House of Blues begins the Coachella booking spree
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House of Blues has cleared J. Spaceman for landing. The Mandalay Bay concert venue has booked English psychedelic rock band Spiritualized for its first-ever Las Vegas show on April 12, which is also the first night of Coachella near Palm Springs, Calif.
Though that popular music festival hasn't announced its lineup yet, it's safe to say that any indie, British or big-deal acts being booked in Vegas (or the southwest region, for that matter) around the two weekends of Coachella is almost certainly playing the big event in SoCal, given the idle time in between festival performances and the opportunity for making some extra performance money. Promoter Goldenvoice expanded last year by booking the exact same program for consecutive spring weekends; this year, Coachella takes place April 12-14 and April 19-21. (Though a pre-sale sold out last year, the general on-sale has yet to be announced.)
In 2012, a large handful of bands and DJs signed on for Vegas appearances in mid-April — such as Florence and the Machine, Bon Iver and Noel Gallagher — and you can expect music hotspots like The Cosmopolitan, Hard Rock Hotel and The Palms to eventually jump into the booking fray, as they have in the past.
And even if Spiritualized isn't playing Coachella — it has previously played twice, and even recently collaborated on an art installation there — whatever. It's finally coming to Las Vegas, in a venue that surely can appreciate the band's traditional blues, soul, rock and gospel roots.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. and cost $25.
HOB has also booked the ethereal indie act Beach House for April 15, the Monday after the first weekend of Coachella ($22 tickets are already on sale). The band made its local debut in September 2010 at The Pearl, opening for Vampire Weekend.