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The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia replace Kanye West at Coachella

The two acts will step in at the last minute to replace West at this month's festival

By Nick Reilly

The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia wearing black
Swedish House Mafia and The Weeknd (Pic: Alexander Wessely)

The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia have been announced as last-minute headliners for Coachella 2022 after Kanye West pulled out of the event.

It comes after reports of Ye’s absence at the event, which takes place April 15-17 and April 22-24 in Indio, California, first emerged last week.

The line-up switch has now been confirmed by Coachella, who posted on Instagram this afternoon (April 6) to share a new line-up poster which featured ‘Swedish House Mafia x The Weeknd‘ on the Sundays of April 17 and 24 in Kanye’s previous slot.

“I’m so looking forward to this moment with Swedish House Mafia and the Weeknd finishing out the Sunday night slot this year,” Coachella organiser Paul Tollett told 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.”

Swedish House Mafia had already been scheduled to perform at the festival, but now join The Weeknd for a double-headliner set. The two acts recently teamed up on the single ‘Moth To A Flame’.

“The Party & The After Party,” Coachella said of the news.

The confirmation of Kanye’s absence comes after a petition called for the festival to remove him from the festival’s line-up, after his erratic behaviour on Instagram which targeted ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her current boyfriend, the comedian Pete Davidson.

He also targeted Daily Show host Trevor Noah, after he described West’s treatment of Kardashian as “terrifying to watch”.

That same behaviour saw him being banned from last weekend’s Grammys.