Swedish House Mafia and the Weeknd to Replace Kanye West at Coachella

They will join headliners Billie Eilish and Harry Styles, performing in the Sunday night closing slot

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Apr 6, 2022

Following reports that Kanye West pulled out of his headlining slot at this year's Coachella, the festival has announced that Swedish House Mafia and the Weeknd will team up to replace him.

The Swedish house music supergroup and the Canadian performer will join headliners Billie Eilish and Harry Styles, taking over West's Sunday night closing slot for both weekends of the festival — taking place April 15 to 17 and April 22 to 24.

"I'm so looking forward to this moment with Swedish House Mafia and the Weeknd finishing out the Sunday night slot this year," Paul Tollett, president/CEO of Coachella promoter Goldenvoice, said in a statement [via Variety]. "Coachella has a special relationship with Abel [Tesfaye] and I'm so thankful to have this upcoming performance with these iconic artists all on the same stage."

The Weeknd was previously a Coachella headliner in 2018 after making his first high-profile appearance at the festival in 2012. He and Swedish House Mafia released their collaborative single "Moth to a Flame" last year after the EDM titans reunited for their first new material in eight years.

The artist formerly known as Kanye West had threatened to pull out of his slot a few months ago, demanding that fellow headliner Eilish apologize to Travis Scott after Ye believed the pop star had insulted the rapper in light of the Astroworld tragedy. Eilish clarified that she "literally never said anything about Travis," and didn't concede.

Notably, back when the 2022 Coachella lineup was announced in early January, SHM had a curiously rare placement in the hierarchy of the festival's poster: in a headliner-sized font — at the bottom of the lineup, with no specific date listed.

See the updated poster below.
The "dark and edgy" Weeknd just shared a new video for "Out of Time" — his latest single from January's Dawn FM.

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