Coachella organizers are hard at work figuring out who will take Kanye‘s headlining Sunday spot at the festival — and we’ve learned of 2 acts at the top of the list to take over.
First, who’s out. We’re told the organizers were hot for Silk Sonic, the dynamic duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak. The pair make a lot of sense, coming off a clean sweep at The Grammys, including Record of the Year for “Leave the Door Open.”
We’re told Bruno Mars shut it down, saying there wasn’t enough time for them to get a proper show together in time for Coachella.
As for who’s still in play — there’s The Weeknd, who is coming off an insane year on the charts — a new album and an upcoming stadium tour. We’re told there’s been talks between both sides, which stalled at one point … but there’s still a chance he takes the stage in some capacity.
Our sources say organizers were testing the waters to see if The Weeknd would perform a few songs along with Swedish House Mafia. They were also interested in The Weeknd as a stand-alone act. Our sources say no decision has been made.
Finally, our sources say The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a name that’s being seriously considered. The group is set to hit the road this summer — and recently played a low-key show in L.A. — so they’re ready to go. What’s more, our sources say RHCP makes a lot of sense, because currently there’s no major rock ‘n roll act on the lineup.
One thing our sources have stressed — there are others who are being considered, but the ones we just mentioned are at the top of the list.
TMZ broke the story, Kanye dropped out of his headlining gig with less than 2 weeks to go before Coachella. The first of two weekends kicks off April 15. Billie Eilish, Harry Styles and Swedish House Mafia are all locked in as other headliners.