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windscreen
02-05-2007, 07:30 AM
Is it really about the headliners for y'all?
This is my third (ok i didn't even know it existed before 2005) and on my first visit i honestly came to see New Order and NIN I really didn't know much about any other bands but over 2 days I realized what I was missing out on. 2006 I bought my tix pre sale cuz I didn't care what the lineup was going to be and used the line up as a template of discovery and found some amazing bands and saw some incredible performances.
For those that keep returning, does it really matter who headlines? I find im usually more excited for the lesser known names trying to prove themselves.

Yablonowitz
02-05-2007, 07:44 AM
If you don't consider Daft Punk as a headliner, the only glance I've had at a headliner was Depeche Mode for about 15 minutes.

This year, there's a chance I'll see Bjork and Rage, though. However, Rage would get bumped for Manu Chao and Bjork would get bumped for The Jesus and Mary Chain if they were to conflict. But I don't think either scenario will occur. Manu Chao and JAMC not playing on the main stage would be wrong.

york707
02-05-2007, 07:50 AM
If the headliners are good, that's just gravy.

mob roulette
02-05-2007, 08:19 AM
the only year i really cared about the headliners was 04 just because the idea of seeing radiohead, the pixies, and kraftwerk all in one night was so amazing to me. and it was.

windscreen
02-05-2007, 08:22 AM
the only year i really cared about the headliners was 04 just because the idea of seeing radiohead, the pixies, and kraftwerk all in one night was so amazing to me. and it was.

understandbly so.

sddoctor
02-05-2007, 08:27 AM
The "smaller" acts are what make coachella...at least for me. I admit I do like the headliners most of the time but rarely get to see them.

bmack86
02-05-2007, 08:44 AM
Headliners don't matter at all for me, with the exception of Radiohead and Daft Punk. I've watched em, but they weren't usually the best show of the night.

bartelby
02-05-2007, 08:48 AM
ditto to bmack86...

i can't see any reason why i would ever miss a coachella again...

waxybk
02-05-2007, 09:22 AM
one of the reasons I enjoy events like this is because it gives me a whole new list of artists to check out. some that i would not have listened to otherwise. the headliners are great, but it's usually so crowded and hard to get up close enough to see what's going on, so i like to go and check out other things.

Boourns
02-05-2007, 09:27 AM
It's best if the headliners are bands I like at least somewhat, because it saves me a lot of money not having to see them later during the tour. Coachella gave me my fill of Coldplay, NIN, Depeche Mode, and Tool. Of course, had Radiohead actually toured America that year, I would've been there again... Honestly, if you're paying almost a hundred dollars a day to get inside the festival, the cost of seeing all the bands you check out while at Coachella should exceed what it would have cost to see them all on their own, and headliners make that possible. There better be some great co-headlining acts (second/third/fourth billed or dance tent headliner) to compensate for a shitty headliner, like, oh say if The Killers ever headlined.

I either never had the opportunity or never had enough interest to see Bjork, RHCP, and Rage on their own, and I'll be doing just that at Coachella. Not my favorite acts, but I like them, and would check them out for sure, unless someone I liked better was playing at the same time. Of course, acts like Jarvis Cocker, Arcade Fire, JAMC, Decemberists, Blonde Redhead, etc are going to be the ones that really make the weekend amazing and give the best performances, but decent headliners are part of it all.

SFChrissy
02-05-2007, 10:11 AM
It's not just 'bout the headliners for me but the whole experiance in itself...the headliners make it that much more great...and all the music that I never new 'bout before the weekend that I leave knowing...musical personal growth...Embrace it!!!

Boourns
02-05-2007, 10:15 AM
It's not just 'bout the headliners for me but the whole experiance in itself...the headliners make it that much more great...and all the music that I never new 'bout before the weekend that I leave knowing...musical personal growth...Embrace it!!!

Exactly. Learning about new music and liking some of these new bands is great, but the best is gaining a LOVE for a band you were either previously indifferent about or had never heard of before you downloaded their stuff to get prepared for Coachella, or just stumbled upon their live set.

Carlo Von Sexron
02-05-2007, 10:17 AM
I've watched the full sets of half the headliners in the past three years (Radiohead, Tool, Depeche Mode). It's all about the other bands, the churros, and all the other stuff going on in the festival. Getting a headliner like Rage is just icing on the cake.

SFChrissy
02-05-2007, 10:18 AM
Exactly. Learning about new music and liking some of these new bands is great, but the best is gaining a LOVE for a band you were either previously indifferent about or had never heard of before you downloaded their stuff to get prepared for Coachella, or just stumbled upon their live set.

For sure...than again the experiance of interacting with total strangers and having that huge concert hug is one not to be forgotten either!!!