The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia replace Kanye West as Coachella headliners

The Weeknd Coachella appearance is official—here's what you need to know

 In this image released on May 23, The Weeknd performs for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on May 23, 2021 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
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Good news for The Weeknd: Coachella has officially named the musician and Swedish House Mafia as headliners in place of Kanye West.

Kanye, who is now dating Chaney Jones, has pulled out of arguably the biggest music festival of the year in order to avoid more "drama," according to Page Six. This all came a few short weeks before the event was set to take place, but it appears The Weeknd is more than willing to get the crowd amped up. 

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A source told PageSix: “Kanye has definitely pulled out of Coachella. He hasn’t been rehearsing or putting on a production. Travis Scott was supposed to be joining him onstage. Now it would be virtually impossible for him to get it together. Look for The Weeknd to replace him."

This comes just months after Kanye sparked backlash over his Pete Davidson music video and threatened to actually pull out of Coachella if Billie Eilish didn’t apologize for her Travis Scott comments—a threat he’s now made good on but for seemingly different reasons.

On April 6, the festival released its new lineup, showing the musician and Swedish House Mafia as headliners on Sundays, April 17 and April 24. 

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The source explained: “Kanye is backing out because he wants to stay out of the public eye after all the drama with Kim and Pete, he wants to get help.”

The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, made a funny on Twitter ahead of the Coachella reveal. He wrote, “maybe pull a YE and just legally change my name to ABEL. no last name. Like Madonna or Cher or Prince. I don’t know it seems like a lot,” 

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Before adding: “ABEL formerly known as The Weeknd?”

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The Weeknd fans are in for a hell of a week, as a music video for "Out of Time," starring Squid Game’s HoYeon Jung and Jim Carrey—an unexpected duo if ever there was one—premiered on April 5. 

The video sees the pair meeting and doing a karaoke rendition of the song, dancing around together—and also on what looks like a date! See for yourself...

Prior to the video, The Weeknd shared some sneak peeks, including some very cute stills to Instagram and Twitter, of himself and HoYeon and we must say—we’re already pretty obsessed with this pairing!

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Here's hoping she makes an appearance in all of his videos from here on out. 

But as far as the boho fest, learn all about Coachella 2022 and how to get in on the festivities—and perhaps see The Weeknd live on the 17th or 24th! We'll see you in the Valley.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.


Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.

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