As predicted, Swedish House Mafia and The Weeknd will replace Kanye West at Coachella on Sunday night for the two-weekend festival.
Many predicted SMH would take West's spot on the lineup, due to their mysterious placement at the bottom of the original Coachella 2022 lineup, with no date listed.
Paul Tollett, president/CEO of Coachella promoter Goldenvoice, said,
“I’m so looking forward to this moment with Swedish House Mafia and The Weeknd finishing out the Sunday night slot this year. Coachella has a special relationship with Abel, and I’m so thankful to have this upcoming performance with these iconic artists all on the same stage.”
The Weeknd and the Swedish trio have a history of collaboration, aside from sharing the same manager, Wassim Slaiby. Their collaboration, ‘Moth To A Flame,' was a hit, in addition to SHM’s production credits on ‘Sacrifice‘ and ‘How Do I Make You Love Me,‘ off the Weeknd’s most recent album, Dawn FM.
SHM was already scheduled to play at the festival. It makes sense to move them up in the lineup, and adding The Weeknd keeps the trend of having at least one rapper headline the event.
They will perform in the festival-closing Sunday night slot, joining Harry Styles (Friday) and Billie Eilish (Saturday) as Coachella’s 2022 headliners, taking place on the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24. West was announced as a headliner in January but pulled out on Monday.