After a slightly-longer-than-usual wait, the iconic (and oft-parodied) Coachella lineup poster has been unveiled -- that is, if you haven't already noticed from the barrage of posts on your Facebook wall.
The 14th edition of the revered, three-day/two-weekend festival, to be held April 12-14 and 19-21 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., will feature unlikely headliner Phoenix, repeat headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, and reunited Britpop-giant co-headliners The Stone Roses and Blur. Given the rumormongering for Daft Punk, Bowie and the Stones, among others, that top tier looks a little ... underwhelming. Or maybe the the standard music fans have placed on the festival has surpassed the realities of festival booking in 2013. Either way, none of those headliners are likely to make the sort of mainstream-media headlines that typically follow Coachella lineup reveals.
Real music fans tend to go to Coachella for the undercard, but even there you'll find few of the sort of "gets" that has made Coachella the most sought-after fesitval ticket in the country. Nick Cave (with both the Bad Seeds and his Grinderman project), Trent Reznor project How to Destroy Angels, and a reunited Postal Service are fairly big scores. But most of the rest of the throwback acts are returnees (New Order) or lack the pull to lure any fence-sitters (Lou Reed, Dead Can Dance). And it's hard to imagine the oft-touring Wu Tang Clan and a regrouped Jurassic 5 attracting many hip-hop heads who may just wait for the growing Rock the Bells fest.
After a strong 2012 for indie rock, it would make sense Coachella snap up many of that scene's heavy hitters, and they definitely represent: The Japandroids, Grizzly Bear, Tame Impala and The XX, among others. For anyone bummed to have missed last fall's exceptional FYF Fest, a good handful of that festival's performers will be on hand in Indio.
For those local club fans tired of the same exclusive resident DJs, there isn't too much overlap. Balancing out the obvious (Benny Benassi, Bassnectar, Hardwell, Paul Oakenfold) are highlights such as Richie "I Will Break this EDM Market With Real Techno If I Have To Play Every Last Festival" Hawtin, Seth Troxler, and — whatever you think either of them — the anticipated "electro" pairing of Skrillex and Boys Noise (aka Dog Blood), which played for the first time together only three weeks ago, and has yet to perform in Vegas.
Like last year, the lineup will be exactly the same for both weekends.
Weekend passes will go on sale Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. General admission passes are $349, with no single-day options. Various VIP, camping and parking pass options are also available; check here for more details.
A few local venues have already booked shows with Coachella artists routing through the region. House of Blues have announced shows with Spiritualized (April 12) and Beach House (April 15), while The Joint has signed The XX (April 16), and the Hard Rock Cafe will feature Alex Clare (April 18). Expect Cosmopolitan and The Pearl — as well as the megaclubs — to jump into the fray soon, now that the lineup has been revealed.