It looks like Latin music will continue to take center stage in 2019, judging from the lineup for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which was unveiled on Wednesday. J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Rosalia, Mon Laferte and Tucanes de Tijuana have been confirmed to perform at the festival, in what may be an unprecedented roster of major Latin acts at the event. Also announced to perform are alternative artists Javiera Mena, Tomasa del Real and Ocho Ojos.
The Latin lineup covers the diversity of Latin music, going from regional Mexican to flamenco, alternative and urban, confirming the global growth of music in Spanish. And the way the artists are spread out — with a major Latin act performing every day — underscores a different view of Latin music compared to the 2018 edition of the festival.
Last year, Bad Bunny and J Balvin both performed at Coachella, but they did so alongside Cardi B (for “I Like It”) and Beyoncé (Balvin was her guest). This year, the presence of both superstars playing solo sets will take Spanish-language music to another level.
Beyond placing sure bets on Balvin and Bad Bunny, the inclusion of Rosalia and her alt/urban/flamenco and Los Tucanes de Tijuana — one of the most venerable regional Mexican acts in the market — highlights how wide Coachella is willing to go with Latin this year to aim for diverse fans. The participation of Los Tucanes, for example, made the group a trending topic on Twitter in Mexico on Thursday (Jan. 3).
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2019 will take place over two weekends in Indio, California, on April 12-14 and April 19-21, and will include headlining performances from Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala. See the full schedule here.