I hate to say it, but if Mumford & Sons is on the Coachella bill next year, would they really not headline? If their second album is as big as the first, I have to imagine they'd be a headliner. I'd say they'd easily be as big as Kings of Leon, Jack Johnson, the Black Keys, Muse, etc., at least in terms of their recognition from the "average" music fan due to the repeats they get on all kinds of radio format nowadays.
I don't hate the band like some do, but I feel like there are loads of bands I'd rather see in that spot. That said, I feel like if you're putting them on your mock lineup, you should probably have them in one of the top-3 spots.
Yeah, I think they would have to wait until at least a third album to ensure they have the material/hits/whatever to pull off headlining a major festival. But they were already just the 3rd band on the poster last year when they were right out of the gate, so they don't really have anywhere else to go now but the top line.
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I would see them as the first subheadliner, for the "only have two albums" reason other people have mentioned. I would argue that MGMT's first album was just as big as Mumford and Sons, and granted their second album was a huge flop, but even if it was big they wouldn't have headlined 2010.
Headliner & Secondliner Speculation:
Daft Punk as the Friday dance act closer, but they actually get headliner status
Phoenix in the Black Keys spot, but as a sub-headliner
Culture Club in the Pulp Friday Reunion spot
Willie Nelson plays sunset Outdoor Theater
Operation Ivy as the punk rock reunion
The XX winds up on the 2nd line and Coachella Stage appearance after a new album with a few hits
Beyoncé in the Radiohead spot in a move that shocks the internet (the token Hip Hop / Pop headliner on a Saturday?!?!)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs as the sub-headlining indie-stalwart (promoting an album that gets released a week before weekend 1)
The National as the Bon Iver-esque indie darling with a 2013 album people fawn over like crazy, except for the people who think it’s boring and sucks and plan to nap during their set.
The Knife as the Outdoor theater act which shuts down the main stage, only later at night like Mazzy Star this year
Skrillex is the last name on the 2nd line and everyone is furious as a result
How to Destroy Angels doesn’t make the second line, but they go on against Beyoncé on the Outdoor theater
The Rolling Stones as the super-headliner who play to a quiet Outdoor/Gobi/Mojave/Sahara
Blur as the sub-headliner
Billy Bragg & Wilco: Mermaid Avenue as the ATDI Sunday reunion no-one sees coming
Foster the People in the Florence + the Machine Outdoor theater spot against Blur
Armin Van Buuren also against Blur
Hot Chip leads the Outdoor Theater Sunday dance party like Chromeo and Girl Talk
Edward Sharpe, Beach House, Missy Elliot, and Pattie Smith get prime-time Outdoor spots. Brian Jonestown Massacre, Orbital, The Avalanches, and Regina Spektor all make it on the poster for some Mojave highlights. Fun. and Kimbra show up in very small font and wind up playing to packed-to-the-brim Gobi audiences.
As for Beyonce closing out, please GOD NO this cannot happen, substitute with Outkast please
Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Royksopp, Bloc Party, Yeasayer, Animal Collective, Postal Service, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Apparat, Tycho, COM TRUISE, Silversun Pickups, Shabazz Palaces, Nathan Fake & Erol Alkan! + MORE I CAN'T THINK OF
Farnsy has a point but m&s seem to be the perfect subheadliner for a band like the rolling stones. It's like gv saying your good enough to headline, however you will be honored and humbled by supporting rock legends (akin to the Bon Iver Radiohead situation)
mumford... are shit... utter fucking shit... saw them lastyear at glasto and they were just laughably bad, playing to an audience who knew 3 sogs and esentially just wanted to should that one line about "i really fucked it up this time"... if they are ever anywhere near a headline slot at coachella then something is seriously wrong.... put them and no doubt as next years headliners and i might vomit
Mumford and Sons will not headline. GV is probably close to finalizing the headliners (if agreements aren’t in place already). It would be insane to book a band with 1 album, 2 radio hits, & 1 tour under their belt under the blind hope that their upcoming 2nd album will be even more massively successful than the first. Even if their second album exceeds all best case scenarios, they’d hardly be an acceptable headliner. They'd have to play virtually every song in their catalogue just to last a headliner's set.
I doubt they even sub-headline. Why bring them back 2 years later just to promote them from 3rd act on their day to 2nd act? Just wait another album or two and book them as the junior headliner then.
Not that I support Mumford & Sons as a headliner, but I don't know where this idea comes from that no band can headline a festival after only 2 albums. Didn't the Killers headline after only 2 proper albums? (Once again, I'm not supporting them as headliners, just noting it). Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Garbage and Coldlplay come to mind as a few others that would've had festival headliner potential after 2 albums (even if Coachella wasn't around for most of them).
Surprised Ice Cube isnt getting any consideration as 2013s yearly hip hop headliner. He has enough hits to make one hell of show. With that said, it was surprising to see him billed so low in the RTB lineup.
Ice Cube headlined the juggalo gathering a couple years ago.
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