The Cosmopolitan has gone on a booking tear and scheduled many of the acts playing the two April weekends of Coachella — many of which have never played Las Vegas before.
Reuniting electronic colab act The Postal Service, pioneering synth-rock act New Order (with legendary English guitarist Johnny Marr opening for it, but without its founding bassist Peter Hook), indie dance act Hot Chip (with a DJ set from Four Tet; no word if it will do the same at Coachella) and surging folk-rock group Of Monsters & Men (with buzzing act Local Natives) will all be performing their first Vegas shows at the indie/alt-rock-friendly property between April 10 and April 20.
Returning to Las Vegas and playing the Cosmo for the first time will be Vampire Weekend (with Tanlines) and Band of Horses (with British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg).
All are scheduled for the fourth-floor Boulevard Pool except The Postal Service, which will perform inside the existing Chelsea Ballroom on April 19. Tickets ($40) for that concert are already on sale here. UPDATE: This morning's presale allotment has sold out.
All shows go on sale Friday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. The prices and dates for each show are: Phoenix (April 10, $35), New Order (April 11, $40), Vampire Weekend (April 12, $31), Of Monsters & Men (April 17, $25), Hot Chip (April 18, $26), Postal Service ($40) and Band of Horses (April 20, $25). People, those are some of the cheapest prices for concert tickets you're going to see for in-demand rock acts in the tourist corridor all year. $40 (before fees, of course) to see New Order and Johnny Marr?!
UPDATE: Additionally, limited "bundle deals" will be available for each week. If one wants to attend all three April 10-12 shows, it's $116; for the four April 17-20 shows, it's $126 -- and inclusive of service fees and taxes.
Coachella 2013 participants Spirtualized, Beach House, The XX, The Selecter, Lee Scratch Perry and Alex Clare have already announced local shows coinciding with the 14-year-old music festival, which takes place this year April 12-14 and April 19-21 near Palm Springs, Calif. Last week, Coachella sold out both weekends in 24 hours.