Coachella’s 2019 Lineup Is Really Freaking Queer

Out performers include Janelle Monáe, King Princess, Sophie, and more.

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.

The festival’s schedule includes performances from queer artists like Janelle Monáe, King Princess, Christine and the Queens, Sophie, and more.

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.)

The festival regularly sees standout performances from some of the biggest names in entertainment—think Beyoncé’s now-iconic 2018 show, or Lady Gaga’s new single debut at Coachella in 2017.

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella

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.”

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