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World War 3 may be imminent but this queer reimagining of Coachella should take your mind off impending doom

Josh Milton January 3, 2020
The annual tradition of Gaychella has already arrived to dull the insurmountable pain of World War 3. (Top row, L-R: Twitter, ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images, screen capture via YouTube. Lower row, from L-R: Screen capture via YouTube, Michelangelo Di Battista/Sony/RCA via Getty Images, Twitter)

The annual tradition of 'Gaychella' has already arrived to dull the insurmountable pain of World War 3. (Top row, L-R: Twitter, ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images, screen capture via YouTube. Lower row, from L-R: Screen capture via YouTube, Michelangelo Di Battista/Sony/RCA via Getty Images, Twitter)

What does Baby Yoda’s mug, Babadook, Fat Thor and Nancy Pelosi clapping all have in common? They’re all set to perform at this year’s Coachella.

In anticipation of both everyone in human existence being exhausted about Coachella by February and the impending threat of World War 3, queer folk on Twitter are scrambling to soothe the suffering of 2020 by meme-ing it into oblivion.

The line-up for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival often involves months of speculation about who will be the big name slots of the three-day festival in April.

Our bodies are officially ready for ‘Gaychella’: featuring Britney Spears and ‘Timothée Chalamet smiling’. 

Held in the Riverside County city of Indio, near Palm Springs, California, the festival attracts around 500,000 people every year.

But to New Yorker Mikey Pop, half a million people are set to see the CGI from Cats, Marie Kondo Folding Things, and the World Record Egg perform.

Pop posted the remixed Coachella line-up on his Instagram where it became a magnet for likes – tallying more than 8,000 – as well as an endless stream of screaming, howling and laughing.

The post later hopped to Twitter, where users continued to cackle as “the more you read it, the funnier it gets”, as explained Jack.

One of the scheduled Gaychella performers, Michael Chakraverty, one half of “The Twinks from The Great British Bake Off”, even took time out of his rehearsals to tweet his fans.

In short, countless users were dissolving into laughter over the line-up.

 

But that wasn’t the end of it, after a second Coachella line-up meme went viral, too. This time featuring the celebrated likes of The L Word‘s Tina Kennard on speakerphone, JK Rowling’s opinions, a repressed childhood memory, your sleep paralysis demon, Glee star Lea Michele, a gay rat wedding and Ellen DeGeneres and a war criminal playing.

To be honest, we’re ready to empty our bank accounts, so battered by the holidays, and buy tickets to Gaychella. Especially if that means we’re too busy for those three days so can’t be drafted into war.

More: Coachella, Gaychella, Twitter, World War 3

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