After lots of speculation and one cruise, the lineup for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been announced. Blur, the Stone Roses, Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to headline the three-day fest that spans two weekends (April 12-14 and April 19-21) for the second consecutive year, which is very exciting but also a little underwhelming. Don’t get us wrong, the top of the lineup is an interesting combination of legendary acts and artists with upcoming release we can’t wait to hear, but after l2012’s even greater mix of genres closing out each sweltering day, we can’t help but feel this year’s fest is dominated by the WGWGs.
That’s not to say that the second and third (and fourth and fifth) tier acts aren’t fabulous: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, and, oh yeah, Wu-Tang Clan, plus the return of the Postal Service (!) and VH1 favorites like Tegan and Sara, Jessie Ware and our January You Oughta Know artist, Allen Stone. Well done, friends!
Maybe we were spoiled just by watching footage from last year’s show on YouTube, but we’re already missing everything about the Tupac hologram, including the terrible jokes that consumed so many of the weeks that followed. While the location is appealing, when compared to the recently announced lineup for the expanded Governors Ball, we’re not ready to hand over the cash for a chance to sweat it out in the dessert… yet. Gov Ball has Kanye West! And we do not want to miss an opportunity to see Yeezy perform before the birth of Babye. Imagine the rants once Kim starts having weird cravings and Kris Jenner has begun construction on a palace for her newest “K” grandchild to be named later! Still, there will likely be a few special guests at Coachella and fun times spotting celebrities off-duty frolicking between VIP tents. Decisions, decisions. These are the questions that keep us up at night, and luckily we’ll have much more analysis to come.
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