Radiohead and Coldplay are headlining, and the third headliner is either No Doubt or Red Hot Chili Peppers. Hopefully Monklish knows which one it really is, because there seems to be a lot of disinformation being spread. Yes, this would be RHCP's third time headlining, John Frusciante is not in the band any longer, and the new album has not spawned any hits with endless radio support, but just like the other headliners, they are what is available for booking in April 2012. I don't like it any more than a lot of you, but expect great things on the other stages at the time because the lineup is going to be stacked.
Confirmed or expected acts rounding out the top few lines of the bill include My Morning Jacket, Pulp, The Stooges, Florence & the Machine, Justice, Elvis Costello, TV on the Radio, Bon Iver, Fiona Apple, A Tribe Called Quest, Beirut, The Shins, and Fatboy Slim.
Who won't be there? The Knife won't have their new album ready until late 2012, so expect a tour then and possibly an appearance at Coachella 2013. For reasons that remain a mystery, Feist is once again not happening. The Rolling Stones and Daft Punk still won't be ready to tour, and Outkast will probably never happen with Big Boi's highly lucrative solo touring and Andre 3000's refusal to play. Damon Albarn has decided against reforming Blur for another round of live shows in favor of focusing on one of his countless other projects. There are a couple lower to mid-tier reunions in the works, but these left-fielders remain a mystery. How to Destroy Angels will probably never happen. The status of Beastie Boys is still in the air.
The newly doubled Coachella is being seized upon as a quick cash or publicity grab, logistics solver, or an opportunity for a paid vacation for a lot of acts that would otherwise skip the festival. Believe it or not, some acts just couldn't make Coachella work for them in the past, whether it's due to it occurring so much earlier than the rest of the festival season or factors such as radius clauses. Pulp will be performing a brief American tour that probably would not have ever happened without the payday that comes from two festival gigs. In addition to their handful of shows in the Americas and possibly a few in Asia, they will perform one final gig in Sheffield before disbanding permanently. Her new album may not be complete until later, but Bat for Lashes will finally grace the desert. The proximity to Joshua Tree presumably helped. It's taken a long time for Elvis Costello and Fiona Apple to play Coachella, but it's at last a reality. Some bottom-of-the-bill international acts that would not have been able to play before now can thanks to a week that can be spent taking care of business affairs or studio time in LA or touring the west coast.
In regards to Walter J, I cannot verify the veracity of his entire list, but it should be obvious by now that he does have insider sources since some of the acts he listed later went on to announce 2012 albums and/or touring. A Tribe Called Quest was supposed to be a big surprise, so it's very impressive that he scooped that one.
Some acts are still up in the air. Jeff Mangum is being strongly pursued to perform a sunset slot on the Outdoor Theatre, but he is uncertain about his readiness to perform to such a massive crowd. If the Mangster agrees, expect most of the other stages to fall silent during his set. Fleet Foxes seem like an obvious candidate, but my sources say they may not be touring at the time. Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Franz Ferdinand might return, and while both are due for a return, I have no solid leads on either. Aphex Twin hopes are surfacing among fans, thanks to the Future Music Festival, but he lamented his one-hour set time in 2008 and only plays America once every 5-6 years, anyway. Don't even get me started on The Weeknd. 50/50 chance of The Avalanches doing a DJ set.
Underworld, The Prodigy, Deadmau5, Skrillex, Tiesto, and Soulwax will not be bringing the beats, but Hot Chip, Kaskade, Avicii, Major Lazer, Holy Ghost!, The Juan Maclean, Special Disco Version, The Rapture, Porter Robinson, Feed Me, and Dada Life will.
Other confirmed acts include Flying Lotus, Art vs Science, Lady Lamb, James Blake, Ladytron, The Naked and Famous, Summer Camp, Active Child, Lana del Rey, Little Dragon, Purity Ring, Drop the Lime, We Barbarians, Metric, Lykke Li, Sea of Bees, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Cloud Nothings, St. Vincent, Casiokids, Austra, Washed Out, Emmy the Great, Cat Power, Wild Flag, Hospitality, Le Butcherettes, Gary Numan, Battles, Delphic, M83, Shabazz Palaces, Nisennenmondai, Zola Jesus, Friendly Fires, Das Racist.
Last year's returner? Foster the People will be early evening on the main stage one day. Also, SBTRKT.
To spare the board of the drama of imposters, this will be my final post until the lineup drops.