Radiohead, The Black Keys, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg to headline Coachella
After quite a bit of speculation (and many customary fake announcements), the lineup for the Coachella Music and Arts Festival was released yesterday, with the Black Keys, Radiohead, and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg serving as the headliners. The massive music festival, held each spring on the Empire Polo Club grounds in Indio, California, is trying something a bit different this year, and expanding the festivities to two consecutive weekends, April 13-15 and 20-22, with the same lineup repeated over both sets of dates. Whether that will be too much of a good thing for both the concertgoers and the bands themselves remains to be seen, but with a lineup as strong, top to bottom, as Coachella, who wouldn't want the chance to see all of that twice?
Apart from the headliners, Eau Claire's Bon Iver will be making the trek out to the Californian desert for the festival, which also sees the much anticipated reunions of At The Drive-In, Refused, and fIREHOSE. As with any festival of this size, there is bound to be something to match just about anyone's music tastes, with Pulp and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds sure to please the Brit Pop fans, Amon Tobin, Avicii, and DJ Shadow representing the electronic contingent, and Cat Power, Mazzy Star, and Jeff Mangum certain to make the sensitive music lover swoon. And the seemingly endless list of great bands performing over the now six day festival goes on and on.
The real challenge is going to be successfully pulling off the magic that is the Coachella festival twice, and many people are wondering if the organizers are getting too greedy for their own good. What works so well once might not be as effective and special the second time. But it does give concertgoers options if they can't make it to certain dates, and accommodates the huge number of music fans who were shut out of getting tickets to last year's sold-out fest.
Festival passes go on-sale at 10 a.m. PT on Friday, January 13th, and are expected to go quickly, especially with the world-class talent scheduled to perform.
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