Coachella Lineup Leaked with Justin Timberlake and Daft Punk Headlining (or else it's another hoax, but why not fuel the fire)
People are getting antsy about the inevitable announcement of the Coachella Lineup for 2013. With Rumors of the Rolling Stones, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Van Halen, Fleetwood Mac, The Killers and many others, the only thin that really seems obvious is that no one actually knows anything. The “leaked article” below seems promising that it could be real, but we wouldn’t bet on it. Check out the list of PAst Coachella Lineups at the bottom of the page as well…
On November 5, 1993, Pearl Jam, performed before almost 25,000 fans on the lawns of Indio’s Empire Polo Club, which had previously never hosted a music festival. Although the band’s management chose this untested and under-developed site as part of a boycott of Ticketmaster and the Southern California auditoriums controlled by Ticketmaster, the event established the new venue’s suitability for large-scale rock events. Because of the remote location and hot, dry climate it was several more years before the venue was used for another large rock concert.
Inaugural event: 1999
Six years later, on October 9 and 10, 1999 (three months after the Woodstock 99 festival) the first Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (usually abbreviated simply as “Coachella Fest”) was held. Due to the fires and riots at Woodstock 99, Coachella promoters were not allowed to offer on-site camping, a ban that continued until the 2002 festival.
About 10,000 people attended the two-day inaugural event, supporting headlining acts Beck, The Chemical Brothers, Tool, Morrissey, and Rage Against the Machine. Other acts included Jurassic 5, DJ Mike Hawk, and Underworld. Originally, promoters had hoped to make the event three days (Friday-Sunday) and even considered the UK band Massive Attack to be the third day headliner – but those plans never came to fruition. The event went smoothly, with the biggest complaint being the blistering heat. It is reported, however, that the event failed to generate any profit, which nearly put an end to the festival.
No festival took place in 2000, likely due to the financial troubles of the inaugural event. In 2001, however, festival organizers decided to revive it. They moved the festival to the month of April (to avoid the intense heat of the late summer), and it was scheduled for just one day, most likely due to a tighter budget. Organizers encountered difficulty booking acts for the festival, though. Just months before the event was to occur, promoters still did not have a big headliner, and the festival risked turning a net loss. In a surprise move, promoters turned to friend Perry Farrell, who brought the reunited Jane’s Addiction to the main stage as the event’s headlining act.
Madonna performing at Coachella, 2006
In 2002, the event returned to the two-day format, with the reunited Siouxsie and the Banshees, as well as headlining acts Björk and Oasis. The strong supporting acts helped prove to the community of Indio, California that the event was capable of bringing in money and ending without conflict.
The 2003 festival, which featured Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beastie Boys (as well as the reunited Iggy Pop and The Stooges), drew the largest crowd yet. (This record, however, was broken by Rage Against the Machine’s 2007 reunion performance, which attracted nearly 100,000 attendees.) Around this time, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival began to develop worldwide interest.
The 2004 event, which featured the reunited Pixies, as well as Radiohead, Kraftwerk, The Cure, and a number of other major bands, was the event’s first sellout, with 50,000 tickets sold for both Saturday and Sunday. Since then, the festival has continued to attract large crowds, due to strong lineups, including such bands as Nine Inch Nails, Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Tool, Daft Punk, and Massive Attack.
Organizers extended the 2007 festival to three days and featured Red Hot Chili Peppers, the reunited Rage Against the Machine, and Björk, all of whom performed as headliners for the second time. Other notable performers included Arcade Fire, who made a memorable 2005 Coachella appearance, LCD Soundsystem, Manu Chao, a rare American performance by former Pulp-frontman Jarvis Cocker, and Scarlett Johansson, who sang with the reunited the Jesus and Mary Chain.
For the first time since 2003, the event did not sell out, although it featured headliners Prince, Roger Waters, and Jack Johnson, along with notable rare appearances from Portishead, the reunited The Verve, M.I.A., Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin, the reunited Love and Rockets, and the reunited Swervedriver. Another noteworthy performance during the 2008 Coachella festival was that of singer/songwriter Adele.
In 2009, the festival occurred a week earlier than usual. The new dates were April 17, 18 and 19, with the third annual edition of the country-music Stagecoach Festival set to start the following week. The event featured notable performances from Franz Ferdinand, M.I.A. (whose 2005 encore set in a tent was a first at the fest), Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and rare appearances from artists Leonard Cohen and Throbbing Gristle.
Met with mixed reviews, organizers did away with single-day ticket sales in 2010, offering instead only three day tickets to the festival. From April 16–18, 2010 the festival drew a reported 75,000 spectators or more each day, for an estimated average aggregate of 225,000 attendees, which surpassed previous attendance records. Headliners included Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz, along with LCD Soundsystem, the reunited Faith No More, a reunited Pavement, Thom Yorke of Radiohead and his live band Atoms for Peace, Tiesto, and supergroup Them Crooked Vultures. Other notable acts were Fever Ray, Porcupine Tree, deadmau5, La Roux, MGMT, Florence and the Machine, Spoon, Bassnectar, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, CéU, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Specials, the reunited Public Image Ltd., the reunited Orbital, a rare Plastikman live set from Richie Hawtin, Sly Stone, and David Guetta.
Kanye West at Coachella on April 17, 2011
Kanye West headlined the 2011 festival, while other performers included Duran Duran, Mumford & Sons, the reunited Big Audio Dynamite, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, and the Black Keys, among 190 acts.
On May 31, 2011, Goldenvoice announced that the festival would be held over two weekends beginning in 2012.
Coachella 2012 tickets went on sale at on January 13, 2012 at 10am and were sold out by 1pm PST. During Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s performance at the festival, a projection of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur came up from under the stage and began performing “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted”. Although the media referred to the technology as a ‘hologram’, the projection was in fact created using the Musion Eyeliner system, which employs a version of Pepper’s ghost. Following the performance, the projection disappeared. Dr. Dre had asked the permission of Shakur’s mother Afeni, who said the next day that she was thrilled with the performance. A projection of deceased singer Nate Dogg was also planned, but Dr. Dre decided against it. The 2012 festival also featured Porter Robinson, Pulp, Refused, At the Drive-In, Radiohead, The Black Keys, The Hives, Jeff Mangum, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Arctic Monkeys, Kaskade, Miike Snow, Afrojack, Gotye, Justice, Frank Ocean, Flying Lotus, St. Vincent, M83, Bon Iver, Kaiser Chiefs, The Shins, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Squeeze, Zedd, Madness, AWOLNATION, Fitz and the Tantrums, Santigold, Band of Skulls, Azealia Banks, A$AP Rocky, Childish Gambino, and The Weeknd, as well as unscheduled guest appearances by Eminem, 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Warren G, Kurupt, Rihanna, Usher, and Zack de la Rocha.
The Postal Service to Reunite for Coachella, Release 10th Anniversary Edition of Give Up
It’s official: The Postal Service are officially, actually getting back together. A website for the duo– comprising Death Cab for Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard and Dntel‘s Jimmy Tamborello– appeared earlier today, simply stating: “The Postal Service: 2013”. And now Billboard hasconfirmed that Sub Pop will release a deluxe edition of the band’s sole album, Give Up, next month, in order to commemorate the record’s 10-year anniversary.
Billboard also states that three separate sources confirmed to them that the band is booked to play this year’s Coachella, as previously rumored, and that “additional dates and festivals are also in the works.” However, as Gibbard has repeated dozens of times, there are still no plans for another Postal Service LP.