January 20, 2010
2010 Coachella lineup announced; Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz to headline
The Desert Sun
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will have a different look for its 11th edition, set for April 16-18 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
As reported early Tuesday on mydesert.com, rapper Jay-Z will headline the festival's opening night, becoming the first solo hip-hop artist to earn that prestigious slot. British alternative band Muse and the animated group Gorillaz will headline the subsequent nights.
Three-day tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. No single-day tickets are being sold at this time, but the festival Web site indicates that they may be sold the weekend of the festival if tickets are available.
Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett said this year's lineup will have more “new breed” acts, especially compared to the past two years headlined by 1960s-era performers Paul McCartney and Roger Waters.
But this year's festival still has retro acts, including funk legends Sly & the Family Stone; disco queen Grace Jones; new wave artists Devo, Gary Numan and Echo and the Bunnymen; punk icon Johnny Rotten with Public Image Limited; and '80s ska band the Specials.
Eccentric director John Waters will give a spoken word performance Saturday, and poet Gil Scott-Heron, who appeared at the first Coachella in 1999, is on the Sunday bill.
Sunday will also feature the recently reformed Pavement, the Grammy-nominated French band Phoenix and a solo set by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke before a multimedia performance show by Gorillaz closes the festival.
Part-time desert resident Josh Homme will make his fifth Coachella appearance on Friday with Them Crooked Vultures, the “super group” featuring John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin and Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters and Nirvana. This will be Homme's record fourth band to play Coachella.
Tollett said layaway ticket sales have been going better than last year's festival when total attendance exceeded 160,000 people. The Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice promoter said there will be as many acts as last year, when 131 artists were featured, but the festival will have a different feel.
Jay-Z, who holds the record for most No. 1 albums by a solo artist on the Billboard top 200 charts, should draw a larger urban audience as the biggest commercial hip-hop artist to perform at Coachella since Kanye West in 2006.
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Tollett said Muse is “on fire” right now, They fuse alternative, progressive rock, classical and electronica musical styles.Gorillaz, who also fuse a variety of sounds, have a highly anticipated new album scheduled to be released in March with guest appearances by several legendary performers.The lineup is heavy with dance acts for the three tent venues, including LCD Soundsystem, Tiësto, Orbital and David Guetta.
But Coachella pioneered an Internet-listening audience with the indie artists it developed in its mid-size tents and second stage, and that genre will be under the spotlight again.
Critical favorites include Vampire Weekend on Friday, MGMT, Faith No More, Hot Chip and the Jack White-led Dead Weather on Saturday. Julian Casablancas of the Strokes, Spoon, Yo La Tengo and Deerhunter are other popular indie bands performing Sunday.
Tollett described the lineup as containing “some gems,” although reaction was mixed Tuesday on mydesert.com. Haveyounodecency called it a “weak lineup.”
But DesertBruin said it is “the best mixed lineup in the last six years. Sunday is a candidate for best Coachella day ever.”
On the Coachella Web site, joppy-slow said, “Saturday is kinda weak sauce... I may just go Friday and Sunday.”But self-described “Coachella junkie” Feather said, “This may be the best Coachella I've had the pleasure to attend.”
Coachella has won five Pollstar awards in the past seven years as the world's top outdoor music festival. Tollett said his Goldenvoice team tries to “raise the bar” every year and one way it's doing that this year is allowing in-and-out privileges. Car camping will be allowed in lots east of the polo field, as it was for last fall's Phish 8 festival, making in-and-out access possible.
Three-day passes go on sale at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster outlets and coachella.com
JAY-Z — The Star: Coachella has showcased hip-hop artists before (Kanye West, Beastie Boys, Kool Keith, Public Enemy), but Jay-Z transcends the genre and boasts the most commercial appeal of any act on the bill. Considering Hova's clout, don't be surprised if Alicia Keys and/or Beyoncé join him on stage.
JOHN WATERS — The Oddball: Following the tradition of Sean Penn and Obama poster artist Shepard Fairey, filmmaker John Waters will offer a spoken word performance Saturday, titled “This Filthy World.”
JOSH HOMME — Old Reliable: The Palm Desert native, who has performed as a part of Queens of the Stone Age, Desert Sessions and Eagles of Death Metal, will play this year with super trio Them Crooked Vultures, featuring Dave Grohl and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.
SLY STONE — The Gamble: His talent is legendary, and so are his eccentricities. Sylvester Stewart's last major public appearance was at the 2006 Grammys, in which he donned a blonde mohawk and sang a few lines of “I Want to Take You Higher” before walking off the stage.
