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Coachella Remains America’s Must-See Festival
This year’s line-up will have to go some way to top Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre bringing Tupac back to life. But with Blur, The Stone Roses, Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers confirmed as headliners, Coachella tickets for 2013 are understandably still the hottest property on the US festival circuit with tickets selling out in just 21 hours. Currently, we have just over 200 weekend passes available for the opening weekend starting at $183, and over 450 for the second weekend starting at $49.
Staged in the remote desert setting of Indio’s Empire Polo Club, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival first arrived on the live scene in 1999, just three months after the disastrous final ever Woodstock.
Initially a two-day camping-free event, the festival slowly grew in stature over the next decade thanks to performances from world-renowned artists including Beastie Boys, Madonna, Leonard Cohen, Jay-Z, Rage Against The Machine and Prince, and by 2012, had become so popular that organisers decided to extend it to six days over two consecutive weekends.
Alongside the headline-grabbing Tupac hologram, last year also saw acts as varied as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Florence and The Machine, David Guetta, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and A$AP Rocky take to the five various stages, while Rihanna, Usher, Eminem and 50 Cent also made unscheduled appearances.
But anyone with Coachella tickets for the 2013 spectacle, held over the April 12-14 and 19-21 weekends, can indulge themselves in a similarly eclectic feast of the best contemporary music has to offer.
In addition to headline sets from two of Britain’s most influential guitar bands, Friday artists include the recently reunited Jurassic 5, Trent Reznor’s side-project, How To Destroy Angels, and Mercury Prize winners Alt-J, as well as several bands currently enjoying their biggest commercial success (Foals, Tegan & Sara), veterans Sparks and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and long-awaited returns from Modest Mouse and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Saturday’s roster is equally intriguing with French synth-rock outfit Phoenix joined by comebacks from The Postal Service and Franz Ferdinand, a DJ set from Moby and performances from soundtrack favourites The xx and Sigur Ros alongside names from the worlds of Latin rock (Café Tacuba), French electronica (Birdy Nam Nam) and Detroit hip-hop (Danny Brown), not to mention the man behind the “Harlem Shake,” Baauer.
Anthony Kiedis and co. will then bring their mammoth I’m With You tour to a close on the two Sundays. But not before the likes of superstar DJs Eric Prydz and Paul Oakenfold, synth-pop outfits both old (OMD) and new (La Roux) and a reformed Wu Tang Clan have taken to the stage, while just two days after appearing with Grinderman, Nick Cave will make his second appearance at the festival with The Bad Seeds.
Those with Coachella tickets that want to stay on site for the whole weekend can also park their tents on various lush beautiful grass fields adjacent from the performance areas with facilities including showers, a general store and internet café with free wi-fi. While just as much a celebration of the visual arts, festival-goers can also enjoy an array of installations and sculptures located throughout the polo grounds.
Check out the full list of performers below:
Friday, April 12th & 19th
Blur, The Stone Roses, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, Lou Reed, Jurassic 5, Grinderman, Bassnectar, Dog Blood, How to Destroy Angels, Passion Pit, Tegan and Sara, Band of Horses, Beach House, Metric, Local Natives, Of Monsters and Men, Infected Mushroom, Japandroids, Divine Fits, Stars, Johnny Marr, Luciano, Wolfgang Gartner, Nicky Romero, Modestep, Tommy Trash, Thomas Gold, the Shouting Matches, Dillon Francis, Four Tet, Aesop Rock, Alt-J, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, TNGHT, Jake Bugg, Earl Sweatshirt, Polica, Sparks, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Purity Ring, Lee Scratch Perry, Dam-Funk, DJ Harvey, Jamie xx, Seth Troxler, Youth Lagoon, Deathfix, C2C, Beardyman, Lord Huron, Palma Violets, IO Echo, Skinny Lister, the Neighbourhood, Sam XL Pure Filth Sound
Saturday, April 13th and 20th
Phoenix, the XX, the Postal Service, Sigur Ros, New Order, Hot Chip, Grizzly Bear, Knife Party, Benny Benassi, Two Door Cinema Club, Moby, Descendents, Yeasayer, Franz Ferdinand, Violent Femmes, Simian Mobile Disco, Spiritualized, Puscifer, Cafe Tacuba, Portugal, the Man, the Make-Up, Bat for Lashes, Richie Hawtin, Major Lazer, Fedde Le Grand, Dropkick Murphys, FOALS, Ben Howard, 2 Chainz, Janelle Monae, Danny Brown, Wild Nothing, Booka Shade, Bingo Players, Allen Stone, El-P, the Selecter, Pusha T, Kill the Noise, the Evens, Biffy Clyro, Theophilus London, Baauer, Zane Lowe, Trash Talk, Birdy Nam Nam, Action Bronson, Jason Bentley, the Wombats, Guards, Mona, Savages, Shovels & Rope, Huoratron, Kurt Vile, Reignwolf, Cassy, 3Ball MTY, Kids These Days, the 2 Bears, the Colourist, Vintage Trouble
Sunday, April 14th and 21st
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Social Distortion, Wu-Tang Clan, Pretty Lights, Eric Prydz, Tame Impala, the Lumineers, Dead Can Dance, La Roux, James Blake, Excision Grimes, the Gaslight Anthem, the Faint, Hardwell, Paul Oakenfold, Dinosaur Jr., Raider Klan, OMD, Roni Size, the Airborne Toxic Event, Father John Misty, Tanlines, Rodriguez, Alex Clare, Paul Kalkbrenner, Jessie Ware, Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, the Three O’Clock, Disclosure, Mimosa, Cloud Nothings, Parov Stelar Band, Julio Bashmore, Thee Oh Sees, Dub Fx, Maya Jane Coles, JEFF the Brotherhood, Smith Westerns, Dirtyphonics, Joris Voorn, Hanni El Khatib, Danny Avila, Ghost, DIIV, Little Green Cars, Mord Fustang, James McCartney, Unicorn Kid, Robert DeLong, White Arrows, Deep Vally, Wild Belle, Adrian Lux, Ladies Night
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