American über-festival Coachella just released its 2018 lineup. And along with pop megastars Beyoncé, Eminem and The Weeknd, the lineup features the usual slew of hipster hip hop and indie acts like Tyler The Creator, Princes Nokia, Alt-J, Fleet Foxes, The War On Drugs and Post Malone.
But conspicuously missing this year are the EDM acts that dominated the festival's lineup in years past.
That's not to say the lineup isn't heavy on DJs—to the contrary. Coachella 2018 will see several stellar house, techno and disco acts, including Motor City Drum Ensemble, The Black Madonna, Chris Liebing, Joseph Capriati, Black Coffee, Maceo Plex, Barclay Crenshaw (aka Claude VonStroke), Avalon Emerson, Justin Martin, Kölsch, Michael Mayer, Peggy Gou and Jamie Jones.
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Gone, however, are Steve Angello, Dillon Francis, Martin Garrix, Porter Robinson, Marshmello (all who played in 2017), or 2016 headliners like Calvin Harris, Jack Ü (Skrillex & Diplo), Flume, Major Lazer, KSHMR, and The Chainsmokers.
This is all the more incredible when considering that Calvin Harris earned the "second biggest crowd in Coachella history” in 2014. That same year, Yahoo Music opined that rock and roll was "losing the war" to EDM at Coachella, as Skrillex "led a beyond-capacity crowd" in the Sahara tent as English band Muse entertained the stragglers.
Does this mean we're finally seeing the death knell of EDM? Well, it actually might. The ear-shattering, bro-heavy bangers that came to define the EDM sound circa 2013 have been transitioning into slower, more radio and chart friendly songs at the hands of acts like Calvin Harris and The Chainsmokers for a few years now. Which might not be all that fun to rage to at a giant Southern California festival.
That doesn't mean "put your 'ands up" EDM is likely to ever completely go away—it's still extremely popular at festivals like Tomorrowland.
But if Coachella's 2018 bill is anything to go by, it might mean EDM's time at the top of the musical pyramid is really and truly over, marking the end of the genre as we know it.
The 19th edition of Coachella takes place April 13-15 and April 20-22, 2018
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