Well, it felt like they certainly took their time (perhaps waiting for inauguration fever to cool?) doing it, but the curation heroes at Goldenvoice revealed the lineup for Coachella(s) 2013 this evening via their Twitter account. Confirming some badly kept secrets (Sigur RÓs, the Postal Service) and providing more than a few surprises, here's this year's poster:
As with last year, the festival to kick off festival season will take place over two weekends in Indio: Coachella Prime runs from April 12th – 14th, and Clonechella repeats the whole thing from April 19th to 21st. I'm still processing all of the small print, but my first thought is that this is the first lineup in a few years without one night toplined by a major hip-hop artist (maybe they needed a break after Hologram Tupac). My second thought is that Red Hot Chili Peppers closing out Sunday night will make it extremely easy to get a great spot at any of the secondary stages. My memory of their performance at the 2007 festival is that their popularity in Southern California is astonishing. At first glance, I'd also say that it looks a little bit light on the EDM that kept the dance kids occupied for hours on end, but I also realize that my ability to recognize tent-filling acts is limited to the very most mainstream acts. Finally, although rumors and clues had started to reach the level of near-certainty, its kind of surprising that the Rolling Stones aren't anywhere to be found on this poster. Given their denials earlier this week, it sounds like no one should expect their names to fill in any of that whitespace, Prince or Madonna-style, as a late-breaking addition to that blank space on the poster, either.
Other headliers include a reunited Stone Roses, Blur (Fridays) and Phoenix performing a few weeks after the release of hotly anticipated (by me, at least) new album Bankrupt!. They'll be supported by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, Lou Reed, Jurassic 5, & Grinderman (Fridays); The xx, Sigur RÓs, New Order, Hot Chip, Grizzly Bear (Saturdays); Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend (on the eve of their new album whose cover does not look like this), Social Distortion, and the Wu-Tang Clan (Sundays). Aside from Mr. Gibbard, other Seattleites on the bill include Allen Stone and Reignwolf. My head's already spinning while I reconsider whether it'll be possible to take it all in in just a single overstimulated weekend instead of taking a more leisurely pace through bothchellas.
After the presale sold out in less than a day last May more festival passes for both weekends will go on sale Tuesday, January 29th at 10 AM PST for $349. Perhaps an indication of ticket availability is that tickets for weekend one will only be available when purchased with a shuttle pass ($399) or a car camping pass ($434). Who do you among the headliners or magnifier-required microprint (they found Earl Sweatshirt!) that might convince you to make a spring break to Indio?
And what might this all mean for the Sasquatch! lineup — which will be revealed on February 4th launch party at the Neptune? Let us know your thoughts, gripes, and omgomgs in the comments.