Coachella 2015 Wish List: 20 Possible Performers at Next Year's Festival

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Drake performs at Ovo Fest 2012 at Molson Amphitheatre on August 5, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.

Could U2, Robyn, Run The Jewels and Frank Ocean all be headed to Indio? Check out our 2015 Coachella predictions.

2015 is only a few days away, and one of the more exciting musical occasions coming in the first month of the calendar year is the annual unveiling of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The first big summer festival of the year will touch down at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. from Apr. 10-12 and 17-19 in 2015, and typically, the lineup is announced is early January. How important is the Coachella lineup to shaping the year in music? Well, by Jan. 8, 2014, we knew that Outkast had officially reunited and would be headlining festivals in 2014; that artists like Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Chromeo and Calvin Harris would be in for big moments at the year's hottest three-day party; and that Lana Del Rey was being given prime placement on the Coachella bill, hinting at the star-making year for the singer.

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So which artists are set to rule Coachella in 2015? We won't know for sure until the full lineup is released next month, but we've made some educated guesses based on logical bookings, touring gaps and some of next year's most hotly anticipated projects. Check out our realistic wish list for next year's Coachella festival:


Drake - In four of the past five years, a hip-hop artist has headlined one night of the three-night festival, and with Jay Z, Kanye West, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg and Outkast already crossed off the list, Drizzy seems like the most logical next step for Coachella to take. Drake has a new album due out next year, three albums' worth of recognizable hits and the potential to bring out a dozen top-line special guests; although he's not quite an undeniable major festival headliner yet, Coachella likes to take risks with his headlining slots at times (remember Phoenix in 2013, or Gorillaz in 2010?), and Drake's headlining set could be the festival's most buzzworthy performance.

Jack White - Mr. White has never performed in Indio as a solo artist, and it's been over a decade since the White Stripes rocked Coachella in 2003. With Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza recently under his belt and a new album to promote, White fits in nicely on the 2015 Coachella bill.


Bono and co. are seemingly rumored to play Coachella every year, but it actually makes sense for the quartet to make their Indio debut in 2015. U2's iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour kicks off in North America in May, and with a new album, titled Songs of Experience, rumored to be quickly following this year's Songs of Innocence, the band could be giving its new songs and stage show a splashy debut in April.

Coldplay - Another huge rock band with new music to promote, another album possibly on the way and a grandiose stage show waiting to be unveiled. Ten years after Coldplay topped the 2005 Coachella lineup, Chris Martin could be bringing the boys back to the desert, potentially for the last time.


Frank Ocean - 2014 was a year of tantalizing Frank Ocean rumors, but if there's new music coming soon, the R&B genius could be making his way back to Coachella for the first time in three years.

Steely Dan - Let's be bold: every year, Coachella books one "Holy crap, they booked THEM?!?" veteran act like the Replacements, Faith No More, Pavement and Throbbing Gristle. Steely Dan might be a little too classic rock-leaning for the Indio desert, but perhaps Coachella takes a page out of the Bonnaroo book and realizes that everyone at the festival would be glad to sing along to "Reelin' In The Years."

Aphex Twin - Richard D. James triumphantly returned to the recording world in 2014 with Syro, and after performing at the 2001 and 2008 tests, Aphex Twin could be keeping its every-seven-years streak alive in 2015 by showing up in Indio.


The Swedish pop icon told us in August that she wants to release her next solo project "as soon as possible," and performed a couple new tracks while on tour with Royksopp last summer. Expect (or, at least, pray for) big things from Robyn in 2015, including a possible party-starting Coachella set.

D'Angelo - The reclusive R&B legend played Bonnaroo, Essence Fest and Made In America before returning with his third album, Black Messiah, earlier this month. Could a live debut of the album be making its way to Indio? Paging Questlove!

Charli XCX - Don't underestimate top-line female pop talent at Coachella; last year, Lorde and Lana Del Rey commanded huge nighttime crowds. With "Boom Clap" a mainstream hit and sophomore album Sucker earning critical acclaim, Charli XCX would be treated like a London queen at the next Coachella.


The follow-up to Kaleidoscope Dream may finally be coming soon -- the fact that Miguel released three new songs out of nowhere last week is certainly a good sign. Miguel's Coachella debut would be one of the 2015 festival's most silky-smooth, widely attended shows.

Alice Glass - The former leader of Crystal Castles is apparently readying a proper solo debut, which would be one of next year's most intriguing indie projects. If Glass' name appears in the fine print of the Coachella bill, don't be surprised to hear a lot of Internet chatter about the performance from CC diehards.

Avicii - Zedd, Calvin Harris and Skrillex comprised the EDM heavyweights at last year's Coachella, and with Avicii becoming a much bigger figure in the genre since he last invaded Indio in 2012, don't be surprised to hear "Wake Me Up" blasting across the polo grounds in April.


AC/DC - Coachella has been known to feature veteran, fiercely loved hard rock acts (for those that missed Motörhead last year, we pity you), and AC/DC -- who just released new album Rock or Bust earlier this month -- makes all the sense in the world to be part of the 2015 lineup.

Belle & Sebastian - New album Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance is out in January, and the Scottish indie poppers have a noticeable touring gap in April.

Run The Jewels - If you believe Reddit commenters, then you're sure that Killer Mike and El-P have already confirmed that they'll be at Coachella in 2015; if you don't, chances are that the hip-hop duo still takes its RTJ2 victory lap to the desert next year.


Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff is sticking with his solo project for now, having recently announced a huge spring headlining tour that wraps up on Apr. 9, 2015 -- or, one day before Coachella's first weekend kicks off.

Hozier - The Irish indie-rock artist and Song of the Year Grammy nominee has a curious gap in his West Coast tour in mid-April, and will probably be taking a lot of people to church (okay, sorry) in Indio.

Alt-J - The trio has scheduled a performance at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, Calif. in between the two Coachella weekends, so we know they'll be in the area. Perhaps they can bring Miley Cyrus onstage for "Hunger of the Pine"?

Sleater-Kinney - The reunited indie-rock trio is the sort of ultra-hip act that Coachella loves booking, and although Sleater-Kinney has already scheduled a handful of shows for the second weekend of Coachella, they could make it to Indio for the first weekend, right? Pretty please?