JACK WHITE and DAMON ALBARN — The Shapeshifters: These guys always seem to have a new project brewing. This time around, White, who has performed in previous years with the White Stripes and Raconteurs, brings the Dead Weather to Coachella, featuring Alison Mosshart of the Kills.
Albarn, who has appeared with Blur and the Good, the Bad and the Queen, returns with the virtual band Gorillaz in the Sunday night closing slot.
Five surprises on the Coachella bill
PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED — Former Sex Pistol singer Johnny Rotten's other band.
ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN — Brooding post-punks best known for the song “The Killing Moon.”
GRACE JONES — Androgynous star of the late '70s disco scene.
GARY NUMAN — One word: “Cars.”
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE — Last major appearance was a typically bizarre one at the 2006 Grammys.
The rumors that weren't true
Five acts that were rumored to be playing at Coachella but didn't make the bill:
SOUNDGARDEN — Grunge godfathers announced plans to reunite but have yet to schedule dates.
THE BEASTIE BOYS — 2003 headliners postponed performances and plans for an album when Adam Yauch (MCA) was diagnosed with cancer in July.
FLAMING LIPS — Latest album is a cover of Pink Floyd's “Dark Side of the Moon” — territory covered by Roger Waters in 2008.
WILCO — “Wilco (The Album)” was one of the best-reviewed discs of '09, but the group hasn't played Coachella since 2005.
THE ROLLING STONES — This longshot got even longer after guitarist Ronnie Wood was arrested in December.
FRIDAY, APRIL 16: Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem, Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, Deadmau5, Public Image Limited, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Benny Benassi, Fever Ray, Grace Jones, She & Him, Erol Alkan, The Avett Brothers, Calle 13, The Whitest Boy Alive, The Cribs, La Roux, Yeasayer, Lucero, DJ Lance Rock, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Proxy, Ra Ra Riot, Deer Tick, Wolfgang Gartner, Aeroplane, Iglu & Hartly, Sleigh Bells, P.O.S., Baroness, Hockey, Little Dragon, White Rabbits, Wale, Kate Miller-Heidke, As Tall as Lions, Jets Overhead, Alana Grace, Pablo Hassan.
SATURDAY, APRIL 17: Muse, Faith No More, Tiësto, MGMT, David Guetta, The Dead Weather, Hot Chip, Devo, Coheed and Cambria, Kaskade, 2Many DJ's, Major Lazer, Dirty Projectors, Gossip, Z-Trip, The xx, John Waters, Les Claypool, The Raveonettes, Mew, Sia, Camera Obscura, Tokyo Police Club, Porcupine Tree, Old Crow Medicine Show, Aterciopalados, Bassnectar, Frightened Rabbit, Dirty South, Flying Lotus, Corinne Bailey Rae, Pretty Lights, Shooter Jennings, RX Bandits, The Almighty Defenders, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Craze & Klever, Zoe, The Temper Trap, Portugal. The Man, Band of Skulls, Girls, Beach House, Steel Train, Frank Turner.
SUNDAY, APRIL 18: Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke????, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, De La Soul, Julian Casablancas, Plastikman, Gary Numan, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, MUTEMATH, Deerhunter, Infected Mushroom, Club 75, Matt & Kim, The Big Pink, Gil Scott-Heron, King Khan and the Shrines, Florence and the Machine, Yann Tiersen, Little Boots, Miike Snow, Talvin Singh, Ceu, B.o.B., Babasonicos, Owen Pallett, The Glitch Mob, Mayer Hawthorne, Local Natives, Rusko, The Middle East, Hadouken!, The Soft Pack, Kevin Devine, Paparazzi, Delphic, One EskimO.
Three-day passes: $269 plus surcharges. Children 5 and under free. Day parking is free.
Camping: $55 plus surcharges. Campers may park their cars next to their 10x30-foot spots.
RV camping: $250 for 20x50-foot spots in an RV camping area.
Layaway: Available at coachella.com through Feb. 15 with a 50 percent down payment and the remaining 50 percent deducted from your credit card the first week of March, or 10 percent down and two equal payments due the first week of February and March.
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Coachella 2009: The bands - Saturday
Coachella 2009: The bands - Friday
Coachella 2009: The fans
Coachella 2009: The scene
See photos of 2010 Coachella performers and highlights from last year at mydesert.com/coachella