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AP Dhillon Drops Off Coachella's Second Weekend

The Punjabi-Canadian star has faced backlash in Indian media and on social media for his guitar smash on weekend one, but the festival says he's cancelling due to scheduling conflicts.

AP Dhillon smashing his guitar at Coachella

AP Dhillon smashing his guitar at Coachella

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AP Dhillon is leaving the California desert behind. Coachella announced that the Punjabi-Canadian star will not appear at the festival's second weekend as planned, citing scheduling conflicts. The festival announced it in a follow up tweet to one announcing that rapper Kid Cudi has been added.

While Dhillon's first-weekend performance was well-received by the Coachella crowd and many of his supporters, he's also had some backlash due to how he closed his set, which has been widely covered by media in India.


The artist finished his performance by smashing his guitar on stage.

Some fans have invoked India's cultural reverence for musical instruments, criticizing Dhillon's rockstar move as a sign of disrespect and arrogance.

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"The guitar that has provided you with life, love, peace, success and respect- you end up breaking it!" reads one popular comment on Dhillon's post featuring footage of the smash.

In a subsequent post, Dhillon shared photos of his tribute to the late Sidhu Moose Wala, with the caption "the media is controlled and I'm out of control." The last slide of the post features footage of Kurt Cobain smashing his guitar, linking Dhillon's move to a longstanding rock and roll tradition.

If guitar-smashing has a long lineage in rock and roll, so does criticism of the move. Phoebe Bridgers faced backlash in 2021 for breaking her guitar on Saturday Night Live, while even some notable guitar-smashers are now critical of their former selves. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea tweeted his regrets shortly after Dhillon's Coachella set.

Fans who are disappointed to miss Dhillon's second Coachella performance can take some solace in his recent collaboration with U.K. Grime artist Stormzy, until there's more news of upcoming performances.

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