Despite the fact Coachella is still several months away, it is always fun to speculate who will be taking the infamous headliner spots. Rumors fly year round, and although very few people might know for certain, we can always take some educated guesses to figure out who might be closing out each night of Coachella on the main stage. Here are some high hopes for headliners at Coachella 2016.
Not only did the former Beatle deliver a closing set on the main stage at Firefly Festival in Delaware, but he also took the stage at Lollapalooza 2015. I think it’s time the west coast gets a taste of Sir Paul McCartney. The English rock legend headlined Coachella back in 2009, and with Rihanna’s new single featuring McCartney and Kanye West, it’s safe to say that now is as good a time as any for the Beatle to make an appearance.
If he’s not too busy planning his presidential campaign, we can hope that Yeezy will close out one of the days of Coachella. It is safe to say that Mr. West is bigger than ever. Between infamous speech at the VMAs and his ‘in’ with the Kardashians (who are known to attend at Coachella every year) 2016 seems like a perfect time for West to crash the Coachella stage. The mini set that weekend two of Coachella was given last year during The Weeknd’s performance just wasn’t enough, and with a new album in the works, making Kanye West a headliner for Coachella 2016 would make for a legendary performance, filled with surprise guests and hopefully a rant or two.
Mumford and Sons
Mumford and Sons recently released a new album, Wilder Mind. This would be their first debut at Coachella since 2011, and it would behoove Coachella to bump them up as a headliner for 2016. The group took the stage at this year’s Bonnaroo and provided the massive crowd a two-hour set. We can only hope to get the same opportunity on the Empire Polo Fields in April.
Kygo is bigger than ever, and will hopefully appear at Coachella for the second year in a row. Kygo has a huge fan base, and everyone loves to get down to his tropical beats. He braced the stage last year and completely packed the Mojave tent for a Sunday night closing set. His new track, Coming Over, would make for a legendary guest appearance by Dillon Francis. Kygo keeps the remixes coming, and hopefully by Spring 2016, we can expect an album to be released by the tropical house DJ. If you can’t wait till April? Catch Kygo as he transforms Scottsdale’s own Māyā Day & Night Club to a haunted island on October 30.
For anyone else who is bitter about the fact that they did not headline the festival in 2015, there is still hope! Coldplay’s album Ghost Stories debuted in 2014 and went platinum all over the world. They performed at this year’s Global Citizen Festival alongside big names like Beyonce, Pearl Jam, and Ed Sheeran. The British rock band made an appearance at the Empire Polo Fields back in 2005, and now that they are even more established, Coldplay at Coachella 2016 would make for an epic performance.
Beyonce and Jay-Z
It’s a stretch, but the power couple is now more powerful than ever. Queen B and Jay-Z just wrapped up a massive tour, and getting a taste of it on the Coachella Stage would make for an unforgettable show. Beyonce and Jay-Z have both been known to make an appearance at Coachella—whether it be a surprise performance, headlining the show, or just enjoying the festival exactly like the rest of us (OK, maybe not exactly like us). In short, the famous pair is no stranger to the Empire Polo Fields. Though this prediction might be far fetched, the Coachella Gods could pull it off—and if we can’t get them both, at least give us one!
Getting excited? We all are too. No matter who takes the stage, Coachella always seems to please the crowd with their lineups. Even if the headliners are not who we hoped for, we can always count on the experience of a lifetime that Coachella delivers without fail each year. Be prepared for the official lineup to be put out in early January. If you haven’t already gotten a presale ticket, be prepared set an alarm and get your ticket before they’re all gone in minutes.