Arcade Fire, Muse and a reunited OutKast were hotly tipped for this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and sure enough the three heavyweights will headline the fest’s 15th edition.
After a week of oddly scheduled, rumor-stoking YouTube teases, promoter Goldenvoice has released the lineup for North America’s top-grossing music gathering, to be held April 11-13 and 18-20 at the Empire Polo Fields in Palm Desert, California. As in 2012 and 2013, both weekends all but promise an identical artist roster.
Highlights abound, especially among reunited legacy acts. This year’s batch includes beloved indie rockers Neutral Milk Hotel, college-rock icons The Replacements and alt-rock veterans Afghan Whigs.
On the opposite end of the experience spectrum, buzzing newbie groups like Haim, Chvrches and Lorde made the cut. Other fast-rising acts include Darkside, Blood Orange and Bastille which will also play Las Vegas' House of Blues on April 19.
Electronic dance music will get its typical healthy showing at the fest. Genre diehards will likely hole themselves up in the Sahara Tent with critically acclaimed names like Disclosure, Rudimental and Factory Floor. Among DJs who hold Vegas club residencies, Calvin Harris, Skrillex and Zedd will also play at the Polo Fields.
Other notable acts on the poster include: Swedish experimentalists The Knife, metal icons Motörhead, ex-Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry, R&B singer Pharrell Williams and the red-hot Chance the Rapper.
Tickets, which cost $349 for general admission and $799 for VIP, and will be limited to two per buyer, go on sale Friday, January 10 at 10 a.m. (Shuttle and camping passes, among other amenities, will also be available for purchase.) Supplies are rumored to be limited, as an undisclosed amount sold out during last year’s presale. That rush for tickets symbolizes the consistency of Coachella’s programming, as more and more fans snag passes without knowing a single artist participant.
And for those who lose out on nabbing tickets, hope isn’t entirely lost. Expect the usual wave of mid-April bookings by local venues capitalizing on the festival’s acts circling the southwest. Last year, roughly 35 of Coachella's 150 participants scheduled Vegas performances at places like the Joint, House of Blues, Beauty Bar and the Cosmopolitan, the latter having hosted the bulk of the acts on its own. So far, it has signed on theatrical electronic outfit Empire of the Sun for April 9 and Haim with Ms Mr for April 17.