Get ready to break out your denim cutoffs: Coachella, everybody’s fave (or least fave) music festival in California’s Colorado Desert, has announced its lineup for the 2019 season, and we aren’t mad about the plethora of LGBTQ performers on the list.
— Coachella (@coachella) January 3, 2019
Some superstar allies, like country queen Kacey Musgraves, body-positive icon Lizzo, and “Thank U, Next” legend Ariana Grande, will also be in attendance (Grande’s even slated to headline the Sunday shows.)
Tickets to Coachella, which is held on two consecutive weekends in April, will run you anywhere from $429–$999. (And that’s not including transportation or on-site camping. Oof.) Of course, that’s also not taking into account the political affiliations of the festival’s billionaire owner, Philip Anschutz, whose eponymous foundation, the Anschutz Family Foundation, donated some $200,000 to anti-LGBTQ groups from 2012–2017.
Anschutz denied that he himself is homophobic in 2017; the 79-year-old, who’s normally something of a reclusive, released a public statement calling the accusations lodged against him “garbage” and “nothing but fake news.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean the claims didn’t hurt the brand—or upset Coachella’s organizer, Paul Tollett, who told The New Yorker in 2017 that he was “offended” when the news broke: “No one wants to wake up to see a headline that says, ‘Coachella owner anti-gay.’ I was offended. I run the festival, but it’s rude to say that when you’re a partner with someone.”