Thanks to its being one of the grandaddies of the mid-year American festival circuit, the Coachella lineup commands something of an outsized importance over that of its competitors; it serves as a way to figure out which smaller bands will be clogging the lower rungs of other festivals, among other things. So speculation over its lineup is always something that gets the blogs a-going in the colder months. Last year’s acts (with the exception of Prince) were announced on Jan. 21, so to get ready for the seemingly imminent announcement of 2009′s list, LAist has put together a list of the yeses, the maybes, and the “only in my dreams”es:
Confirmed Artists: the Airborne Toxic Event, the Bug, Buraka Som Sistema, Crystal Castles, Drop The Lime, Fleet Foxes, Flying Lotus, Girl Talk, the Hold Steady, the Killers, No Age, Noah and the Whale, Late of the Pier, Los Campesinos!, Peanut Butter Wolf, the Presets, Sébastien Tellier, Themselves, Tinariwen
Confirmed DJs: DJ Gina Turner, DJ Hipnotic Starr, DJ Luis Segura, DJmorales, DJ Zegon
Rumored Artists: Animal Collective, Basement Jaxx, the Black Keys, Black Lips, Blur, Britney Spears, the Comedians of Comedy, Four Tet, the Gaslight Anthem, Glasvegas, Gui Boratto, Gus Black, Heartless Bastards, Hot Little Pony, José González, Keane, KONGCRETE, Mexican Institute of Sound, Monotonix, Morrissey, Mr. Lif, N.A.S.A., Neil Young, OutKast, Plump DJs, the Pretenders, the Prodigy, the Replacements, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Roni Size Reprazent, the Smiths, the Thermals, Turbonegro, We Are Scientists, White Lies, the White Stripes
Not many surprises, but there is one name that stands out to me: Britney Spears. Brit Brit, as it happens, is playing Los Angeles and its environs that weekend. It’s not that far of a drive, so could an afternoon set in the dance tent be in the offing? Or maybe even just some naptime while Fleet Foxes plays? Girlfriend could use a break, after all.