Blur, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix to headline Coachella festival


So much for The Rolling Stones, Daft Punk and David Bowie.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival released its 2013 lineup around 8:30 tonight, and conspicuously missing from the poster are the big names that have fueled most of the speculation in recent weeks.

Reunited British bands Blur and The Stone Roses sit atop the bill for Night 1, French indie outfit Phoenix holds down the top spot on Night 2 and alt-rock veterans the Red Hot Chili Peppers—who headlined Coachella in 2003 and 2007—are featured in the largest font for Night 3.

From here it looks like something big fell through for at least one headline position, with the Stones the most likely culprit.

Still, the supporting cast looks solid enough. It includes rarely seen or reunited acts such as The Postal Service, New Order, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Lou Reed, Descendents and Trent Reznor's How to Destroy Angels, plus a horde of popular indie acts like Modest Mouse, Sigur Rós, Grizzly Bear, James Blake, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, The xx, Japandroids, Tame Impala, Tegan and Sara, Beach House and Grimes.

For fans of electronic dance music, the lineup includes Dog Blood—the collaboration between Skrillex and Boys Noize—along with Richie Hawtin, Moby, Bassnectar, Knife Party, Benny Benassi and Paul Oakenfold.

And looking deeper, the lineup's small-print lines feature some interesting names, including Lee Scratch Perry, OMD, Janelle Monae, Johnny Marr, Sparks and The Evens.

Tickets for Coachella, which runs in full for two weekends—April 12-14 and April 19-21—at Indio's Empire Polo Club, go on sale Tuesday, January 29 and 10 a.m. Passes are priced at $349, and a press release from promoter Goldenvoice indicates that Weekend 1 passes must be purchased with either shuttle or car camping passes.

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