Wednesday 1 March 2023

Coachella 2023: Line-up praised for South Asian representation

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Blackpink, Frank Ocean and Bad Bunny have been announced as headliners at this year's Coachella.

Frank Ocean was due to headline in 2020, but the event was rescheduled multiple times and later cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival will run across two weekends in April in Indio, California.

But some fans are praising the South Asian representation on the line-up, as Punjabi singer Diljit Dosanjh and Ali Sethi from Pakistan will perform.

Mercury Prize nominee Joy Crookes, Jai Paul and Jai Wolf will also be playing sets in the Southern Californian desert.

'A proud moment'
For fan Vishma Rai, seeing the likes of Diljit Dosanjh and Pasoori singer Ali Sethi perform at a major festival is a significant moment for South Asian representation globally.

"Because we always find ourselves listening to that music, but never see it get that widespread attention and appreciation," Vishma, 27, from Bristol, tells BBC Newsbeat.