The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival just released the lineup for its 2016 incarnation, to be held over two consecutive long weekends, April 15-17 and 22-24, on polo fields east of Palm Springs, Calif. Electronic/rock group LCD Soundsystem, a reunited Guns n' Roses, and heartthrob DJ Calvin Harris will headline the megafest. Sounds pretty straight, but queer — and queer-adjacent — acts definitely made it onto Coachella's vast roster.
Above: Out Aussie sensation Courtney Barnett will bring her modern Janis Joplin-style music to the desert on the festival's second day.
The bisexual singing and songwriting phenom known as Sia booked a prominent spot on Coachella's third day.
British synth-pop hitmakers Years & Years perform on Coachella's first day. The group is fronted by out singer Olly Alexander, who proudly uses male pronouns in his songs.
Bisexual artist Halsey is an on the fast path to stardom. Not only is her music selling like hotcakes, she's an outspoken role model for her young fans. Don't miss her hot sapphic video for "Ghost."
Matthew Healy, lead singer of The 1975, isn't technically gay, but he's given interviews indicating an openness to blurring sexual and gender lines; his numerous queer fans can dream. The 1975 performs on Coachella's final night.
Christine and the Queens
French artist Héloïse Letissier, a.k.a. Christine and the Queens, is an effortlessly cool French chanteuse with catchy, down-tempo tunes. Oh, and she's pansexual. Check out the Queens on Coachella's first night.
We have no confirmation that legendary musician Sufjan Stevens is gay (many have surmised and hoped), but he does like to play around with gender ambiguity in his songs. The sensitive songwriter performs on Coachella's first day.
We love this Latina singer for her beautiful voice and soulful songs (sung in Spanish), but also because of her video for "Eres Tu," where she portrays a wedding planner organizing a lovely wedding between two men. Morrison performs on Coachella's first day.
This avant-garde Canadian artist has a huge gay following throughout the world. When she performed in Russia a few years back, she deflected criticism about not canceling her show in the homophobic nation: "I do not feel bad about it. I don’t think that denying and ignoring the gay community in Russia is cool." Grimes performs on Coachella's second day.
This lauded Nigerian-born DJ is one of EDM's top female spinners. Moudaber describes falling in love with dance music at New York's gay clubs and has told a story about being targeted by Lebanese police because her parties attracted a large gay audience; she's stuck to Western events since. Moudaber performs with British artist Skin on Coachella's first day.