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Is Arcade Fire teasing surprise Coachella performance?

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Is Arcade Fire planning a surprise performance at Coachella?

On Thursday, the “Wake Up” outfit tweeted a photo of frontman Win Butler, who turns 42 today, with a palm tree in the background, alongside the caption, “Decided to spend my birthday somewhere warm and dry.”

The tweet also includes a palm tree emoji and tags @Coachella.

A surprise Coachella performance would fit right in with Arcade Fire’s recent month of spontaneous concerts, which has included last-minute, intimate shows in New York City and New Orleans. However, nothing yet is confirmed. It’s entirely possible that Butler is instead teasing a DJ set under his DJ Windows 98 moniker, or is just attending the festival as a fan.

Coachella, meanwhile, has seen its fair share of lineup changes on the road to its return this year following two years of pandemic-canceled festivals. The reunited Rage Against the Machine was originally supposed to headline in 2020 before eventually dropping off the bill, while controversial rapper Kanye West‘s headlining set was canceled just this month, with The Weeknd and electronic group Swedish House Mafia replacing him on the bill.

As for who will definitely be playing Coachella 2022, which takes place April 15-17 and April 22-24, the lineup includes Billie Eilish, Måneskin, Phoebe Bridgers, Turnstile, girl in red, Wallows, FINNEAS, The Regrettes, and Bishop Briggs.

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