero
Bon Iver
Boys Noize
Broken Social Scene
Cage the Elephant
Car Seat Headrest
Carley Rae Jepson
Cash Cash
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Chance the Rapper
Cyrstal Castles
Danny Brown
De La Soul
Denzel Curry
Die Antwoord
Dillon Francis
DJ Snake
Duke Dumont
El Komander
Empire of the Sun
Eric Prydz
Explosions of the Sky
FKA Twigs
Fleet Foxes
Flight Facilities
Floating Points
Flying Lotus
Francis and the Light
Frank Ocean
Glass Animals
Grace Jones
Isaiah Rashad
Jack Garrett
Jagwar Ma
James Blake
Jean Michael Jarre
Jimmy Eat World
John Digweed b2b Sasha
Jon Bellion
Julien Baker
Kid Cudi
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Lil Dicky
Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Yachty
Little Dragon
Local Natives
Louis the Child
Majid Jordan
Marc Anthony
Martin Garrix
Melanie Martinez
Michael Kiwanuka
Modern Baseball
Mura Masa
Nice As Fuck
Nick Murphy
Nicolas Jaar
Oh Wonder
PJ Harvey
Porter Robinson
Pretty Lights
Radio Department
Regina Spektor
Schoolboy Q
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Sleigh Bells
Sofi Tukker
St Lucia
The Airborne Toxic Event
The Avalanches
The Claypool Lennon Delirium
The Dear Hunter
The Drums
The Naked and Famous
The National
The Oh Sees
The XX
Thee Oh Sees
Torey Lanez
Tove Lo
Two Door Cinema Club
What So Not
Wild Nothing
Youth Brigade
Zack De La Rocha