How Much Do Coachella Headliners Actually Get Paid?

Coachella, held in Indio, California, entertains thousands of fans from around the world. This renowned music festival takes place over two weekends and features a diverse lineup of some of the most prominent artists in various genres. It is widely regarded as one of, if not the largest festival in the United States, making its significance undeniable.

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The lineup of Coachella is always filled with an eclectic mix of artists, with each day of the festival featuring certain headlining acts, who tend to be the biggest names and are paid handsomely for their performances. Typically, there are three headliners at the top of each year’s bill, but they are always accompanied by a variety of other performers.

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How much do headliners at Coachella get paid?

It has been suggested by online rumors that Coachella has attracted millions of performers, but it has never been revealed by the festival itself, noting that the worth of these figures varies. Although the exact amount paid to headlining acts has changed quite a bit over the years, it seems to remain consistent.

The Trapital Podcast indicated that Bad Bunny received approximately $5 million for being the main act at Coachella in 2023.

Variety reported that Ariana Grande received a payment of $8 million for her two-weekend headlining gig in 2019. According to Billboard, Beyoncé was compensated with $8-$12 million for headlining both weekends of the festival in 2018.

In 2017, The New Yorker reported that Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, and Radiohead were awarded a monetary amount between $3 million and $4 million.

Throughout the years, that figure has probably only increased due to Coachella’s ongoing significance up until now. The two weekends of the festival produced an astonishing $704 million in economic impact for the nearby region, even at that time. The Los Angeles Times documented the revenue that Coachella brought in back in 2016, but it becomes more understandable when you contrast those numbers with the even more astonishing assessments. The notion that a single performance can generate millions of dollars in earnings for an artist is an astounding idea.