The Goldenvoice-promoted festival’s bill displays a strong emphasis on indie rock and returning acts: three of the fest’s four bold-name headliners have played Coachella before. Despite persistent rumors in the months leading up to the announcement, neither the Rolling Stones nor David Bowie were included on the lineup.
The undercard of the fest is heavy on such indie rock workhorses as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear, Modest Mouse and Vampire Weekend, as well as the reunited Postal Service. Lou Reed and New Order are among the most prominent older acts on the bill, as well as two separate appearances from Nick Cave (as frontman for both the Bad Seeds and side project Grinderman).
Electronic dance music acts are surprisingly thin on this year’s bill compared to previous outings, with Moby, Bassnectar and Benny Benassi among the few high-profile spinners.
For the second straight year, the Indio-based festival will showcase identical lineups on two consecutive weekends, starting April 12-14 and repeating on April 19-21. Last year’s festival grossed an estimated $47 million over both weekends.